Chipotle chimichurrri chicken skewers are a juicy, flavorful, hand held treat for the tastebuds! Chimichurri is typically a green uncooked sauce with garlic, herbs, and tangy vinegar that is served with grilled beef. I decided to spice it up a bit with some chipotle in adobo and use it on chicken rather than beef. Since I can’t think of anything better than meat on a stick, I grilled my chicken on skewers. If you’re using wooden skewers, they need to be soaked for about half an hour before they go on the grill so they don’t burn.
I have tons of parsley and thyme in my herb garden and my son gave me a jalapeño and a white habanero from his garden. I always have onion, garlic, and limes in the refrigerator. Thyme, lime juice, and peppers are not in a traditional chimichurri sauce and it usually has oregano, but like I always say, “a recipe is a guideline, not a rule”. Using what you have on hand along with a little creativity is how great recipes are born!
For the chimichurri sauce add the herbs, garlic, peppers, onion, some red wine vinegar, the juice of a lime, some adobo sauce from a can of chipotle in adobo, and some olive oil to the food processor. Because it is being blended, you can put the herbs in, stems and all. There is some great flavor in those stems.
I used boneless, skinless chicken breasts for my skewers.
Cut the chicken breasts, against the grain, into strips.
Not only is chimichurri sauce used for dipping, it makes a great marinade for the chicken. This is a two for one deal! Be sure to separate the sauce, some for marinating the chicken and some for dipping. Don’t be dipping in the same sauce that the raw chicken was marinated in. That’s just asking for trouble!!!
Marinate the chicken for about 30 minutes, and then thread it on to the skewers that were soaked in water.
Make sure the grill is hot and cook the chicken for about 3 minutes on each side.
Using the chipotle chimichurri as a marinade makes the chicken so juicy and so flavorful!
Serve these with extra dipping sauce for a great appetizer or add some cilantro lime rice for a satisfying main dish! So, leave the forks and plates behind and let your hands be your utensils. We’ve got meat on a stick!