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Grilled Turkey Thighs with Chimichurri

Fresh herbs and juicy grilled turkey thighs make the best summer meal! Make these grilled turkey thighs with chimichurri sauce for a simple and delicious weeknight dinner!

grilled turkey with chimichurri sauce

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It’s my baby’s 7th birthday today! The fact that he’s already 7 is mind-blowing to me. How is this possible!? I know people say “I remember it like yesterday” but for real, I remember the day he was born LIKE YESTERDAY. And now he’s 7!

I promise not to go on and on about my Oscar, but I will say that he is just a wonderful little human. He’s thoughtful, generous and has a great little sense of humor. I enjoy him immensely! Plus he’s turned out to be a terrific eater 😉

Anyway, I’d love to say we were serving up these tasty grilled turkey thighs for his birthday today, but truthfully, he’s more of a spaghetti and meatball lover! Although he sure didn’t have any trouble scarfing these thighs down the day I made them!

grilled turkey with chimichurri sauce

Quick anecdote about chimichurri sauce. I made it for this post in 2018, but after taking the photos I was hit with intense morning sickness during my pregnancy with Hattie. I couldn’t bear to look at the photos to edit them, let alone post it. Somehow I managed, but I haven’t been able to THINK about chimichurri sauce until this year. Hah! It’s ok, I love it again!

What is chimichurri sauce?

Chimichurri is basically a bunch of fresh herbs and garlic all blitzed together with olive oil. It’s seriously terrific and also a great way to use up any of those backyard herbs you might be wanting to use up!

You can put chimichurri on whatever you want, but the general use is on a meat dish. These juicy, marinated turkey thighs are the perfect base for this flavorful sauce!

How do you make these grilled turkey thighs with chimichurri?

You’ll want to start this dish at least 4 hours ahead of time, to allow enough time for the turkey thighs to take a nice little marinating bath in some herbs and lemon. You’ll need:

  • olive oil
  • fresh lemon
  • fresh basil and parsley
  • dried rosemary and thyme
  • minced garlic

You can also prep the turkey the night before, and allow them to marinate overnight for even better flavor!

I like to marinate my meat in a large resealable bag, laying flat on a plate in the fridge to get the most surface area of the meat covered!

About an hour or so before you’re ready to grill, you could get the chimichurri sauce ready. You can also make this up to a day in advance, but I think the sauce is best fresh!

Using a food processor or blender, add the parsley, cilantro, garlic cloves, oil and red wine vinegar together and pulse until a sauce forms. You can make it as smooth as you prefer!

When you’re ready to get dinner going, preheat the grill to 375 F. Remove the turkey from the bag, shaking off any excess marinade. Cook the turkey for 20-25 minutes, or until a meat thermometer registers 165 F.

Serve the turkey thighs topped with fresh chimichurri sauce!

What do you serve grilled turkey thighs with?

We ate our turkey with some baby potatoes on the side, but this meal would also be great with rice, cauliflower rice, mashed potatoes or even just a side salad. The chimichurri is the star of the show!

Enjoy!

grilled turkey with chimichurri
grilled turkey with chimichurri

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grilled turkey thighs with chimichurri

Grilled Turkey Thighs with Chimichurri


  • Author: Katherine | Love In My Oven
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 4 turkey thighs 1x

Description

Fresh herbs and juicy grilled turkey thighs make the best summer meal! Make these grilled turkey thighs with chimichurri sauce for a simple and delicious weeknight dinner! 


Ingredients

Scale
  • 4 bone-in turkey thighs
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 large lemon
  • 1/3 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 1/3 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 tbsp dried rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced 

 

Chimichurri Sauce

  • 1 1/2 cup fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

Instructions

  1. Place the turkey thighs in a large resealable freezer bag. In another bowl, whisk together the olive oil, juice of the lemon, basil, parsley, rosemary, thyme and garlic cloves. Pour this mixture all over the raw turkey thighs and seal the bag. Marinate the turkey in the fridge for 4-6 hours, or overnight.
  2. When ready to grill, remove the turkey from the fridge and let it come to room temperature for about 30 minutes. Heat the grill to 375 F. Remove the turkey from the marinade and place it on the grill, cooking for 25-30 minutes, or until a meat thermometer reaches a temperature of 165 F.
  3. While the turkey is grilling, make the chimichurri sauce. In a food processor or blender, combine all chimichurri sauce ingredients until nearly smooth, with a bit of texture.
  4. Serve the grilled turkey topped with chimichurri sauce and enjoy immediately.

Notes

If you’re using boneless turkey thighs, reduce the grill temperature to 15-20 minutes.

  • Category: dinner
  • Method: grill
  • Cuisine: american

Keywords: grilled turkey thighs

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7 Comments

  1. What a treat ! We both LOVE chimichurri so much ! Thank you and enjoy your week end !

  2. Love this load of flavor for chicken or turkey, Katherine! There’s nothing like a good herb chimichurri! I’m going to have to try it for sure! Sounds perfect!

  3. This is so tantalizing to me. I just love chimichurri. In Peru, I was often served both green and red chimichurri. I’d forgotten, but now I need to figure out why one is red!

  4. Love..love..love chimichurri! I have never had it with turkey meat but you’ve encouraged me to do. It would be so much better with the chimichurri as i find turkey too dry. I can’t wait to try this dish. My whole family will love this. Thanks for Sharing 🙂

  5. Yum!!! Another great reason to whip up some chimichurri! So delicious!!

  6. This looks like the perfect turkey dish, so flavorful, moist and delicious!!

  7. Love how vibrant that chimichurri sauce is on that turkey! We love turkey over here too! Definitely gonna grill some turkey before fall sets in 🙂

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