Mayo-Marinated Chicken with Chimichurri

Mayo-Marinated Chicken With Chimichurri

Mayo-Marinated Chicken with Chimichurri

If the notion of coating chicken cutlets in mayonnaise before grilling doesn't immediately appeal to you, I understand—I was hesitant too until I gave it a shot. However, now I find mayo to be the ideal foundation for almost every marinade, whether I'm grilling outside or cooking indoors in a cast-iron skillet. The secret behind mayo's effectiveness lies in its ability to evenly distribute other marinade ingredients across the meat's surface, resulting in a consistent flavor profile and improved browning. (Rest assured, the cooked chicken won't taste like mayo.)
In this recipe, using mayo means chicken cutlets that cook through and develop a beautiful golden crust in just about four minutes, all while showcasing the vibrant flavors of chimichurri, which are further enhanced by a drizzle of fresh sauce post-grilling. This recipe is incredibly adaptable and will work with almost any marinade you choose—whether it's pesto, salsa verde, barbecue sauce, Thai curry paste, teriyaki sauce, or mole—each one will yield equally delicious results.
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4


  • 4 chicken breast cutlets 4 to 5 ounces each, pounded about ¼ inch thick
  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper
  • cup store-bought or homemade mayonnaise
  • 1 cup chimichurri


  • Begin by seasoning the chicken cutlets generously on both sides with salt and pepper. Set them aside for the time being.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise and ¼ cup of chimichurri sauce. Reserve the remaining chimichurri sauce. Add the seasoned chicken cutlets to the mixture, ensuring they are evenly coated. You can cook them immediately or for enhanced flavor, transfer them to a sealed container and refrigerate for 4 to 24 hours.
  • If grilling, preheat a gas or charcoal grill over high heat for about 10 minutes. Cook the chicken cutlets directly over the high heat, turning and flipping them occasionally, until they are just cooked through and exhibit a light char on all sides, which should take approximately 4 to 5 minutes. Once done, transfer the chicken to a serving platter. Spoon some of the reserved chimichurri sauce over the chicken and serve the remainder in a small bowl on the side.
  • For skillet cooking: Heat a large (12-inch) cast-iron or nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until a drop of water immediately balls up and moves rapidly across the surface. Add the chicken cutlets in a single layer and cook, swirling and flipping them occasionally, until they are evenly browned and just cooked through, which typically takes about 4 minutes. Transfer the cooked chicken to a serving platter. Spoon some of the reserved chimichurri sauce over the chicken and serve the rest in a small bowl on the side.