These broiled lamb chops are a delicious and healthy dinner perfect for holidays, weeknights, and everything in between. We’ll show you how to broil them for lamb chops in the oven that are SO easy to make! Pair them with a refreshing mint chimichurri sauce for a satisfying meal that explodes with flavor! Gluten free, low carb, and Whole30-option.
Part of our Minimal Ingredient March series, these Broiled Lamb Chops with Mint Chimichurri Sauce are made with simple, wholesome ingredients for an easy recipe that meets all your needs!
Family Traditions & Feast Favorites
If you’re new around here, you might not know that my husband is from New Zealand. So, you’ll often see me refer to him as a Kiwi. Here’s why! Clever, right? Like most of us, he’s fond of the foods he grew up eating and often requests them, especially around the holidays. The only problem is that his favorite meals look pretty different from mine. You see, unlike my childhood staples of Broccoli Cheese Soup and Peanut Butter Waffles, his consists of New Zealand staples like pavlova.
That being said, his dad (my father-in-law) is a heck of a cook, especially when it comes to marinades and broiled meats and would make broiled lamb chops every Christmas and Easter. So, without fail, whenever the holidays come around, my husband requests I do the same. I do my best, but nailing the perfect flavor has always been a bit of a challenge – until now!
You see, I feel like I’ve finally knocked it out of the park with this fun take on traditional lamb chops in the oven! I paired them with a refreshing mint chimichurri marinade for a slightly spicy flavor that takes these broiled lamb chops to the next level. Even better, they were ready in just 10 minutes after being marinated, of course. Trust me, though, it’s totally worth the wait. Full of flavor, they pair perfectly with all your favorite sides for a tasty meal you’ll want to make again and again!
Ingredients You’ll Need for Broiled Lamb Chops
Technically, the only things you’ll need for these broiled lamb chops are the lamb chops and basic seasoning! See, told you this recipe was easy! However, I highly recommend pairing them with green beans, carrots, or your veggie of choice, and don’t forget to marinate them in the mint chimichurri sauce! It’s the secret to creating tender lamb and tantalizing flavor.
This mint chimichurri recipe doubles as both a marinade and a sauce. Made with healthy fats, fresh vegetables, herbs, and a touch of honey, it’s the perfect balance of sweet and spicy to add a nice kick to your lamb chops.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Lime Juice
- Raw Honey (omit for a Whole30 option)
- Serrano Pepper
- Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
- Salt & Pepper to Taste
Did you know?! While my husband remembers the combination of mint sauce and lamb being a New Zealand staple, its origins can actually be traced back to England.
Why Pair Mint and Lamb?
When looked at at a chemical level, lamb and mint are the perfect pair! You see, lamb is characterized by the presence of branched-chain fatty acids that are released while it cooks, creating a truly unique flavor. Meanwhile, mint is rich in chemicals known as branched-chain ketones which are chemically related to lamb and deliver similar aromas. Therefore, when following the common culinary guideline of pairing foods with similar flavor profiles, lamb and mint are a match made in heaven!
Read more about the combination here.
What Temperature Should I Cook Lamb Chops?
A common complaint I hear when it comes to lamb is that it’s hard to cook. The truth is, lamb is a very lean protein, making it easy to overcook, especially when it comes to thin cuts such as lamb chops. Luckily, this temperature chart makes it easy to create the perfect lamb every time!
For medium-rare lamb chops, the internal temperature should reach 140-145 degrees Fahrenheit. However, you don’t want to wait for your lamb chops in the oven to reach that temperature! Doing so will leave you with dry meat. Instead, pull it out of the oven when the internal temperature reaches 135 degrees Fahrenheit. Then, it will continue to cook as it rests, and the juices will redistribute, resulting in incredibly tender chops!
How to Broil Lamb Chops in the Oven
- Prep the Lamb – For thinner cuts, such as lamb chops, it is best to trim most of the border fat allowing ¼-inch of the fat to remain.
- Make the mint chimichurri sauce by placing all of the ingredients except for the olive oil, salt, and pepper into a food processor.
Flavor Tip: If you want an extra spicy sauce, save a few of the seeds from the serrano peppers, and add them to the food processor with the other ingredients.
- Pulse until all of the ingredients are well-combined. Then, slowly add in the oil, salt, and pepper while running the food processor on low. You’ll know it’s done when the sauce is thick and mostly smooth with small pieces of herbs still visible. (See pictures below.)
- Marinate the lamb chops in ½ cup of the chimichurri sauce for at least 1 hour or up to 24 hours, and reserve remaining for brushing (half way through cooking) or serving.
- When you’re ready to broil, place an oven rack 6 inches under the broiler. Arrange the lamb on a baking sheet or broiling pan, and cook it under the broiler for 4-6 minutes. Then, remove the lamb from the oven, flip it over, brush chops with any additional marinade, and place the pan back in the oven for an additional 4-6 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches desired doneness.
Note: Broiling times will vary based on thickness of chops. If using loin chops instead of rib chops, broil 1-2 minutes more minutes per side. Or until desired doneness.
Can I Broil Lamb Chops in the Air Fryer?
Yes! I love to make lamb chops in the air fryer for a super quick dinner that requires very little cleanup. For the best air fryer lamb chops recipe take a look here!
What to Serve with Broiled Lamb Chops
Broiled lamb chops are such a great dish to serve with a wide variety of veggies! A few of my favorite sides include:
You can even pair it with an additional side sauce such as an herbed yogurt sauce or raita.
There you have it, my take on a classic Kiwi meal – with a Cotter twist! If you give this recipe a try, I would love it if you let me know in the comments below!