A lemony dressing and a few sprigs of rosemary add fresh flavor to this one pan meal of crispy chicken thighs and tender roasted baby potatoes.
My two-year-old June has a complicated relationship with lemons. When we have fresh lemon slices sitting out she will, without fail, grab one and take a confident bite. Seconds later, she’ll throw it on the floor, exclaiming “ohhh so sour!”
Skip ahead to days or weeks later when another round of lemon wedges are sitting on the counter and the entire scene will repeat itself.
I can’t say I entirely blame her. I’m a moth to a flame when it comes to anything with lemon in it too. Lemony shrimp, lemony cauliflower, lemony pasta, lemony cake – I love them all. Fortunately once you add lemon to a recipe like these, it’s no longer the super sour ingredient that June can’t resist / can’t stand. It becomes the ingredient that lets all of the other flavors shine.
In this classic chicken and roasted potatoes meal, it’s a homemade lemony dressing that makes the dish special. Toss some of the vinaigrette with the potatoes and chicken before they’re roasted, but save some to drizzle over the dish after all of the cooking is done. The result is the bright flavor of lemon infused throughout the meal, all in a simple sheet pan package.
- Chicken Thighs – Use bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs for this recipe. While roasting at high heat, the chicken will stay tender while the skin gets crisp and golden.
- Baby Red Potatoes – Baby red potatoes hold their shape as they roast, but any other baby or new potatoes should work fine here. If the potatoes are quite large, it’s a good idea to quarter them so they finish roasting at the same time as the chicken.
- Fresh Rosemary – Roasting the chicken and potatoes with fresh rosemary infuses the dish with fresh herb flavor. I like to have a few extra sprigs so that I can discard the crispy ones that bake with the dish and add a few fresh sprigs as garnish to the finished dish.
- Lemons – Use both the zest and the juice of two lemons in the dressing. When zesting the lemon, be sure to just get the outer yellow part of the peel, not the white pith beneath it (which can be bitter-tasting).
- Dijon Mustard, Dried Oregano, Honey, Garlic, Olive Oil, Salt and Pepper – The rest of the ingredients for the dressing are (hopefully) kitchen staples.
- Add vegetables – Don’t want to use potatoes? Try it with broccoli or cauliflower florets. They will take about half the amount of time to roast as the potatoes, so add them to the pan with the chicken after it is about halfway through cooking.
- Use boneless chicken – You could use boneless chicken breasts or thighs in place of the bone-in thighs, but adjust the cooking time. Get the potatoes started roasting and add the boneless chicken breast / thigh after the potatoes have already been roasting for about 15 minutes.
More Sheet Pan Meals
- Sheet Pan Steak and Potatoes
- Sheet Pan Tacos
- No-Knead Sheet Pan Pizza
- Sheet Pan Sausage and Peppers
- Sheet Pan Steak Fajitas
- Sheet Pan Honey Dijon Chicken
- Sheet Pan Jerk Shrimp with Coconut Rice
- Sheet Pan Chicken Shawarma
Sheet Pan Crispy Chicken Thighs and Lemon Rosemary Potatoes
- Half Sheet Pan
- aluminum foil
- Mixing Bowl
Chicken and Potatoes:
- 24 oz Baby Red Potatoes, halved
- 6 sprigs Rosemary, plus more for garnish
- 4 Bone-in, Skin-on Chicken Thighs
Lemon Herb Dressing:
- 1 Tbsp Dijon Mustard
- 1 tsp Dried Oregano
- 1 tsp Honey
- 2 Lemons, zest and juice
- 2 cloves Garlic, finely chopped
- 2 tsp Kosher Salt
- 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
- 1/4 cup Olive Oil
- Preheat oven to 425°F / 218°C. Line a sheet pan with foil.
- Pat chicken thighs dry with paper towels. Set aside.
- Whisk together all ingredients for dressing.
- Place potatoes and rosemary sprigs in a large mixing bowl and toss with one third of the dressing. Spread potatoes out on prepared sheet pan.
- Put chicken in mixing bowl and toss with one third of the dressing. Nestle chicken skin-side up in potatoes.
- Season the skin of the chicken thighs with some additional salt and pepper.
- Roast, stirring potatoes halfway through cooking, until potatoes are tender and chicken is cooked through and very crisp, 40 to 50 minutes. (Chicken is done when it registers 165°F in the thickest part.)
- When chicken and potatoes are done roasting, drizzle with remaining one third of dressing. Garnish with a few fresh rosemary sprigs.
- Serve immediately.
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