Ready in under an hour, this Easy One-Pan Roasted Chicken and Vegetables is so delicious! Make it with sweet potatoes, red onions and either broccoli or zucchini, and enjoy the caramelized results!
I was torn between giving you a recipe today for Valentine’s dessert or Valentine’s dinner. But, my gut tells me everyone needs an easy and fantastic meal to crank out this Tuesday…or any Tuesday. Plus, I feel guilty about not sharing this Easy One-Pan Roasted Chicken and Vegetables with you sooner.
I’ve been making a version of this with a whole chicken for probably two years, and it’s become a family favorite. But that recipe involves a step that’s a bit tedious (removing the backbone), and there are days I don’t feel up to it. So, I figured I could take the same high-heat principle (450 degrees F), and use it with bone-in chicken pieces, keeping the skin on to retain moisture. It works great!
More of a method than a recipe, you’re basically going to throw chicken pieces (thighs work best, but bone-in breasts will be fine if you bake them for less time) into an oiled roasting pan or sheet pan. Then, you’ll add thick rounds of sweet potatoes, quartered red onions (or even eighths), clusters of broccoli or thick rounds of zucchini.
Drizzle on some olive oil, add your seasonings (salt, pepper and garlic powder work great, but you already know I use Seasonello* when roasting) and then bake at high heat, flipping over the sweet potatoes and stirring the vegetables at the halfway point. The zucchini can stay in there the whole time with the chicken, but if you use broccoli, you’ll need to remove it after 40 minutes, before it gets too charred.
Just five more minutes in the oven, and everything should be ready. But if you want your chicken skin more crispy, you can throw the pan under the broiler for a couple minutes like I do. Then, you’ll squeeze on the juice of half a lemon, and it’ll rock your world with its bright flavor adorning the sweet, caramelized vegetables and juicy, tender chicken.
But, I have to tell you, the sweet potatoes are my favorite part. They’re like candy. Canndayyyy.
Who needs chocolate on Valentine’s Day? Wait…what? Never mind.
If you love my Easy Sausage and Peppers, you’ll heart this Easy One-Pan Roasted Chicken and Vegetables! And, if you must have chocolate dessert on Valentine’s Day, I’d go with these Frosted Brownies (easy) or this Homemade Brownie Bottom Chocolate Pudding Pie (a bit more involved, but worth it).
(Recipe Source: Inspired by a recipe I once saw online for a whole chicken with sweet potatoes, red onions and zucchini. I haven’t been able to find it again to cite the source.)
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