The dump-and-go ease of a sheet pan meal comes in handy on hectic weeknights, but that doesn't mean you can't turn to this trusty cooking method on a weekend — especially when you're entertaining and want to impress your guests. This saffron chicken with plums is proof.
This recipe is simple yet bursting with flavor. You first rub a homemade spice paste — made with saffron, cumin seed, red pepper flakes, fresh garlic, lemon zest, sea salt, and olive oil — all over chicken thighs and legs and let everything marinate for at least a couple hours in the fridge. While the chicken is marinating, you can prep the plums and their sauce — a mixture of shallots, lemon, olive oil, fresh ginger, honey, allspice, and sea salt.
Put the chicken on a sheet pan, spoon the plums around it, and tuck in some bay leaves and you're ready to bake! After a 45-minute stint in the oven you'll have juicy chicken with crispy skin, and soft, stewed plums in a fragrant sauce.
This meal is a showstopper alongside a simple green salad and a cooked grain of your choice (quinoa or brown rice would be perfect). Just pour the wine and sit back and enjoy!
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