A great sheet pan meal can feel like a minor miracle: throw everything on one pan, put it into the oven, and voila — happy dinnertime. We've given you an essential method for roasting chicken and vegetables together on one pan. But let's take that to the next level — here's one of our favorite flavor combination of chicken, little red potatoes, and herbs.
Skin-on chicken thighs offer the best chicken-y taste per bite of any cut — all the flavor of dark meat without the extra cooking time.
Pro tip: Often, it's easier to find skin-on chicken thighs with the bones in. You can of course ask your butcher to remove them, but then you'd be missing out on bones for soup. Buy the thighs with the bone in and remove them at home with a pair of kitchen shears.
Chicken Fat Is Flavor
In our standard sheet pan chicken recipe we heat the pan in the oven before adding the chicken thighs. That recipe includes small red potatoes and broccoli — which cook in the fat render by the chicken thighs, no additional drizzle required.
The technique: How To Make a Chicken and Roasted Vegetable Sheet Pan Meal
In this rendition of sheet pan chicken, we're riffing on that technique and adding some additional fat into the equation to aid in crisping up the sage leaves and scallions. The magic of chicken fat is still at work though. The fat renders gently and bathes the small potatoes, transforming them into something special. At the last minute, a broiling blast makes the skin a crispy delight. Just make sure to use the heaviest sheet pan in your arsenal for this recipe — one that will stand up to broiling.
Sheet Pan Chicken with Red Potatoes and Sage
olive oil, divided
large bunches scallions, trimmed and cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
16 to 20
fresh sage leaves, coarsely chopped
bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs (about 2 1/4 pounds)
2 1/2 teaspoons
kosher salt, divided
freshly ground black pepper, divided
small red potatoes, halved lengthwise
Arrange a rack in the middle of the oven and heat to 375°F. Pour 2 tablespoons of the oil onto a rimmed baking sheet and brush or rub with a paper towel to coat the entire surface of the pan.
Arrange the scallions over half the baking sheet. Sprinkle the sage over the scallions. Sprinkle the chicken on both sides with 1 teaspoon of the salt and 1/4 teaspoon of the pepper. Place the chicken skin-side up on top of the scallions and sage.
Spread out the thyme sprigs on the empty half of the baking sheet and arrange the potatoes on top of the thyme in a single layer. Sprinkle with the remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper, and gently toss to coat. Drizzle the remaining 1 tablespoon oil over the chicken and potatoes.
Roast until the chicken is just cooked through (an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part should register 165°F), and the tip of a sharp knife pierces the potatoes easily, 30 to 35 minutes.
Remove the baking sheet from the oven and increase the oven temperature to broil. Cover the potatoes with aluminum foil. Return to the oven and broil until the chicken skin just browns and crisps, being careful not to let it burn, 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 minutes. Serve immediately.
Storage: Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.