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The 4-Ingredient Chicken Sausage & Crispy Potato Dinner I’ve Made Way Too Many Times to Count

published Jun 6, 2024
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I’m a big fan of sheet pan dinners. Whether it’s an easy chicken sheet pan dinner or a vegetarian-friendly option, you can fit a lot of food on a baking sheet. Not to mention the cooking is hands-off and the cleanup is usually minimal. 

One of the most requested dinners at home is one such sheet pan dinner. It’s also the recipe that made me fall in love with smashed potatoes. All you have to do is smash boiled little potatoes, throw them onto the pan with some pantry seasonings and chicken sausage, and roast in the oven. It’s a guaranteed hit that took less than 30 minutes from start to finish. I’ve made the dinner so often that after a certain point my daughter simply had to say “those potatoes,” and I knew exactly what she was talking about.

Get the recipe: Sheet Pan Potatoes and Chicken Sausage 

What Makes Sheet Pan Potatoes and Chicken Sausage So Easy (and Delicious!)

My daughter and I are bonafide carb-lovers, so we love anything potato-related. These potatoes are crunchy on the outside, creamy on the inside, and full of savory flavor from the Parmesan and garlic oil. My husband is a carnivore, so being able to cook chicken sausage on the same sheet pan means he’s getting his dose of protein without me having to cook something separately for him. Garlic, olive oil, and salt are always in my kitchen, so I just have to pick up some potatoes and sausage if this is part of the week’s meal plan. Also, who doesn’t like smashing things? Squishing a potato is oh-so-satisfying.

How to Make Sheet Pan Potatoes and Chicken Sausage

  1. Boil the potatoes. Cook small potatoes on the stovetop while the oven heats. Pre-cooking the potatoes means that they just need crisping up in the oven.
  2. Smash and season the potatoes. Now comes the fun part: smashing! Smash each potato with the heel of your hand and then brush both sides with a garlicky olive oil.
  3. Roast the potatoes. Roast until the potatoes are crispy on the bottom.
  4. Roast the sausage and finish the potatoes. Flip the potatoes and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Add some precooked chicken sausages to the sheet pan and roast until they’re heated through.

If You’re Making Sheet Pan Potatoes and Chicken Sausage, a Few Tips 

  • The potatoes can be boiled ahead of time and refrigerated up to 2 days ahead.
  • While we like chicken apple sausage for its sweetness, any kind of already-cooked sausage will work here.
  • Add a salad kit to complete this easy meal!