Tuesday, August 16, 2016

{5 Minute} Sheet Pan Chicken Thighs with Green Beans and Potatoes

I am so happy and excited and nervous and everything-else-you-can-imagine today. I'm thrilled to finally be sharing The Weeknight Dinner Cookbook with you. I hope you enjoy this preview of the contents of the book, and when you've done that, scroll to the bottom of this post for a giveaway!

{5 Minute} Sheet Pan Chicken Thighs with Green Beans and Potatoes - get the recipe at barefeetinthekitchen.com

Whoever invented the sheet pan really should be given a medal. I use my half-size sheet pans at least once, if not multiple times a day. Sheet Pan Suppers are one of my favorite ways to use them. It takes less than 5 minutes to pull this entire chicken dinner together and get it into the oven. Then you're free to walk away while your house smells amazing and everyone thinks you spent the past hour working in the kitchen.

For this easy dinner, chicken thighs, baby potatoes, and fresh green beans are tossed with a simple lemon and herb vinaigrette before being roasted until tender and crisp. The chicken turns out wonderfully juicy with crisp skin every single time. My whole family wanders into the kitchen and sneaks these green beans straight off the pan almost as soon as it's out of the oven.

Sheet Pan Chicken Thighs with Green Beans and Potatoes
recipe from The Weeknight Dinner Cookbook
Yield: 4-5 servings
(printable recipe)

4-5 small bone-in chicken thighs, approximately 2 pounds
1 pound small red potatoes, halved
1 pound fresh green beans
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon dried basil *
1 teaspoon dried oregano *
1 teaspoon dried thyme *
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 400°F. Place the chicken, potatoes, and green beans on a large baking sheet. Stir the olive oil, lemon juice, garlic together with all of the spices. Drizzle the spice mixture over the meat, potatoes, and vegetables. Use your hands to stir the pieces around a bit and make sure everything is well coated. Be sure to leave the chicken skin-side up.

Place the pan in the center of the oven and roast for approximately 50 minutes, until the chicken is golden brown and cooked through. The potatoes should be tender and slightly crisp and the green beans should be browned, crisp, and somewhat shriveled. Enjoy!

COOK’S NOTE: If you have Italian Seasoning Mix in your pantry, you can substitute 1 tablespoon of the seasoning mix for the herbs marked with an *. If extra crispy green beans aren’t your thing, you can place the coated beans in a bowl and wait to add them for the last 15 minutes of the cooking time. Just spread them around the pan over the potatoes.

If your potatoes are bigger than about 1-inch in size, you’ll want to quarter them (instead of simply halving them) to make sure they pick up plenty of flavor from the seasonings.

This recipe can easily be doubled. Simply use two sheet pans. Depending on how your oven cooks, you may want to rotate the pans halfway through the cooking time.

The Weeknight Dinner Cookbook: Simple Family Friendly Recipes For Everyday Home Cooking

To celebrate today, I'm giving away five copies of The Weeknight Dinner Cookbook along with five of my favorite sheet pans

TWDC Cookbook Release Giveaway
The Weeknight Dinner Cookbook is available to order through these fine retailers:

Sharing my love of food and cooking for others are two of my favorite things. My hope is that this book brings you more joy in the kitchen and many happy meals shared with family and friends.


  1. How exciting....congratulations on your cookbook. Can't wait to try so many recipes.

  2. We've tried several of your recipes and they never let us down. This looks delicious and sounds so nice and simple and quick to make. We will be trying it for sure. Good Luck with your new book and congratulations!!

  3. This looks sooo good! Congrats on your cookbook that's exciting.

  4. I have enjoyed your blog for quite awhile now. I love your recipes; saving & cooking them often.

    Congratulations by the way! Everything looks yummy!

  5. My favorite quick and easy dinner would have to be sloppy joes or soup. Both can be frozen and thawed for later, or they can be made from scratch in 30 minutes.

  6. Congrats on the cookbook! This meal looks great!

  7. This chicken dinner looks fantastic! looking forward to more dinner recipes.

  8. Oooh, Mary, I am so excited for you and for us who faithfully follow your blog. This dinner looks delicious, and knowing you it will be a favorite for sure.

  9. Yum! Congrats on your cookbook!

  10. The chicken looks delicious, yummy, scrumptious, and tasty. Can you tell I haven't had supper yet and I'm hungry! The cookbook sounds great too and sheet pans are always handy. Congratulations and best wishes on your cookbook venture. Alice E.

  11. This recipe looks so good! I've printed it off to try, cant wait!! I love super easy meals and this looks like a delicious one! Thank you! Congratulations on the cookbook...how amazing! :D

  12. Good Luck with the book Mary. This looks like a great meal, and chicken thighs are on sale this week. Winner, winner, chicken dinner! (Sorry, couldn't resist.

  13. This looks delicious! Congratulations on the cookbook. our go to easy meal is BBQ chicken legs, my little guy's favorite!

  14. This looks awesome! Congrats on the cookbook!!

  15. This recipe looks wonderful. Congrats on the cookbook.