If you consider yourself a semi-regular cook, you know that on especially long days characterized by screaming and tantrums and flooded inboxes, the sweet call of take-out can seem all too alluring. But when you find yourself stuck in a Chow Mein coma and your drawers become inexplicably crammed with ketchup packets and rogue fortune cookies, it might be a sign to start looking for new solutions. Enter these easy sheet pan chicken recipes.
Chicken has a reputation for starring in such meals as: “I’m just really trying to impress my in-laws,” “Yes, I’ve been watching Food Network all day,” and my personal favorite, “I actually had more than 30 minutes of free time today.” But in this new role, chicken proves that it doesn’t actually have to be a part of a full length production. In fact, it can be easy! We’re talking throw-it-on-a-baking-sheet-and-call-it-a-day easy.
After all, when it comes down to it, these recipes are really just healthier, more delicious departures from the drive-through chicken nuggets you would otherwise be eating... so why not go for it? They’re quick, they’re simple, and they’re delicious, plus they’re perfect for leftovers and meal prep (if you have the self control). So the next time you’re craving a hot meal but are unwilling to commit to stacks of dishes, twelve different trips to the grocery store, and a whole playlist of YouTube tutorials, resist the urge to chicken out and give these chicken recipes a try instead.
1. Chicken Fajitas
2. Balsamic Chicken With Potatoes & Carrots
3. Lemon Chicken Dinner
4. Chicken Shawarma
This Middle Eastern inspired meal is a great way to break up your everyday routine and cut down on clean up time. According to Bobbi of Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen, this chicken shawarma is so delicious, her family asked if she would consider delivering it. Follow in her footsteps, and you might get a few similar reactions yourself.
5. Honey Mustard Chicken And Vegetables
6. Baked Chicken Parmesan
7. Chicken Tinga Bowls
8. Chicken Puttanesca
This is hands down some of the most beautiful chicken I've ever seen, and it's equally delicious. Taking inspiration from pasta puttanesca, this sheet pan recipe from The View From Great Island gives a classic meal a modern twist. Perfect when you're looking to get creative or impress your guests without spending the whole day in the kitchen.
9. Hot Honey Baked Chicken Dinner
Phi, the writer behind the Sweet Phi blog, is all about making recipes that are as sweet as she is, and this chicken is no exception. Add her easy hot honey to the mix for tons of unexpected flavor you'll fall in love with. Bonus points: you can totally use the leftover honey for whatever your heart desires (veggies, dressings, etc.).
10. Sticky Chicken With Pineapple Salsa
First of all, I'm not drooling, you're drooling. There's something so tropical about this sticky chicken from How Sweet Eats, and that fresh pineapple salsa makes me want to go on vacation ASAP. So if you're looking for a little taste of paradise, this is that all on one plate (or pan, to be exact).
11. Maple Apricot Chicken
The lovely thing about this maple apricot chicken from Carlsbad Cravings is that the only real work is in the prep, making it the perfect recipe to set up on the weekend and enjoy during the week. Its sweet glaze looks simply mouthwatering, but there's also a little spice to keep things balanced. Perfect for when you know there's a chaotic week ahead of you.
12. Herb Grapefruit Chicken With Roasted Vegetables
For families with smaller children, sometimes you may want to switch things up at dinner, only to realize your kids are still stuck on the same old familiar meals. However, this herb grapefruit chicken from The Forked Spoon promises to be both kid friendly and full of flavor. Finally, a solution where everybody wins!
13. Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken
This pineapple teriyaki chicken recipe from The Creative Bite is a great way to help your children experiment a little more with their fruits and veggies. Plus, the savory taste of the teriyaki sauce paired with the sweet pineapple is a match made in heaven. It's truly a dinner that checks all the boxes, minus the hassle.
14. Mediterranean Chicken Dinner
The Café Sucre Farine is known for its elegant recipes, and this Mediterranean inspired meal proves it. However, you don't have to spend a ton of time or money just because this particular recipe looks so fancy. Despite appearances, this whole dish can actually be made in less than an hour, and your family will never know. It's a dish that's made to impress, only without the usual time commitment.
15. Garlic Chicken And Veggies
16. Pesto Chicken Dinner
17. Chicken With Rainbow Vegetables
Here's yet another stunning creation by Well Plated that is just as enjoyable to eat as it is to look at. This chicken and rainbow veggies recipe draws inspiration from Italy and keeps things simple by giving the traditional Italian flavors their time in the spotlight. All the gorgeous colors in this meal also indicate that this meal is not only tasty, but nutritious as well. You really can't go wrong!
18. Greek Chicken With Peppers And Potatoes
For Kelsey Nixon, a great meal has a lot to do with a great sauce, and this Greek chicken recipe delivers on that end. This meal keeps it simple and sticks to classic flavors, yielding a refreshing yet flavorful meal you'll want to have on deck at all times during the week. Skip the trip to Mykonos and get a taste of all this Greek goodness in your own home.
19. Moroccan Chicken And Potatoes
Don't be afraid to dig into your pantry for this Moroccan chicken recipe from Nutmeg Nanny. This is a meal that will likely put a lot of what you already have to good use, making it a convenient but exciting option for dinner time. Plus, the sweet and spicy flavor combo makes for a great departure from the traditional chicken dinner.
20. Honey Garlic Chicken Thighs
In a brilliant symphony of seasoning and deliciousness, this honey garlic recipe from Wry Toast Eats acts as the perfect sheet pan finale. Perfectly crispy and golden brown, this is the kind of chicken that will come close to melting in your mouth. There's just no beating it, and these friendly flavor combinations will be loved by everyone in the family.
Cooking can be a joy, but on a busy weekday filled with stress, it becomes more of a pain. Some of the biggest cooking gripes center around dishes, clean up, and time, so why not consider a dinner that takes care of these woes and more? Baking proteins like chicken is also a smart and affordable way to get kids to eat clean, while leaving enough leftovers to pack in the next day's lunch. It's truly the solution you've been searching for, which means there's no better time to add sheet pan cooking into your family's routine.