Roasted Sheet Pan Chicken Thighs with Sweet Potato Fries & Cauliflower


I’ve never been one to build dinner around a large meaty foundation, adding pots of starches and veggies to simmer on the side – I like things all together, not least of all because cooking everything in one big pot minimizes dishes.

The thing about soups and stews and other one-pot wonders is that they’re all – stewy. Which is fine, but I firmly believe and will shout from the rooftops (does anyone ever do this?) that roasting is the best cooking method of anything ever, particularly vegetables. I can’t think of a vegetable that isn’t at its crunchy-sticky-caramelized best roasted: tomatoes? Yup. Broccoli? For sure. Squash? Obv. Cauliflower? Totally.


But here’s the beauty: you can roast chicken thighs in about the same amount of time it takes to roast veggies. On the same pan. Spreading them out on a sheet rather than tucking them into a deep roasting pan allows the heat to circulate, which means they’ll roast instead of steam. And if they start to mingle and get to know each other, all the better.


There’s more: just about anything works. Salmon and asparagus are equally quick, potatoes and root veggies do well with chicken, but if one element requires a little extra time, just get it into the oven first, and add to it partway through the cooking time. This time of year, when the hardier veggies that are made for roasting are at their peak, you can toss just about anything on a pan, shake it around with some oil, salt and pepper, maybe some rosemary or thyme, maybe some curry powder. And there’s no need to restrict yourself to one veggie – toss on a few, and make some of them fries.

Sheet Pan Chicken Thighs with Sweet Potato Fries & Cauliflower


November 1, 2016


4-6 skin on, bone-in chicken thighs

1 smallish sweet potato

1/2 head cauliflower

canola or olive oil, for cooking

salt and pepper

fresh or dried thyme or other herbs you like


1Preheat the oven to 400F. Pat the chicken thighs dry with paper towel, cut the sweet potato into wedges or sticks, and separate the cauliflower into florets. Put the chicken thighs on a parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet, drizzle with oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Put the veggies in a bowl, drizzle with oil and toss to coat, then arrange them on the sheet around the chicken.

2Roast for 25-35 minutes, stirring things around once or twice, until the chicken is cooked through and the veggies are golden. Serves 4.


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8 comments on “Roasted Sheet Pan Chicken Thighs with Sweet Potato Fries & Cauliflower

  1. Heather
    November 2, 2016 at 5:43 am

    I love sheet pan dinners!

    • Julie
      November 7, 2016 at 10:01 am

      Me too! 🙂

  2. Tim
    November 17, 2016 at 7:23 am

    Made this last night – gonna add this to the repertoire.

  3. Miles Thompson
    May 3, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    Well, got to the grocery store – cauliflower was $5.99 a head, and I had lots of regular potatoes, and those horrible boneless, skinless chicken breasts were on for $2.99/lb.

    So I’m not making the same dish at all – marinated the CB in balsamic vinegar salad dressing, and subbed carrots for the cauliflower. Maybe I’ll do the cauliflower version at harvest time.

    Still,, *THANKS* for the inspiration.

    • Julie
      May 4, 2017 at 6:17 pm

      Ha! that’s what cooking is all about! 😉

  4. Anonymous
    November 19, 2017 at 10:37 pm

    Dear Julie,
    I just recently found your blog on the internet and subscribed to it.
    I want to thank you for your time and recipies, I feel that I have known you forever!
    Thank you so much, I will try your recipies for sure!
    Luz María

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