So Shabbat was coming. My husband was busy making challah and I was trying to decide what I could make for dinner that would feel special. And it was 90 degrees outside! So I came up with this delicious, Greek-inspired, sheet-pan chicken with only one pan to wash. And if I am really being lazy, I can use aluminum foil on the pan and have nothing to wash!
I’m sure that I’m not the only one to have come up with this idea. But mine came to me at 2:00 am when I couldn’t sleep. It’s based on decades of cooking and eating, rather than a recipe. It is an easily adaptable recipe and I have already thought of several variations for other Friday night dinners. Since it is just the two of us, I only made a relatively small batch, but this can easily be doubled or tripled.
Growing up, when chickens were delivered to our house by Irving The Chicken Man, my preference was for chicken wings and breasts. But nowadays, when so many chickens are bred with these ginormous, flavorless and often rubbery breasts, I prefer to use thighs. They have more flavor, stay juicier and more tender and are almost impossible to overcook. And they tend to be cheaper too. Need I say more?
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Yield: 4 servings
About 2 pounds of bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs (You can also use drumsticks, if you prefer)
4 to 5 golden or baby Bliss (red) potatoes, quartered lengthwise
1 lemon, sliced into rounds
1 Tablespoon fresh rosemary, coarsely chopped
3 garlic cloves, peeled and sliced
1/4 cup pitted cured green olives (You can use olives with pits, but be sure to let people know when serving!)
1/4 cup pitted cured black olives (If you only have one kind of olive, then use 1/2 cup)
Juice of 1 lemon plus enough vinegar (I used Balsamic) if necessary to make a generous 1/3 cup
A 5 Tablespoons of EVOO
1.5 teaspoons dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon sweet paprika
Kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper
Chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, cilantro or any fresh Mediterranean herb
Make deep slits on both sides of the chicken thighs. Generously sprinkle salt and pepper on both sides of chicken and place in a glass or aluminum bowl or clean resealable, heavy-duty plastic bag.
Add the sliced lemon, potato wedges, sliced garlic, olives and chopped rosemary.
In a small bowl or measuring cup, mix together the remaining ingredients and pour it over the chicken mix. Refrigerate for at least one hour, but up to overnight is okay.
Remove from the fridge one hour before ready to cook. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
Remove the solid ingredients from the bag or bowl and place, skin-side down on a rimmed sheet-pan that has been lightly oiled. Lightly sprinkle with some additional salt and paprika.
Place in the top third of the oven and bake for 25 minutes. Then turn the chicken to be skin-side up. Again sprinkle lightly with additional salt and paprika. You can also turn over the potato wedges. Return to the oven and bake for another 20 to 30 minutes or until the chicken and potatoes are golden brown. Remove to a platter and garnish with the chopped parsley if you are making a presentation or just serve from the pan to be unfussy. Either way, feast and enjoy!