30 August 2018

Sheet Pan Chicken Dinner with Romesco Sauce

Sheet Pan Chicken Dinner with Romesco Sauce / www.delightfulrepast.com

Summer just goes on and on. I can’t stand the heat, but I can’t get out of the kitchen. So I’m concentrating on Simple. And nothing is more simple than a sheet pan dinner. 

I started with the chicken. Could have used bone-in skin-on chicken breasts or thighs; but I went with the boneless skinless chicken breasts because that was all that was available in the organic section. 

Then I moved on to the organic produce and went with what looked especially good. Zucchini and red bell peppers. Then I spotted 18-ounce bags of “Organic Vegetable Medley," broccoli, cauliflower and carrots, already cut up and ready to go—I couldn’t resist! Sure, you pay for that convenience, but today it was worth it! 

You can make a sheet pan dinner any size you want. If I had been cooking for four to six, I would have used an 18x13x1-inch half sheet pan. But this was dinner for two, so I used a 15x10x1-inch pan. And the only reason I lined it with foil is because it is a horribly ugly pan, my only horribly ugly pan, and I thought foil would look a little less tacky.

(I'm going to replace it soon with this Nordic Ware Natural Aluminum Commercial Baker's Jelly Roll Baking Sheet. Their Half Sheet Pan is a real workhorse in my kitchen.) 

The Romesco Sauce comes together quickly in the blender or food processor. This sauce tastes soooo good that I used next to no seasoning on the chicken and vegetables. I mean it when I tell you, I can eat that stuff by the spoonful all by itself. 

Do you like sheet pan dinners? 

Sheet Pan Chicken Dinner with Romesco Sauce / www.delightfulrepast.com

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Sheet Pan Chicken Dinner with Romesco Sauce 


(Serves 2) 

Sunflower Seed Romesco Sauce -- Make it first or after you put the sheet pan chicken dinner in the oven

1/2 teaspoon paprika 
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided 
1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper, divided 
2 6-ounce (or more) portions boneless skinless chicken breast 
1 medium (about 8 ounces) zucchini, cut diagonally into 1/3-inch-thick slices 
1 medium red bell pepper, halved vertically and cut into wide strips 
1/2 18-ounce bag of fresh “organic vegetable medley” OR 2 cups of vegetables
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Garnish: chopped cilantro 

1 Preheat oven to 400F/205C/Gas6. Spray 15x10x1-inch jelly roll baking sheet with cooking spray. In small dish, combine paprika and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Place the chicken pieces in the middle of the pan and sprinkle them with the seasoning mixture. 

2 Spread the vegetables in the pan. Drizzle on the olive oil and toss the vegetables around a bit so that they are all coated. Sprinkle the remaining salt and pepper over the vegetables. 

Sheet Pan Chicken Dinner with Romesco Sauce (this photo - before baking) / www.delightfulrepast.com

Note: I actually used more chicken than listed in the recipe because I wanted to have leftover chicken for chicken salad sandwiches the next day.

3 Bake for 30 minutes. (You would need to bake bone-in chicken pieces longer.) 

4 To serve: Spread a bit (maybe 3 or 4 tablespoons?) of the Sunflower Seed Romesco Sauce in the center of each plate. Place the chicken and vegetables on top of the sauce. Garnish with chopped cilantro. Put a dish of the sauce on the table because you ARE going to want to add more!

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Jean

42 comments:

Thomas "Sully" Sullivan said...

In my kitchen I call that Simple + 5. Weeding back to simple, I come up with just chicken breast. When I cook for six, that means six meals with time between them. Six chicken breasts. Possibly over six days, though I admit that Day 6 probably features mystery meat – that time when chicken doesn’t taste like chicken. All that said, I do like that color palette you created. Easy on the eyes while I’m drinking down melted black cherry ice cream mixed with Coke to help dissolve Day 6 mystery meat…

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Sully, perhaps appreciating the "color palette" will gradually lead to your appreciating the taste of vegetables? Nah. But I can't knock it, you seem to be thriving. And your diet of animal products only is quite the rage right now!

Angie Schneider said...

Such a delicious and healthy meal! Love the plating...so beautiful!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thank you, Angie. And it's soooo easy to throw together!

Jeanie said...

This sounds really delish, Jean. I'm holding on to this one!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thanks, Jeanie. I hope you'll try it soon!

Sherry said...

gorgeous groceries!
sometimes 'convenience' offers just
the right touch for busy lives
and quick decisions. i'm experiencing
that myself lately. :)

Louca por porcelana said...

It looks delicious and easy...perfect for me!I will try it soon,thanks for sharing!Hugs!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thank you, Sherry. And thank you for reassuring me about the "convenience" decision! :-)

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Maristella, thank you. I hope you like it!

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

I'm liking easy recipes these days, too, Jean. I even line my nice pans with foil because of the ease in clean up. With our Texas heat, even going outside to use the grill can be too much heat to endure. Your sheet pan meal onside will be perfect!

Pauline Wiles said...

Jean, thanks for keeping it simple: I can really get behind that approach this week!
And I appreciate the reminder to try your Romesco sauce, too.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Kitty, thank you. Yes, using foil for easy clean-up sounds like a good idea--I am really into EASY in this hot weather!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thank you, Pauline. I am appreciating "simple" more and more! And that sauce is soooo simple and soooo good. You can put it on anything and everything!

Cranberry Morning said...

I often make sheet pan dinners. So easy! I'd never before heard of the Romesco Sauce, but I clicked on the link and printed out the recipe. I'll use that. I LOVE the ingredient list! Thank you.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Judy, I hope you'll like the sauce as much as we do! You can also make it with almonds and flat-leaf parsley instead of the sunflower seeds and cilantro, but I sooo love the seeds and cilantro that I never make it the other way.

Sandra said...

looks delicious and easy peasy to fix it... the Mexican Petunia you commented on, is like a weed here in Florida, it grows everywhere and spreads like crazy,

Margie said...

I've never had sheet pan dinners. Yours is making me want to have lunch at 8 in the morning.

I have mixed feelings about the end of summer. I'm going to miss the longer days, but look forward to the coziness of fall.

Karen (Back Road Journal) said...

I really like Romesco sauce and I know I will enjoy your version with sunflower seeds and cilantro.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thank you, Sandra! That petunia looks like a pretty weed to have around!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Margie, thank you. Sheet pan dinners are the way to go! I like the sound of that, "coziness of fall."

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thank you, Karen. I can't get enough of it! It is good on absolutely everything (savory, that is).

Cocoa and Lavender said...

These days, with my travel schedule, simplicity is key! Yes, we love sheet pan dinners and your Romesco Sauce with the sunflower seeds is amazing. I haven’t pinged back to tell you how much we love it - it was great on some grilled tilapia!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

David, I'm so glad you liked the sauce! I just finished the last of this batch today with my lunch. We're appreciating simplicity more and more each day!

Unknown said...

My favorite veggies with my favorite meat, on a baking sheet! Perfect! Gonna save this one! Thanks for linking up with us at #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thanks, Unknown! I made it again last night. Hope you'll make it soon.

Tony Grant said...

Actually using foil, for me anyway, Jean, has a another motive. I find it is easier to wash the pan afterwards. If possible I always try to avoid using ,"elbow grease."
This looks great Jean. I was wondering though, did you have these ingredients already in your freezer, fridge, cupboard, or did you get them from your local supermarket?I had this poetic image of you assembling the ingredients as though you were walking through your local woods foraging for rare mushrooms? All the best, Tony.

Are you lot still suffering a heatwave? Ours has dispersed but yesterday and today it seems to have returned with temperatures in the mid 20 degrees. Not as hot as it was but hotter than of late. We have had some substantial rain recently and everything is looking greener.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Yes, Tony, it's still hot everywhere. That's when I try to think up effortless dinners. Had to get out to the grocery store, though--that was the hardest part. I must conjure up your poetic image next time I'm doing the shopping! Glad you finally got some substantial rain.

Jann Olson said...

What a great way to cook everything at once! Cooling off a little around here finally. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
hugs,
Jann

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thanks a lot, Jann! So glad to hear it's finally cooling off.

Miz Helen said...

Your sheet pan dinner looks delicious and I love the combination! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday, we sure enjoyed your post!
Miz Helen

Kitchen Riffs said...

I don't actually make that many sheet pan dinners -- I'm more of a stir-fry person when it comes to quick and easy. My loss, though -- this looks SO GOOD! I gotta convert to the sheet pan. LOVE Romesco Sauce -- so good, isn't it. Terrific recipe -- thanks.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Miz Helen, thank you so much! I'll bring cookies to Full Plate Thursday tomorrow!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thanks, John. Yep, I love a good stir-fry, too! But this is just soooo effortless AND good. I love any Romesco sauce, but this one with toasted sunflower seeds and cilantro is my absolute favorite.

Daydreamer Mum said...

I do look forward to your recipies on #blogcrush!!! This one really takes my fancy as it seems so simple yet so so yummy!!!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thanks so much, Daydreamer Mum!

Kippi O'Hern said...

I love this recipe. I am adding it to this week's menu!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Kippi, thank you. My husband is requesting it again, so I too am adding it to this week's menu!

April J Harris said...

I love this, Jean - "I can’t stand the heat, but I can’t get out of the kitchen." That made me smile! Great tip about covering the sheet pan with foil if it's a bit on the old side - and what a deliciously simple meal! Sharing on the Hearth and Soul FB page. Thank you so much for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Link Party!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thanks so much, April. Glad I made you smile! I'll be back on Thursday with probably my final peach recipe of the season.

Mary K.- The Boondocks Blog said...

Jean I am really trying to stay away from sweets, so when I saw this yummy recipe I said to myself this is perfect to ward away my sweet tooth!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Mary, thank you. I think you're going to go craaaazy for the sauce! And if you want a not-too-sweet dessert, my Peach Frangipane Galette, just posted today, has just 13 teaspoons of sugar in the WHOLE thing that serves 6 to 8!

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