Diva Tasting: Sheet Pan Chicken…

Sheet Pan Chicken


8 (6-oz.) Bone-In, Skin-On Chicken Thighs

4 Tablespoons Olive Oil, Divided

3 Teaspoons Kosher Salt, Divided

1 ¾ Teaspoons Chopped Fresh Thyme (divided), Plus 5 Whole Sprigs

1 ½ Teaspoons Black Pepper, Divided

1 Fennel Bulb, Cut Into 1-Inch Pieces (1 1⁄2 Cups)

1 Red Onion, Cut Into 8 Wedges

2 Celery Stalks, Cut At An Angle Into 1⁄2-Inch Slices (3⁄4 Cup)

2 Carrots, Peeled And Cut Into 1⁄3-Inch Slices (3⁄4 Cup)

8 Ounces Cornbread, Cut Into 1-Inch Cubes (about 4 Cups)


Step 1 Preheat oven to 400°F. Rub chicken thighs with 1 tablespoon of the oil, 1 1⁄2 teaspoons of the salt, and 3⁄4 teaspoon each of the chopped thyme and pepper. Place chicken on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil. Bake 15 minutes. (Chicken will not be cooked through.)

Step 2 Meanwhile, combine fennel, onion, celery, carrots, thyme sprigs, 2 tablespoons of the oil, 1 teaspoon of the salt, 1⁄2 teaspoon of the pepper, and remaining 1 teaspoon chopped thyme in a large resealable plastic bag; toss to coat. Arrange vegetable mix evenly around chicken. Bake at 400°F until vegetables are almost tender, about 20 minutes.

Step 3 Toss cornbread with remaining 1 tablespoon oil, 1⁄2 teaspoon salt, and 1⁄4 teaspoon pepper. Arrange around chicken; bake at 400°F until a thermometer inserted in thickest portion of chicken registers 165°F, about 5 minutes. Increase oven temperature to broil; cook until chicken and cornbread are golden brown, 4 to 5 minutes.

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