This apple chicken sheet pan dinner is a healthy chicken recipe featuring juicy, flavorful chicken. Sweet potatoes and onions make the sheet pan chicken a complete meal. And because it’s a one-pan dinner, clean-up is super easy!
Making a one pan sheet dinner is an easy, yet elegant way to get dinner on the table quickly. Sheet pan dinners are so versatile. We’re a huge pan of using chicken in one pan dinners…whether it is a skillet chicken or an oven baked sheet pan dinner.
Apple Chicken Sheet Pan Dinner
Have you jumped on the sheet pan dinner train yet? I’m always wayyyy late to the game, but in the past year I’ve had a really hard time getting dinner on the table. Sheet pan dinners have been my rescue. I have no idea who first thought of baking all of your ingredients together on a sheet pan, but whoever they are, I’m eternally grateful.
Savory Apple Recipe
When you have an abundance of apples, whether they are fresh from the tree or picture perfect apples from the grocery store, my mind always goes to what I can bake. I think of apple breads and apple cakes, but what about a savory apple recipe? Apples can be just as good in savory recipes from anything from grilled cheese to apples paired with pork.
What apples are best for cooking?
We like to use Honeycrisp apples in this recipe because they are slightly sweet, yet hold their firmness when baked. Jonagolds and Granny Smith are great for baking also. It’s really a matter of whether you like a more tart apple or more sweet.
CAN I USE DIFFERENT VEGETABLES ON THIS SHEET PAN DINNER?
On this sheet pan dinner, we start with apples, sweet potatoes and onions. If you’re not a fan of sweet potatoes, you can use regular potatoes, but the sweet potatoes pair nicely with the tart apples. You could also use vegetables like carrots, asparagus, or Brussels sprouts. Really, as long as the veggie is one that roasts well in an oven, you can use it on your sheet pan dinner.
Chicken Leg Quarters
Have you ever cooked with chicken leg quarters? They are newer to me…I’ve only been working with them the past year or so. They include the drumstick, thigh and part of the back. They are mostly dark meat.
Chicken leg quarters are HUGE. Although this recipe calls for 4 chicken leg quarters, we say it serves 6 people since the legs are so big.
CAN I USE BONELESS SKINLESS CHICKEN BREASTS FOR THIS SHEET PAN DINNER?
Yes! You can use any cut of chicken that you’d like. You’ll have to watch the baking time closely so you don’t overcook the chicken. Remember to always cook chicken to 165 degrees F internal temperature. We often use bone-in chicken for sheet pan dinners because they turn out so juicy and tender. Bone in chicken has amazing flavor!
HOW TO MAKE SHEET PAN CHICKEN
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Brush chicken with 1 ½ tablespoons of olive oil.
- Sprinkle the salt and pepper over the chicken.
- Place the chicken on the baking sheet.
- Arrange an even layer of red onions, sweet potatoes and apple slices on the pan. Place onions under a corner of the chicken to ensure even cooking.
- Sprinkle vegetables with remaining olive oil, salt and pepper.
- Top with a loose layer of aluminum foil.
- Bake for 35 minutes, then remove aluminum foil, and place back into the oven until the chicken has cooked thoroughly and is golden brown, about another 15 minutes. The internal chicken temperature should read 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
- If you would like the fat to drain while the chicken cooks, place a wire rack in the pan so the fat drips down and suspends the chicken and veggies on the rack.
**Pro Tip: Place the chicken under the broiler for about 2 minutes to crisp up the skin and make it extra golden brown. Watch it closely though! Food under the broiler can burn quickly.**
WHAT TO SERVE WITH A SHEET PAN DINNER?
The awesome thing about sheet pan dinners is that it’s a one-stop meal. Everything is on the pan! If you’d like, you could serve a broccoli salad, fruit salad and some homemade rolls with this chicken dinner.
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Apple Chicken Sheet Pan Dinner
- 4 chicken quarters
- 3 tablespoons olive oil (divided)
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 red onion (thickly sliced)
- 1 large sweet potato (peeled and cut into 1/2 inch slices)
- 2 Honeycrisp apples (sliced into ½ inch slices)
- salt and pepper for topping the veggies before they bake to taste
Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
Brush chicken with 1 ½ tablespoons of olive oil.
Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper.
Place chicken quarters on a large sheet pan. Arrange an even layer of red onions, sweet potatoes and apple slices on the pan. (Place onions under a corner of the chicken to ensure even cooking.) Sprinkle vegetables with remaining olive oil, salt and pepper.
Top with a loose layer of aluminum foil. Bake for 35 minutes.
Remove aluminum foil, and place back into the oven until the chicken has cooked thoroughly and is golden brown, about another 10 minutes. The internal chicken temperature should read 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
Place the sheet pan dinner under the broiler for the last 2 minutes for a crispier skin and more golden brown color.