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How to Make a Sheet-Pan Dinner with Any Ingredients

Created March 13, 2020
chicken sheet pan dinners
Memorize this easy framework and dinner’s just a sheet pan away!
Day in, day out—dinner needs to be made. Learning how to create a sheet-pan chicken dinner from a mix-and-match set of ingredients can make the task (and the cleanup that follows) feel much less daunting. The experts in the Betty Crocker Kitchens have laid out a framework that allows you to make a full meal. Featuring that most-reliable protein, chicken, the simplest of kitchen equipment, a sheet pan, and using kitchen-tested methods that you can adapt to your taste (and whatever’s in the fridge), this framework means you never need to fear the weeknight dinner routine again!

The Key

diced potatoes on sheet pan

The key to cooking a complete meal on a single sheet pan is to add the ingredients gradually, so that longer-cooking ingredients, like potatoes, get the chance to cook through and tender ingredients don’t end up burnt. Keep this in mind and you’ll always have success with this method.

The Framework

ingredients to make sheet pan dinner

To make a full chicken dinner on a sheet pan, you’ll need chicken (approximately 24 to 28 oz), melted butter or other cooking fat (4 tablespoons), a mix of long-cooking and short-cooking vegetables (4 to 8 cups), salt and pepper and toppings of your choice.

  1. Rub chicken with melted butter, salt and pepper.
  2. Toss cubed long-cooking vegetables in fat, salt and flavorings, if desired.
  3. Place chicken and vegetables on pan. Roast in hot oven, stirring a couple of times.
  4. Add short-cooking vegetables, if desired, and roast longer.
  5. Finish the dish with toppings.

The Ingredients

Got a package of chicken and a crisper full of forgotten veggies? Here are some ingredients that work well within this framework.

  • Fat: Butter, vegetable oil, olive oil, bacon fat, sesame oil
  • Seasoning: Salt and pepper, Montreal chicken seasoning, barbecue seasoning, Greek seasoning, seasoned salt, Jamaican jerk seasoning, Cajun seasoning, Italian seasoning, chicken taco seasoning, garam masala
  • Long-Cooking Vegetables: Quartered new potatoes, cauliflower, peeled cubed Russet potatoes, peeled cubed sweet potatoes, sweet potato wedges, rustic-cut peeled carrots, mushrooms, broccoli, bok choy, bell pepper, Brussels sprouts, bagged stir-fry veggies
  • Short-Cooking Vegetables: Spinach, Asian greens, baby kale, cherry tomatoes, cooked beans, frozen (thawed) peas, corn or edamame
  • Toppings: Parsley, thyme, cheese (feta, fresh mozzarella, gruyere, queso fresco), fresh herbs (cilantro, basil, tarragon, oregano), toasted nuts (pine nuts, pecans, walnuts, cashews, pepitas), sweetener (honey, molasses, brown sugar, sugar)

Need-to-Know Tips

These expert tips will help ensure that your sheet-pan dinner comes out stellar, every time:

  • Melt butter in the microwave on 25 percent power. Keep your microwave tidy by placing a paper plate over the top of the dish to prevent popping and splattering.
  • Cut vegetables the same size. For example, quarter the new potatoes first, then cut the cauliflower to match the size of the potato pieces.
  • Frozen veggies and watery veggies, like zucchini and summer squash, even when small in dimension, take a lot longer to cook on a sheet pan than you’d expect. Allow extra cook time. Thaw and pat dry frozen veggies before adding to pan.

Curious to Try More?

The right timing and temperatures for cooking proteins and vegetables on a sheet pan depends on what you’re making. Our kitchen experts devised this chart to provide a guideline for you to follow, if you want to experiment with proteins other than chicken, and to help you remember how long veggies should cook.

Food

Total Time

Temp

Cauliflower Florets

45

425

Quartered New Potatoes

40

425

Peeled Cubed Russet Potatoes

37

425

Peeled Cubed Sweet Potatoes

35

425

Pork Tenderloin

30

425

Sweet Potato Wedges

27

425

Bone-In, Skin-On Chicken Thighs

27

425

Boneless, Skinless Chicken Thighs

27

425

Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts

23

425

Bone-In Pork Chops

15

425

Stir-Fry Veggies

15

425

Salmon

13

425

Broccoli Florets

12

450

Cubed Beef Sirloin

12

450

Shrimp

8

425

Shrimp

7

Broil

Cherry Tomatoes

7

Broil

Chickpeas

7

Broil


We love sheet pan dinners so much that we developed two fully-fledged chicken sheet-pan dinner recipes to help you learn these guidelines by doing. Try them first, if you’re used to cooking from recipes, then step out your own and experiment!



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