This big mess of baked chicken thighs, potatoes, peppers and olives was a last minute, throw-everything-in-the-pan dinner and it’s turned out to be one of the best things I’ve cooked all year. A recipe inspired by a trip to Portugal with its luscious rustic cuisine, everything steeped in fruity olive oil and garlic.
As with any huge dinner success that takes minimal effort, I couldn’t wait to share this recipe here with you. Actually, I can hardly call it a recipe – it’s more of a ‘heap’ of chicken and veggies, tossed with oil and spices and thrown in the oven. And highly adaptable to whatever vegetables you have on hand.
Nonetheless, I’m writing out the recipe exactly as I made it that very first time, when it so completely hit the spot!
BAKED CHICKEN THIGHS AND VEGGIES
How To Make It
This one-pan baked chicken and vegetables dish features boneless skinless chicken thighs, baby potatoes, zucchini, red and yellow bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, lots of garlic, green olives and paprika.
It’s a rustic hodgepodge of ingredients that happen to work together deliciously well.
Prep for 20 minutes: While the oven is preheating to 425ºF, thinly slice the peppers and potatoes, cut the zucchini into chunks, roughly chop the garlic, rinse the cherry tomatoes and measure all the spices out into a small bowl: paprika, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
Roast for 25-35 minutes: Put everything into a big bowl, add a few tablespoons of olive oil and toss well so the chicken and veggies are all coated with oil and spices. Spread the mixture out in a large baking pan or rimmed sheet pan and bake for 35 minutes, tossing and checking the chicken for doneness after 20 minutes.
That’s all there is to it.
Pile some chicken and veggies onto a plate. Sprinkle with chopped cilantro or parsley, if you like, and enjoy!
Some notes on Cooking Boneless Chicken Thighs in the oven
Chicken thighs are a great choice for oven-baking. They’ve got lots of natural flavor, way more than chicken breasts, due to their higher fat content. And while chicken breasts can easily dry out, chicken thighs are forgiving and hard to overcook, so you don’t have to worry so much about precise timing.
I’ve chosen boneless thighs for this one-pan recipe because they need about the same amount of time in the oven as the veggies. And if they’re ready slightly before the veggies, simply transfer them to a platter and tent them with foil to keep them warm while you finish roasting the vegetables.
How long does it take to cook chicken thighs in the oven? At a temperature of 425º bone-in chicken thighs take 30-40 minutes to cook through. Boneless thighs take only 20-30 minutes, depending on their size.
How to you know when baked chicken thighs are done? If you have a meat thermometer you can easily test for doneness by sticking the probe into the thickest part of the thigh. According to the USDA, as long as all parts of the chicken have reached a minimum internal temperature of 165°, it is safe to eat.
Without a thermometer, check baked chicken thighs for doneness by piercing the thickest part of the thigh with a sharp knife. If the juices run clear, the chicken is cooked and ready to eat.
If you want to use boneless skinless breasts for this recipe, I would recommend cooking them for a shorter time and checking the doneness of your chicken along the way. It’s a leaner cut and will overcook more easily, especially at a high temperature. Remove the chicken when it’s done and continue to cook the vegetables on their own.
If you’re craving more rustic dishes with lots of veggies, here are a few other recipes I heartily recommend:
- Spice-Crusted Pork Potatoes and Vegetables
- Easy Spanish Paella
- Chicken Cacciatore with Roasted Vegetable and Potatoes
- Sausages, Onions, Potatoes, Peppers and Green Beans
Here’s the recipe for Baked Chicken Thighs with Potatoes Peppers and Olives. If you cook this recipe I hope you’ll come back to leave a star rating and a comment. I’d love to know what you think!Print
Baked Chicken Thighs with Potatoes, Peppers and Olives
A scrumptious rustic one-pan chicken and vegetables meal that comes together quickly.
- Prep Time: 20 min
- Cook Time: 35 min
- Total Time: 55 minutes
- Yield: 3-5 1x
- Category: dinner, one-pan
- Method: oven
- Cuisine: Portuguese, Mediterranean
- 1½ tablespoons paprika (sweet or Hungarian)
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder or garlic granules
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt plus more, to taste
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
- 6 skinless boneless chicken thighs (about 1 ½ pounds)
- 2 large red or yellow bell peppers or one of each, cored and thinly sliced
- 1 pound of baby potatoes, cut into ⅓-inch thick slices
- 4 large garlic cloves, roughly chopped
- 1 cup pitted green olives
- 1 dry pint of cherry tomatoes, on or off the vine (15–20 cherry tomatoes)
- 1 large zucchini, halved lengthwise and cut crosswise into ½-inch chunks
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro or parsley
- 1 lemon, cut into 6 wedges
Equipment: A large baking pan or rimmed sheet pan.
- Preheat oven to 425ºF Set oven rack in the middle of the oven.
- Combine the spices in a small bowl: 1½ tbs paprika, 2 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp salt and ½ teaspoon of pepper.
- In a large bowl, combine everything else: chicken, peppers, potatoes, garlic, olives, tomatoes, zucchini and olive oil. Sprinkle spice mix evenly over everything and toss well to fully combine.
- Transfer the mixture to a large baking pan or sheet pan and spread out the chicken and vegetables as much as possible, making sure the chicken pieces have nothing on top of them. Sprinkle the chicken pieces with the remaining ½ teaspoon of pepper and a few pinches of salt.
- Bake for 20 minutes. Toss the potatoes and vegetables. Turn the chicken over to moisten with the juices in the bottom of the pan. Close the oven and continue to cook everything for 10-15 minutes longer, until the chicken is tender and cooked through and the vegetables are done to your liking. If the chicken is done before the vegetables, transfer it to a platter and tent with foil and continue to cook the vegetables until they’re tender and done to your liking.
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