Sheet pan chicken and vegetables is a must-have recipe for all those busy weeknights. Use whatever vegetables you have to create a protein and fiber-rich dinner in under 30 minutes!
Raise your hand if you like cooking, but sometimes you're just super busy and need a quick, wholesome dinner. (*raises hand*) This recipe for sheet pan chicken and vegetables is for YOU!
Sheet pan chicken and vegetables basically meets all the criteria for a weeknight dinner.
Easy sheet pan dinner requirements:
- 30 minutes or less
- simple ingredients you have in your kitchen or can find at nearly any store
- can prepare ahead
- feeds the whole family (plus possibly some leftovers!)
- versatile (swap out spices, use on salads, over rice, in wraps, etc.)
Even if you don't prepare anything ahead of time, this sheet pan dinner will be on your table 30 minutes after you start chopping chicken and veggies. If you're a master meal prepper, you can totally chop the chicken and veggies beforehand and store in a gallon-size resealable bag with the olive oil and spices already added. Then you'll just need to empty the bag on a sheet pan and stick it in the oven!
How to Make Sheet Pan Chicken and Vegetables
To help expedite the process, start preheating your oven before you start chopping.
Now, keep it simple - either buy your favorite non-starchy vegetables during your next grocery haul, or see what veggies you have on hand that need to be used.
To save a little time, buy pre-chopped vegetables (i.e. sliced peppers, sliced mushrooms, pre-chopped broccoli florets).
To save a little money, buy whole vegetables (bonus points for less expensive seasonal options, or options on sale!) and put forth a little extra time into chopping.
Chop your chicken breasts into one-inch cubes.
Then all you need to do is toss your chicken and vegetables with the olive oil and seasonings, put it on a sheet pan, and pop it in the oven!
Make another side while the sheet pan chicken and vegetables are cooking, and dinner will be ready in a jiffy!
What to serve with your sheet pan chicken and vegetables:
You can certainly load up on the protein and fiber-rich vegetables in this easy sheet pan dinner, but I tend to enjoy something starchy with my dinners (like rice, sweet potatoes, etc.). While this sheet pan dinner is in the oven, you could quickly make some instant brown rice to pair with it. Or, roast a few sweet potatoes over the weekend. Even more last minute? Poke a few holes in your sweet potato with a fork, wrap it in a damp paper towel, and microwave while the sheet pan dinner is cooking (like what I did here with these purple sweet potatoes).
Try some of these NTF sides that would pair well:
- Cilantro Lime Quinoa (Instant Pot and stove top directions!)
- Greek Yogurt Mashed Potatoes
- Broccoli Kale Quinoa Salad
- Baked Spiced Sweet Potato Wedges
- Grain-Free Cheese-Stuffed Bread Rolls
How to use sheet pan chicken and vegetables leftovers:
You can see this makes a big ol' batch of chicken and veggies. If you're only cooking for 1-2 people, that's okay! You can always cut the recipe in half. That said, I loved all the leftovers. I had leftovers for lunch, snacked on a few pieces of veggies and chicken for a snack, etc. Try using the leftovers in the following ways:
- add to a salad
- make a grain bowl base with leafy greens and a grain like quinoa and serve leftovers on top
- on top creamy yogurt-whipped polenta
- in a wrap
- stirred into a soup for added protein and veggies
- however else you get creative!
Sheet Pan Chicken & Veggies
- 8 cups chopped vegetables I used grape tomatoes, broccoli florets, bell pepper, summer squash
- 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast chopped into 1" pieces
- ¼ cup olive oil or other oil
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 2 tsp oregano
- 1 tsp basil dried
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Line a sheet pan with foil for easier clean up.
- Place all chopped chicken and vegetables on the sheet pan. Top with olive oil and spices, and toss to combine.
- Bake for 20 minutes, or until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees.
- Make ahead tip: Chop all vegetables and chicken and place in a large resealable bag or container with the olive oil and spices. Can be stored in the refrigerator overnight.