Sheet Pan Chicken and Veggies

Sheet Pan Chicken and Veggies is a flavorful, quick and easy, complete dinner recipe that effortlessly bakes up on just one pan!

Sheet Pan Chicken and Veggies with text overlay.


 

If you enjoy roasted veggies, you'll also love Rainbow Roasted Carrots with Thyme, Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Roasted Butternut Squash, and Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Parmesan!

Sheet pan dinners are all the rage, and for good reason. Because who wouldn't love a full meal -- protein plus veggies -- made at the same time...on the same pan?! This Sheet Pan Chicken and Veggies meal is the perfect recipe for a family dinner on a busy weeknight, but it's also tasty (and impressive) enough to serve to company!

Aerial view of Sheet Pan Chicken and Veggies with parsley garnish.

Ingredients

So what do you need to make this simple, tasty, chicken sheet pan dinner?

Aerial view of labeled ingredients to make Sheet Pan Chicken and Veggies.
  • Chicken breasts. Try to ensure that they're roughly equivalent in size to one another for even baking time.
  • Pesto. You can use a jar of store-bought pesto or -- if your herb garden happens to be going basil-crazy -- you can whip up a batch of homemade pesto. For the chicken in these photos, I actually used a jarred pesto that was heavy on Romano, which is why the marinade is more yellowish than it is dark green. But feel free to use your favorite.
  • White wine vinegar and salt + pepper. To round out the marinade for the chicken.
  • Potatoes. I typically use halved or quartered baby red potatoes (depending on size), but any type of potato will work as long as you cut it into evenly-sized pieces. Peel 'em if you like.
  • Asparagus. Since we like our roasted asparagus to be tender but not mushy, I try to buy it with a medium-diameter...not too thick and not too thin.
  • EVOO + garlic salt. To season the veggies.
Chicken Sheet Pan Dinner on white plate.

Swapping Different Vegetables

Feel free to change up this sheet pan chicken by altering the vegetables to use your favorites (carrots and Brussels sprouts would be yummy!), what you have on hand, or whatever happens to be in season.

Just keep in mind that different veggies require different cooking times. So you may have to change the order in which you add your ingredients to the pan and/or lengthen or shorten the cooking time for each vegetable.

Similarly, if you'd like to change up the seasoning -- or marinate your chicken in something other than pesto (Italian Dressing or Greek Dressing anyone?) -- feel free to do that as well. This recipe is infinitely customizable!

How to Make It

(The below photos are intended to be helpful, but please refer to the recipe card at the bottom of this post for FULL DIRECTIONS.)

Making Sheet Pan Chicken and Veggies couldn't be any easier!

The key to sheet pan dinners is to add your ingredients to the pan in phases based on how long they need to cook.

  1. In the morning, simply combine pesto with white wine vinegar, salt, and pepper, add your chicken breasts, and pop it in the fridge to marinate all day.
Adding chicken breasts to pesto marinade.
Plastic baggie of chicken breasts marinated in pesto.

Then come dinner time, let the marinated chicken come to room temp while you preheat the oven and prep the veggies!

Since the potatoes require the longest cooking time, those go into the oven first.

  1. Cut the potatoes into evenly-sized pieces and add to a large bowl. Drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil and sprinkle with garlic salt and pepper. Toss until evenly coated, transfer to a sheet pan, and spread into an even layer. Bake for 20 minutes.
Seasoning red potatoes in bowl.
Cut red potatoes on sheet pan.

Once the 'taters have gotten a head start, it's time to add the chicken.

  1. After 20 minutes, remove the sheet pan from the oven. Using a metal spatula, scrape the potatoes from the pan, turn them over, and push them to one side.
  2. Thoroughly drain the pesto from the marinated chicken...you can leave some pesto slathered on top of the chicken, but you don't want excess oil on your pan. Add the chicken to the other side of the sheet pan, next to the potatoes. Return the pan to the oven and cook for 15 minutes.
Sheet pan chicken and potatoes.

And then finally, when the chicken is almost done, the asparagus gets added to the pan for the last 15 minutes or so.

  1. Add the asparagus pieces to the same bowl used for the potatoes. Drizzle with remaining EVOO and season with garlic salt and pepper. Toss to coat.
  2. Scoot the chicken to the center of the pan and add the asparagus on the other side. Cook until the chicken tests done and the asparagus and potatoes are tender.
Seasoned asparagus in bowl.
Sheet pan chicken with pesto, asparagus, and potatoes.
  1. Serve and enjoy!
Serving of Sheet Pan Chicken and Veggies on white plate.

The end result is a flavorful, perfectly cooked sheet pan dinner made on just one pan, with juicy chicken, fluffy potatoes, and tender asparagus.

This recipe is not only well-rounded, but it's healthy and delicious, too!

And have I mentioned that it's super simple to make?

Sheet pan chicken recipe with potatoes and asparagus.

Tweaking the Cooking Time

The cooking times for Sheet Pan Chicken and Veggies may require slight tweaking depending on the overall size of your ingredients. For example, larger chunks of potato will require a longer overall cooking time to become tender. Huge chicken breasts will require a few extra minutes to cook through. And thin spears of asparagus will cook faster than thicker ones. So keep in mind that, if necessary, you can always cook each phase of ingredients for longer or shorter than dictated in the recipe.

For example, you could add extra-large chicken breasts to the pan after the potatoes have been cooking for just 15 minutes (instead of 20), which will give the chicken an extra 5 minutes of cooking time.

Also, if some of the ingredients are done at the end of the cooking time but others need a few extra minutes -- for example, the chicken and the asparagus are done but the potatoes aren't quite tender -- remove the fully cooked ingredients to a plate and pop the sheet pan of potatoes back in the oven for a few more minutes of roasting (you can also crank up the heat to speed things up, but watch closely to avoid burning).

Sheet pan chicken and potatoes with asparagus.

If you've never given any chicken sheet pan recipes a whirl, I encourage you to do so!

Sheet Pan Chicken and Veggies can be enjoyed exactly as it is, or you can round it out further with a crisp salad and some warm dinner rolls.

In other words? A homemade, wholesome, yummy dinner ideal for filling up hungry tummies!

Sheet Pan Chicken and Veggies fresh out of oven.

Helpful Tips, Tricks, & Equipment

  • You can marinate your chicken in a dish or in a gallon-sized, zip-top, plastic bag. I prefer using the latter because I can turn the bag over once or twice throughout the day to make sure the chicken is getting evenly marinated, and then I can just throw away the icky bag when I'm done. Any time I marinate meat in a bag, however, I still place that bag in a dish to prevent contamination of my fridge in case of leakage.
  • The sheet pan used for this recipe measures 18- by 13- inches with a 1-inch rim, commonly referred to a "half sheet pan" (link available in recipe card).
  • It's important that the ingredients on the pan are consistently sized. Buy a bunch of asparagus in which all of the spears have a similar diameter. Try to chop your potatoes into equal, bite-sized pieces. And aim for chicken breasts that are close in size to one another.
  • Chicken breasts should always be cooked to a safe internal temperature (165°F), but overcooking them can cause them to dry out quickly. Therefore, I almost always use a digital food thermometer while my chicken is cooking so that I know exactly when it's done (link available in recipe card).
  • If desired, once the chicken sheet pan dinner is done, sprinkle the veggies with freshly grated Parmesan and return to the oven for another minute or two until melted.
Aerial close-up of Sheet Pan Chicken and Veggies.

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Aerial view of Sheet Pan Chicken and Veggies.

Sheet Pan Chicken and Veggies

Sheet Pan Chicken and Veggies is a flavorful, quick and easy, complete dinner recipe that effortlessly bakes up on just one pan!
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Marinating Time: at least: 6 hours
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 367kcal
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Ingredients

For the Chicken:

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, (2 to 2 ½ pounds total)
  • 1 cup pesto
  • 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

For the Vegetables:

  • 1 pound baby red potatoes, halved or quartered into equal pieces
  • 5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, DIVIDED
  • 1 ½ teaspoons garlic salt, DIVIDED
  • 1 pound asparagus, trimmed & cut into 2-inch pieces

Instructions

  • Place the chicken breasts in a gallon-sized, zip-top, plastic bag. Add the pesto, white wine vinegar, salt, and pepper. Seal the bag and squeeze to combine the ingredients and coat the chicken. Place the bag in a dish and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 6, and up to 12, hours. You may squeeze and turn the bag halfway through the marinating time, if desired.
  • Adjust the oven rack to the center position and preheat the oven to 400°F. Remove the marinated chicken from the fridge to start coming to room temperature.
  • Add the cut potatoes to a large bowl (or another gallon-sized plastic bag). Drizzle with 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, and sprinkle with ¾ teaspoon garlic salt and pepper. Toss (or shake) until the potatoes are evenly coated with the oil and seasonings. Dump the potatoes onto a sheet pan and spread into an even layer. Bake for 20 minutes.
  • Add the asparagus pieces to the same bowl (or bag) used for the potatoes. Drizzle with remaining 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, and sprinkle with ¾ teaspoon garlic salt and pepper. Toss (or shake) to coat the asparagus and set aside.
  • After the potatoes have cooked for 20 minutes, remove the sheet pan from the oven. With a metal spatula, scrape the potatoes from the pan, turn them over, and scoot them to one side. Thoroughly drain the pesto from the marinated chicken (you don't want excess oil on your pan but you can leave some pesto slathered on top of the chicken). Add the chicken to the other side of the sheet pan, next to the potatoes. Return the pan to the oven and cook for 15 minutes.
  • After 15 minutes, scoot the chicken to the center of the pan and add the asparagus on the other side. Cook for an additional 10 to 15 minutes or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature 165°F and the asparagus and potatoes are tender. Serve immediately.

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Notes

  • It's important that the ingredients on the pan are consistently sized. Chop your asparagus and potatoes into equal, bite-sized pieces, and try to use chicken breasts that are close in size to one another.
  • The cooking times may require slight tweaking depending on the overall size of your ingredients. If necessary, you can always cook each phase of ingredients for longer or shorter than dictated in the recipe. For example, you could add extra-large chicken breasts to the pan after the potatoes have been cooking for just 15 minutes (instead of 20), which will give the chicken an extra 5 minutes of cooking time.
  • Similarly, if some of the ingredients are done at the end of the cooking time but others need a few extra minutes -- for example, the chicken and the asparagus are done but the potatoes aren't quite tender -- remove the fully cooked ingredients to a plate and pop the sheet pan of potatoes back in the oven for a few more minutes of roasting (you can also crank up the heat to speed things up, but watch closely to avoid burning).
  • Cook chicken to a safe internal temperature (165°F), but be careful not to overcook them lest they dry out.
  • If you'd like to try this recipe using different veggies (such as carrots and Brussels sprouts), simply switch the order in which you add the ingredients to the pan and/or adjust the cooking time for each vegetable accordingly.
  • Optional: Once the sheet pan dinner is done, sprinkle the veggies with freshly grated Parmesan and return to the oven for another minute or two until melted.

Nutrition

Calories: 367kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 74mg | Sodium: 1782mg | Potassium: 1168mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1274IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 76mg | Iron: 4mg
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Post originally published on April 3, 2018, and updated on August 14, 2021, and January 30, 2023.

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  1. 5 stars
    Made beef/broccoli last night.
    AMAZING!!
    Love your recipes!!
    Thank you for all your time and effort!!
    Pesto chicken next....
    Edna Taylor

    1. I really appreciate you taking the time to share that, Edna...I'm so happy to hear that you're enjoying my recipes! Hope you're staying safe and well. 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    My kids are always open to a “Mrs. Skaggs” recipe, however I have never had a recipe that all four of my kids have begged me to make everyday- this simple, healthy, delicious recipe is perfect! (And thank you for so quick, yes I know pesto is not hard to make, the fact I could use pesto from a JAR?! awesome!)

    1. Awwww...yay, Sarah! Makes me SO happy to hear that. 🙂 And yes, jarred pesto is totally acceptable! 😉