We’re all about any kitchen tool that will help us get dinner on the table quickly and with half the dishes to wash. As it turns out, the best guy for the job isn’t some newfangled appliance that you forgot to buy on Black Friday. (No offense, air fryer.) It’s something you’ve had in your cabinet all along: the humble sheet pan. From chicken shawarma to sticky sweet and sour chicken, here are 50 of our favorite sheet pan chicken recipes to jumpstart your dinner plans.

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1. Sheet Pan Chicken Shawarma with Lemon-Tahini Drizzle

  • Time Commitment: 45 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Gluten free, dairy free, paleo, low carb, under 500 calories
All those warming spices—like cumin, cinnamon and paprika—make this meal rich and decadent, even though it’s paleo-friendly and gluten-, dairy- and grain-free.

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2. Sheet Pan Chicken and Rainbow Vegetables

  • Time Commitment: 35 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Keto, kid-friendly, beginner-friendly
Some nights, you’re channeling Ina Garten and you’re ready to truss up a whole bird. Other nights, you want something healthy and delicious that requires practically no thought or dishes. Look no further.

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3. Sheet Pan Cashew Chicken

  • Time Commitment: 35 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Kid-friendly, dairy free, beginner-friendly
Often, sheet pan recipes neglect to acknowledge that not everything cooks at the same time or temp. This one calls for roasting the vegetables first, so they’re nicely caramelized as the chicken finishes up.

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4. Sheet Pan Buttermilk Chicken Thighs with Plums, Shallots and Honey

  • Time Commitment: 8 hours, 30 minutes (includes marinating)
  • Why We Love it: Special occasion–worthy, <10 ingredients
The buttermilk marinade requires a little planning in advance, but it’s the key to gorgeously brown skin and tender meat.

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5. Sheet Pan Persian Lemon Chicken

  • Time Commitment: 50 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Low sugar, beginner-friendly, make ahead
Don’t be put off by the lengthy ingredient list. It’s mostly spices, and the whole thing can be assembled in about ten minutes.

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6. One-Pan Roasted Chicken with Carrots

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Beginner-friendly, kid-friendly, <10 ingredients
This one is giving Sunday dinner vibes (on a weeknight timeline, of course).

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7. Honey Mustard Sheet Pan Chicken with Brussels Sprouts

  • Time Commitment: 50 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Kid-friendly, high protein, <10 ingredients
On our ideal dinner checklist? Fast, easy and minimal cleanup. This one ticks all the boxes.

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8. Sheet Pan Indian-Spiced Chicken

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour, 10 minutes
  • Why We Love It: High protein, dairy free
While the chicken roasts to golden perfection, the potatoes soak up its juices, becoming soft and creamy.

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9. Dorie Greenspan’s Sheet-Pan Balsamic Chicken with Baby Potatoes and Mushrooms

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour, 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Special occasion–worthy, high protein, <10 ingredients
It’s as good for entertaining as it is on weeknights. If you have a crowd coming, double the recipe and use two pans.

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10. Sheet Pan Lemon Butter Veggies and Chicken Sausage

  • Time Commitment: 40 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Beginner-friendly, kid-friendly, low carb, under 500 calories
Who said sheet pan chicken dinners have to involve breasts and thighs? Chicken sausage is healthy, convenient and just as flavorful (if not more).

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11. Sticky Orange Chicken with Caramelized Onions and Fennel

  • Time Commitment: 2 hours
  • Why We Love It: Crowd-pleaser, special occasion–worthy, high protein
We happen to love fennel, but feel free to use bok choy, green beans or any other veggie you’d like smothered in this sauce.

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12. Dijon-Maple Chicken with Brussels Sprouts and Butternut Squash

  • Time Commitment: 55 minutes
  • Why We Love It: High protein, kid-friendly
The glaze combines spicy Dijon mustard and sweet maple syrup for a balanced flavor that’s just as delicious on the chicken as it is on the veggies.

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13. Crispy Za’atar Chicken and Cauliflower

  • Time Commitment: 55 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Special occasion­–worthy, beginner-friendly, <10 ingredients
Served with basmati rice, warm naan bread or some roasted sweet potatoes, this is our idea of a weeknight dinner dream.

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14. One Pan Barbecue Chicken and Roasted Sweet Potatoes

  • Time Commitment: 45 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Kid-friendly, <10 ingredients
Don’t wait until grilling season to get your next barbecue fix.

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15. Sheet Pan Caprese Balsamic Chicken and Veggies

  • Time Commitment: 45 minutes
  • Why We Love It: High protein, beginner-friendly, crowd-pleaser
Our favorite salad, in melty cheese-covered form. Don’t get us started on the balsamic reduction.

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16. Easy Greek Sheet-Pan Chicken Souvlaki and Potatoes

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour
  • Why We Love It: Under 500 calories, high protein, special occasion–worthy
If we can’t be in Santorini, then the next best thing is this easy, flavor-packed dinner.

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17. Sheet Pan Chicken and Veggie ‘Stir Fry’

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Kid-friendly, beginner-friendly, crowd-pleaser
We never thought we’d say it…but more broccoli, please.

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18. Sheet Pan Barbecue Blue Cheese Chicken Pizza

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour, 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Crowd-pleaser, beginner-friendly, special occasion–worthy
Homemade pizza without all the special equipment (ceramic pizza stones, we’re looking at you).

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19. Spicy Chicken and Sweet Potato Meal Prep Magic

  • Time Commitment: 45 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Make ahead, crowd-pleaser, <10 ingredients
Make a big batch and eat it for lunches all week long.

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20. Jamaican Chicken Sheet Pan Dinner

  • Time Commitment: 25 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Ready in <30 minutes, gluten free, dairy free
Sliced mangoes offset the cayenne-spiked spice rub for a perfectly tropical easy dinner.

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21. Sheet Pan Bruschetta Chicken

  • Time Commitment: 40 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Kid-friendly, beginner-friendly, gluten free
All the fresh flavors of the beloved appetizer on top of roasted chicken and melted mozzarella. Sign us up.

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22. Honey Lime Chicken Sheet Pan with Asparagus

  • Time Commitment: 50 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Crowd-pleaser, beginner-friendly
Sub in any of your favorite veggies for the asparagus (or add extras).

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23. Bacon-Wrapped Stuffed Chicken Breast

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour
  • Why We Love It: Kid-friendly, <10 ingredients
The filling is practically guaranteeing an Instagram-worthy cheese pull situation.

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24. Sheet Pan Hoisin Chicken

  • Time Commitment: 40 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Beginner-friendly, make ahead, under 500 calories
This hoisin glaze is a total game-changer—it’ll transform whatever vegetables you have hiding in your crisper drawer.

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25. Baked Ranch Chicken Tenders and Veggies

  • Time Commitment: 35 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Kid-friendly, <10 ingredients
Beloved by kids and kids-at-heart alike, and even better when you ditch the messy pot of frying oil.

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26. One-Pan Caribbean Jerk Chicken with Vegetables

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour, 10 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Special occasion–worthy, make ahead
Pair this one with a fruity, rum-based cocktail and pretend you’re on an island vacation.

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27. Sheet Pan Olive Bar Chicken

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour
  • Why We Love It: Crowd-pleaser, under 500 calories
It has all of your favorite salty, spicy, garlicky favorites, like peppadew peppers, grilled artichokes and Castelvetranos.

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28. Sheet Pan Spring Chicken with Artichokes and Asparagus

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour
  • Why We Love It: Beginner-friendly, high-protein
Proof that a bunch of fresh dill and a few dried spices can do wonders for an otherwise simple dinner.

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29. Sheet Pan Nacho Chicken

  • Time Commitment: 45 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Kid-friendly, high protein, beginner-friendly
Shred or slice it up and serve it on top of a salad, a bowl or a taco…or just eat it straight off the pan.

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30. Oven Fried Southern Hot Honey Popcorn Chicken

  • Time Commitment: 40 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Kid-friendly, crowd-pleaser
You had us at first mention of hot honey.

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31. Mango Chutney Chicken Sheet Pan

  • Time Commitment: 45 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Special occasion–worthy, crowd-pleaser, under 500 calories
There’s something about this sweet-and-savory flavor combination that feels so fancy.

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32. Chicken Sheet Pan Quesadilla

  • Time Commitment: 50 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Kid-friendly, beginner-friendly, crowd-pleaser
We love a two-fer, and this one does double-duty as a kid-friendly dinner or a party appetizer.

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33. Sheet Pan Greek Chicken

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour, 40 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Beginner-friendly, crowd-pleaser
Never doubt the power of lemon, garlic and olive oil.

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34. Lime Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas with Quick Guac

  • Time Commitment: 50 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Kid-friendly, crowd-pleaser
You’ll whip up the guacamole while the spicy chicken cooks, and you won’t bat an eyelash.

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35. Lemon Pepper Parmesan Wings

  • Time Commitment: 55 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Crowd-pleaser, <10 ingredients
See you later, buffalo sauce. We have a date with lemon pepper-Parm. (It’s good to switch things up.)

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36. Sheet Pan Sticky Sweet and Sour Chicken

  • Time Commitment: 35 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Kid-friendly, under 500 calories
It’s ready in less time than it would take you to call and pickup carryout, and it tastes better. What’s not to love?

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37. Sheet Pan Chicken Tinga Bowls

  • Time Commitment: 45 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Make ahead, beginner-friendly, high protein
You don’t have to be a meal prep pro to appreciate a dinner (or lunch) that can be made days ahead of time.

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38. Miso Roasted Chicken

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour (+ marinating time)
  • Why We Love It: Special occasion–worthy, <10 ingredients
Yes, you can totally roast a whole chicken on a sheet pan. The secret is a trick called spatchcocking.

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39. Sheet Pan Chicken Marbella

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour
  • Why We Love It: Special occasion–worthy, crowd-pleaser, gluten free, dairy free
Never let them see you sweat—over dirty dishes, that is. (Spoiler: There are almost none.) Consider this an updated take on the ’80s restaurant staple.

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40. Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas

  • Time Commitment: 25 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Kid-friendly, beginner-friendly, ready in <30 minutes
Use your own blend of spices or streamline this dish even further with store-bought fajita seasoning.

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41. Chicken ‘Pizza’ Sheet Pan Dinner

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Gluten free, low carb
We never thought we’d have a crush on a crustless pizza, but here we are.

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42. Sheet Pan Chicken Piccata

  • Time Commitment: 45 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Special occasion–worthy, <10 ingredients
A few highly flavorful ingredients (like capers, lemons and white wine vinegar) are the secret to making this sheet pan meal taste like a million bucks.

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43. Baked Chicken and Ricotta Meatballs

  • Time Commitment: 35 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Kid-friendly, beginner-friendly, high protein, under 500 calories
Forget fussy meatballs—these cuties come together in one bowl, are super tender and quick cooking, and make an easy weeknight meal when paired with broccolini.

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44. Baked Chicken Parmesan

  • Time Commitment: 50 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Kid-friendly, crowd-pleaser
With all that ooey-gooey mozzarella, you won’t miss the fryer.

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45. Potato-Chip Crusted Chicken with Arugula Pesto

  • Time Commitment: 50 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Kid-friendly, high-protein, beginner-friendly
Paired with arugula leaves and a squeeze of lemon, these crispy chicken breasts would make for a really good sandwich—just saying.

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46. Oven-Baked Chicken Kofta Wraps

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour
  • Why We Love It: Dairy free, paleo, gluten free
Chicken kofta is usually skewered and cooked on a grill, but it can be tricky getting them to hold together. Baked in the oven, however, they’re practically foolproof.

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47. Sheet Pan Crispy Chicken Carnitas with Citrus Pico de Gallo

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Gluten free, make ahead, under 500 calories
Using chicken instead of pork allows you to replicate the flavors of classic carnitas while also dramatically reducing the cooking time. (And that means more time to fix up the toppings.)

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48. Sheet Pan Curry Honey Mustard Chicken and Veggies

  • Time Commitment: 45 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Paleo, gluten free, dairy free
You can win over anyone with honey mustard, even picky kids (and adults).

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49. Sheet Pan Chicken Burrito Bowls

  • Time Commitment: 40 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Make ahead, kid-friendly
Make a sheet pan of chicken and vegetables, chop up the toppings while it cooks, et voilà, lunch is covered for the entire week.

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50. Chicken Sheet Pan Dinner with Peanut Sauce

  • Time Commitment: 35 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Make ahead, kid-friendly
If you need us, we’ll be over here licking the spoon from the peanut sauce. (Pro tip: When making this dish, plate the chicken and keep roasting the broccoli for a few minutes longer to give it a nice, flavorful char.)

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