Dorie Greenspan’s Sheet-Pan Balsamic Chicken with Baby Potatoes and Mushrooms
Fact: Dorie Greenspan’s sheet-pan balsamic chicken with baby potatoes and mushrooms from Everyday Dorie: The Way I Cook rivals even her greatest cookie recipes. Why? It’s fast, delicious and versatile.
“What comes out of the oven is seductive,” Greenspan explains in her book. “It’s the perfect recipe for a during-the-week meal after a crazy-busy day, although it’s just as good on the weekends…if you’ve got a crowd coming, double the recipe and use two pans.”
And while it’s best served straight from the oven, the leftovers are good for a couple days.
1½ pounds small potatoes, scrubbed and halved if large
½ pound white mushrooms, wiped clean, trimmed and cut in half if large
1 large shallot or medium onion, cut into 8 wedges, rinsed and patted dry
4 garlic cloves, unpeeled
8 sprigs fresh rosemary, divided
8 sprigs fresh thyme, divided
Fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, divided
4 whole chicken legs (thigh and drumstick)
1. Center a rack in the oven and preheat it to 450°F. Rub a baking sheet with a little oil (or line it with foil and oil the foil).
2. Put the potatoes, mushrooms, shallot or onion and garlic in a large bowl. Toss in 4 sprigs each of the rosemary and thyme, 1 teaspoon salt, a few grindings of pepper, 2 tablespoons of the oil and 3 tablespoons of the balsamic. Mix everything well and spread the ingredients out on the baking sheet.
3. Put the chicken in the bowl, along with the remaining 3 tablespoons oil and 2 tablespoons balsamic, ½ teaspoon salt and a good amount of pepper, and mix well to coat the chicken. Move the vegetables around to make room for the chicken. Tuck the remaining herbs under each piece.
4. Roast the chicken until a thermometer stuck into the thickest part of a thigh measures 165°F, 40 minutes to 1 hour.
5. Serve everything on the baking sheet or a big platter; pour over the cooking juices.