Lemon Rosemary Chicken Sheet Pan Dinner with Crispy Potatoes is the holy grails of dinner! Garlic, crispy potatoes are cooked right along lemon rosemary scented asparagus and chicken, on one pan!
We chatted a few weeks ago about finding the balance in life. As a mom that wears many, many hats, I am seeking the healthy balance of work and play. But it is possible!
Each day is a blank slate. A fresh start and when your feet hit the ground in the morning, I have realized, it takes just as much energy to be happy as it does unhappy and overwhelmed.
With my Type A personality, I have a nature to tackle a large to-do list. To be there for my son, my husband, family and friends. To be the best boss lady I can. But one aspect I tend to overlook is investing in myself. The time I need to recharge.
So lately, in a true Type A personality, I have made a checklist for ‘me time’. There is a thrill to checking things off. Would you like to know a little secret? In college, and okay still to this day, I add things to my list that I have already completed just to get the satisfaction of crossing it off! I can’t believe I just said that. Pathetic.
Tell me I am not alone. Please.
On my self-investing list is only three things. Fitness. I find inspiration during runs! Second…getting lost in a book for 10 minutes. More times than not, it lasts way beyond 10 minutes but gotta start somewhere, right? And last, read a passage from ‘The Every Day Life Bible‘. Joyce Meyer’s book has taught me too many lessons to count. She is able to break down the Bible’s messages and applies them to everyday situations. No matter what is going on, what ever battles I am fighting, I open this book and the readings apply to my current state. And far too often, the message is to turn to God first. Whether you are stressed or happy, turn to him. And the reading resonates with me currently is from the book of John and reminds me that God wants us to depend on him entirely. He wants us to turn to him and lean on him; it is part of our responsibility of our faith! Far too often I bottle things up. I blame my trait of thinking I can handle it all. But the bible states how dangerous it can to be self-reliant. When we invite God into our daily lives, it eliminates much of the struggle we experience in day to day acts. Those moments of self-doubt start to diminish when God lends his hand!
Where have sheet pan chicken dinners been all my life? With a very active nearly one year old (as in THIS FRIDAY!), I have found out how busy my days really have become. And I thought I was busy before, but now that Aiden is walking, we never stop moving. From toy to toy, from room to room. We bounce around, talking and squawking up a storm. To see the excitement in his eyes make me realize how lucky I am to stay home with him and help him experience life.
While his love of the kitchen has yet to bloom, his interest grows each day. Such as his excitement of when we make almond butter. The load buzzing of my Vitamix makes you think he was watching an episode of Mickey Mouse. This kid already has a love of that adrenal rush of load noises, heights and jumping. He is boy through and through! With busy boys, (yes, hubby your included in on this) come a need for quick, nutritious dinners. Sheet pan dinners are all the rage. If you were to search ‘sheet pan dinners pinterest’, you would come up with sheet pin dinner inspiration for nearly a month. Not a bad thing considering dinner is cooked on one single pan. Que the angels singing!
This summer, one of our dinner side dish staples was grilled potatoes. No need to turn the oven on when our chicken and steaks were above the flames of the grill; we just wrapped the potatoes in foil, loaded them with flavor and let the heat of the flames do their work! One flavor combo we have come back to time and time again is lemon rosemary. It is that good that I actually repeat the meal more than once, something rare in a foodies kitchen.
The kitchen and potatoes are seasoned in an olive oil and rosemary mixture, along with the help of garlic and a few other goodies. If you have time, let them marinate during the day to really enhance the flavors but if time gets the best of you, no worries. The flavors still shine through.
For this sheet pan chicken and potatoes dinner, I start with a higher oven temperature to cook the potatoes quickly and ensure they create a super crispy exterior, a must for roasted potatoes. That crunch that mimics freshly fried French fries, and the creamy inside that you crave from homestyle fries. Ensure to cut your potatoes on the smaller side so they are able to cook completely by the time the chicken is done. Biting into undercooked potatoes is truly sad news when a dinner this delicious is in front of you.
Sheet pan chicken and vegetables are fool proof. Load up your pan with the seasoned potatoes and chicken, placing the chicken in the middle with the potatoes around it. Then 10 minutes before they are done, you shake the potatoes around so the other edges can get crispy, and add your asparagus next to the chicken, as seen in the pictures.
Now that my dinner world has been turned upside down, I can foresee a sheet pan dinner revolution coming. Anyone with me?
meal prep tips:
prepare marinade ahead of time. If you wish, add chicken. Before roasting, add potatoes, toss then add to sheet pan.
Trim asparagus. Seal in plastic bag or sealed container, until ready to add to sheet pan.