No sink full of dirty pans is needed for this easy one pan meal. This sheet pan Spatchcocked chicken with Idaho® Potatoes and Vegetables is a delicious and inexpensive meal to feed your family. Sponsored by the Idaho Potato Commission.
This is the third recipe that I am sharing with you for the promotion with the Idaho Potato Commission, where I was asked to develop four recipes using a 10-pound bag of Idaho Potatoes that would feed a family of four for $25.
So far I have shared my Chicken Pot Shepard’s Pie and my Potato Gumbo. Today I am sharing a super easy meal that requires very little clean up: Sheet Pan Spatchcocked Chicken with Idaho® Potatoes and Vegetables.
Why this recipe rocks
Sheet pan recipes are super popular on Pinterest and the internet, and why not? Just like one-pot recipes, everyone is looking easy, delicious recipes that can feed their families without breaking the bank or their backs.
But in this recipe, a simple baking sheet and your oven is all the equipment you need.
One of the bargain meats I have found when shopping is the whole fryer chicken. It is typically less expensive than cut up chicken. With a sharp knife and a little muscle, it’s easy to cut up a whole chicken into smaller parts and save money in the process.
My favorite way to cook up a whole chicken is to butterfly it, or spatchcocked chicken. By cutting out the backbone, you press the chicken flat and crack the breastbone. Chicken is cooked up faster this way and everyone gets some of that crispy skin.
You can also spatchcock turkey too. And sooo much cheaper than buying a cooked rotisserie chicken.
Ingredients you need
- Whole roasting chicken: I like to buy these when they go on sale and keep them in the freezer until I am ready to cook them. Sometimes they can be round for as a little as 79¢/pound.
- Potatoes: You can use larger russet potatoes then peel and cut them into 1-inch pieces. Or you can use smaller red or yellow potatoes.
- Brussels sprouts: Larger sprouts will need to be cut in half or quartered. Smaller sprouts can be left whole. If you are not a fan of Brussels sprouts, substitute with mushrooms and bell peppers.
- Red onion: You an also use brown, yellow or sweet vidalia onions.
- Pantry staples: extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper
1. Remove giblets and neck from the cavity of the chicken. Discard or save for another use. Using a large sharp knife or kitchen shears, cut along one side of the backbone. Cut along the other side of the backbone and remove it completely. Spread chicken flat, cut side down, and press gently on the breast bone until you hear a crack.
2. Rub both sides of the chicken with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Lay chicken flat on one side of baking sheet, cut side down.
3. In a bowl toss together the potatoes with olive oil and season potatoes with salt and pepper. Toss to coat evenly then transfer to baking sheet with the chicken, spreading potatoes to one layer. Roast at 425ºF for 20 minutes.
4. Peel and cut red onion into wedges approximately 1/2-inch thick. Place onions in a bowl with Brussels sprouts. Coat with oil and season with salt and pepper. For even roasting, the vegetables should be approximately the same size so cut larger sprouts in half, as needed.
5. After chicken and potatoes have roasted for 20 minutes, add Brussels sprouts and onions to the pan and return to oven. Roast for an additional 25 minutes, or until the juices from chicken run clear and has an internal temperature of 165ºF.
Recipe tips and FAQs
I roast chicken on half the pan and the veggies on the other half. Spatchcocked chicken takes about 45 minutes to roast. Vegetables vary in roasting time.
I add the potatoes with the chicken to the pan to get a head start in the roasting. After 15-20 minutes, I add in the Brussels sprouts and red onions. Super easy, healthy, cheap and ready in under an hour. This meal cost only $4.97 in ingredients.
You can add more flavor by marinating the chicken in beer or stuffing herbs and garlic under the skin. I always have garlic in the house and by growing my own herbs, I always have them when I need them and it doesn’t cost me a lot of spare change, either.
If you have an flavored salts in stock, you can also use that to season your chicken and vegetables.
You can also use this recipe for cut up chicken, just make sure it is bone-in chicken and reduce roasting time to 30 minutes.
To spatchcock a chicken, or any bird, means to remove the backbone and butterfly it. It is a simple technique that helps the chicken cook faster than it would if left whole and intact.
- 1 3 1/2 lb whole roasting chicken
- 3 TBS extra virgin olive oil or vegetable oil, divided
- 1 1/2 tsp salt, divided
- 3/4 tsp black pepper, divided
- 2 1/2 lbs Idaho Potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1/2 lb Brussels sprouts
- 1 red onion
- Preheat oven to 425ºF.
- Remove giblets and neck from the cavity of the chicken. Discard or save for another use.
- Using a large sharp knife, cut along one side of the backbone. Cut along the other side of the backbone and remove it completely. Spread chicken flat, cut side down, and press gently on the breast bone until you hear a crack.
- Rub both sides of the chicken with 1 TBS olive oil and season with 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper.
- Lay chicken flat on one side of baking sheet, cut side down.
- In a bowl toss together the potatoes with 1 TBS olive oil and season potatoes with 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper. Toss to coat evenly then transfer to baking sheet with the chicken, spreading potatoes to one layer.
- Roast for 20 minutes.
- Peel and cut red onion into wedges approximately 1/2-inch thick.
- Place onions in a bowl with Brussels sprouts. Coat with remaining 1 TBS olive oil and remaining salt and pepper. For even roasting, the vegetables should be approximately the same size so cut larger sprouts in half, as needed.
- After chicken and potatoes have roasted for 20 minutes, add Brussels sprouts and onions to the pan and return to oven.
- Roast for an additional 25 minutes, or until the juices from chicken run clear and has an internal temperature of 165ºF.
You can modify the vegetables you want to roast to your personal liking. Just be sure that your vegetables are cut to the same size for even roasting.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 909Total Fat: 45gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 30gCholesterol: 233mgSodium: 826mgCarbohydrates: 44gFiber: 5gSugar: 4gProtein: 78g
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