Friday, March 3, 2017

Sheet Pan Mediterranean Lemon Parmesan Chicken and Vegetables


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A whole meal cooked on one baking sheet!  Quick and easy to assemble, and extremely flavorful. Sheet pans are the new "One Pot" cooking method and it's ingenious!

Sheet Pan Mediterranean Lemon Parmesan Chicken and Vegetables - A whole meal cooked on one baking sheet!  Quick and easy to assemble, and extremely flavorful. Sheet pans are the new "One Pot" cooking method and it's ingenious! Slice of Southern

When life gets busy who doesn't love a quick and easy meal?  By using your oven and a sheet pan you can create a fabulous dinner in a snap!  One that your entire family will love. I often turn to stir frys but roasting in the oven is just as easy and healthy to boot.   Everything is cooked on the same pan which makes life a breeze.  And speaking of breeze, the clean up....simple - one and done!


Sheet Pan Mediterranean Lemon Parmesan Chicken and Vegetables - A whole meal cooked on one baking sheet!  Quick and easy to assemble, and extremely flavorful. Sheet pans are the new "One Pot" cooking method and it's ingenious! Slice of Southern

So there is a craze that I'm sure you've noticed about sheet pan cooking.  Recipes are everywhere right now.  Even my favorite local teaching chef recently made a delicious chicken searing on a sheet pan, (recipe coming soon) and with good reason too.  They are simple to make, they allow you to cook the main and side dishes together and they are healthier for you!  I've even joined in with a previous post for Simple Citrus Herb Chicken and Tomatoes.


Sheet Pan Mediterranean Lemon Parmesan Chicken and Vegetables - A whole meal cooked on one baking sheet!  Quick and easy to assemble, and extremely flavorful. Sheet pans are the new "One Pot" cooking method and it's ingenious! Slice of Southern

This recipe takes a little bit of prep for the chicken, (coating in bread crumbs) but uses ingredients that I always have on hand, such and lemons (we eat a lot of dishes with lemons...) and vegetables like mushrooms, cherry tomatoes and zucchini.  These are staples in our house and lend the Mediterranean flavors to the meal.  The chicken and vegetables are able to cook at the same time because I used thin cut chicken breasts which take no time to roast, and the vegetables are soft and take the same cooking time.  If you wanted to use carrots, potatoes, or other (harder) vegetables you will have different cooking times and will need to start those first then add the chicken after 15 minutes and continue on.


Sheet Pan Mediterranean Lemon Parmesan Chicken and Vegetables - A whole meal cooked on one baking sheet!  Quick and easy to assemble, and extremely flavorful. Sheet pans are the new "One Pot" cooking method and it's ingenious! Slice of Southern

By roasting the chicken it stays nice and tender while the vegetables caramelize and crisp, especially when those tomatoes start to burst...oh boy!  It makes my mouth water thinking about it.  The best part is a great meal with little effort.  Perfect for a weeknight. 

Enjoy!


TIPS FOR COOKING THIS SHEET PAN MEDITERRANEAN LEMON PARMESAN CHICKEN AND VEGETABLES:
  • Use a LARGE sheet pan such as this one
  • Use parchment paper for easy clean up
  • Buy thin cut chicken breasts, or slice a regular breast in half lengthwise
  • Try and find a lemon pepper that does not contain salt - I use this one here







Sheet Pan Mediterranean Lemon Parmesan Chicken and Vegetables

serves 4

4 thin cut boneless skinless chicken breasts        

1/3 cup flour
1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
2 lemons, separated
2 tsp garlic, minced 
5 Tbls butter, melted
1 tablespoon lemon pepper seasoning
1 pint cherry tomatoes
1 large zucchini, cut lengthwise and then into slices
8 oz of baby bella mushrooms, cut into quarters
2 tablespoons olive oil
Garnish: fresh chopped parsley

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  If desired, place parchment paper on a large sheet pan with edges.

Add flour to a pie pan.  Add bread crumbs, Parmesan and garlic powder to another pie pan and stir to combine.  To a third pie pan add the zest and juice of 1 lemon, minced garlic, and melted butter. 

Dredge chicken in flour, then dip in the lemon butter mixture, then coat in the bread crumb mixture.  Place on prepared sheet pan.  Sprinkle lemon pepper seasoning over the chicken. 

Place cherry tomatoes, sliced zucchini, and mushrooms around the chicken.  Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle lemon pepper seasoning on top.

Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes.  Remove from oven and turn chicken over, sprinkle this side with lemon pepper seasoning.  Place 4 slices of lemon (from the remaining lemon) on top of the chicken.  Return to oven to bake an additional 10-15 minutes or until chicken reaches 165 degrees internally and is golden brown.  Vegetables should be soft and roasted and tomatoes should be bursting open.

Remove from the oven, sprinkle with freshly chopped parsley and plate.  Serve.

Sheet Pan Mediterranean Lemon Parmesan Chicken and Vegetables - A whole meal cooked on one baking sheet!  Quick and easy to assemble, and extremely flavorful. Sheet pans are the new "One Pot" cooking method and it's ingenious! Slice of Southern

Sheet Pan Mediterranean Lemon Parmesan Chicken and Vegetables - A whole meal cooked on one baking sheet!  Quick and easy to assemble, and extremely flavorful. Sheet pans are the new "One Pot" cooking method and it's ingenious! Slice of Southern




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