Sheet Pan Baked Chicken Thighs
with cauliflower rice / lemon paprika butter
- Cauliflower, small - 24 oz , florets
- Butter - 1 1/2 Tbsp
- Carrots - 12 oz , cubed
- Parsnips - 12 oz , cubed
- Chicken thighs, boneless and skinless - 4
- Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp + 1 Tbsp
- Garlic - 2 cloves , chopped
- Lemon juice - 1 Tbsp
- Honey - 2 tsp
- Paprika, smoked - 1 tsp
- Thyme, dried - 1/2 tsp
- Mustard, Dijon - 2 tsp
- Butter - 3 Tbsp
Cauliflower rice - (Makes enough for 2 nights; If prepping right before cooking, get vegetables roasting before continuing.) Pulse florets in a food processor until broken up into ‘rice’-sized bits. Cook rice in one of two ways: 1) Microwave for 4 to 5 minutes and then fold in butter. Season with some salt and pepper; or 2) Heat a pan over medium-high heat and add butter. Saute cauliflower in heated butter for ~5 minutes, until tender but still crunchy. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Watch this video for the full how-to on cauliflower rice. (Can be done up to 4 days ahead)
Chicken - Season with salt and pepper. Tenderize with a fork. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
Make lemon paprika butter - Combine garlic, lemon juice, honey, paprika, thyme, mustard and butter in a small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for ~1 minute, until butter is melted.
Heat oven to 400F / 204C degrees.
Toss carrots and parsnips with first part of oil and spread out onto a sheet pan. Season with some salt and pepper. Roast in the oven for 25 to 30 minutes, shaking pan halfway through roasting.
Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Add second part of oil and then chicken to heated oil. Sear until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes on each side. Transfer chicken to your sheet pan of vegetables. (Cooking chicken over the vegetables will give them extra flavor.)
Pour butter mixture over chicken and vegetables and then continue roasting in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes more, until chicken reaches 165F / 74C degrees.
If cauliflower rice was made ahead, reheat in the microwave (remember to reserve half for Wednesday).
Serve chicken and vegetables with cauliflower rice. Spoon pan juices over top. Enjoy!