sheet pan chicken tikka Recipes

sheet pan chicken tikka

In the game of weeknight cooking — which I feel, at best, is rigged and not in our favor especially if you (or you and your partner) are out working all day — our allies are as follows:

  1. Children, should you have them, happy to eat dinner at 8/9 p.m. on a weekday. (Let me know where to find them.)
  2. Prepping and planning meals over the weekend so everything is mostly ready to go when you get home from work. (Requires a desire to spend any part of the weekend prepping meals, which I, regrettably, do not.)
  3. Mastering the slow-cooker, so your dinner is ready when you get home.
  4. Mastering the pressure-cooker, so long cooking times can be reduced to smidgens.
  5. Contentment with quick simple meals (scrambled egg toasts, frozen tortellini, sandwiches) and/or a deep arsenal of great recipes that come together quickly.
  6. Meal delivery services, which take the recipe-selection, shopping and prep work out of cooking, making it go faster.

what you'll mostly need
yogurt and spice

And so, with this, I am announcing that I’m leaving my job here at Smitten Kitchen LLC to go work for a meal delivery start-up. All the best food writers are doing it! I kid, I kid.

cauliflower florets

In fact, I wanted to talk about something that can fit nicely into the fifth item: sheet pan dinners, because I’m rather taken with them these days. It shouldn’t be a radical concept — everything on a sheet pan, into the oven, roasted at once — but I think in these days of restaurant chef-driven home cooking, subrecipes and cooking with multiple components has become more the norm than it should. The holy grail of the single-tray category I’d say is the 2014 Sheet Pan Suppers cookbook from Molly Gilbert, a paean to maximum ease, minimal cleanup and flavor intensification of roasting and broiling. Another great solo act in this category is Melissa Clark’s Roasted Chicken with Potatoes, Arugula and Garlic Yogurt as charming for its flavors and textures as it is for the stop-you-in-your-tracks stunning work of Andrew Scriviani’s camera.

ready for the oven
from the oven

But all I’ve ever wanted to add to this lot is a riff on an Indian-spiced chicken that favors roasting over a saucy braise. The chicken tikka you see in restaurants is, in the words of Meera Sodha, “so luminously orange you could see it from space.” Fortunately, in her excellent Made In India cookbook — a collection of recipes aimed at dispelling the myth that Indian food is intimidating or complicated, intended for first-timers and/or seasoned cooks, using no wild goose chase ingredients, which means if I could stamp it with the praise hands emoji, I would — Sodha shares her family recipe. But, because I’m a heretic, or someone who at best inauthentically dabbles in Indian cooking, I didn’t want my tikka on skewers as it’s usually presented, but with some aloo gobi (cauliflower and potatoes) in there for more of a meat-and-potatoes type meal. The results were so good, half the vegetables didn’t make it to the dinner table because my husband and I kept plucking away at them.  

sheet pan chicken tikka

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Sheet Pan Chicken Tikka
Chicken marinade adapted from Made In India

Notes:

  • In the recipe in the book, Sodha has you mash the ginger, garlic, chiles and spice in a mortar and pestle to a paste. I suppose you could also process them in a food processor or blender. I went for the method that required the least extra objects and just minced everything and mixed it, which is how I’ve written it below. If you’d prefer not to mince, definitely use one of these other methods.
  • I show this (perhaps confusingly) in a 10×15-inch pan, which is the biggest that fits in my tiny oven. I scaled the recipe for a proper sheet (technically a half-sheet) pan most of us use, a 13×18-inch. You could also divide this over 2 quarter-sheet (9×13-inch) pans. The 10×15-inch version you see here yielded an awkward three servings, fine for us, not for most people.
  • Cooking times will of course vary by the size of your chicken pieces. When roasting chicken breasts (always large) and drumsticks and thighs together, I halve the breasts right through the bone to even up the cooking time.
  • Don’t have garam masala? Sadly, neither do I after purging some dusty spices all of five days ago. (D’oh!) To roughly approximate 1 1/3 teaspoons (yes, slightly more than you’ll need because I’m presuming everyone will be missing a spice or two below) garam masala you can use: 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric, 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander, 1/8 teaspoon each ground cumin, cardamom and mustard, 1/16 teaspoon each ground black pepper and ground fennel, plus a pinch of ground cloves and ground cayenne. “Deb, you’ve got to be kidding me…” I know, I know. You could also just add a few extra pinches of several of those and have a delightfully spiced outcome.
  • Worried about spiciness? Because I think this is a good thing to know about whoever is writing your recipes, I consider myself a moderate heat appreciator, but I cook fairly mild because my 6.5 year old is not. Even with a full jalapeno in there (which can run quite mild or hot, so not necessarily a perfect measure) and a 1/4 teaspoon spicy chili powder, this was just lightly hot. The yogurt really dulls the heat. Hope that offers a guidance so you can adjust it to your preference.

Serves 4

For the chicken
1 3/4-inch piece of ginger, peeled and minced (see Note up top)
4 cloves of garlic, minced or pressed
1 fresh green chili (I used a jalapeno), seeded and minced
1/2 cup whole-milk yogurt
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon chili powder or cayenne, or adjusted to taste (I used 1/4 teaspoon)
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
3/4 teaspoon granulated sugar
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon garam masala
2 pounds chicken thighs, drumsticks or halved chicken breasts (all skin-on, bone-in)

For the vegetables
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/4 pounds (about 4 medium) Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled if desired, cut into 3/4-inch chunks
1 3/4 pounds (1 small or half a very large head) cauliflower, cut into 3/4-inch-wide florets
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds

To finish, if desired
A few thin slices of red onion
Lemon wedges
Salt
Dollops of yogurt
A few tablespoons roughly chopped cilantro, parsley or mint, or a mix therof

Combine ginger, garlic, fresh chili, yogurt, salt, spices and sugar in a freezer bag, bowl or container. Add chicken pieces and toss to coat evenly. Let marinate for 15 minutes or up to a day in the fridge.

When you’re ready to cook the dish, heat your oven to 425°F. Line a half-sheet (13×18-inch) with foil and coat it with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Add potatoes, cauliflower, salt, cumin and remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil and toss together with you hands until evenly coated.

Remove chicken from marinade and leave excess behind. Make spaces in the vegetables for chicken parts throughout the pan. Roast in oven for 20 minutes, then toss the potato and cauliflower to ensure they’re cooking evenly, and return the pan to the oven for 10 to 20 minutes more (i.e. 30 to 40 minutes total roasting time), until chicken and vegetables are cooked through.

While it roasts, if you’d like to use the lightly pickled onion rings that we did on top, which added a nice tangy fresh zip to the dish, separate the rings and toss them in a small bowl with a squeeze of lemon juice and a pinch of salt. Set aside until needed.

When chicken and vegetables are cooked, top with garnishes of your choice — we used dollops of yogurt, herbs and scattered the above onion rings all over. Serve right in the pan.

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321 comments on sheet pan chicken tikka

  1. Mimi

    I love oven dishes like this one. But I’ve never tried this qith Indian spices. Maybe I could get my kids to try this if I replaced the cauliflower… hmmm..

    Thanks Deb, for all the great recipes and beautiful photographs :-))

  2. I find it uncanny how often you post exactly what I need in the moment I need it. It’s amazing how many times I make your recipes the day you post them. I’m making this for dinner tonight. Thank you.

  3. Leah

    This looks delicious!! Any suggestions (or is it even possible??) for how to substitute the yogurt for the lactose intolerant and dairy-averse crowd?

  4. I was planning to make your eggs puttanesca tonight, but now I’m thinking of saving that til later and making this instead, looks so yummy and easy!! PS thanks for the smoosh-worthy photo of the kiddos. I think yours are the same age diff as mine, boy 4 yrs older than girlie? Xo

  5. Lynda Barack

    Yes, yes, more recipes like this one, please. Sheet pan meals are great. Melissa Clark’s sheet pan chicken is like old faithful in my house.

  6. Catherine

    Is there any non-dairy substitute that you can recommend for the yogurt? This dish sounds delightful and I’m hoping there’s a way to make it kosher.

    THANK YOU SO MUCH for all of your amazing recipes. And baby photos.

    1. Ellen

      This is many months later, but I made this using coconut milk rather than yogurt. It was delicious, kosher and didn’t taste coconut-y at all.

  7. Amy M

    I make a slow cooker chicken tikka and replace the yogurt with coconut milk.
    How do you feel about making the same replacement here?

  8. Nicole B.

    OMG, you nearly gave me a heart attack with that second paragraph! (But you’re right…Jamie Oliver’s HelloFresh, Mark Bittman’s Purple Carrot, who’s next?)

  9. Sarah J

    I can’t wait to try this, but I have to try it with something other than cauliflower. It does not agree with me. Any suggestions? I was thinking some potatoes, onions and maybe carrots?
    I LOVE your blog, and this might be my new go-to recipe!

  10. Victoria

    This looks amazing! Unfortunately my daughter, who will eat almost anything, refuses to touch skin-on, bone-in chicken. Sigh. Can it be made with skinless, boneless breasts and thighs?

  11. deb

    Non-dairy — I haven’t cooked with soy yogurt, but it might work here. Mostly, you’re looking for something faintly creamy and tangy to help infuse the chicken with spice. A soy or almond milk plus lemon or vinegar might work.

    Instead of cauliflower — Carrots might work too, although they tend to brown more quickly at high temperatures like this than potatoes do. I was tempted to add pieces of onion but didn’t want it to overwhelm and wasn’t positive they wouldn’t burn before 30/40 minutes were up. You might also use cubes of squash or sweet potato.

    Leaving SK — Hehe, sorry, couldn’t resist. Keep hanging out here and trying the recipes (and you know, tell your friends and family and neighbors and mail carriers) and I hope to be around for a good while longer. :)

    Sandra — Nothing has changed in size but I promise, if we ever finish this redesign (estimate this month! one can hope…) the font will be normal-sized and readable. In the meanwhile, Cntrl-+ on my Mac enlarges the font on any page.

  12. Being a working mom myself, I am fully aware of the struggle. I was silently saying “Amen” to your whole list of allies to us busy people. I love Indian food and this looks awesome and the one pan thing makes me so happy!

  13. Also, RE non-dairy yogurts: I’ve successfully subbed both soy and coconut-milk yogurts for a number of recipes. I find them fairly vile for straight-up eating (though I’m glad to hear recommendations for brands that aren’t awful), but as ingredient substitutions they seem to work pretty well. Watch out for sugar; some varieties have a LOT more than plain dairy yogurts, which can throw things off.

  14. Jaime

    I’m having an Indian Food night this weekend, and I found a recipe for tikka wings that have very similar flavors. I was JUST having a panic attack about not having garam masala..
    Thank you!

  15. This looks so good! And a dead ringer for the “traybakes” that British food writers have been putting in their cookbooks (and instagram feeds), forever (which I know we’ve also been making in America forever, but their name is more charming)

  16. Laura

    I’m obsessed with sheet pan dinners ever since one of my foodie magazines highlighted them! My favorite is red onion/sweet potato/spicy sausage links/kale, but I don’t discriminate in my love for something a) delicious, b) quick, and c) cleanup-free if you line the pan with parchment. It’s a thing of beauty.

  17. YES! All hail the one pan meal! I am always looking for easy and delicious dinners to cook throughout the week and usually fall victim to the dreaded casserole but this recipe looks unique and flavorful – I will definitely try this out!

  18. Stephanie

    The sheet pan chicken from the NY Times is my new favorite – my little girls love it! This sounds like a good one to try next.

  19. Oh, I love Indian food and the only resto in town closed. This is much-needed. Husband won’t eat chicken, though, so I will have to try it with another creature.
    Re meal preparation, in French Elle a couple of years ago, the always-hilarious Dr. Aga asked the question, “Can a man cook as well as a woman?” She invited a big-name chef to make a family meal in less than 30 minutes (the time studies showed the average French housewife spends on cooking). He failed miserably and it was hysterical. For one thing, Dr. Aga evicted the sous chef, and M. Chef had to chop everything himself and cut himself.
    Years ago, when I was making the painful transition from single careerist who ate a box of raspberries for dinner at the computer and was OK with that to a mother who had to set a good example and serve at least two meals a day (kid and husband came home for lunch!) I tried to devise a kind of meal-delivery service, or at least a kind of program that would plan meals based on inputs (or exclusions like allergies or husband’s chicken aversion), then spit out a shopping list, because isn’t that the worst part? However, my computer skills stopped in 1980, so I fell short. I see I missed out on a fortune.

  20. Colleen

    Indian grocery stores sell jars of equal portions of ground ginger and garlic. I know that the are not always in equal portions in all Indian recipes, but it is one less thing that I need to do to get food on the table– and much better than using the dried out hunk of ginger in the bottom of the vegetable drawer. Many of my Indian friends keep a jar in the fridge, that they have either purchased or made on their own, which makes me feel that it is an acceptable option.

  21. MXC

    This looks delicious – and, I hear you. My favorite weeknight allies are dishes that marinate overnight and then roast or grill fairly quickly and things I can drum up in my electric PC… Two other sheet pan recipes you might like – a chicken/sausage/potato tray bake from Nigellissima and a zahtar (sp) and sumac chicken with onions from Ottolenghi (added potatoes to that as well)…

  22. Sharon

    I am in for this for sure!! Funny you should post this because I am doing a dish like this tonight. It has asparagus rather than the cauliflower. Love meals that can be cooked all at once. Oh and did I mention how flavourful they are?? Thanks again!!

  23. Dallas

    This will definitely be in next week’s dinner lineup! This post combines so many things I love- Molly Gilbert’s book and sheet pan dinners, roasted cauliflower, and Indian food.

  24. Erin

    My husband’s go-to Indian take-out is chicken tikka, and mine is aloo gobi. I might have to make this a 2-pan dinner (I’m vegetarian), but this seems like a perfect way to get our favorites!

  25. vks

    I have NEVER commented before, but I had to today, to say that my heart was legit in my throat and POUNDING when I read that you were leaving the blog. PHEW. Never leave me, Deb.

  26. This looks so delicious, and I bet it’s super easy to make, just preparing everything and putting it in the oven while you relax on the sofa. Perfect for those evenings when you don’t want to stand in the kitchen for too long!

  27. Brittany W

    I literally got a little panicked when I read you may be leaving. Seriously, not funny……. I’ve just started trying to reliably get dinner on the table more than once a week and need all the help I can get. To that end, if I leave out the jalapeno and chili powder (husband’s intense heartburn) will the dish taste dull?

  28. Kate

    Hi Deb, I recently had a tikka paneer (how I got to be a full blown adult before I learned that you could Indian-spice and grill cheese remains a mystery)… Have any thoughts on swapping some of the chicken for paneer here for a less meat-heavy meal?

  29. Emma

    I have used creamed coconut to sub for yoghurt for a lactose-intolerant friend when attempting Indian cooking, which has mixed well with spices (good for marinade, would have to be stirred in at end, rather than just dollops on top).

  30. araminty

    My solution to the dried-out hunk of ginger problem is to buy or make a jar of pickled ginger, you know, the kind that comes with sushi, AKA gari. It’s very close to the same flavour as fresh, I’ve used it in a load of different recipes with great success.

    I love a dinner like this, just last night I made pork chops and a potato/onion/pea/broccoli gratin that hit the spot. I always think of Jamie Oliver as a great inspiration for this kind of cooking.

  31. deb

    Paneer — Good god, there is a chili paneer recipe in this same book that I thought I was going to need smelling salts after seeing, it looks so unbelievable good. I texted the picture to my husband and asked why we could not have that for breakfast. Anyway! Yes, I think paneer would be wonderful here.

    Swapping for fish — Look for one that has an equivalent roasting time, or add it later in the vegetable roasting process.

    Tamar — I think mayo sounds great here.

    Jennifer — I, too, prefer the term traybake. Also used for bar cookies. So much classier.

    Barbs — I’m not sure I’m suggesting this is a replacement dish for simple roasted chicken with potatoes and cauliflower.

  32. Gretchen

    Deb, how on earth did you know that I’m craving Indian/Middle Eastern ANYTHING?! I have made your Etherally Smooth Hummus twice in the past week, and my poor daughter keeps getting Garam Masala added to any dish I can get it in. Lucky she likes it. ;) I am now going to the grocery store for chicken. And after I’m done making this dish, I’m gonna pop in the carrot tahini muffins!

  33. Andrea

    GIRL. That was SCARY. Don’t do that to us! Unless it is true, but then you must keep blogging, OK?

    I was at Fairway yesterday and it was insanely crowded. As I waited in a crazy long line, my mind wandered to Plated or Blue Apron and finally to wondering why Deb Perelman can’t just send me the recipe and ingredients in the mail.

    But sheet pan dinners are a nice development. I need help in the weeknight meal game and this looks awesome. Thank you.

  34. pb

    Infrequent commenter, here, but I just have to tell you the picture at the top of the page looks so delicious I may not even have to cook this. Your photography is consistently gorgeous and mouthwatering, beats the heck out of anyone else’s I’ve seen.

    The recipe looks terrific, too. Thank you.

  35. Emma

    Before the jump, I thought for SURE I was going to click and you were going to say you were contacted by Blue Apron/Plated and yada yada this meal is great and so easy and woohoo meal services are great. But you didnt and that is why I’ve been reading Smitten Kitchen since I was in high school. No shmeh recipes to fit in a sponsored post, no blatant brand plugs. I’m sure it’s wildly tempting, but it’s so refreshing to read a blog recipe and know it’s been posted because it’s tried, tested and truly great.

    Majorly, majorly appreciated.

  36. Minik

    Really loving this new phase you’re having! I have to say, I was a bit shocked about the joke about leaving SK too, phew…
    Also, the pictures. They seem different than usual and I love the vibrant colors. It’s screaming at me “make me, make me!”. Which I will because guess who bought a cauliflower yesterday?

  37. Yona

    Where did you find those odd marshmallows in pajamas with hair? Very annoyed at you. Normally you’d say where adorable ingredients were found, but APPARENTLY NOT!

  38. YUMMMM!
    More often than not, one or more of the dishes on our list of weekly meals will be “some kind of meat on a sheet pan with some kind of vegetable”.
    This is definitely that but with so many flavors! I love it and I’ll definitely give it a shot.

  39. This looks great and bonus -we have all the ingredients except cauliflower but we’ll find something. I don’t mind cooking when I get home from work, but I deeply despise thinking then. So we’ll have this tomorrow. Tonight we’re having nothing. I had crackers and cheese when I got home and l don’t feel like eating. The fella can make something if he wants. We generally share the cooking as we both like it but not when there is snow to shovel. Which there is. Heaps of. Then we turn without talking about it, into a turn of the last century couple. I do all inside work and he does all outside. Illput the chicken thighs into the yoghurt marinade tonight. There then. We even have a red onion. I made your cognac and dijon stew Sunday. Wow! So perfect. Okay. Later. I’m going into the tub and dream about other people’s spring.

  40. Ann

    The hubs was already bringing home a roast chicken for dinner tonight, so I did a veg-only version of this with cauliflower and rutabaga. I used coconut milk instead of yogurt. It was very good.

  41. Liz

    My heart SANK for a moment as I was sure you were about to shill for Blue Apron, and I am so tired of constant sponsored posts everywhere else. Thanks for keeping this space such a place of integrity! I trust your recipes in a way I don’t any others!

  42. Anna

    NOT funny. not funny at all. Please don’t mess with us like that.
    love all help with meal planning. Your everyday meatballs are now part of our rotation. They are my younger son’s favorite.

  43. I just made this with a few adjustments for my Whole30 meal plan I’m doing this month. I had a random assortment of veggies in my fridge so I did cauliflower, broccoli, potatoes, red pepper, and carrots. I coated them in olive oil and a seasoning blend and roasted them at 425. For the chicken I did Tikka Masala seasoning, added the fresh ginger, dried garlic plus garlic powder, some onion powder, black pepper, turmeric powder, coriander, and salt, and instead of yogurt I did a can of coconut milk that had been refrigerated. Scooped out the solid, added some back in to the liquid and whisked it, and then used that liquid with the spices to marinate the chicken. I just did two chicken breasts because that’s all I had thawed but definitely could have done 4 or even 6 chicken breasts to marinate in that bag that I used. My sheet of veggies was so full I did the chicken in a different dish, and added a bit of ground cashews on the top of the chicken breasts after I took them out of the marinade into the roasting pan. Roasted for sound 35 minutes at 425. Veggies were at 425, stirred twice, for around 30 minutes (maybe just under). It was PHENOMENAL. We added a lot of salt and used a little mustard and chile paste hen we ate it. Will definitely make again.

  44. Shannon Murphy

    For dairy free / lactose intolerant – I’ve had a lot of success swapping coconut milk or coconut yogurt for plain cow’s yogurt in some of Ottolenghi’s recipes; bet it would work here. It gives you that thickness you’re looking for. (If I use coconut milk vs yogurt I usually throw in a dash of lemon or vinegar to add that zing)

  45. JP

    Must be THE thing right now because Cook’s Country Magazine came out with One-Pan Roast Chicken with Cauliflower and Tomatoes in it’s August/September 2015 issue. I agree with many of your comments above that one pot or one sheet pan dinners make life easier for us all. Thanks for the Indian twist.

  46. Ihskas

    As an Indian who regularly uses Indian spices to cook meats (chicken, salmon, pork) I assure you the yogurt in marinade is not actually necessary. I do a rub with olive oil “a pinch” (sorry i cook like my mother without good measurements) chili powder, turmeric, cumin powder, coriander powder, ginger powder, asfoetida, black pepper and salt and either bake it or throw it in a pan no problem. It does have quite a bit of heat to it though. And you have to be careful about proportions-too much turmeric or coriander is not a good taste.

  47. Sarah

    Hi Deb! This looks so delicious. I’m a vegetarian- do you think tofu or seitan would work with this recipe instead of chicken?

  48. ellen

    really, really easy. we dbld the meat and there was still enough marinade. i couldn’t imagine we wouldn’t want this again tomorrow! i used a serrano and it was hot, but just right for two adventurous adults. also subbed in sweet potato (avoiding nightshades) and came into some grass fed raw cow yogurt…yeah it was that good. first recipe i have tried and now i see what the fuss is about ;-) Thank you!

  49. Charlotte

    Oh yum. This looks great and will be a wonderful addition to our weeknight suppers and we love traybakes here, especially chicken traybakes.

  50. Sarah

    This was a great dinner! I couldn’t resist pouring the extra marinade on top but then I realized that the pieces of chicken with extra marinade didn’t get the brown crispy skin like the rest of it. Also the lightly pickled onions MADE it. I got those in a bowl with salt and lemon for about an hour while everything else was being assembled, marinating, and finally roasting. This was awesome and simple!

  51. M-C

    I’m so with you on the late-night dinners. As my rice is thinking of boiling now, let me simply recommend a late book by Madhur Jaffrey: Easy Curry. She says she’s old, she’s tired of all that fancy shit, she just wants some good, simple, easy food. That’s all good for me, and her stuff’s delicious to boot.

  52. Mel

    Sounds delicious. Love a good traybake (as we call ’em in Aus, like the Brits), thing I discovered them via Nigella. And I am definitely going to check out Made in India. I love Indian food but have never really found a cookbook that makes it simple!

  53. Becca

    This was such perfect timing! I had company coming for dinner tonight, and had all the ingredients on hand. Delicious!! Served it with a raita and some mango chutney, and made the strawberry summer cake for dessert.

  54. Karen

    That was NOT funny! You gave me a start.

    Love Eastern Indian food. Have everything to make it but the chicken and tomorrow is shopping day. :)

  55. Angela S

    Hey, starting a meal delivery service is serious business to many of us ….. Have you seen the success of Nadia Lim in New Zealand and the Food Bag business?
    Her cook books are no 1,2 and 3 on the bestsellers lists along with Chelsea Winter’s nearby as they are understandable, achievable with a little twist of good taste and a little bit of difference.
    It is an admirable goal!
    I am averse to paying for such a service as I am of the older demographic and had parents raised during the depression and live across the road from a vege shop and supermarket but US city dwellers should leap at this, especially if you can provide some healthy add ons.
    I balk at special stuff for kids because they have unpredictable tastes and may only eat a tiny bit of a purchased meal. I’d rather freeze a whole lot of stuff they actually like in small portions and cut up a few raw things.
    In fact I think I’d wait till they are about 8 years old before I’d recommend making much of an effort ………..make them beg…..

    Having said that my son loved olives , chilli and garlic , when aged 4 plus till now as an adult and quickly got tired of bananas, hash browns, chicken nuggets …. So you have to know your own kids, …. Adapt adapt.
    Cheers

  56. Dahlink

    When our sons were young we routinely sat down for family dinner around 8 p.m. It wasn’t ideal timing, but it was what worked with my husband’s schedule. All these years later I still call him around 7:30 every night to say I am starting dinner. The kids survived with some heavy snacking when they got home from school. The point was sitting down together as a family and talking!

  57. george barnard

    Just finished (literally) this yummy recipe for lunch and all of us kept coming back for more. Then again, what’s not to love…chicken curry, grilled cauliflower and crunchy/creamy potatoes!!!

    Think I’ll sneak back into the kitchen for a couple of potatoes that might be left….(sshh, don’t tell).

  58. Lynne

    This is why I always like to have a cauliflower on hand! And it’s true – you do seem to have an uncanny sense of what I want to cook for dinner. Don’t ever leave SK!!

  59. Carol

    Haven’t read EVERY previous comment, so I apologize if I’m being redundant here. A great way to deal with fresh ginger is to freeze it and then grate it into a recipe with a microblade as needed. You can peel it first or as you go along. This is a Martha tip, so can’t take credit. The taste is not affected IMHO. Thanks for your charming and so interesting site, Deb. You’re a treasure!

  60. Noooooo! Don’t even kid about leaving Smitten Kitchen! Unless you’re prepared to include Momtpelier, Vermont in your delivery service—–only 5 1/2 hours away, right? And, thank you for the one sheet, one pot, one whatever meals that actually taste yummy. You don’t know how much you add to our little crazy family’s life up here in the hinterlands. Will try this dish tomorrow and maybe celebrate by adding your awesome Blood Orange cake!

  61. Susan

    What would the roasting time be for boneless skinless chicken breasts? I know it is wasteful, but no other kind will be accepted here. Comment # 14, Victoria, asked also, but no response, hope you catch it this time! Thank you for a delicious bake, I always use tinfoil too, no clean up!

  62. stephanie

    awesome post! not only is this dinner getting bookmarked immediately but two books to add to my amazon wishlist and a bonus recipe? not bad SK, not bad. :)

    ps, i too have no desire to prep All The Things at any prior-to-dinner point in time, especially not on the weekend. and while i don’t have kids, i do have a partner that walks in from work starving and wanting to know when dinner is every day, so. pressure cooker? pass. slow cooker? love mine, but every recipe now calls for multiple steps outside the slow cooker and worst of all the longest cook time you get is four hours…maybe six, defeating the purpose entirely. meal services? maybe if you have double your grocery budget to spend, and don’t have any feels about the insane amount of packaging. scrambled egg toasts? now those i can get behind.

    pps, this is so not “a lot of work for chicken and potatoes.” (whiz up some stuff in the food processor, marinate, throw everything on one pan and bake…really? [huff-sigh])

  63. stephanie

    to #14 victoria & #83 susan, i’m no deb but have used BSCBs in my roasting dinners when it was all i had on hand and it’s fine, but i only do ’em for 20 minutes. just keep them separate and toss them on part way through the cooking of the veg.

  64. Curt

    This sounds amazing. Unfortunately, I am on a diet and was worried about the skin-on chicken and potatoes. So just to be sure I ran it through a calorie calculator website. I am not going to list it here because it may be for profit but it was cool. I just cut and pasted her ingredient list (with a few edits for her occasionally less than conventional measurements), and it shot out a nutrition label like you see on packaged food. Here is what it said…

    3 servings
    1 serving 928 grams
    Calories: 858
    Calories From fat: 240
    Total Fat: 27g
    Sat: 6.2
    Trans: 0
    Cholesterol: 243g
    Sodium: 1563
    Potassium: 2228
    Carbs: 55.7
    Fiber: 10g
    Sugar: 13.5g
    Protein: 100.6g
    Vitamin A: 10%
    Calcium: 26%
    Vitamin C: 263%
    Iron: 34%
    Nutritional Grade: B+

    High in niacin
    High in selenium
    High in vitamin B6
    Very high in vitamin C

    In summary, I’ll have to watch what I eat the rest of this day, but I can make this work.

  65. Robin

    Ginger tip- keep it in a mason jar with a little apple cider vinegar in the fridge. Seems to keep forever, and the vinegar can be used in Asian dressings.

  66. Brilliant. Now in my ninth month with twins (hurrah), cooking seems to get a trifle hard sometimes (and I am talking about tonight). We’ve got chicken breast in the fridge, where a great tikka paste is also located and hurrah, you’ve saved me.

    So, one question about those bribe brownies you’ve made when Jacob was born, reckon they are good in the freezer for a month? I’ll try to bake them this week for exactly the same purpose and something to eat to stay awake in the first weeks.

    Nicole xxx

  67. Actually, since I’m low-carbing at the moment, I think I’ll just go ahead and eliminate the potato and use a whole large cauliflower. This is perfect!

  68. Jess

    Any advice for how to make this lactose free? It’s soooo cloooose but I’m not sure if the normal coconut milk or cashew cheese substitutions would work for a chicken marinade.

  69. Gregory

    I happened to have everything on hand, and the garden is already bursting with cilantro, parsley and mint, so I made this last night. It was fantastic! I hope this recipe makes it into the new book. I imagine this would also work beautifully with a rack of lamb.

  70. Ha, Diane (51)! Truly Deb, wicked mean. My heart stopped and I did not appreciate it. :) I’ve been wondering if you’ve tried any of those meal services though. I abhor reading sponsored blogs posts about them, but I got a freebie from a friend once. I felt like it turned decent cooks (my partner and me) into idiots who needed to check the recipe card 6 times before sauteeing 3 leaves of chard.

  71. Audrey

    I don’t remember when I read this tip for fresh ginger, but I have been using it for a few years with good success. When you get your big hunk of fresh ginger, grate it all at once. Form it into a long line about 1/2 inch in diameter (like a long carrot) on a piece of cling-type wrap. Roll the ginger “log” up in the wrap. I bend it into a freezer-safe ziplock bag but any freezer container will do. When you need fresh ginger, just take it out of the freezer and break off a piece. You can use it immediately (no need to thaw). Works like a charm.

  72. Susan

    To STEPHANIE, Commenter #85:

    Thanks for the skinless, boneless chicken breast roasting tip! It is about what I guessed, but I am paranoid about undercooked meat, so wanted a 2nd opinion. Thank you again, you must read the comments very carefully!

  73. Martina

    One more +1 for you never doing sponsored posts! I lost one of my favorite blogs to the Blue Apron yesterday, and it was such a bummer. I turned off my Ad-Block for you because I appreciate the great recipes and authentic-ness of SK, I hope others do too.

  74. Florencia

    In Argentina we have dinner at 8:30-10:30 pm, maybe you can move here in order to get #1 checked ;)
    “1. Children, should you have them, happy to eat dinner at 8/9 p.m. on a weekday. (Let me know where to find them.)”
    Love this recipe :)

  75. Cilia

    Is it forbidden to make this in some nice, wide flat oven dish? Does that do any harm to the result? Or am I just being oldfashioned? And you made me scream with horror at the thought of your stopping with SK! Don’t do that again!

  76. Ariel

    Made this last night and it was amazing! One of those miracle dinners where I already had everything for it on hand. Instead of mincing the ginger and garlic, I used a microplane to grate and get the juices out. And then to garnish, I kind of mashed together your ideas and made a lemony cilantro yogurt with garlic. Delicious!

  77. Jodi

    NAUGHTY (saying you’re leaving)! But if you started your own food delivery service…I’d be one of the first to sign up!!!

  78. Kant

    I am a first-timer here. To make the process further easier, here is what I will do:
    First, get equal (or per your taste buds ) part garlic and fresh ginger. Grind them in an electric grinder, not too coarse or too smooth, sort of medium. Store it in the zipper bags, thin it to 1/4″ flat and keep them in the freezer compartment. This way you can break & use it as needed. I assure you it keeps the taste & strength for months. We do this, along with green chilies (prefer serrano) for daily use.

    Secondly, rather than running around to get all different and strange-sounding Indian spices, searching for the all illusive Garam Masala, go to the near by Indian grocers, and get a jar of Tikka Masala. Most of the American super markets carry them at the ethnic products aisleThose who prefer to keep it outside the refrigerator, can buy dry Tikka Masala packets (mix it with oil, coconut oil or yogurt). These steps will cut down several processes and help keep it simple and save time. I am an Indian. ethnically, and often use these methods as a short cut without sacrificing the fun and taste. BTW, for those who prefer meat, one can substitute beef or lamb (my preferred) in stew-size pieces, and will come out great.

  79. Scounslowgreen

    So delicious! I added a sweet potato and the dish was a complete hit with my husband and me. Thanks for the recipe.

  80. Anna Ess

    Made this last night. Husband said he could smell the deliciousness from outside the house (he was late home from work). It was just so good.

    I used two deseeded green chillis and I think I’ll be adding another next time I make it. And I mixed both mint and coriander into the yoghurt which was divine. I’m also going to try using the marinade on a whole baked cauliflower. That could be good.

    Left overs are in the fridge at work today and boy am I looking forward to lunchtime. This one is on the list for regular midweek meals (right next to Nigella’s Italian chicken and sausage tray bake).

  81. Kerry

    I received the newsletter email whilst standing in my grocery store wondering what the heck I was going to make for dinner tonight. So, chicken thighs, full fat yogurt and a hunk of ginger went into the cart. Just finished eating. Delicious and got RAVE reviews from my fiance! Thanks for saving dinner (again) Deb!

  82. Teri

    It’s been a real pleasure following you all these years. Wish you all the best in your new endeavor! You will be missed!

  83. Wife To An Amazing Cook

    I love everything about this recipe! Easy to prep, the flavor was fabulous, and cleanup was a breeze. We served it with a fennel + coarse salt flatbread and we’re already fighting over who gets leftovers for tomorrow’s lunch. :)

  84. Lesley

    Love your site and your recipes- this looks amazing! I can’t wait to make it. I really appreciate how you keep your site free from too much promotion and giveaways. I can’t thank you enough for keeping me excited to see a Smitten Kitchen email in my inbox!

  85. janna

    No garam masala??? I’m in a big garam masala phase right now – I will spread out almost anything on a cookie sheet and sprinkle garam masala all over it. My favorite is plain old chopped-up cauliflower, but sometimes I mix cauliflower and a drained can of chickpeas, toss them in a little oil, and practically coat the mixture in garam masala. I’ve also been known to throw in chunks of boneless, skinless (sorry!) chicken breast. I’m considering adding a little to the next pan of brownies I make…

  86. MariaV

    Deb, thanks for posting this sheet pan recipe; looks easy enough to put together at the end of a workday for a quick and “exotic” dinner. My husband is now getting familiar with Indian food and is loving it, so I made Hyderabad chicken biryani for him last Sunday (definitely not a weekday endeavor). I use some cinnamon and a teeny bit of ground cloves when I make my garam masala. BTW, your photos are stunningly beautiful and delicious!

  87. MariaV

    Oh, forgot to suggest that butternut squash would work in this recipe (for those who do not like cauliflower) since it would roast well and get crusty on the edges while soft and silky inside. I do like cauliflower, steamed and buttered or roasted. It’s sweetly bland and will perfectly harmonize with the spicy drippings from the chicken.

  88. Lois

    Hi Deb!
    I love Indian food so made this for supper last night! It was fantastic! And so easy! Keep up the great work! Love your cookbook and blog!

  89. deb

    Thank you for all of the good cheer and I’m sorry for giving you a scare. I was just kidding around! You’re not going to get rid of me that easily. I’ve never done any sponsored content here (I did a single giveaway in 2006 but nothing since) and don’t plan to ever. Also, I do get an email from Blue Apron about once a week about sending me stuff in exchange for posting, but they seem to think my name is Elena or Melissa. (Not bashing it, though, I know many people who love their meals and I find the concept pretty smart.)

    Onto questions!

    Molly — See above, I haven’t tried one but I absolutely understand why they’re popular. Weeknight cooking isn’t easy. Were I not a) someone who cooked everyday because it’s, like, my job and passion and b) in a giant city where I can get anything at any time and even good quality at that, I probably would have tried one by now. Wait, do you guys think I should for research? It might be fun! (I promise to pay so my opinion is as unfettered as you’d expect and no, I would not devote a post to it here, a recipe site.)

    Kathleen — Perhaps you’re thinking of chicken tikka masala? That is a curry in a sauce. Chicken tikka is this, except it’s usually presented on skewers.

    Cilia — No reason why not. I prefer the color and crisp I get from metal baking sheets, but it will work in other dishes.

    Florencia — Done! :) (But I do always wonder how this works! I mean, my kid needs to be at school at 8/8:30am so he needs to be up by 7, which means he really needs to go to bed by 8, which means dinner is early. We’d be happy to eat later otherwise. Is the schedule just different or do you have magical children that survive on less sleep, heheh?)

    Martina — I appreciate that! There’s just two ways to make money on a website: ads or sponsorships. If I won’t do the latter and people block the former*, you know, well, I’ll be at this as long as I can but… (*which I understand because on most websites the ads are terrible and the technology is invasive and greedy but I really try to keep things at a minimum and uncrappy here as possibly can and still earn my keep)

    Non-dairy — I mentioned early one might try a soy yogurt, but to be honest, I also think you could just add these spices to some oil for a marinade, too. (See also Ihskas’s comment above.) Maybe with oil and lemon juice or vinegar for a little brightness? It’s not going to be as soft in the end, but it’s really all about the flavor anyway.

    Rachel — Yes and no. I didn’t think I’d enjoy potatoes or cauliflower with a thick marinade — they wouldn’t get crisp. The flavors would be great, though.

    Nicole — Absolutely they’re good for a month, even more, but I don’t want to scare you. Good luck with everything!

    Using tofu or seitan — Okay, I confess I’ve never done anything with seitan because (I’m sorry) I can’t stand it, but I do like tofu, although nobody else in my family does, which means I haven’t roasted it in ages. I suspect you’ll be just fine with cubes of firm tofu marinated in this sauce (the thought of this is making me hungry) but as tofu is already “cooked”, it probably just needs 10-15 minutes at the end to pick up some texture, yes? So maybe roast the vegetables first and add the tofu halfway through. Hope that helps. Sorry for dissing seitan/satan. ;)

    The photos on this post — All but the first and last were taken with my iPhone. Would you believe that the original battery on my 7 year-old camera had the audacity to just up and die on me this week, discovered when I went to take the first ingredient photo here? My husband was kind enough to pick up a new one for me on his run so I had a new one just in time. It was so much less work on the phone; I could edit photos while feeding the baby! Maybe I should do this more often.

  90. Noemi

    We had this last night, and my husband and I loved it! Our two-year old daughter loved the potatoes :-) He has requested this go in the regular rotation of weeknight meals. I got home at 5, and had this on the table from scratch by 6:30. Next time I will marinate the chicken overnight to cut down on after-work pre-dinner prep. Thank you!

  91. I made this last night and it was delicious! I wanted to make more chicken (two skin on, bone in breasts and two skin on, bone-in whole legs), so I used two 6-ounce yogurts to make more marinade. One of my new favorite roasted chicken recipes!

  92. Megan

    I’m a newly married and my husband is Indian (born and raised in India). While I don’t have a lot of experience with Indian cooking and could never replicate his mother’s fabulous authentic food, I always struggle with what to cook for him. Last night I found the courage and cooked this dish. After he ate everything and licked the plate clean, I finally got the nod of approval that this will go into our dinner rotation! Thank-you Deb for helping me find a recipe my husband will enjoy for years to come! :)

  93. Morgan

    This was absolutely divine. Perhaps my most favorite recipe that you’ve posted (and I’m a long time reader/cooker!). The flavors were excellent and it is the perfect Wednesday night dinner! Loving these ‘weeknight favorites’!

  94. Okay! I’m on a Smitten winning streak. In the past couple of weeks I’ve made Eggs in Purgatory, Hamentachen,Dijon and Cognac Stew and now this! All winners -all totally straightforward. Used broccoli and red peppers in this as cauliflower cost more than Madonna’s lingerie hereabouts. But yum! Thanks Deb, you make cooking all it should be.

  95. jake

    Nice. I want. Now. please?

    I will plan this for a near future meal. As a carb addict I would whip up a few whole wheat chapattis brushed with butter to go with it. Some Major Greys’ for a pickle-y bit.

    And a buttermilk/mint lassi.

  96. Katie

    This is in my oven right now. The marinade smells phenomenal. I doubled the marinade and then used the extra to simmer on low with some chickpeas. They’re amazing.

  97. Sandy

    I made this tonight for dinner and it was delicious and easy. The yogurt marinade gave the chicken a delicate sweetness — and kept the pieces moist and juicy. The only change I made was serving it with lime wedges, not lemon. The dollops of yogurt and fresh cilantro gave it a tangy, zippy finish.

  98. Tina

    Just made this tonight. LOVE IT. I overlooked including the chili powder /cayenne but didn’t miss it. We are dairy free here so I used plain soy yogurt. Worked out well with that. The sauce that comes together at the bottom of the pan is ridiculously delicious. I found myself smashing some of the potatoes, just to pick up more of the sauce! It is great that it is a low salt recipe but I’m not quite there yet so, added some at the table. Will definitely be making this again. Thanks

  99. Kathy

    Just made this for dinner – easy and absolutely delicious. I made potatoes, carrots, broccoli, and mushrooms and the roasting and the spicing with the veggies was divine. Also used boneless, skinless thighs. This is a keeper.

  100. Wendy

    Made this tonight. Delicious! Love the one-pan dinner idea for weeknights. Though I trimmed my bone-in thighs of all extra fat/skin, there was a whole lot of liquid in the pan. Maybe things were too crowded…or too many thighs. I mopped with paper towels and blasted everything under the broiler for 5 minutes at the end. Fabulous, as always. Many thanks.

  101. Joe

    Hey Deb- made this last night and it was a little underwhelming in the flavor department on my end- which honestly boggles my mind, but I’m pretty sure it’s my fault.

    In the recipe, when taking the chicken out of the marinade where it states “leave the excess behind”, I wiped the chicken off with some paper towels (as is often done with grilling)- looking at your photos again now, I’m not entirely sure if you did the same.

    If you didn’t wipe, that would explain a *lot*, but if you did, I might need to crank up the spices by quite a bit. Veggies were phenomenal thou- never knew I’d actually enjoy cauliflower.

  102. Hester

    I have some thighs and drums sitting in spiced yogurt in the fridge ready to be thrown on a pan with cauliflower and spuds tonight This looks so simple and so delicious, I’m looking forward to dinner!

  103. Barbara Heymann

    Wondering if I can do this with frozen chicken? just defrost in marinade? Closest real grocery is 25 miles away :-(.
    PS. Everyone comments about the pics of your children but I never see them. I am sure it is my poor internet skills.

  104. Jenny

    This was fantastic. I hope it make it again next week. I used sour cream instead of yogurt and since my chicken was mostly frozen I defrosted it in the marinade all day. And don’t skip the pickled onions!

  105. Starstruck

    Love this riff on pan meals! Firstly, I and my Indian food cooking parents usually puree the tiger garlic mess in a Cuisinart mini prep (not the same one I used for baby food!) and it’s perfect for that job. Second, I might create a little raita with the yogurt (finely chopped or grated cucumber, little cumin, maybe some cilantro if you want). Thirdly, I take exception to the chicken skin being on! Indians don’t leave the skin on their chicken and I’m concerned that the spices don’t stand a chance of getting in to the meat flesh if they’re just smeared on the skin. In fact, Indians often cut slits in the meat to really work the spices in. Although I’m not sure how well the chicken would stand up to the roasting without the protective layer of skin and fat. Thoughts?

  106. CarolJ

    @Barbara Heymann #134: At the beginning of Deb’s post, under #1 in the list, click on the word “them” in the sentence “(Let me know where to find them.)” – the link should appear in a slightly different color. Each post has such a link; in my browser, the link color is barely different from the rest of the text, so sometimes I find the links hard to discover.

  107. R

    This. Was. Awesome. I followed the recipe and used all bone in, skin on, chicken thighs. I’ll probably add more chili powder next time!

  108. Rachael

    Hi Deb–I’m a law student knee-deep in exams, and this dish saved me from another week of Subway for dinner, for which I am eternally grateful. Made the chicken marinade the night before, took only a few minutes to chop the veggies and then into the oven it went! A delicious meal and leftovers for the next few days, all quick and easy. Thank you! Love your site.

  109. Caterina

    Hi Deb,

    This is printed and on the counter waiting for the weekend cook-a-thon! Looks like the perfect meal to take us through a few days of the week.
    To Barbara #134 – You can marinade frozen meat – I have done this many times when I forgot to defrost but as the chicken thaws, it will dilute the marinade. In a pinch, its okay. Beats driving 25 miles!

  110. My husband asked if we had a dinner plan as he left to pick up our toddler. Me: I’ll defrost some chicken. I reviewed this recipe, happily realized that we had all the ingredients, and then started rice. I was able to get the veggies in the oven while the boneless chicken was still defrosting and then make the marinade. It all came together easily and was delicious! Thank you :)

  111. Hi again, Deb! I forgot to mention that I added some dried garlic and garam masala to the vegetables. YUM! (I love garam masala!!) I also forgot to mention that you and these wonderful recipes are a huge part of my finally learning how to cook. (My husband is very pleased!) I’m also enjoying cooking dinner, which is huge. Thank you!!
    I also love your stories about your cooking and your life! Thank you for sharing with all of us. :)

  112. Noemi

    @Joe #132– I did not wipe, in fact, I dribbled the extra marinade over the veggies in the pan and it was a fantastic choice! Don’t wipe it. Keep all the deliciousness!

  113. Becca

    Question about the vegetables: ingredient list calls for cumin seeds, instructions say to toss the veggies with salt and cumin. Are we supposed to be toasting/grinding the cumin seeds, or tossing veggies with the whole cumin seeds?

  114. Gail

    This totally resonates for me! Crockpot – eh. Cook ahead on the weekend – I don’t want to! Don’t have a pressure cooker. Get tired of quick meals like avocado on toast. Kids will not wait past 6. THIS IS A CONUNDRUM! So I too have wound up basically roasting the s** out of everything. My sheet pan is in heavy rotation. If a recipe says, sautee, I toss it. Plus, most everything tastes better that way. Baked salmon/chicken/pork tenderloin, roasted potatoes, roasted veggies, etc. I adore summer, but always have this moment when I realize that all my cooking basically involves cranking my oven to 450!

  115. Amy

    Deb – I think you struck a chord. As a long time reader I always scan the comments to see what others have said about the recipe and it is rare that so many people make something so quickly after you’ve posted. This was a real winner in our house and I will be on the lookout for more “tray bakes” as a way to feed the hungry kiddos faster! I especially love recipes that I can prep the night before, giving me time to hang out with the kids when I get home from work rather than try to keep them from tearing the house apart while I chop and prep things. I marinated the (boneless, skinless) chicken thighs and prepped the cauliflower the night before, then only had to chop the potatoes and throw it all in the oven tonight. So yummy! Thank you for this!

  116. meital

    Cooked it for Friday dinner (Shabbat), and it came out AMAZING! I didn’t have cumin seeds so I replaced with cardamom seeds. Thank you for this lovely recipe!

  117. CarolJ

    Add me to the “will make again” crowd. Besides being delicious, this dish offers other pluses for me – I can divide prep into stages throughout the day and barely have to tend it once it’s in the oven (important because of a disability and limited energy) and it also presents cauliflower in a form my Cruciferae-shunning husband lapped up.

  118. Caitlin

    I loved this. Sheet pan dinners are an amazing concept and I hope you’ll come back with more! I posted a photo on instagram and got lots of feedback about how some people skipped it because it looked time consuming which is the opposite of what it’s supposed to be and what it really was! I took more shortcuts which made it even easier to get on the table.

  119. lizykat

    OMGosh…This was just perfect. I omitted the jalapeno and used 1/4t for the chili powder as I have a heat averse daughter, yea, I know… I also used boneless chicken and watched it closely…everything was done the way we like, potatoes and cauli were just great. I think I will try adding some of the spices listed for the chicken into the oil/cumin see mix for the veggies… A little more would be just about right. Everyone raved. 10 and 12 yo granddaughters included..thanks so much for posting this. xo

  120. Marilyn

    The beautiful photo caught my attention and I love Garam Masala-I put it in tons of stuff-so I was looking forward to making this dish. I came home from work this afternoon and put the yogurt spice marinade together (I made a double batch so I would have left overs for work). The instructions were very through and easy to follow! The only thing I did differently was that I roasted the cauliflower on a separate, foil covered, baking sheet, after tossing it with the remaining marinade left over from the chicken. The potatoes and cauliflower were delicious and the chicken thighs were very flavorful and moist, but not (spicy) hot. I used one large jalapeño. Thank you for making Indian food so easy and quick to prepare with ingredients I usually have handy. I have been following your blog for years. Your recipes are flavorful and creative and the prep instructions are easy to follow. My only suggestion is that you add a print recipe option so I don have to print so many pages to make a copy of the recipe:).

  121. LeslieAnn

    This was dinner tonight and it was absolutely delicious! So easy to put together and clean up in advance, but the real point is the wonderfully layered flavors. I ground the ginger, garlic, jalepeno, etc. together in a mini chop, then mixed it with the yoghurt and spices to make a lovely paste for the chicken marinade. I left the paste on while the chicken baked with the potatoes and cauliflower. What a winner!

  122. Nina

    Made this tonight. Amazing!! Rave reviews from everyone, including my 20 month old, who ate more dinner than I’ve ever seen, happily munched on a drumstick and then ate all the juices left in the roasting pan. Had to finally tell her there was no more food-she ate it all!!

  123. rebecca

    Very long time reader saying hello and that this looks great! For vegetarians, do you think it would go well with paneer or tofu? Or just on its own as an adapted aloo gobi?

    Also, I’m coming to NYC and looked at your list and I adore you for your “no freebies” policy, which is increasingly rare and unchangingly awesome. Any NYC food obsessions of the moment to recommend? Especially for people with Russian husbands who have never been to NYC?

  124. Barbara Heymann

    I made this last night and it was fab! I used the full amount of chili powder, not too spicy for us. Thanks Deb!

  125. Michelle

    I had such a delicious weekend thanks to you, Deb! Sheet pan chicken tikka, obsessively good cucumber avocado salad, peach cupcakes…I feel like I’m finally starting to get my kitchen mojo back after the birth of my son–and he’s 2 1/2! I’m obsessively planning a friend taco party with your tres leches cake (which got rave reviews LAST weekend! Cheers and thanks from Chicago!

  126. Celeste

    Marilyn (156) – You can print the recipe by going to the very end (just before the comments) where you”ll see:

    “Do More: Link ! Bookmark ! Pin ! Print ! email !

    Click on “Print” and you”ll get the recipe only.

  127. Kristen

    I made this tonight and was very impressed! I added a can of drained, rinsed chickpeas to the vegetables and used boneless, skinless chicken breast so my sons would eat it! I left the breasts whole and they were done in 30 minutes. I marinated the chicken for 4 hours and it was flavorful and juicy.

  128. leskap19

    I made this exactly as written. So delicious. Everyone in my family loved it. I also love Melissa Clark’s sheet pan chicken. Next time I will use a mix of dark and white meat, or a mix of skin on and skin off, to decrease the oiliness. I was so happy because I put it out on a beautiful platter and garnished it the way you have and it ended up looking exactly as gorgeous as in your photos. That is what I like about your recipes, Deb. The end results always taste amazing and they always end up looking like yours do in the photos. Thanks.

  129. Topol

    “… and much better than using the dried out hunk of ginger in the bottom of the vegetable drawer …”

    Ginger can be frozen. What I do after I bring the hunk of ginger root home is peel it and cut it into thumb-size or smaller pieces. Then I throw them in a freezer bag and pop the bag into the freezer. When you do need ginger, use a piece from the bag. Frozen ginger grates easily. Let it defrost a minute or two and you can also smash it easily because the cells have already burst from the freezing.

  130. Karen Brown

    Made this for dinner this evening. Only sub-out was butternut squash and red capsicum instead of cauliflower, as caulis are $10 a head here in NZ at the moment.I was home in the afternoon,but knew I’d be out till later in the evening, so I prepped veg and marinated chicken, and left it for my husband to throw in the oven. Came home tired and hungry to a fabulous meal, the bonus being that the marinating time produces truly succulent chicken. This one is going on repeat. Cheers from the edge of the map,karen

  131. Someone asked about dairy free alternative – my daughter is allergic to dairy so when a recipe calls for yogurt, sour cream or buttermilk, I substitute rice milk with a tablespoon of either lemon juice or vinegar, depending on the recipe. I let it sit for a bit until it curdles. Rice milk is sweeter than soy or almond milk (she’s also allergic to soy and almonds) so you have to think about that when you are making the rest of the recipe. But I’m going to make this one tonight so I’ll let you know how it turns out!

  132. Dee Dee

    This was our fabulous dinner tonight! Thanks, Deb.

    Couldn’t leave well enough alone and turned it into a veg meal (there’s one – or four – in every crowd). Made lentil meatballs and marinated them uncooked, just as you directed with the chicken. Cooked as indicated in the recipe.

    Absolutely delicious. Our girls 8 and 10 loved it and leftovers are neatly packed for their school lunches tomorrow.

    Keep up the great work! We love Smitten Kitchen….

  133. I made it for dinner on Sunday- the whole family enjoyed it. Cooking everything in a sheet pan is brilliant- if you can think of other sheet pan dinners (would love some vegetarian options) I would be very thankful!

  134. Elise

    Re: Blocking ads. Deb, Thanks for 1) an awesome website and 2) for making real to me the downside of ad-blocking.

    I do use an ad-blocker, but am happy to selectively disable ad-blocking for websites I want to support and that might not exist without the support of readers like me.

  135. Patty

    I made this last night and it was great! Since it is just my husband and me, we had leftovers. So the plan tonight is to make wrap sandwiches with the meat, veggies, fresh pickled onions,and parsley/mint/cilantro blend, like gyros. Instead of tzatziki sauce, I’m going to use yogurt blended with the spices used in the marinade.

  136. Ashley

    I made this a couple of days ago. I was really excited because I had been wanting to make something Indian inspired. I followed the directions exactly. I opted to let the chicken marinade overnight because I realized the potatoes I had were no longer good and wanted to get more. I thought the chicken would be extra flavorful because of the marinade time but it was not. What could I do to make sure the chicken is more flavorful next time? I don’t usually eat the skin and that’s were all the spices were. I was hoping it would somehow permeate the inside of it didn’t. Suggestions?

  137. Victoria

    I made this this weekend and it was awesome. The onions were perfect with it. I’ll be making it again this week! Thanks!!

  138. Janet

    I made this tonight and my husband’s comment was “You can make this again any time.” He does 99 percent of the cooking in our house, but this looked so good I had to do it. Yum!

  139. Mel

    Was so excited to make this and really enjoyed it!! Potatoes and cauliflower were delicious and chicken was moist. Loved that it was such easy prep and just one pan!

    I would definitely marinate it overnight next time as it was flavorful but not super flavorful, and I think a little more salt, though my spices are kind of old and due for a cleaning out/re-buying.

    Thanks for another great recipe Deb! Looking forward to making this again!!

  140. Erica

    Made this to the letter tonight and it was great, though I like a bit more heat so will up the spice content next time. And there will be a next time. I have to say that we do subscribe to Blue Apron due to crazy schedules during the week, but try to cook up our own meals (or really ones we find here) at least on the weekends and early on in the week before the box arrives. I can see sticking the chicken in the marinade on Sunday so meal prep on Monday is a snap. Thanks for this tasty and weeknight friendly recipe!

  141. I just made this, and it was INCREDIBLE. My 11.5-month old daughter ate an entire chicken drumstick and a huge portion of the cauliflower! (To be fair, she has always loved Indian food since I frequently gobbled them while she was in my belly, heh!)
    This recipe is immediately going into my recurring favorite recipe files–THANK YOU :)

  142. Kora

    Made it tonight with boneless skinless chicken breast and added grated ginger, cumin, and gram masala to the oil for the veggies and it was great! Whole family loved it and I’m looking forward to the leftovers!

  143. Sam

    Made it tonight. It was good, but I was definitely hoping for something quicker based on the opening paragraph. It was fairly easy to make, but it took me almost 2 hours start to finish. Maybe I’m just slow :/

  144. Grace

    Really good! I used coconut cream (from Trader Joe’s) instead of yogurt to make it dairy free, and it worked perfectly. Will definitely make again.

  145. PippaS

    Made for my family last night – no cauliflower or nice potatoes in the house, so I made it day-glo with sweet potatoes (the orange kind, I think you call them yams in US) and peppers (red, orange, green cause that’s what I had). It was seriously BRIGHT! I tossed the veg in gram masala (I always have it on hand, easy to get here in UK) and also added some cubed halloumi, as we were 6 for dinner, 2 of whom are teenage boys and one always hungry partner. It worked really well and was delicious. Next time I’ll marinade the chicken overnight I think. Thank you Deb!

  146. Binsy

    For #178-Ashley- I made this yesterday but peeled off the skin and made deep cuts into the drumsticks before applying the marinade. I think that helps to make the chicken more flavorful. Deb-thanks for an awesome recipe. It was such a hit at my place and the house smells deeelicous :)

  147. Rachel

    Made this last night and it was so delicious! The potatoes and cauli alone are worth making – the cumin seeds work so well here. Made with boneless skinless chicken breasts – cooked for 40 mins total and put the chicken in for the last 20 which worked perfectly.
    Thank you Deb for giving me so much inspiration and confidence in the kitchen!

  148. Nikki

    I made this last night and my hubby said it was the best baked chicken he’s possibly ever eaten. High praise from him as he doesn’t really like chicken to begin with. I didn’t have cilantro and mine was far less beautiful than Deb’s, but it was delicious. You can add a sprinkling of crushed chilis to half the pan if you have kids that don’t like spice like we have!

  149. Lynette

    I made this recipe literally 3 days after post. Delicious! I have tried cooking indian or indian-inspired foods previously with fail. This was so easy to make, healthy and very tasty. I added some steamed spinach and it just soaked up all of the garam masala and cumin seed flavor.

  150. Leigh

    I’m sorry to say that I did not like this recipe. On all the blogs I go on and use their content I try very hard to post positive things. I’ve done that here, but this recipe did not work for me. The cauliflower and potatoes were very bland. I can’t imagine how 15 minutes in the fridge would be enough time for the flavors to blend into the chicken. I left my chicken over night and still had a very mild taste. The skin of my chicken was very soft and not very tasty. Bummer.

  151. Grace

    Made this last night and it was so delicious. What really makes this dish feel so special are the little finishing touches – the yoghurt, the herbs and especially the quick-pickled onions, which took this from “delicious” to “wow, I feel like I’m at a restaurant in my own home”. What a treat on a Thursday night. :) Thank you, Deb.

  152. Linda N.

    I made this for dinner last Sunday and it was very good. I used boneless, skinless chicken breasts and marinated them for 24 hours before cooking. I did not make the onions, but did dollop yoghurt and cilantro on the finished dish. Fast, easy and a breeze to clean up. I will make this again but next time I will add more potatoes and more vegetables. Leftover chicken made a nice sandwich for lunch the next day.

  153. Tulin

    Another winner! This was fantastic and even better the next day. I did add onions to the vegetables, but I’m a sucker for roasted onions…

  154. Krista

    Made this tonight and it’s going into the keeper folder! Added a can of garbanzo beans to the veggies and tossed them with the olive oil and spices AND the leftover chicken marinade. I couldn’t throw it out! Used boneless, skinless breasts. Tossed a bag of spinach in a serving platter, scooped the pan contents on top and added the herbs, onions and dollops of plain Greek nonfat yogurt. I definitely think it needs all the garnishes for the flavor pop. Just what we needed tonight!!!

  155. Novia

    Feeling uninspired for dinner, I quickly scanned this and beamed because I had every spice on hand. It was quick prep which was exactly what we needed because my baby boy required extra cuddling after getting his 4-month shots today. The chicken tasted like it had been roasting for hours :). I will say, I only cooked a pound of chicken (without reducing the spice ratio) so the flavors/heat were a bit more intense, which is the way we like our Indian food. Between hubby and I, we polished off the entire pan (veggies were carrots and broccoli). I seriously considered deglazing the foil, making a little sauce to be sopped up by bread; maybe next time!

  156. Kelz

    Just made this last night. Soooo good! You are right about the veggies though. Next time I think I’ll double the veggies and use two pans. Thanks Deb, you rock!

  157. Lyra

    Another winner from Deb! Made this for our Friday night dinner (we try a new recipe every Friday night) and this might end up in our regular rotation. Though I think we might even double the veggies and halve the chicken next time around, the charred and caramelized potatoes and cauliflower were definitely the best part.

    Any thoughts on setting some of the marinade aside before the chicken goes in and saving it as just spiced yogurt to go on top of the veggies? Or what to do with cold leftover chicken tikka?

  158. Mel

    Deb I commented above but as I find myself making this for the third time in a week and a half I have a question – could this work on the grill? Or would it burn? It is getting warm and I try not to turn the oven on as much in the summer… but I can’t imagine going 3 months without this dish!!! :-) Thanks!

  159. Ashley

    This was seriously delicous. We love a lot of spice and flavour and this dish delivered exactly that. I didn’t have plain yogurt but ended up using a vanilla greek yogurt that was in the fridge and it was really delicious! Thank you for sharing.

  160. Tariqata

    Speaking as the mom of a scarily active 8-month old who is currently refusing to nap more than 20 minutes at a go and requires constant attention at all other times (kid can’t walk, but apparently can climb): this was probably the easiest meal I cooked last week, pickled onions included, and all family members, including the 8-month old, found it delicious. We’ll definitely be making this again.

  161. Made this last night as kabobs on the grill with some grilled bread and was excellent. A hit with both the kids and the adults. Thanks for the great work, keep them coming.

  162. Kristen

    Made this last night and LOVED it. Kids loved it too. This was so easy, and SO tasty. It also occurred to me while eating it why there is so much cauliflower used in Indian cooking (aside from the obvious veg centered focus in certain regions) – b/c it soaks up the taste SO well. The cauliflower was almost the best part of this dish, b/c it picked up SO much of the flavour from the sauce.

  163. Joetta

    I made this on Friday and leftovers served as 2 yummy lunches. Everything was so delicious, thanks for the recipe! Although now I’m out of garam masala and have to replenish! :)

  164. Carrie

    This recipe was a complete winner. Easy prep and clean up. Thank you Deb for including how to make garam masala! Am I missing something, or could this recipe also be tagged gluten-free? After 40 minutes of roasting, the skin on my chicken was still pretty soft, so I took those pieces out and ran them under a broiler a bit. Yum!

  165. Cy

    Deb, I made the perfect dinner last night. This chicken tray bake with Joy the Baker’s pistachio strawberry crisp! I made raita and my own mint chutney too. I read your and Joy’s blogs religiously! Anyway, this chicken is amazing! Also the mint chutney is super easy to make, who knew? I pickled green onions instead, because that’s what I had and I’ve been into Indian inspired dishes lately, so I had all the spices. I love a good tray bake( learned that trick from Nigella) and it was nice to eat a lighter Indian spiced dish. It can be really rich, so I don’t eat it too often, this was a perfect stand in. All those species and herbs are so good for you. Yum!

  166. Jennifer

    Wow! I printed this out a few days ago, since it looked promising, but didn’t get around to making it until this evening. The poor little potatoes and cauliflower looked rather naked and boring, but once baked with the chicken (and I scraped the marinade onto the chicken for roasting) everything smelled and tasted fantastic! This recipe goes into the binder for sure, and I imagine we’ll be making it over and over again. Thanks!

  167. Mary Beth

    Once the marinade is made, this is a pretty easy dish. It is not hot, despite the jalapeno. We liked it with chicken legs. Because of the mildness of the dish (and I might crank up the heat next time), the condiments are essential, especially the pickled red onion. Chutney and some minced cilantro are also nice. I made some chapatis (from the new Hot Bread Kitchen cookbook) to go with it.

  168. Michele

    If you make a bunch of extra chicken breasts (I marinated them with everything else and then just put them in their own little pan) and, once cooked, you put them in a bowl with a little extra pan juices, leftover herbs, leftover pickled onion and dollop of yogurt and then shred them, it makes, hands down, the BEST CHICKEN SALAD IN THE UNIVERSE. And is no extra work. Ate it all week.

  169. Sheila

    Oh, wow….this was really something special: I have never been able to make Chicken Tikka as good as my husband’s favorite at Naan’N’Curry in San Francsico. This came so close….the spices are perfect! I mashed them all in a big coarse mortar, mixed with Greek yoghurt and marinated boneless, skinless chicken thighs for the afternoon. Threw it on top of the chunked potatoes and cauliflower. Just wonderful.
    I keep a hunk of frozen unpeeled ginger in the freezer just as it comes from the store…grate with a micro plane, and voila, fresh ginger when I need it….one doesn’t even notice the skin. I threw a Serrano in the spice mixture, ’cause I was out of crushed red pepper, exactly the right amount of heat. I expected my husband would fuss as there was no sauce or naan, but he said it was delicious!
    Yeah, Deb, for the win!
    I also cut down the oil in the sheet pan, lined it with foil and sprayed generously with Pam, worked very well indeed.
    Thank you so much, Deb, you are my absolute favorite cooking site…I would happily pay for access and look forward to your next cookbook….the first is a real winner.

  170. Karen

    Hi Deb- If I want to make this with skinless, boneless chicken thighs, will I have to adjust the baking time? Thank you!

  171. Emma B

    I made this exactly as the recipe states and it was utterly delicious and wolfed down by the whole family. I will definitely be making it again and might try with fish for my non-meat eating friends. Thanks Debs!

  172. bloomie

    What kind of yogurt did y’all use? The recipe says to use a whole milk yogurt and the only kind I could find that wasn’t a giant container was greek yogurt, but I don’t think that’s what Deb means. Do I have to go get a giant tub of plain yogurt I won’t otherwise use or can I use Greek yogurt and just get a small container of it? Thanks.

  173. deb

    Karen — Many commenters here have mentioned using boneless, skinless thighs or breasts with success, but nobody has mentioned roasting time. Just consider how long they usually take to roast (20-25 minutes?) and add them a little later in the veg-roasting process.

    bloomie — I use Greek here and for just about everything. Use what you’ve got. I promise to warn if a kind won’t work well. :)

  174. stephanie

    made this last night for dinner – it was awesome!

    i made the marinade in the food processor and left the chicken (4 thighs & 1 monster breast cut in half) in it overnight (probably started it about 8/9pm the night before and cooked it around 5pm the next day). boyperson went in the fridge during the night and announced “it smells good in here!” definitely the best smelling marinade of all time. i used everything mentioned with the following small changes:
    1. i used curry powder instead of turmeric as i didn’t have any (and turmeric is the first ingredient in my curry powder)
    2. for spice: 1/4t berbere, a whole jalapeno, & a whole serrano. delicious with great spice (i.e. flavor) but not “spicy” at all, for anyone concerned.
    3. for veg: a handful of baby red potatoes, halved, one small yukon gold & a big sweet potato, peeled & cubed. served it with blistered shisito peppers & a dipping sauce made of mayo, sour cream, sriracha, lots of fresh lemon juice, paprika, s&p and more fresh lemon wedges for squeezing, and some pickled red onions from the escarole salad recipe which i always keep on hand because they’re amazing.
    delicious, easy, everyone went back for seconds. took an hour to roast everything through & get potatoes cooked. definitely going into the rotation, thanks again deb!

  175. Allison

    I made this last night and it was an instant family favorite. I added the sliced leeks with lemon zest, olive oil, and salt from Melissa Clark’s recipe you mentioned above (also a family favorite) about 20 minutes in, and that just made it even more delicious. Thanks again for your consistently fabulous recipes, which, among other things, have enabled me to say that my children will eat Indian food!

  176. Emma

    Thank you thank you for all your recipes. It seems like no matter which recipe I try from your website (savory or sweet, appetizer or entree) they are all delicious and huge hits in my household! It’s got to be something about the way you write your recipes or the extensive testing that you do. Thank you again!

  177. em k

    For the vegetarians: I used a mixture of paneer, chickpeas, and white mushrooms – delicious! I halved the mushrooms but should have left them whole – I imagine this would be very good with larger mushrooms.

  178. Susan

    I made this with boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into chunks (sale at Whole Foods!) and they came out so nicely, not dry like I was worried about! I think next time I’ll add even more spices to the marinade as mine came out a little gingery and not as crazy full flavored as I had hoped. But I’m so excited to see this easy take on it because one of my favorite foods is the chicken tikka Greek salad at Ebeneezer’s in Hong Kong and I’m making my version for lunch this week using your recipe! Thanks so much for posting!

  179. Jess

    Deb, I have loved 99% of your recipes but this one didn’t do it for me. I inadvertently marinated the bone-in chicken breasts for 36 hours and I still found them to be totally lacking in flavor. I think a roasted chicken with a pan sauce is more flavorful. Thanks anyway!

  180. Samantha

    I love this kind of meal. Am a big fan of the Melissa Clark versions and am so happy to have a new variation to play with. I added a little sugar to the pickled onions, and before serving, put the hot roasted veg on top of some baby arugula to make a wilted salad. Add onions, lemon juice and a little hot sauce–so good. I’ll be making this again for sure.

  181. BethR

    Just made this for dinner last night. Since I have three kids and a heavy schedule, I am always on the hunt for easy dinners. The chicken was really good, but mild on spice. It may have been due to the fact that my garam masala is a year old and has been sitting in a mason jar. I deliberately took the heat down because of the kids, which was a bit of a mistake. The sauce cooked beautifully, and I used 4 boneless breasts, and 2 boneless thighs. I much preferred the thighs, but the kids liked the breasts. Vegetables were delicious, but I used broccoli instead of cauliflower because it is what I had on hand. Needed a generous sprinkling of salt and pepper at the end. I would make it again. I might try mixing the spices, garlic and ginger in a food processor next time. May have provided a depth of flavor that was missing.

  182. Natalie

    I made this last night, with boneless/skinless chicken thighs, and carrots in place of the potatoes since it’s what I had on hand. I also made a cucumber raita in place of the plain yogurt to accompany. I loved it! I think my husband did as well. The kids tolerated it as with most things that are not chicken nuggets/mac n cheese/pizza, etc. They ate it nevertheless which is a win in my book. Thanks for a great recipe!

  183. AG

    Made it as suggested (with bone-in skin on chicken). Enjoyed it but didn’t care for the skin at all (which is typically not eaten in South Asian cuisine anyway). Making it tonight with boneless chicken breast (which is what i have on hand so will follow the inspiration recipe and put on skewers). One little trick that I think really helped develop the flavor is that I “bloomed” the spices by mixing them with a tiny bit of oil and then zapping that in the microwave for 15 seconds. Looking forward to more sheet-pan meals!

  184. Sasha

    Really good marinade recipe that worked well both in the oven and on the grill! My British husband, who grew up eating stuff like this, suggested adding dried fenugreek, which we did, and a bit of mustard oil that help the marinade adhere better to the chicken.

  185. Anne L.

    Made this last night and it was amazing! We ate all of the meat, but had leftover veggies from the dish, so I heated them up for lunch and ate them with a fried egg on top. It was delicious!!!!!!

  186. Kathleen

    This was just so delicious. I used buttermilk instead of yogurt and marinated it for several hours. Served it with raita, chopped cilantro, and the quick-pickled red onions. Hard to save enough for leftovers (I made the full recipe…for two of us). Another winner. Thank you so much!

  187. Alison

    Loved this! Next time I think we’d add whole garlic cloves with the veggies, because what isn’t improved by roasted garlic?

  188. Heather

    Deb, I was underwhelmed by this recipe. It didn’t help that my better half brought home these massive, dense chicken pieces and it took them an hour to fully cook in the oven.

    It was by no means a bad recipe, as written. It just wasn’t great (when you factor in the effort). Your other recipes are wonderful and so much better! But this one, for me, needs some tweaking before I’d consider making it again.

  189. Amy

    I made this with tofu cut into square slabs and made the recipe with no changes…it came out amazing. The tofu prepared this way had more surface area than the chicken so I had to use a second pan. I put all the tofu in one pan and the rest of the stuff in the other in case the tofu needed to come out earlier, but it didn’t. But when I bake tofu I like it really, really baked; I think the texture is nice that way.

    Thanks for yet another great recipe!

  190. Caroline

    Just used this exact marinade for boneless skinless chicken on the grill and it came out phenomenal! Thank you so much for this fantastic recipe!!

  191. A week ago, beloved family came to visit from Omaha, 2 young couples, all business professionals. They shooed me out of the kitchen and proceeded to fill our house with tantilizing aromas. OMG!!! Not only did we ALL love this dish, we actually got out more bread to mop up every drop from the platter! I am making it for company this week; will add a generous amount of carrots (2″pieces). Love those pickled red onion slices, so I got 2 red onions! Totally dreamy recipe, meaning I really did awake wanting this again the morning after we had it for dinner! Subscribed to your newsletter; I am excited to try more of your recipes, like the wild rice gratin with kale, since kale is in season! Thank you a gazillion times over!!!

  192. Camille

    You have opened my eyes and my tastebuds to the world of garam masala. This recipe, and your curried lentils are now two staples in kitchen. Thank you!

  193. Sue

    I made this tonight! I used bone-in skin-off thighs, patty pan squash instead of cauliflower (not because we don’t like it, but because we had a ton of squashes from the CSA) and forgot the chili powder/cayenne… so when we were eating it I thought next time I’d increase the spices – but now that I realize my mistake I might just try it the right way first. Because next time is totally happening!! It really was so good and so easy.

  194. Rose

    This was very good and simple, though next time I will double the spices in the marinade, as my kids are getting older and they can handle flavor now.

  195. tracimsmith

    I made this twice, once exactly as written and once for a friend who is dairy free. Both times were wonderful and received *rave* reviews. For the dairy free modification, I put the spices in about a 1/4 cup of olive oil and lime juice (I used 3 key limes) and then whisked it all up and marinated the chicken in that instead of the yogurt.

    It’s a magic dish, really, because the veggies are so simple, yet so delicious and amazing. Definitely a great one for casual entertaining.

  196. Amy

    I’m making this for dinner AGAIN. I think this is the fifth time. It’s quickly become a family favorite and I’ve passed it along to everyone I know. Thanks for another great recipe, Deb. If you’re on the fence, MAKE THIS. It’s gloriously simple and so, so delicious!

  197. Rachel

    We loved how easy and tasty this was!
    I doubled the marinade the first time I made this and tossed the extra in a bag with some thighs to put in the freezer. The frozen meal turned out just as delicious, maybe even more so because of the extra time in the marinade. Thanks for a great recipe!

  198. molly

    i had to write in because i have been eyeing this recipe since it was posted and finally made it for dinner last night (and then had leftovers for lunch today)! it was incredibly easy, clean up was a breeze, and tasted delicious! i am skeptical of sheet pan dinners bc i have had bad luck in the past with uneven cooking times and used to have a sensitive smoke alarm, but i saw the note and halved my split bone-in skin-on chicken breasts and it cooked up to perfection in just under 40 mins. i also don’t usually follow recipes so exactly but i am not familiar with cooking indian flavors so i actually followed the recipe and am glad i did. i used a food processor for the garlic/ginger/jalapeno because i am out of gloves and wanted to handle the pepper as little as possible- the aroma from the food processor was incredible. it was not too spicy for my spice-sensitive bf/roomie but had enough of a kick for me. also i would bathe in that yogurt marinade if i could. this dish was a hit! will def be repeating in the coming weeks.

  199. Kelly

    Hi Deb, just wondering if you can make this with boneless, skinless chicken breasts (I know, I know, but it’s what we have) or if it will end up really dry. I’m thinking the yogurt in the marinade might help prevent that from happening?

    1. Amy

      You may have made this already and got your answer, but I always make this with skinless boneless thighs and although it may possibly not be as good as with bone-in/skin-on, they don’t tend to get dry at all (as long as you stick to the cooking time) and is absolutely yum. You’re right, it may be the marinade keeping them from drying out. One day I’ll remember to buy skin-on, bone-in, and see the difference!

  200. Amanda Joan Jäger

    This was THE BOMB diggity! Next time I think I’ll add some red peppers to bake in the oven with the veggies, I have a feeling it would be reeeal tasty. And also double the marinade and split half of it into a sauce that can simmer while the chicken and veg is in the oven.

    Thank you so much for a deilcious and easy recipe.
    It’s such a beautiful thing to behold, food that almost makes itself!

  201. Amy

    I’m making this tonight for probably the tenth time, and just had to leave a comment…. It’s just so good! I love Indian spices and this dish is a tasty, quick and very simple way to quell my cravings. My 4 year old loves this too, although my husband and I are looking forward to the day he’s able to tolerate even the slightest hint of chilli! Until then, we go without ):

  202. LSM

    This was perfect. Did this for a dinner for 8 and everyone raved. I forgot the sugar and played it loose on the spices because I didn’t have all – but it worked out (don’t ask me to repeat what I made – but that’s a different issue)

    Thank you!

  203. susan

    Deb…Why can I no longer print your introduction and pictures ? All I get is the printed recipe with none of the gorgeous lead-in.
    Thanks,
    Susan

  204. Joseph Fajerman

    Kosher salt

    How often do you come across recipes asking you to use “kosher” salt? It happens to me a lot. I’m Jewish, and I find it quite disturbing. It shows a total lack of understanding of what kosherness is all about. It is of course a Jewish thing. There is the Islamic Halal thing, which I don’t know about and cannot comment. I’ve never heard of Halal salt.
    In the scriptures, God creates all the beasts of the field etc, and pronounces them all good. He tells Noah the same thing: Genesis, 9, 3 : All the animals are OK for you to eat..
    There is a caveat about blood, Gen 9, 4 “you must not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood” which I don’t really understand, but is actually at the heart of this issue about salt.
    Shortly after God declares all animals to be edible, he then comes along and tells his people to avoid pork and all nice seafood, saying they are an abomination. What sort of god changes its mind? So kosher has come to mean no pork and no nice seafood. There’s also the thing with milk and meat. Abraham meets messengers from god and gives them a meal of veal with bread and cheese. The Talmudic message says to avoid eating milk and meat in the same meal. This is based on a line, repeated three times (so it must be true) in Genesis, Exodus and Deuteronomy saying do not cook either a calf or a kid in its mothers milk. Somewhere else in the scriptures are instructions about what kind of fabrics silk or wool or linen can be worn in combination. Egyptian cotton does not seem to figure. This paragraph then is a summary of what kosherness is about as far as orthodox Jews are concerned.
    When I first came across the demand for Kosher salt, I checked up on it via a kosher website – there are such things. Ultra-orthodox Jews are keen to spread the message about what the faithful should do to fulfil the requirements of the religion.
    First, it will tell you that contrary to many deluded opinions to the contrary, the prohibition against pork etc is not for health reasons. There is in fact no reason at all not to eat these except that “It is written!”.
    Regarding salt, it says that salt can not be kosher or not kosher. It is neutral.
    It suggests that there is a confusion between “kosher” and “koshering” salt.
    The scriptural line about not eating blood leads to animals being slaughtered by having their throats cut and then draining the blood. The blood is then wasted – no lovely black pudding for orthodox Jews!
    Orthodox Jews will buy kosher meat from a kosher butcher, or online equivalent and then proceed to “kosher” it by sprinkling it with lots of salt in the mistaken belief that this will draw out whatever blood remains after the initial draining. This process will only draw out water, and flavour the meat. The pink colour of red meat is not blood, it is Myoglobin, a muscle protein resembling Haemoglobin.
    So, all you food bloggers, do not ask for “kosher” salt in the recipes. There is no such thing.

    1. deb

      This is absurd. Boxes of salt in every store are called “kosher” salt; it is simply a kind of salt, which is why recipe writers everywhere — not just all us food bloggers — call for it. My job is to point people to the ingredients they need to buy for recipes, not argue religious tenets over whether it has the right to be labeled as such.

      1. Joseph Fajerman

        The word “kosher” has a religious connotation. i am merely suggesting that it is being used in the wrong context.

        1. sparkgrrl658

          there is such a thing as kosher salt though. yes, the salt itself is not necessarily kosher, but it exists as a product labeled as such on grocery store shelves. it’s like saying there are no such things as kleenex because they should be called tissues. and if you don’t call for kosher salt, or another kind of salt, many people will use table salt, which cannot be substituted 1:1 unless you want something grossly salty as a result.

          so if talking semantics, while i do agree a more apt term would/should be koshering salt, until those that produce kosher salt choose to change their labeling there is very much a need to specifically call for it in recipes, wherever they may be written.

      1. Jane

        hahaha this comment is hilarious. Deb, don’t worry your regular readers know what you mean :) (though, in Australia there is no such thing…that is beside the point though – I just worked out what you meant)

  205. Jane

    Loved this Deb, such an easy dinner – threw it in the oven and went for a run, it was cooked by the time I got home! Have made this multiple times now.

    1. EMT

      For dairy-free, because I have a hard time finding plain soy yogurt, I substitute tofu sour cream in recipes that call for plain yogurt. So far this has worked out ok. Tofu sour cream has a similar consistency and tang to the plain yogurt. But you have to be used to it. Although our dairy-free family can’t taste the difference, my dairy loving friends can.

  206. Absolutely delicious. I recommend marinating in the yogurt as long as possible as well. I switched out potatoes with cut up carrots and the whole family enjoyed every bite. I love that this is a relatively easy way to get an Indian dinner together!

  207. Kathleen

    I made this last night and it came out well. I took others’ advice and doubled the spices, which I did not regret at all. I also added some cayenne and garam masala to the veggies to make them a little more exciting. I did find that the potatoes benefited from a longer time roasting – I took the chicken out after about 35 minutes, but then returned the veggies to the oven for another 15 minutes, which made them browned and delicious.

    And, a fun accompaniment was a sweet tomato chutney from Meera Sodha’s Made in India cookbook: Saute a minced jalapeno in a little olive oil + ~1 Tbsp ginger paste (~1.5″ minced ginger) for 30 seconds + 0.5 tsp tumeric. Then add ~2 large tomatoes, chopped, and 1 tsp sugar + 0.5 tsp salt. Cook for about 20 min, until it has a jam-y consistency.

  208. eclaire

    This was super tasty! I’d never tried sheet pan recipes before, but I can definitely see the appeal. All you have to wash in the end are your cutting board and knife! I’d echo other commenters and advise spice-lovers to double the spices listed here. There’s not much of a kick otherwise. I also think that for those without garam masala, an easy substitute is curry powder bumped up with a bit of coriander and black pepper.

  209. Stephanie Faulkner

    I have to confess to being a fan of Sharwood’s Tikka paste which I found in an Indian grocery near here. It would work well in this recipe with the salt and sugar added with the yogurt. Knead it all together in a bag and proceed. It doesn’t add any florescence to the color! LOL This is on the menu for this week! Thanks Deb.

  210. Deb

    I’m excited to try this. I can’t have dairy though. Would you know of a good substitute for the whole milk yogurt? Or just leave it out?

  211. M-C

    Yumm. If you can get your hands on Madhur Jaffrey’s ‘Easy curry’, your life will be changed. Her delicious cooking, revised for when you’re old and tired, or just want something quick and easy. Last I looked it was only published in England, but that shouldn’t be a problem in NY :-).

    As to the children and dinner at 9pm, do as the French do: a slab of good bread with thick butter and a stick of chocolate, around 4-5pm. Generations have sworn by it.

  212. lauraherself

    This doesn’t really qualify as Indian food at my house, because it is quite mild. That said, it is absolutely delicious! The chicken is juicy and full of flavor, and the cumin seed elevates the cauliflower into food for the gods ;-) My husband whipped up a quick raita to serve with it.

  213. j + r

    I made this tonight and it turned out delish! I added some harissa paste for a spicy boost and used whole thigh+leg combo’s. Great recipe, perfect directions. I used a stick blender to make the marinate and didn’t even require any chopping! Seriously, that’s one kitchen tool I reccomend.

  214. Sophia Mesler

    Made this tonight but substituted brocollini for cauliflower (because I didn’t feel like going to the store). I also added chunks of onion that got carmelized during the cooking process. It was really yummy and although the chicken was good, the vegetables were stellar.

  215. Lauren

    Great recipe! My family loved it (18 month old was eating it by the handful!). Will definitely be making this often. And I agree it would work well on a weeknight if you marinate and chop the night before, then roast when you get home.

    I followed the recipe closely but wanted to relay a few changes that really worked: I used smoked paprika, which lent a great smoky flavor. I added baby carrots halved to the potatoes and cauliflower; they cooked up beautifully and provided nice color and texture. I pureed the garlic and ginger with a shallot and splash of water in my Magic Bullet for a more traditional Indian garlic-ginger-onion paste; it added a nice burst of flavor to the marinade (and meant minimal chopping). I kept a few tablespoons of the yogurt marinade separate in the fridge then reconstituted it with some water and cooked it down for a few minutes as a sauce (to make the raw aromatics less pungent). Mixed with a bit of sour cream at the end, this was a perfect sauce to pour over the couscous, meat and veg. Yum!

  216. CeeJohanna

    I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve made this (without changing anything and definitely making the garnish as suggested). Wish I had one more sheet pan dinner this good and this full of flavour.

  217. SM

    I made this dish twice recently, both times for an event in the Maine woods. My estimates for both evenings were for about 40 people. I sized the recipe up times eight, chopped a green salad, and hoped that the crowd would appreciate an Indian-inspired dish. Both times, everyone loved it. Huge hit.
    Also, I made a vegan version (kind of). I took the spice mix without the dairy and tossed the veggies and some tempeh in it, then broiled it. Worked pretty well!

  218. I’ve made this 3 times now. Each time, I just sit there in awe at how delicious it is, how simple it was to make & how easy the clean up will be. Definitely my favourite recipe of 2016! Thank you so much. :)

  219. Amy

    This has gone into regular rotation at our house. Now, whenever I make it, I double the recipe for the marinade/chicken and freeze 1/2 of it. That second batch is always even more flavorful!

  220. Joanne

    Made this for dinner tonight and it was every bit as good as your pics look! A wonderful combination of spices and it was so easy to prepare. And the one pan makes clean up a breeze! Will definitely make this again – thanks!

  221. Mel

    Deb I already commented back when you first posted but had to comment again – this is part of a regular rotation at our house now! So delicious, easy, healthy and flexible! I’ve substituted ground ginger for fresh- different flavor obviously but totally works in a pinch and I’ve used boneless chicken as well. Such a wonderful, yummy recipe perfect for Fall/Winter :) Thanks for your wonderful writing and amazing recipes through the year. You bring a delicious warmth to the lives of your readers. Truly :)
    Happy Hanukkah to you and yours!

  222. Laura

    I made this on a weeknight when I was super tired and didn’t even go shopping for food until after work, and I could not have been happier. It tasted soooo good, was super easy, and we had enough that both my husband and I could bring some to work for lunch the following day. Saving this one to make again and again. Thank you!

  223. Leslie

    This is amazing! My husband and I finished our servings then stood over the stove eating straight from the pan before we cleaned up. We used a purple cauliflower and it worked fine.

  224. jjjeanie

    We had this two nights ago, and of course it was delicious (I haven’t had a failure yet from any of Deb’s recipes). The only tweak was that we dispensed with the foil. Why would you need it? I used a nonstick lasagna pan (roughly 10×15?) but I think even without a nonstick, it’d be ok. Next time, I’m going to add carrots, as someone mentioned above, and more cauli–one of my fave veg that I don’t have enough recipes for! Thanks for yet another hit, Deb!!

  225. Sengkelat

    This smelled wonderful while cooking, but was truly disappointing in the eating. It’s frankly not Indian tasting at all; I wish I’d read the comments first and doubled or tripled all the spices to make preparing the marinade worth the effort.

    I’ll definitely make this again though, just stronger.

  226. Ben Weber

    Deb! I have to know where you got that gorgeous oil decanter, I’ve been looking for an amazing one like that for some time.

    -Ben

  227. Chithra

    Recipe was great. Two thumbs up from kid and husband. Will definitely make again. Made as indicated other than doubling spices (and should have tripled). I used boneless skin off chicken thighs (it was what I had on hand) and it still came out tender. I had marinated it for about 8 hours. I did stick the veggies in first for about 15 minutes and then I added the chicken. And the onion rings in lemon juice really added a nice final touch- I used white onions (what I had on hand). Served with store bought naan and a quick raita (cucumber/yogurt/salt). Thank you Smitten kitchen for yet another go-to recipe :)

  228. Major yum. I had to physically distance myself from the pan or I would have eaten it all. And the pickled red onion really makes a difference – I love when you suggest little easy garnishes that make all the difference, Deb. Thank you!

  229. Beth

    Wow!!! This was delicious! Thank you Deb. As a full time student that also works part time and has a boyfriend that can’t cook, this was perfect! Also great for eating on a budget. The garnishes were a nice touch, added the perfect zing to the dish! I used a mortar and pestle for the spices because I got one for Xmas, it was so fun smushing them together!

  230. Sengkelat

    I made this again, except 4lbs chicken thighs, double yogurt, quadruple of everything else in the marinade. Four jalapeños, 16 cloves of garlic, etc. The yogurt was non-fat. I ran the marinade ingredients in a food processor, and marinated the chicken for 48 hours.
    It came out truly bland, again. Not just mild, but not really Indian. Is it the nonfat yogurt that’s ruining the dish? Is it something else? How can something that everyone raves about go so wrong? Suggestions? Advice?

    1. Rachel

      Sengkelat – I definitely think the non-fat yogurt is your culprit. Most of the key elements of the marinade — including the garlic, turmeric, cayenne and jalapeno — have flavour compounds that are fat soluble. Using non-fat yogurt means they can’t infuse properly, and won’t bind to the chicken.