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Sheet Pan Pesto Chicken and Vegetables

All you need is one pan and 15 minutes to get this Sheet Pan Pesto Chicken with potatoes and carrots into your oven. 

This killer Sheet Pan Pesto Chicken with Potatoes and Carrots is such a delicious, easy meal for a busy weeknight dinner.

I have always been a fan of easy one pan meals, but now that I have a semi-mobile baby who no longer naps in the evening, I’ve become more than just a fan. Now, I’m more like the crazy lovestruck tween hanging pictures of One Direction on her walls…only instead of posters of cute boys, I’m obsessing over full course meals made all on one pan with less than 15 minutes of prep time. One pan meals are my hero, baby.

These Pesto Chicken Thighs with Carrots and Potatoes are just one of the meals that’s been saving my life these days. The whole recipe is in your oven in less than 15 minutes. 45 minutes later, the dishes are done, the baby isn’t screaming, and dinner is ready to go.

Well, maybe I should clarify. The baby might be screaming, but it won’t be because you’ve been neglecting him while you try to make some fancy pants meal on the stove.

Make your entire dinner on a single sheet pan with this killer Pesto Chicken with Potatoes and Carrots.

Here’s how you make this happen. Strap your baby to you, plop him in the Bumbo, or throw a blanket on the floor and let em’ roam. Chop up some potatoes and carrots then whisk together olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic and pesto. Spread the veggies and chicken thighs on a pan, sprinkle with salt and pepper, then give them all a good rubdown with the pesto mixture. Yes, your child will probably attempt to face plant into the dog’s water bowl right when your hands are covered in raw chicken juices. This is just a fact of life, and I am powerless against it.

After you’ve panicked and smeared chicken juice on the baby, all you have to do is pop that tray in the oven and you’re done! Feel free to remove all chicken juices from your offspring at this time.

This Sheet Pan Pesto Chicken with potatoes and carrots is a ridiculously easy and tasty dinner idea!

I know we all love an easy dinner, but guys, this dinner is also crazy good. Bone in, skin on chicken thighs are so tender and flavorful, and roasting them like this gives them the best crispy skin. The pesto is the perfect compliment to the subtle sweetness of the carrots, and the baby reds round out the meal with their trademark creaminess.

This meal tastes like spring and winning. Put it on your meal rotation, and experience the taste of victory.

One Pan Pesto Chicken Thighs and Vegetables

Prep Time 20 minsPrep Time
Cook Time 45 minsCook Time
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins Total Time
Yields 5


  • 1 lb. bone in, skin on chicken thighs
  • 1 lb. bone in, skin on chicken wings or drumsticks
  • 10 carrots, chopped into 1/4 inch thick sticks
  • 1 1/2 lbs. baby red potatoes, quartered
  • 1/2 cup prepared basil pesto
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Kosher salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  2. Spread the carrots, potatoes, and chicken out on the baking sheet. Generously sprinkle everything with Kosher salt and black pepper. It should look like a light snow has fallen on everything.
  3. In a mixing bowl, stir together the olive oil, balsamic, pesto, and garlic. Rub the mixture all over the chicken and veggies. Place in the oven and bake for 40-50 minutes, or until vegetables are tender and chicken registers at least 165 degrees.


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One Pan Pesto Chicken and Vegetables is the delicious, five ingredient, easy clean up recipe you've been waiting for!
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  • Dorothy at ShockinglyDelicious April 14, 2016, 12:56 PM

    Can’t take my eyes off the chicken thighs!

  • Angie November 3, 2016, 10:41 AM

    After working all day, this was a perfectly easy…simple and very satisfying meal for my family! Thank you for the wonderful recipe.

    • Courtney November 3, 2016, 10:56 AM

      I love hearing that! Thanks so much for coming back to comment. It makes my day!

  • Bridget January 22, 2017, 8:54 PM

    This was easy and it was absolutely delicious!!

    • Courtney January 25, 2017, 5:21 PM

      Yay! That’s exactly what I was going for. So glad you liked it!

  • Debra Teachey January 29, 2017, 4:50 PM

    This is a first for me, I have never given a poor rating on anything. I made this exactly as directed. I let it rest for 10 minutes before serving. Thank goodness I didn’t make it for company. It was just me and my husband. The potatoes and carrots were not done but the chicken was. So, I took the chicken out of the pan and cooked the potatoes and carrots another 35 minutes. We sat down to eat and boy was I disappointed!! I hated it and my husband said I don’t think this is going to be made again. I said ABSOLUTELY NOT.Flavors didn’t compliment each other!

    • Courtney @ NeighborFood January 29, 2017, 5:01 PM

      Hi Debra, I’m sorry to hear that. Several other people have tried it and enjoyed it and it’s a regular around here. Everyone’s tastes are different. Sorry this one wasn’t a hit for you!

  • Amber February 1, 2017, 3:58 PM

    Can I use chicken breasts instead of drumsticks and wings? How would I cook that?

    • Courtney @ NeighborFood February 2, 2017, 3:57 PM

      I think you could but the breasts will likely be dries out if you cook them for that length of time. You could bake them on a separate pan from the vegetables so you could take the chicken out when it’s done but continue to cook the veggies until they’re soft.

  • Lydia April 22, 2017, 11:53 AM

    This is a regularly made recipe in our home. My husband & I often work late hours and our teenage son sometimes has to take care of dinner for his younger siblings and this is one of their most requested meals in those situations. I put everything together in the morning & refrigerate it. When they’re ready for dinner he throws it on the sheet pan & bakes it! All my kids are super picky eaters too.

    • Courtney April 22, 2017, 3:19 PM

      This makes me so happy. Thank you so much for sharing Lydia! I’m glad it’s been a hit for you and your family!

  • Angie S April 25, 2017, 9:35 PM

    Made it tonight , first sheet pan dinner. It was a hit with all
    5 of us, 3 happy teenagers and two adults . Thanks for sharing I really needed something new.

    • Courtney April 26, 2017, 9:55 AM

      That is awesome! Thanks so much for coming back to let me know!

  • Courtney August 14, 2017, 12:26 PM

    Wow. I have to admit I doubted this recipe, but I love Pesto and with two under two it was too easy not to try. It was SOOO good! So easy.
    We used only thighs and seasoned them with some seasoned salt about 30 minutes before and let it come to room temp. I also added whole baby portobello mushrooms. Next time I’ll add Broccoli. My husband said it was one of the better meals I’ve cooked (he typically cooks). It will become a staple in our house. The only thing that didn’t work was that the skin didn’t get crispy. Any suggestions on how to fix that next time around?

  • Joanne Ashford January 15, 2018, 8:06 PM

    This is the sixth time I have made this and it is always a hit. Thank you for sharing!!

    • Courtney January 16, 2018, 9:47 PM

      That’s amazing! Thank you so much for sharing. It always makes my day!

  • Mel February 2, 2018, 11:54 PM

    Thanks for this recipe! My grocery store didn’t have bone-in thighs, so I used all drumsticks. The recipe was easy and it turned out really well and got great reviews from the fella.

    • Courtney Rowland February 3, 2018, 5:11 PM

      Awesome! I’m so glad you both enjoyed it. Thanks for coming back to let me know!

  • Sarah Strain February 25, 2018, 9:17 AM

    Wondering if there are some typos here?? The prep and cooking times seem to be flipped and the nutritional count surely isnt really 816 per serving EEK!

    • Courtney Rowland February 26, 2018, 11:47 AM

      You’re right! The prep and cook time is switched. I’ve fixed that now. And the nutrition is definitely not right either. This is a new feature we’ve just recently updated and we’re still working out a lot of kinks. Thanks for pointing it out! We’ll see if we can get that fixed!

  • Kay Andersen February 27, 2018, 8:44 AM

    Plan on making the one pan pesto chicken thighs and veggies tonight. Can’t wait to try it!

  • Kay Andersen March 1, 2018, 9:03 AM

    Made it – loved it! It was a big hit with my Wed night cooking group. Thanks for sharing this recipe. Wonderful flavor, loved the pesto mixed with balsamic, EVO & garlic.

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