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Simple. Speedy. Smart. These are the words the sheet pan supper genre evokes. For weeknight warriors, the 18 x 13-inch humble pan has become a reliable pal—not something to be stashed in a heap below the oven, long forgotten 'til a batch of chocolate chip cookies demands its presence.
But beyond facility, fans of sheet pan suppers laud their flavor: The vegetables and starches sop up the juices of the meat, saturating them with umami richness. And of course, the various textures: the crisp skins and the myriad caramelized edges, the effect of unencumbered circulating hot air. Somehow, the final dish tastes of so much more than the sum of its parts.
Here’s one more plus to add to the tally of positives: the fluidity of the work flow and the easy rhythm inherent to many sheet pan supper assemblies. Take, for example, this roast chicken and cabbage dinner: In the time it takes for the oven to heat up, the sauce can be stirred together and the dish wholly assembled; as the pan of meat and vegetables cooks away, the table can be set, any dishes washed, and the kitchen mostly cleaned; and while dinner is consumed, you can leave the single pan to soak in the sink, making the minimal post-dinner cleanup that much easier. Synergy. Satisfaction. Seamlessness.
But wait, there’s more! Another virtue of the sheet pan supper is its adaptability; it can easily be tailored to your tastes and preferences. Chicken, ever amenable to countless seasonings and flavorings, is particularly well-suited for sheet pan cooking. It can be left whole or spatchcocked, cut into pieces, roasted with bones in and skins on, or without either.
Depending on what cut you choose, you’ll use different temperatures and employ different techniques. With some basic time and temperature knowledge, as well as some fundamental sheet pan cookery rules, you can craft away, using various spice rubs, aromatics, pastes, and sauces depending on what flavor profile you are looking to achieve.
Don't feel like experimenting, or want to test out a few tried-and-true options first? Follow any of the sheet pan chicken dinner recipes and you'll be on your to success.
If you do want to experiment, on the other hand, here's a handy guide for how long to cook each cut of chicken—all of are wonderful roasted on sheet pans.
When considering which vegetables to include in your sheet pan supper, think about which vegetables you’ve enjoyed roasted. For me, roasted wedges of cabbage with nothing more than olive oil and salt were a revelation—sweet caramelized edges, meltingly tender interiors. I love using other members of the crucifer family (Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli, etc.) for the same reason. That said, starchy vegetables such as potatoes, squash, parsnips, and carrots crisp and brown beautifully as well. Use what you like and, as always, for the best flavor, use in-season vegetables. Here are a few options that work especially well in sheet pan suppers:
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