Skillet Roasted Chicken Thighs with Dandelion Greens + Baby Carrots

March 18, 2013

Test Kitchen-Approved

Author Notes: I love a good one-dish meal because it is a busy cook’s romantic ideal: efficient, thoughtful and, when cooked properly, almost necessarily resulting in clean and simple flavors. Here, the recipe is exactly that -- an honest dinner, cooked simply, from only four ingredients that took up space in the refrigerator. The combination, however, of well-seasoned roast chicken, tender baby carrots, slightly wilted dandelion greens, and a squeeze of lemon juice shouts of spring’s arrival in a clear tenor to the tune of no dishes or leftovers.Caroline Wright

Serves: 4


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 small bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
  • 2 bunches dandelion greens, washed
  • 2 bunches baby carrots
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
In This Recipe


  1. Preheat oven to 450°. Heat oil in a large, heavy skillet over medium-high; season chicken with salt and pepper. Add chicken to pan skin-side down and cook until browned, about 5 minutes. While chicken cooks, trim stems of carrots and clean. Transfer chicken to a plate; add carrots to chicken fat in pan and place chicken, skin-side up, on carrots. Transfer skillet to oven. Roast chicken and carrots until chicken is cooked through and carrots are tender, about 12 minutes.
  2. While chicken cooks, wash and trim dandelion greens. Transfer chicken to serving plates and toss greens with carrots and lemon juice in hot pan until wilted.

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Reviews (15) Questions (0)

15 Reviews

thebreukelenlife September 30, 2013
This is a great way to cook chicken! I brined for about 8 hrs and I made sure that the chicken had some time to dry before browning. It gave it a great color and taste.
Erika September 18, 2013
Drool-worthy recipe! I know there are a variety of greens that could be used in place of dandelion greens--I will probably use kale--but I am thinking of throwing in some potatoes and then steaming some broccoli on the side for family who cannot deal with the more bitter greens...thinking about spinach, though, too...hmmmmm...
Erika September 22, 2013
12 minutes did not do it for this chicken! Still raw and back in the oven right now...hope it will cook through shortly, but am dubious. Any ideas as to what might have gone wrong?
Sarah February 6, 2014
Wasn't long enough for meme, either. Guessing our chicken thighs are bigger.
kgindermaur July 7, 2013
I love all-in-one-skillet dishes! Also everything just looks more beautiful in a skillet. I wasn't a huge fan of the dandelion greens (bitter), but I could see trying again with other times of greens mentioned by users below.
zelda June 26, 2013
Delicious! We had never tried dandelion greens before. My picky husband loved it.
caroline0ne April 22, 2013
I'm making it again - this time with thinly sliced collard greens.
caroline0ne April 9, 2013
Loved this made with turnip greens. Making it again with asparagus pieces, fingerling potato halves, a few roasted plum tomato haves and lotsa chopped garlic. Think any combination would be excellent.
ortolan April 1, 2013
This recipe is AMAZING! So simple and infinitely adaptable. Thank you.
ortolan April 3, 2013
I made it two nights in a row! Tonight I frenched a couple of leg-thigh quarters, and dredged the pieces in a seasoned flour. It turned out very crispy and divine!
Author Comment
Caroline W. May 6, 2013
Yum. Can I have dinner at your place?
Mark O. April 1, 2013
Any greens will work with this. Since I am growing way to much kale, I'm going to do this with kale.
IsabelTX April 1, 2013
Any suggestions for a substitute for the dandelion greens? They aren't available where I live. Thanks!
Wolfgang P. April 1, 2013
Isabel...go outside. Dandelions grow EVERYWHERE! Pick the youngest leaves as the older ones can be bitter.
ortolan April 3, 2013
I used a "power greens" mix, the kind that comes in a plastic tub. I think it contains several varieties of baby kale, chard, and spinach. So delicious!