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Sheet Pan Olive Bar Chicken

  • Serves: 6
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 45 min
  • Calories: 296
sheet pan chicken dinner made with ingredients found at the olive bar with potatoes.

Tender fingerling potatoes nestle between slices of lemon and red onion, chicken thighs and all of your favorite salty, spicy, garlicky favorites in this insanely easy sheet pan chicken recipe.

Possibly the Easiest Sheet Pan Chicken Thigh Recipe on Earth

Most sheet pan chicken recipes are easy—that’s kind of the whole idea, right? But this olive bar chicken is exceptionally quick and easy to make because it requires so little prep and the result is a whole meal unto itself. A single-pan meal that takes about five minutes to prep? Yeah, it’s that good. We’ve talked about our love for the olive bar at the grocery store before, but this chicken thigh recipe really puts that little treasure trove to work. True, it’s not the absolute most cost-effective place to shop, but it’s a tiny splurge (as splurges go) to buy a whole pound of goodies from the olive bar, and boy is there an ROI in terms of time-saving.

raw chicken on a plate, next to raw potatoes, raw onions, lemons, olives and seasoning.

How to Maximize the Goodness That Is the Olive Bar

The hardest part of putting this simple sheet pan chicken dinner together is deciding which olive bar offerings to select, but the good news is that they’re all delicious. You can’t go wrong, and you can try a new combo each time if you’d like to mix things up week-to-week. One of our favorite combinations is kalamata, roasted garlic, marinated tomatoes, artichoke hearts, and peppadew peppers. This meal is always a hit with house guests, dinner guests, and of course for our own families. While olives are a no-brainer, don’t skip out on the other good stuff in the olive bar! There are a few lesser-known nibbles in there that are worth grabbing if you see them. We especially love:

  • Peppadew peppers. Peppadews are the bright, cherry-red, bulbous peppers that you often see in the mix. They’re not really spicy—they’re more pickle-y and they’re loaded with fresh, sweet pepper flavor. They add a nice pop of color to this sheet pan chicken.

  • Roasted garlic pieces. Another must! Sweet roasted garlic is often available at the olive bar, and when we see it, we load up. It’s bursting with earthy sweetness and such a time-saver.

  • Grilled artichokes. Marinated in herbs and vinaigrette, and then grilled, these little bites pack a major punch. They’re too good to skip!

  • And as for olives? Castelvetranos (pitted is best for a recipe like this) and oil-cured are our favorite, but they’re all good.

potato wedges on a sheet pan with olive oil and salt
par cooked potatoes on a baking sheet with chicken thighs, olives, red onions and peppers from olive bar

Ingredients You’ll Need To Make This Sheet Pan Chicken

Salt, pepper and a little garlic powder are all you’ll add to season these chicken thighs, because the olive bar offerings will each add so much powerful, savoriness to the mix. Many are marinated in vinaigrette, too, so you’ll have a little tanginess along with all that salty goodness. In other words, even though the ingredient list is short, all of these ingredients are mighty!

  • Fingerling potatoes

  • Olive oil

  • Boneless, skinless chicken thighs

  • Lemon

  • Red onion

  • Everything you love most from the olive bar

  • Garlic powder

Olive Bar Sheet pan Chicken with onions and potatoes
Olive Bar Sheet pan Chicken dinner garnished with parsley

How to Make Sheet Pan Olive Bar Chicken

Did we mention that the prep here is super minimal? And with potatoes, chicken thighs and even a few vegetable-ish things—onions totally count!—this can stand alone as dinner, though we usually add a basic green salad and / or some good bread. Here’s how to make this easy chicken thigh recipe:

  1. Chop up the onion, lemon and potatoes (no, you don’t need to peel them).

  2. Pop the potatoes into the oven (dressed with a little oil, salt & pepper) to get a jump on roasting, since they take a little longer than everything else.

  3. 15 minutes later, add the chicken, olive bar ingredients, lemon, onion and a little more salt, pepper, garlic powder and oil to the pan, and let it all continue cooking.

  4. 35 minutes later, dinner is done!

Olive Bar Sheetpan Chicken with onions, peppers, potatoes and garlic
sheet pan chicken dinner made with ingredients found at the olive bar with potatoes.

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Olive Bar Sheetpan Chicken with onions, peppers, potatoes and garlic
Olive Bar Sheetpan Chicken with onions, peppers, potatoes and garlic on a plate

Put That Olive Bar to Work!

While this is a fabulous recipe for any day of the week, you can really put the olive bar to work if you make this for company. You could grab cornichons and kalamata olives to put out as appetizers with drinks, and save the rest of your olive bar findings for making this chicken! Your grocery store run will be so quick and so one-stop—basically you’ll find 80% of what you need at that little olive bar. Whoever you make this for, we’d love to hear about how you liked it! Share a photo and tag us on Instagram using @themodernproper and #themodernproper so that we can see your stuff! Happy eating!

Sheet Pan Olive Bar Chicken

  • Serves: 6
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 45 min
  • Calories: 296

Ingredients

  • 8-10 new potatoes, (or other waxy potato) cut into quarters
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp kosher salt, divided
  • 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 small red onion, cut lengthwise into 8 wedges
  • 2 cups olive bar offerings (peppers, olives, roasted garlic, marinated artichoke hearts etc.)
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 lemon

Method

  1. Heat oven to 400° F.

  2. Spread the potatoes onto a large rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon olive oil and ½ teaspoon salt. Toss to coat. Cook on the center rack for 20 minutes.

  3. Remove potatoes from the oven. Nestle in chicken thighs, onions and olive bar offerings. Drizzle with remaining olive oil and sprinkle with pepper, onion powder and remaining salt. Set on center rack and bake for 20 minutes longer until the chicken is cooked through. If you would like the meat and veggies to have a bit of char, broil for 3 minutes or until desired caramelization is achieved.

  4. Squeeze lemon juice over the finished sheet pan and serve.

Nutrition Info

  • Per Serving
  • Amount
  • Calories 296
  • Protein 28 g
  • Carbohydrates 20 g
  • Total Fat 14 g
  • Dietary Fiber 3 g
  • Cholesterol 0 mg
  • sodium 492 mg
  • Total Sugars 2 g

Sheet Pan Olive Bar Chicken

Questions & Reviews

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  • Thomas

    With the food shortage, is there another cut of chicken—including a bone-in—that works here? Our stores have been out of boneless all cuts for a while now.

    Hi Thomas, you can use bone-in thighs here, you will just need to cook them for longer.

  • E

    Left the above review a few weeks back. Came to revise from great. Whole familysaid they've been thinking about this since I made it last so....

    It's a big win we.

    Amazing, E! Thanks for letting us know! So happy it left an impression!

  • E

    good but needs some tweaking. the chicken thighs were dull. maybe a pan or grill sear first next time.

    also, needs some more kick in the sauce (although i did forget the lemon at the end). added a stick of butter cut up in 8 pieces. it helped a little. maybe 2 next time.

    Thanks for the review. Love the idea of using butter to jazz it up even more.