This Sheet Pan Chicken Breasts with Potatoes and Carrots recipe is a quick and easy complete dinner. Baked in one pan, the whole family will love this recipe
👍Why you should try this recipe
- This great weeknight dinner recipe comes together easily in under an hour.
- Roasted chicken and vegetables are a delicious healthy meal that fits both low-calorie and low-fat diets.
- Everything cooks together on one pan, simplifying clean-up.
- Uses common home ingredients.
- Optionally add a Parmesan and bread crumb topping for even more taste.
Do you know that the roasting time for chicken breasts is the same as for small potatoes and carrots? They come together in this easy one-pan recipe to roast a complete meal all at once.
Check out some other easy sheet pan recipes, like Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Potatoes and Carrots, Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas, Sheet Pan Apple Pork Chops. And some oven-baked chicken recipes, like Roasted Whole Chicken, Baked Chicken Breasts, Baked Split Chicken Breasts, and Oven Baked Chicken Thighs.
- Chicken—skinless boneless chicken breasts
- Olive oil
- Vegetables—red potatoes, carrots
- Pantry ingredients—thyme, basil, garlic powder, salt, black pepper
- Panko bread crumbs
- Parmesan cheese
👨🍳How to Make Sheet Pan Chicken Breasts with Vegetables
- Clean and trim chicken breasts into 2-3 pieces.
- Prep red potatoes and carrots.
- Coat chicken and vegetables with olive oil and seasonings.
- Spread the chicken and vegetables over a baking sheet pan with a coat of PAM.
- Top with a mixture of breadcrumbs and grated Parmesan cheese (optional.)
- Spray the breadcrumbs with a light spray of PAM and bake until veggies are golden brown and chicken is 165°—about 35 minutes.
✔️Tips and Options
- Skinless boneless chicken breasts mostly weigh more than one serving, just cut them in half before cooking.
- Chicken thighs may be used but cooked to 180+°, which is better for thighs.
- Bone-in chicken breast or thighs may be used, but may take longer to cook, which may be a problem.
- This is a recipe for raw chicken, not precooked or rotisserie chicken.
- The one thing to remember about all roasted vegetables is to use plenty of oil.
- Root vegetables, like potatoes and carrots, are suggested since the cooking time will generally be the same as the chicken. Plus, they are forgiving if a little overcooked.
- Potatoes should be about 1 inch in size. Use a thin skin potato like red potatoes or Yukon Gold since the skin is thin. Russets will work, but you should peel them due to their thick skin.
- Carrots need to be about baby carrot size since large whole carrots will take longer to cook. You can use the "baby carrots" if you want, but they have less taste.
- Sweet potatoes and Brussels sprouts have a similar time but will take longer if large.
- Onions cooking time varies by size, but they can dominate the flavor, so be careful with onions.
- Broccoli florets, bell peppers, or cauliflower will take about half the time.
- Green beans can be added but time is variable and they are better if cooked separately.
- Use good quality Parmesan cheese, preferably freshly grated.
- The preferred bread crumbs are Italian or cheese-flavored Panko bread crumbs. You can use other flavors and could use standard bread crumbs.
- This is an Italian version, so an Italian seasoning mix to replace the basil and other spices would be a good substitute to decrease the number of ingredients.
- You can make it what you want by changing the spices and breadcrumbs.
⬇️How to make this a "for two" friendly recipe
This is an easy recipe to cut in half. The full recipe makes 4 large servings and uses a half-size sheet pan.
- Use the recipe card and adjust the servings from 4 to 2.
- Use the amount of ingredients in the ingredient list, not the instructions—those do not adjust.
- Use a 9 X 13 sheet pan or another pan like a full-size casserole dish or cake pan.
- Cook for the same amount of time.
Do not cover the chicken or vegetables with aluminum foil. We want to bake the meat and vegetables and not steam them. The browning, a Maillard reaction, adds great taste to the final results.
Foil or parchment paper is helpful for clean-up but is not required. Cover the baking tray and a good coat of baking spray if you wish.
If the chicken reaches 165° and the potatoes are not tender, remove the chicken and tent it with foil while the potatoes finish cooking. A potato needs to be at least 190°, but 200° to 210° is better.
Leftovers in an airtight container are good in the refrigerator for 3-4 days and 3-4 months in the freezer.
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🖼️Step-by-Step Photo Instructions
Preheat the oven to 375° convection or 400° regular oven.
Pat dry two skinless boneless chicken breasts. Trim and cut in half if average size or thirds if large.
Prep veggies. Wash, peel, and cut carrots into slices or ¾ to 1-inch chunks. Wash and cut small red potatoes in half. If using other potatoes, cut them into ¾ to 1-inch pieces.
Toss chicken, potatoes, and carrots into a large bowl and mix with one tablespoon of olive oil, ½ teaspoon each of thyme, basil, garlic powder, and black pepper. Add one teaspoon of coarse salt and mix well.
Prep a 13X18 baking sheet pan with a coat of PAM. Spread the chicken and veggies over the baking sheet.
Optional: Mix the topping of ⅓ cup Italian breadcrumbs and ⅓ cup grated Parmesan (fresh preferred). Sprinkle over the chicken and veggies.
Give the chicken and vegetables a light spray of PAM to keep them moist.
Bake until veggies are golden brown, and chicken is 165°—about 35 minutes. Your time will vary with the size of the pieces and your oven. If the potatoes are not done (tender and over 190°)‚ remove the chicken, tent and bake the potatoes longer.
Sheet Pan Chicken Breasts with Potatoes and Carrots
- 2 skinless boneless chicken breasts
- 6 red potatoes - small
- 4 carrots - medium
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- ½ teaspoon thyme
- ½ teaspoon basil
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon coarse salt
- ⅓ cup Italian bread crumbs - Panko
- ⅓ cup Parmesan cheese - fresh preferred grated
- Preheat the oven to 375° convection or 400° regular oven.
- Pat dry two skinless boneless chicken breasts. Trim and cut in half if average size or thirds if large.
- Prep veggies. Wash, peel, and cut carrots into slices or ¾ to 1-inch chunks. Wash and cut small red potatoes in half. If using other potatoes, cut them into ¾ to 1-inch pieces.
- Toss chicken, potatoes, and carrots into a large bowl and mix with one tablespoon of olive oil, ½ teaspoon each of thyme, basil, garlic powder, and black pepper. Add one teaspoon of coarse salt and mix well.
- Prep a 13X18 baking sheet pan with a coat of PAM. Spread the chicken and veggies over the baking sheet.
- Optional: Mix the topping of ⅓ cup Italian breadcrumbs and ⅓ cup grated Parmesan (fresh preferred). Sprinkle over the chicken and veggies.
- Give the chicken and vegetables a light spray of PAM to keep them moist.
- Bake until veggies are golden brown, and chicken is 165°—about 35 minutes. Your time will vary with the size of the pieces and your oven. If the potatoes are not done (tender and over 190°)‚ remove the chicken, tent and bake the potatoes longer.
Your Own Private Notes
- An easy recipe to cut in half. A 13X18 size sheet pans work great for the full recipe. Use the smaller size 9X13 for a half recipe.
- You can use chicken thighs if you wish but cook to 180°+.
- The potatoes can be any potatoes cut into about 1-inch chunks, but if using Russet potatoes, peel the thick skin. Something like red or Yukon Gold potatoes work well.
- The carrots can be baby carrots, but cut-up whole carrots will have more flavor.
- The topping is optional but suggested.
- You can use an Italian seasoning mix in place of the suggested spices.
- Potatoes and carrots should also be brown and tender. Potatoes are done at 190° but better at 200° to 210°.
- Leftovers are good for 3-4 days refrigerated and 3-4 months frozen.
To adjust the recipe size:
You may adjust the number of servings in this recipe card under servings. This does the math for the ingredients for you. BUT it does NOT adjust the text of the instructions. So you need to do that yourself.
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I'm sorry, I was so hopeful! Made tonight exactly according to recipe. SOOOOO DRY! Made me sad but at least I know it was low fat.....
Dan Mikesell AKA DrDan
Welcome to the blog and so sorry you had a problem.
Let's talk possibilities about what happened
1) Skinless boneless chicken breasts tend to dry easily.
2) Cooked past 165 will definitely dry. This will happen if the pieces are small or thin. So you need to watch the internal temperature closely.
3) previously frozen chicken will tend to dry since freezing will force some fluid out of the cells.
Brining will help prevent drying. If you brine, do not use seasoning with salt.
The ratio for a brine is 2 cups of water and one tablespoon of table salt. Some people will add some brown sugar equal to the salt. Remember that all salt is not equal and 1 teaspoon table salt = 1 ¼ teaspoon Morton kosher salt = 2 teaspoons Diamond Crystal kosher salt.
Hope that helps.
Made this for the first time tonight on my never ending quest for recipes that are easy, quick and tasty. This recipe fills the bill. Used both thighs and breast. Like another commentor, I forgot to put on the topping, but remembered before the pan had been in the oven very long. Pulled it from the oven, topped the veggies and chicken, and put it back in to bake. Husband liked his supper, as did I. I also like that the veggies and seasonings can be changed up, but this will become my go to sheet pan recipe. Thank you for sharing it. Cindy
I searched for a baked chicken/potato/carrot recipe as the one I had was for a crock pot, which personally I do not like, and came across your recipe which sounded devine. I, for some reason, am a horrible cook and when I find a recipe that works I will keep it forever and follow it to the letter. But as I was making your recipe it seemed that there was not nearly enough oil/spice mixture to cover the chicken and veggies (although looking back I may have increased the amount of chicken to 3 large breasts, 8 carrots and about 7 potatoes. Not sure if that was the problem.) Anyway, please advise.
p.s. I just signed up for your email newsletters (although I'm about a year older now since there were SO MANY capcha photos to identify before you would let me in) but I really look forward to your unique and delicious-looking recipes, your step-by-step instructions, and the wonderful photos (especially those of Lilly and Molly).
Dan Mikesell AKA DrDan
First, welcome to the blog.
The oil is a bit light in this recipe but use the amount you want. I try not to have baked things highly oiled. But more won't hurt.
About looking for recipes, all the recipes have step by step photos, so as you look around, just slowly go through them and imagine if you could do each of these steps. When we break things down, you will find you can do many more recipes than you think.
I have captcha issues also but the email service is run by Google. I sometimes need several ties to get through them.
Molly and Lilly say thanks for the shout out.
Be sure to ask if you have any questions. Thanks for the rating.
i'll be making this again :)
Dan R Cassidy
if you have time should chicken be brined?
I don't for this recipe. But a brine is always a good thing for chicken breasts so if you have time then yes. Also, if they have been previous frozen, it is probably a good time. I try to do fresh.
I have a Fargo Convection Oven that i bought awhile back ,but not sure the proper way to use it. My question is; can i just place all the veggies and the chicken in the bottom of the glass bowl, or do i have to place them in a small round pan in the bottom of the glass bowl? Can you please let me know asap? I'm ready to get cookin! Thank You,Cookin Mama
I'm not familiar with that device but this needs to be just one layer. On glass or metal shouldn't matter. When I Google Fargo Convection Oven I get Fago. The pictures show some somewhat normal looking ovens but also a round thing. If it is the round thing, this recipe needs heat coming from the bottom and top both and I don't think that device would work well. It looks like it shots hot air from above and it that is true, I'm sure it would not be good.
Just made this dish and it is so good! It baked really well and quickly! I was worried that it might have been over seasoned as the seasonings were bold in flavor but my boyfriend said it was fine! I have added this to my recipe box and will be remaking many more times in the future!
*Using what I had on hand, I made a few adjustments; I used 3 s/b-less breast, 1 russet potato, 1 sweet potato, and 5 carrots. Also, I had completely forgotten to add the breadcrumb and Parmesan cheese!
Thanks again for sharing!!!
I am about to do this recipe for about the 10th time. Love it. I like it best with Panko bread crumbs, but regular ones are good too. I have also used the newer purple potatoes for variety and color.. This is an easy recipe that can be dressed up with several vegetables during the last 10 minutes. I've used chopped red peppers and frozen peas. Could use Asparagus or others.
I vary the veggies almost everytime. I consider this a "lazy" recipe for when I want almost no work.
Thanks for the note
I think this is the first time I made juicy and tender chicken breasts.
I do love a simple cook like this.
Thanks for the note.
This is the second time I made this dish and it was quite a success. Last time I used a mix of purple potatoes and red potatoes plus carrots. This time I used halved fingerlings. I didn't use oil spray but just drizzled on olive oil. I liked best using Panko bread crumbs. Nice and crispy. While the carrots and potatoes were good, I added some chopped red pepper near the end for some color. I think you can really use about any vegetable with this recipe. It was definitely a hit at my house.
I'm not sure what happened to you. With the "sprinkle", I mean to just dust it over the dish. No patting in and about 1/3 will end up on the pan.
At least the other recipes are working for you...
Thanks for the note.
Dr. Dan. A rare miss for us. Maybe I did something wrong? It was incredibly over herbed and I had like triple the amount of bread crumb cheese mixture I needed. Directions said sprinkle it on. Was I supposed to pat it on the chicken to form a crust?
That being said I've tried 8 of ur recipes and this was the only one I had trouble with. Everything else has been unbelievably good. I've learned to make rolls and a roux from u. Thank u and keep up the good work!
I have this in the oven right now~ smells great! Thanks Dr. Dan Easy Peasy Recipe!
Hi Judy and Happy New Years
Hope it works well for you.
I made this for my husband and I for dinner last night...So Delicious! It's our favorite chicken recipe, I always make the same amount so that my he can have some for his lunch for the next day. Thank you for the recipe!
This might seem like a silly question but my oven has a bake and roast convection option. I'm assuming since it's a roast chicken I should choose the roast option. I'm a newbie at cooking and appreciate your recipes! Thanks in advance.
I'm going to refer you to the manual for your oven. I believe convection roast suggestions vary some by the manufacturer.
I always use convection bake. Older convection ovens that don't have the "roast" are the equivalent of convection bake using a heating element in the fan unit.
In general, the convection roast will turn on other burners also and may decrease the cooking time more and add more browning.
Meg, my Samsung convection oven says this: use 'Bake' if you use multiple oven racks. (like cookies or rolls orbread). Use 'Roast' if you have one larger piece of meat to cook. The position of the roast becomes important since the 'roast' setting blasts one spot of the oven.. I just use the 'Bake' setting for everything. Listen to the Doctor and cook your manual info. Or look it up online from the manufacturer's support page.
My husband and a I had this tonight for the first time-delicious! The amount was a little too much so I will cut it down a little but we loved it. Did not use Pam. Lined cookie sheet with aluminum foil and spread olive oil with my finger. I overlooked it a little but that was my fault. It's a definite Keeper.
This was the second item I cooked in my new Oyama Turbo Convection Roaster Oven and we were pleasantly surprised it was very good. I don't cook at home much but this was an easy dish to prepare and cook just enough for two I used already trimmed chicken breast halves (1 whole breast). Next time I would not add as many bread crumbs just a personal preference, the chicken was very moist and the vegetables complimented the protein nicely.
More often than not recipes for ovens do not mention rack position. Is there a difference for rack positions for normal roasting versus convection roasting?
With convection ovens, rack position is less important but still with have some effect. With conventional ovens, rack position is more important. If not specified always assume racks in the middle since other positions are really for special effects and not general baking/roasting.