This one pan dinner is going to change your life! That might be a bit of an exaggeration, but what’s not to love about this honey balsamic chicken? Quick & easy, loaded with superfoods, and ridiculously tasty.
Why do most of my favourite quick and easy dinner recipes seem to involve throwing chicken thighs into a baking dish with various other veggies and flavours?
Because they’re crowd pleasers, they include HEALTHY and DELICIOUS roasted veggies, and of course they’re SUPER QUICK & EASY. And that’s what we’re always looking for around here.
I’ve probably bored you to death already with the number I’ve times I’ve told you this, but I’m sure you’ll forgive me after you make this and find out for yourself just how delicious this honey balsamic chicken is.
So why exactly is this honey balsamic chicken with mushrooms & brussels sprouts so good?
This is a perfect easy weeknight dinner recipe for the following reasons (unless you happen to be a brussels sprouts or mushroom hater… and if so, I dare you to try this all the same!):
- It’s a skinless boneless chicken thigh recipe = super easy, affordable lean meat option.
- It includes super healthy brussels sprouts, mushrooms & onions!
- It’s a sheet pan meal, which means minimal dishes to clean up.
- It’s incredibly easy to prepare. Just marinate the chicken in the sauce, then throw it onto a sheet pan with the veggies.
- It’s ready in a little over 30 minutes.
- The honey balsamic sauce is absolutely divine – I can’t imagine anyone not liking it!
If you’re interested in finding tastier ways to serve super healthy green vegetables like brussels sprouts, then I’d highly recommend this recipe.
The sauce contains just 5 ingredients:
CORN STARCH / CORNFLOUR
Garlic… or no garlic?
I considered including garlic too, but didn’t bother in the end. Partly because I hate peeling garlic (!!) and also because the dish already includes onions.
I thought I could get away without bothering with garlic in this instance. If you want to include it in your marinade though, by all means do so! (2 cloves would probably be about right)
A SUPER quick and easy dinner…
One of the best things about this sheet pan chicken dinner is how easy it is to prepare. All you do is throw the chicken thighs into a Ziploc bag with the 4 marinade ingredients and smoosh around.
Pop the bag into the fridge while you prepare the vegetables. Scatter the vegetables over a baking tray, then nestle the chicken in among them.
Lastly, pour any leftover marinade in the bag over the chicken.
… with a perfect easy sauce!
You’ll find the sauce pools all over the tray, mixing with the chicken juices as it cooks, which is exactly what you want.
It doesn’t drench the vegetables, so they’re able to brown and begin to caramelise nicely on the top, but you still get plenty of the delicious sauce in every bite.
Another ingenius thing is the tiny bit of corn starch / cornflour you add to the marinade. It slightly (very slightly) thickens the sauce, which I think makes it just perfect.
Sounds delicious, but I HATE brussels sprouts!
Brussels sprouts hater? No problem!
Various other vegetables would work. How about:
- sweet potato or butternut squash cubes
- bell peppers / capsicum
- small cubes of eggplant
All of these vegetables will do fine being in the oven for the half an hour that your chicken takes to cook.
If you choose sweet potato, butternut squash/pumpkin or eggplant, just make sure you cube them into fairly small pieces so that they’re nice and soft at the end of the cooking time.
What to serve with this honey balsamic chicken
I usually just serve this sheet pan chicken with toasted bread sprinkled with olive oil and salt. I do this with pretty much all the sheet pan dinners I make! I’m so (un) original.
It’s just so tasty, and the easiest carb option…
Rice would work well too, as would some kind of potato side – if, unlike me, you can be bothered!
You can even add potatoes!
Or if you wanted to you could sneak a few diced potatoes onto the sheet pan. Just make sure you give the potatoes about a 20 minute head start in the oven if you decide to do this.
Maybe use a slightly larger baking tray, too. You don’t want the ingredients to crowd each other out too much.
Love sheet pan / one pan chicken dinners? Here are some more ideas:
This amazing sheet pan chicken tikka really is… amazing!
We make this baked Greek chicken and potatoes time and time again… for good reason.
This one pan baked chicken with chorizo is another recipe that we keep coming back to time and time again. Pile just 5 main ingredients into a baking dish and bake.
Honey balsamic chicken with mushrooms & brussels sprouts (one pan dinner)
- 4 chicken thighs (large skinless boneless)
- ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
- ¼ cup honey
- 1 teaspoon mustard Any, but I’d recommend French, English or wholegrain
- 2 teaspoons dried mixed herbs
- 1 teaspoon corn starch (mixed with a little water) UK = cornflour
- 14 ounces brussels sprouts
- 5 ounces mushrooms sliced into large pieces
- 1 medium onion sliced into large chunks
- olive oil and salt & pepper for drizzling
- 2 tbsp butter for dotting (rough estimate)
Preheat the oven to 375F/190C.
Put the chicken thighs into a Ziploc bag, then add the balsamic vinegar, honey, mustard, herbs, and cornstarch (corn flour). Close the top of the bag and smoosh around until the chicken is well covered in the marinade. Place the bag on a plate and store in the fridge while you assemble the rest of the dish.
Line a baking tray with baking paper, then scatter the brussels sprouts, mushrooms and onions over the tray.
Tuck the chicken from the Ziploc bag in among the vegetables, then pour the rest of the marinade over the chicken.
Sprinkle with plenty of salt and pepper, then roast for 35 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and the vegetables are starting to caramelise in parts.
Serve with toasted crusty bread, rice or potatoes.
You don’t have to cover your baking tray with baking paper, but I find the tray gets very messy and sticky otherwise. Let’s not create more work for ourselves!
We usually manage to make this meal last for 2 nights, so I often reheat the leftovers in the microwave the next night. You lose that little bit of crisp from some of the vegetables, but it’s still absolutely delicious!
Alternative veggies to use
Brussels sprouts hater? No problem, use broccoli, cauliflower, or small cubes of sweet potato or butternut squash instead. If you do decide to use broccoli, just keep an eye on it – it can burn quickly when roasting!