Sesame Chicken on a Sheet Pan

By Carolyn Casner, EatingWell
Carolyn Casner, EatingWell
Carolyn Casner, EatingWell
September 13, 2021 Updated: September 15, 2021

In this healthy sheet-pan chicken recipe, meaty bone-in chicken thighs and broccoli florets are tossed with sesame oil and roasted in the same pan for a delicious and easy dinner with minimal cleanup. While the chicken and broccoli cook, whip together the simple scallion-ginger sauce.

The sauce would also be wonderful spooned over salmon, tofu, or grain bowls; it’s easily doubled or tripled!

Sheet-Pan Sesame Chicken and Broccoli

Active Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Serves 4

  • 8 cups broccoli florets with 2-inch stalks attached
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil, divided
  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper, divided
  • 2 pounds bone-in chicken thighs, trimmed
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 3 tablespoons minced scallion
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds

Place a large rimmed baking sheet in the oven. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

Combine broccoli, 1 tablespoon sesame oil, and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper in a large bowl. Toss chicken with the remaining 1 tablespoon sesame oil and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper in another bowl.

Place the chicken skin-side-down in a single layer on one side of the preheated pan. Roast for 15 minutes. Turn the chicken over and add the broccoli to the other side of the pan. Continue cooking, turning the broccoli halfway through, until the chicken is just cooked through and the broccoli is tender, 20 to 25 minutes more.

Meanwhile, heat a small skillet over medium-high heat until almost smoking. Add avocado oil, scallion, ginger, vinegar, and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt; cook, stirring, for 15 seconds. Remove from heat.

Serve the chicken and broccoli drizzled with the scallion-ginger sauce and sprinkled with sesame seeds.

Recipe nutrition per serving: 422 Calories, Total Fat: 27 g, Saturated Fat: 5 g, Cholesterol: 114 mg, Carbohydrates: 8 g, Fiber: 3 g, Total Sugars: 2 g, Protein: 36 g, Sodium: 716 mg, Potassium: 723 mg, Iron: 3 mg, Folate: 114 mcg, Calcium: 102 mg, Vitamin A: 4387 IU, Vitamin C: 133 mg.

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Carolyn Casner, EatingWell
Carolyn Casner, EatingWell