Spicy Sheet-Pan Chicken With Sweet Potatoes and Kale
These sheet-pan chicken thighs gain gorgeous color from a harissa-yogurt marinade, which also keeps the meat juicy during the roasting process. The thighs only need 15 minutes in the marinade, but you can leave them for up to 24 hours in the fridge. For weeknights, heat the oven, place the chicken in the marinade, then wash and cut the sweet potato and kale, so the prep work is done and the oven hot by the time the chicken is done marinating. Make the herb oil while the chicken roasts so it has time to sit. While it’s meant for the vegetables, it’s also wonderful drizzled on top of the chicken.
- Serves: 2 persons
- 1tablespoon harissa
- ¼cup full-fat Greek or Skyr yogurt
- 4bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs (about 1 1/2 to 2 pounds)
- Kosher salt and black pepper
- 1medium sweet potato, scrubbed and cut into 1/2-inch cubes (about 2 cups)
- 1bunch lacinato or curly kale, stemmed and cut or torn into 1-inch ribbons
- 1small red onion, peeled and cut into 1-inch wedges
- 3tablespoons plus 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1teaspoon ground cumin
- ½cup flat-leaf parsley or cilantro leaves and tender stems, roughly chopped
- 1lime, zested and juiced
- ½teaspoon red-pepper flakes
Step 1In a large shallow mixing bowl, combine the harissa and yogurt. Pat the chicken dry, then season all over with salt and pepper. Add the chicken to the yogurt mixture, gently rubbing until fully coated, and set aside for 15 minutes.
Step 2Heat the oven to 450 degrees and place a rack in the lower third and one 6 inches from the broiler. On a sheet pan, toss the sweet potato, kale and onion with 3 tablespoons oil. Season with cumin, salt and pepper, massaging the kale as you do so. Clear four spaces for the chicken pieces, then place them skin-side up on the pan. (It may look messy and crowded, but the kale will shrink down as it cooks.)
Step 3Roast on the lower rack, 30 to 35 minutes, stirring the vegetables halfway and rotating the tray, until the chicken skin is crispy and the juices run clear, the squash is tender and the kale is crispy. If the vegetables are done, but the chicken skin is not as crispy as you’d like, remove the vegetables from the sheet pan and place just the chicken under the broiler for another 1 to 3 minutes.
Step 4Meanwhile, in a small serving bowl, combine the parsley, lime zest and half the lime juice with the remaining 1/4 cup oil and the red-pepper flakes. Season to taste with salt, pepper and additional lime juice. Serve the chicken and vegetables with the herb oil to drizzle over top.