Sheet-Pan Paprika Chicken With Potatoes and Turnips

Sheet-Pan Paprika Chicken With Potatoes and Turnips

Think of this as the sheet-pan dinner version of a Hungarian chicken paprikash, ruddy with paprika and sweet tomato paste. Roasting the chicken at high heat instead of braising it lets it singe at the edges, and allows the potatoes and turnips to turn golden beneath their coating of duck fat (or olive oil). Feel free to double this; just use two large sheet pans instead of the smaller pans.
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  • Serves: 4 persons



  1. Step 1

    In a medium bowl, combine oil, sweet paprika, tomato paste, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, smoked paprika, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, cumin, lemon zest, and garlic.
  2. Step 2

    Place chicken on a quarter-size rimmed sheet pan (or use a regular rimmed sheet pan) and rub the chicken all over with the paprika mixture. Cover and let rest at least 30 minutes at room temperature or up to 24 hours in the refrigerator.
  3. Step 3

    Heat oven to 450 degrees. Toss potatoes, turnips, duck fat, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper together on a quarter-size rimmed sheet pan or a 9-by-13-inch pan.
  4. Step 4

    Slide both baking pans into the oven. Roast chicken until cooked through, 25 to 30 minutes. Roast vegetables, tossing after 15 minutes. When you remove the chicken from oven, turn up heat to 500 degrees and continue cooking the vegetables until they are golden brown, another 5 to 10 minutes longer. (Tent chicken with foil and let rest while vegetables finish cooking.)
  5. Step 5

    Place the chilled cucumber in a bowl and sprinkle with salt and herbs. Serve with chicken and vegetables, garnished with herbs. Pass the cucumbers and sour cream (if using) at the table.