This Sheet Pan Chicken with Fennel and Olives is a one-pan Fall dinner delight! It’s AIP, paleo and Whole30 compliant, comes together in under 45 minutes and is full of rich and cozy flavors.
When it comes to easy and quick dinners, I am definitely a sheet pan, one-pan, one-pot kinda girl. This Sheet Pan Chicken with Fennel and Olives recipe is a personal weekday favorite. It’s especially great for when you just don’t want to be in the kitchen too long. This meal is AIP, paleo and Whole30 compliant if that’s your jam and has a beautiful combination of sweet and savoury notes.
Here are the main ingredients in this easy Sheet Pan Chicken dinner:
- Boneless, skinless chicken breasts – slice these into strips to bake alongside the veggies.
- Lemon juice, garlic fresh thyme, olive oil and sea salt – freshly squeezed lemon juice is used as the base of the marinade with olive oil and thyme for all the other ingredients in this recipe
- Sweet potatoes – I recommend Japanese sweet potatoes or Hannah sweet potatoes or any other variety of white-fleshed sweet potato in this recipe. They are starchier and have a different sweetness that lend themselves well to the flavours of lemon and fennel here.
- Fennel – one large bulb of fennel is used here (fronds removed) and roasted alongside the chicken and potatoes
- Pitted olives – you can use any variety, just ensure they are AIP compliant – I like kalamata
- Pear – you can use any variety of pear here. It lends a beautiful sweetness and texture to the dish to balance the savory olives.
Here’s how you make this one-pan dish:
- Make a marinade out of the garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, sea salt and thyme.
- Toss the sweet potatoes with 1/4 of the marinade. Spread them onto onto a large, parchment-lined baking sheet (or two medium-sized baking sheets). You don’t want the ingredients to steam so make sure you’re giving yourself enough space.
- Bake for 10 minutes to give them a head start.
- While the sweet potatoes bake, place the sliced chicken breasts into a bowl with fennel, pears and olives. Cover with remaining 3/4 of the marinade. Bake for 15-20 minutes further until is cooked through.
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Here are some other one-pan meals you’ll be sure to enjoy:
- Balsamic Mushroom Pasta
- Sheet Pan Beef and Broccoli with Mushrooms
- Creamy Garlic Pork and Spinach
- Leek and Fennel Risotto