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Za’atar chicken sheet pan dinner

Making a sheet pan dinner is a simple way to get dinner on the table and reduce food waste by transforming wilting veggies into a delicious meal. Experiment with different vegetables, protein foods, and seasonings!

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4

  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 450 g)
  • 15 mL (1 tbsp) olive oil, divided
  • 30 mL (2 tbsp) za’atar spice blend
  • 18 small new potatoes, halved (about 450 g/1 lb)
  • 2 bunches rapini, trimmed, or  collard greens, trimmed and leaves thinly sliced (about 3 ½ L/14 cups)
  • 375 mL (1 ½ cups) 0% plain Greek yogurt
  • 10 mL (2 tsp) dried oregano
  • 45 mL (3 tbsp) lemon juice (about 1 lemon) 
  • 15 mL (1 tbsp) lemon zest (about 1 lemon)
  • 2 mL (½ tsp) salt
  • 2 mL (½ tsp) ground black pepper
  1. Preheat the oven to 175 °C (350 °F). In a large bowl, place chicken pieces. Drizzle with 5 mL (1 tsp) of olive oil then sprinkle za’atar and lemon zest over chicken. Rub well to coat chicken in mixture. 
  2. On a large parchment paper lined baking sheet, arrange chicken pieces on one side. 
  3. In another bowl, add the halved potatoes and 5 mL (1 tsp) of olive oil. Toss well to coat potatoes and arrange on the other side of the sheet pan, with the flat side facing down. Season potatoes and chicken with 2 mL (½ tsp) salt and all of the pepper. Cook for 20 minutes then remove from heat.
  4. In the same bowl, combine rapini or collards and remaining 5 mL (1 tsp) of olive oil to coat the greens. Place the greens on top of the chicken and potatoes on the sheet pan. Return to the oven, lower the temperature to 74 °C (165 °F) and bake for another 8 to 10 minutes or until greens are tender and chicken is cooked through. 
  5. In a small bowl, combine yogurt and dried oregano and mix well. Sprinkle lemon juice over greens and serve on the side.

Tips

  • Save on time by washing and chopping the vegetables the night before. No fresh veggies on hand? Use a bag of frozen mixed vegetables. 
  • Your little chefs can help wash the potatoes and rapini. Older kids can cut the potatoes and squeeze the lemon juice.
  • Switch up the protein! Try using shrimp or cubed tofu instead. If you’re using leftover cooked protein, skip step 1.  
  • Season with your favourite herbs and spices. Try dried thyme, garlic powder, or chili powder for a spicy kick.