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Grab Your Sheet Pan, We've Got a 20-Minute Chicken Dinner

Food52 logo Food52 4/25/2018 Katie Macdonald

It’s no secret I love sheet-pan dinners. They’re last-minute, do-it-all meals that come with the added bonus of easy cleanup. They’re a busy (and hungry) cook’s best friend. Which is probably why Food52 favorite Melissa Clark’s got a soft spot for them, too.

In her latest book, Favorite Recipes from Melissa Clark's Kitchen, Clark (with the aid of a sheet pan) transforms kitchen staples of chicken, apples, and coriander into a satisfying dinner in just 20 minutes.

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“The beauty of this recipe is not just the gorgeous melding of flavors, but how quickly and easily I can throw it together all year round,” she writes. “Cut into finger-size strips, the chicken and very thinly sliced apples cook in only twenty minutes, during which time they miraculously produce a pan sauce that is fragrant and heady. “

To give the chicken an extra dimension, Clark adds a cilantro and coriander seeds with a splash (okay, maybe two splashes) of gin.

“[When developing this recipe] I tipped in some vermouth from the too-tall bottle in the fridge, and was about to stick everything in the oven when I started to worry that the subtle flavor of vermouth wouldn’t be lively enough to lift the dish. Then I remembered the words of my father when he counseled me on zipping up a scallop pan roast. ‘Gin,’ he said, ‘makes everything taste better.’”

The result—a juicy, saucy chicken that’s just waiting for a thick slice of crusty bread (or a bowl of rice if you don’t mind making it). And maybe a gin and tonic, but that could just be me.

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Sheet Pan Chicken Thighs with Apples, Gin & Coriander Seeds

Melissa Clark

Serves 2 to 3
  • 1 large or 2 small apples
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch strips
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon white vermouth
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons gin
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro, dill, or parsley
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

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