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Roasted asparagus, baby potatoes, and BBQ chicken on a sheet pan.

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Sweet and Smoky BBQ Sheet Pan Chicken

This Sweet and Smoky BBQ Sheet Pan Chicken delivers the essence of a summer cookout with a simple one-pan dinner.
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Ingredients

Homemade BBQ Sauce.

  • 2 TBSP olive oil
  • 2 large cloves of garlic, grated to a paste or finely minced
  • 1 cup ketchup, I like to use this homemade ketchup when I have it on hand
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup agave nectar, You could also use honey or maple syrup
  • 1 TBSP liquid smoke
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne

Sheet pan chicken (and vegetables).

  • 1.5 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 bunch of asparagus
  • 1 lb small potatoes, *See notes
  • Sea salt and ground black pepper
  • Extra virgin olive oil

Equipment

  • Sheet pan
  • Parchment paper or tin foil
  • Pastry brush

Instructions 

Homemade BBQ Sauce.

  • Heat oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Once the oil is hot, add the minced garlic and sauté for about a minute, until tender and fragrant. Add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil (this should take about 3 minutes), stirring occasionally. Reduce the heat to low, and simmer for about 15 minutes until the sauce has thickened.

Sheet pan chicken.

  • Preheat the oven to 400º F.
  • Pat the chicken thighs with paper towels and season with salt and pepper. Place the chicken onto a foil or parchment-covered sheet pan and slather a generous amount of the BBQ sauce onto each thigh.
  • In a mixing bowl, toss the baby potatoes with some olive oil and your preferred seasoning. (See notes.) Once seasoned, transfer them to the sheet pan alongside the chicken. Pop the sheet pan into the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes.
  • While the chicken and potatoes are roasting, snap the woody ends off of the asparagus spears and place them into a large mixing bowl. Drizzle a bit of olive oil over the spears, and sprinkle salt and pepper over them; toss to coat.
  • After 25-30 minutes of the chicken and potatoes roasting, add the asparagus to the sheet pan and roast for another 10 minutes. Once everything is nicely roasted and the chicken has an internal temperature of 165º F, remove the sheet pan from the oven. Slather more sauce over the chicken thighs and serve!

Notes

Potatoes: to keep things simple, I like to get a package of microwave-ready baby potatoes from The Little Potato Company (or something similar) and toss them in the provided flavor packet and add them to the sheet pan. Or you could use your own seasoning blend—salt, pepper, garlic, herbs, etc.