Sheet Pan Pesto Chicken and Lemon Butter Potatoes with Whipped Feta.
Bringing you all some springtime vibes with this Sheet Pan Pesto Chicken and Lemon Butter Potatoes with creamy whipped feta and sun-dried tomato vinaigrette. Basil pesto marinated chicken roasted alongside sesame-crusted lemon garlic potatoes. Served over creamy whipped feta cheese, then topped with vinaigrette and all the herbs you can find. This dish is quick, easy, extra colorful, super flavorful, and so delicious. The perfect dinner to serve any night of the week. Promise this is not your average sheet pan dinner. It’s so DELICIOUS and the leftovers make for an awesome lunch the following day.
This is going to sound cheesy, but you guys, spring has sprung! Well, I mean, kind of. It sure felt like spring on Friday and Saturday. But of course, yesterday was filled with snow and it’s supposed to continue throughout the week. But, we’ve had a glimpse and I’ve surrounded myself with all the fresh spring flowers I can find. So, I am very much in the springtime mindset and today’s recipe 100% reflects that.
I’ve definitely made it clear by now, but I really love a one-and-done sheet pan dinner. They’re some of my favorites to share as well as my favorite to serve to family and friends. They really do take the stress out of the weeknight dinner. It’s nice to be able to throw everything into the oven and let your dinner cook away while you work on other things.
I mean, right? Yes, yes. Of course.
And everyone…this sheet pan dinner feels extra special because it is. it has those “extras” that really make it really really GOOD.
Well, spring for one, and the fact that the only fresh herb I had on hand the other day was basil. But also, I wanted to create a lighter spring dinner that still felt satisfying enough for a Sunday night family dinner. Or even upcoming Easter Sunday.
I did some brainstorming and thought back to the recipes my Nonnie would make when we’d visit them in Florida over spring break. One of her signatures was a simple roasted chicken with potatoes…and bread. Always bread with dinner.
So, I stole one of her concepts a bit and made it into a sheet pan dinner, which she would fully approve of. My Nonnie was an awesome cook, but she didn’t mess around with “fussy” recipes. She lived by the motto, the easier the better.
Start with the chicken and potatoes
For the chicken, I kept things simple and tossed it with some basil pesto, a shallot, and a bit of lemon zest. All very fresh spring flavors, and all very delicious. I like to let the chicken sit and “marinate” while I prep the potatoes.
And the potatoes? Aside from the feta (more on that below), they’re my favorite part. Inspired by a classic greek roasted potato. I flavored them with lots of lemon, garlic, and butter. The butter is not traditional but adds a richness to the potatoes that I found to be delish. Oh, and then some sesame seeds for a little nutty crunch.
The potatoes go into the oven first so that they really have time to roast before adding the chicken to the pan. The idea is that you don’t want the chicken to dry out, so add it to the pan halfway through cooking. It will cook perfectly alongside the potatoes.
And while that’s happening, whip that feta…
Is this necessary? No, absolutely not. But do you need this? Yes, you absolutely do.
If you have a food processor, all you do is whip feta cheese with olive oil until creamy. It takes just a few minutes and is worth every bit of extra effort…I promise! Once the warm roasted potatoes and chicken touch the creamy feta, the feta immediately begins to melt into everything creating a creamy, delicious “sauce”.
It’s the perfect amount of salty creaminess to balance out all the savory roasted potatoes and chicken.
Let’s finish it up!
While the chicken is cooking mix up a quick vinaigrette with some sun-dried tomatoes and the olive oil left in the tomato jar. Add in balsamic vinegar and a squeeze of lemon. This is your super simple tomato vinaigrette.
I like to drizzle it over the feta, then add the potatoes and chicken. It is SO GOOD and pretty too with all the colors from the tomatoes and herbs. This makes it perfect for spring, but still cozy enough for days when the weather can still be cold and snowy (or cold and rainy, which I think is actually worse).
I made this for my family Sunday night and it was the perfect dinner to share with them. My dad especially loved the potatoes combined with the whipped feta. It’s a mouth-watering combination that’s rather hard to beat!
So you see? Great for a Sunday, easy enough for a busy weeknight, but still fancy enough for Easter!
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Sheet Pan Pesto Chicken and Lemon Butter Potatoes with Whipped Feta
Quick, easy, extra colorful, super flavorful, and so delicious!
- 2 pounds boneless chicken breasts or thighs, cut into 2-3 inch pieces
- 1 medium shallot, finely chopped
- 1/2 cup basil pesto, homemade or store-bought
- zest and juice of 1-2 lemons
- kosher salt and black pepper
- crushed red pepper flakes
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 3-4 medium russet potatoes, cut into 2 inch pieces
- 2 tablespoons salted butter
- 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped or grated
- 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
- 1/2 cup (4 ounces) oil packed sun-dried tomatoes, chopped, and reserve the oil
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill or thyme
- 2 tablespoons white or regular balsamic vinegar
- pita/naan and fresh herbs, for serving
- 8 ounces feta cheese
- 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1. Preheat oven to 425° F. In a medium bowl, combine the chicken, pesto, shallot, lemon zest, and a pinch each of chili flakes, salt, and pepper. Let sit 15 minutes.
2. On a baking sheet, toss the potatoes with olive oil. Season with salt and black pepper. Roast for 20 minutes, or until tender.
3. Remove the potatoes from the oven. Add the butter, lemon juice, garlic, and sesame seeds, toss to coat, then push the potatoes to one side of the pan. Put the chicken on the other side. Return the pan to the oven and roast for 20 minutes more, until the chicken is cooked through.
4. Meanwhile, make the tomato vinaigrette. In a bowl, whisk together 1/4 cup of the reserved sun-dried tomato oil, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, and the balsamic vinegar until combined. Stir in the sun-dried tomatoes, dill, and season with salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes.
5. To make the feta. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until smooth and creamy. The feta can be kept in the fridge for up to 3 days.
6. To serve, spread the feta onto plates and drizzle with the vinaigrette. Add the potatoes and chicken, top with fresh herbs. Serve pita on the side. Enjoy!
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