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Smoky Chicken & Potato Sheet Pan Dinner

You ever make something and then immediately after it’s done, you realize where you went wrong?

That’s what happened with this dinner recipe I made up the other weekend.

I wanted a tray bake so bad for dinner, and used what I had in my kitchen to make it. Everything was going great! I had red potatoes, sweet potatoes, mushrooms and chicken thighs for what would be an epic dinner.

But I made the mistake of putting too MUCH fat in the recipe.

I usually drizzle vegetables with olive oil when I bake them on a sheet pan. That is a perfectly normal thing to do. What’s NOT perfectly normal is also adding bacon to the dish. Real fatty, cheap bacon.

This recipe ended up swimming in grease! Was it delicious? Absolutely. And am I going to give you a recipe that won’t end up swimming in grease! You bet. It’s because I know exactly what went wrong and how to fix it to make it better.

Here’s the deal. If you want to keep bacon in the recipe (which I highly recommend) you’ll want to nix the olive oil on the veggies. You can also nix the bacon in favor of the olive oil. Just make sure you don’t use both!


Smoky Chicken & Potato Sheet Pan Dinner

  • Servings: 4-5
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Print

A simple sheet pan meal with potatoes, mushrooms, and chicken.


  • 4 bone-in, skin on chicken thighs

  • 2 cups chopped red potatoes

  • 1 sweet potato, peeled and diced

  • 1 lb. baby portobello mushrooms

  • 3 strips bacon, chopped

  • salt & pepper

  • 2 tsp. smoky paprika

  • 1 tsp. garlic powder

  • 1 tsp. onion powder

  • 1 TBS. fresh thyme
  • Directions

    1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
    2. Place potatoes, sweet potatoes, and mushrooms on a large baking sheet. Sprinkle salt, pepper, half of the paprika, garlic powder and onion powder over veggies. Toss to coat.
    3. Place bacon on top of veggies and then place chicken thighs on top of that, skin side up.
    4. Sprinkle remaining seasonings and thyme on top of chicken.
    5. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until potatoes are tender and chicken is cooked through to 165 degrees.

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