Recipe: One-Pan Roast Chicken and Kale

Recipe: One-Pan Roast Chicken and Kale

We all need a meal that’s easy to prepare, delicious to eat and a cinch to clean up. This recipe satisfies on all counts – winner, winner, chicken dinner!

adayinthekitchen  adayinthekitchen  on 13 Mar '19

Serves: 4

Prep time: 30 min

Cooking time: 60 min



  • 3–4 large bunches kale, washed and leaves removed from ribs
  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and chopped into chunks
  • ½ medium cauliflower, cut into small chunks
  • ½ onion, sliced thinly
  • ¼ cup light olive oil
  • salt and pepper


  • 8 skin-on chicken thighs
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1¼ tsp black pepper
  • 1½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • 1¾ tsp paprika
  • lemon wedges for garnishing, if desired


  1. Preheat oven to 200°C.
  2. Toss kale leaves and sweet potato and cauliflower chunks together with oil.
  3. Evenly spread vegetables in a large baking dish.
  4. Layer the sliced onion on top of the veggies. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Combine sea salt, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder and paprika and mix well.
  6. Sprinkle half the seasoning on the bottom of the chicken thighs.
  7. Layer the chicken on top of the vegetables in the baking dish.
  8. Sprinkle the remaining seasoning over the top of the chicken thighs.
  9. Cover dish with lid or foil and bake for 25 min.
  10. Remove cover and roast for another 35 min, or until the chicken is cooked (the internal temperature should be about 75°C) and the vegetables are tender.
  11. Serve with lemon wedges, if desired.

Recipe notes:

  • Both boneless and bone-in chicken thighs work for this recipe.
  • Feel free to use other chicken pieces besides thighs, but using skin-on pieces makes for more flavourful chicken.
  • Toss in other vegetables like bell pepper or carrot or stick with all kale if you don’t want a veggie mix.
  • Toss in garlic cloves with the skins still on to roast along with the chicken and vegetables and you’ll have creamy roasted garlic to go with your meal!
  • Don’t worry if the pan is really full when it’s ready to go in the oven. I pack a lot of kale into my pan, but it cooks down and everything will be about half the height it was when it went in.
  • For detailed instructions – with images – on how to make this recipe, check out the recipe on my website.

One-pan roast chicken and kale

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