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Sheet Pan Dinner: Balsamic Chicken -keto cake walk-

I am stoked about this recipe you guys! It is one of the easiest recipes ever AND it tastes amazing. And who doesn’t need another easy weeknight recipe, am I right? This recipe falls into the category of sheet pan dinner, which means that you throw a bunch of stuff on a sheet pan and bake it and BOOM your whole meal is done.

There are a lot of sheet pan dinner recipes on Pinterest, but the majority of them contain potatoes, which automatically makes them out of the question if you’re on a ketogenic diet. So I thought I’d make a variation that will keep the carbs low but the satisfaction high. And did I mention it’s SO EASY? It’s so easy, guys.

Sheet Pan Dinner: Balsamic Chicken

You’re going to start off by throwing together balsamic vinegar, olive oil, a little dijon mustard, italian seasoning, and salt & pepper in a large bowl. Whisk it up.

Sheet Pan Dinner: Balsamic Chicken

Then you’re going to slice up some veggies. Here’s where this recipe gets even better– you can use whatever vegetables you like. I chose mushrooms, carrots, onions, and zucchini. Just make sure you watch the carb counts of your veggies if you’re on a low-carb diet. I think broccoli or cauliflower would work great here, or throw in some sliced peppers if that’s your thing. For the most part, if you stick to vegetables that grow above the ground, you’ll be good. I included a small amount of carrots, but not enough to kick the carb count too high. In any case, this recipe is highly flexible.

I sliced the onions and mushrooms about 1/4 inch thick (maybe a little more) but the carrots I sliced thinner (1/8 inch or so) and the zucchini thicker (close to 1/2 inch) to account for differing cooking times.

Mushroom Tip: To clean mushrooms, use damp paper towels to wipe off any dirt. Mushrooms should not be washed under water or they’ll soak it up and won’t roast well. TooltipText

I threw the veggies straight into the balsamic mixture as I chopped them, but I did the zucchini last so it didn’t soak up too much of the liquid and end up mushy.

Sheet Pan Dinner: Balsamic Chicken

Line two sheet pans with foil and parchment. This helps make clean up a lot easier. Use a slotted spoon to remove the vegetables and put them the prepared pans. Make sure to leave as much liquid as possible in the bowl. Spread the vegetables as close to a single layer as possible (there will be a bit of overlap here and there.) Then use some tongs to coat each chicken thigh in the marinade. Nestle the chicken amongst the vegetables on the pan.

Sheet Pan Dinner: Balsamic Chicken

And then you just bake it! And OMG your house will smell SO AMAZING when it’s in the oven. I wish I could send you the scent of this dish in the oven because then I know you’d have to make it immediately because seriously. My mouth is watering just talking about it.

Sheet Pan Dinner : Balsamic Chicken

Plus, look how pretty it is! It’s a dish equally at home on your family’s Tuesday night dinner table or your Friday night dinner party table with guests. It makes a large portion, but you can easily halve it or make all of it and reheat half of it another night. If you’ve never had a sheet pan dinner, get ready for it to change your life! Or at least your dinners. 😉

Yield: 8 servings

Sheet Pan Balsamic Chicken

Sheet Pan Chicken

Super easy and delicious meal that cooks all on one pan!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes


  • 1/2 cup | 190 mL balsamic vinegar
  • 1/3 cup | 80 mL olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • several turns of freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 large onion (100g) sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 10 oz mushrooms (250g) sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 4 small-medium carrots (150g) sliced 1/8 inch thick
  • 2 large zucchini (670g) sliced 1/2 inch thick
  • 3.5 lbs | 1.5 kilos bone-in, skin on chicken thighs (can substitute drum sticks)


    1. Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C) and line two large sheet pans with foil and parchment.
    2. Whisk together balsamic vinegar, olive oil, mustard, Italian seasoning, and salt & pepper in large bowl.
    3. Add sliced vegetables and toss. Don’t let zucchini sit in the liquid or it will get mushy.
    4. Use a slotted spoon to remove the vegetables, leaving as much liquid in the bowl as possible, and spread in an even layer on prepared pans.
    5. Use tongs to coat each chicken thigh on both sides with the balsamic mixture, then nestle chicken on sheet pans with vegetables.
    6. Bake for 35-45 minutes or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 170°F (75°C) and the skin has become crisp and browned. Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition Information:



Amount Per Serving: Calories: 358Total Fat: 17.3gSaturated Fat: 3.4gCarbohydrates: 9.7gNet Carbohydrates: 7.5gFiber: 2.2gSugar: 7gProtein: 39.3g
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5 Comments on Sheet Pan Dinner: Balsamic Chicken

  1. This looks amazing! Adding it to my meal plan for next week 🙂 And good tips on the mushroom and zucchini. I never knew that about washing mushrooms (oops!)

  2. I just made this last night! It was super easy (trust me, I do NOT make complex recipes) and tastes really good. The chicken is so moist. I’m eating leftovers from it today and it’s still good. I often find chicken rubbery or dry as leftovers, but not this recipe. Definitely going to be come part of our regular rotation.

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