I am a planner. I always plan out the dinners for the week on Sunday, and then shop accordingly. With three kids each playing multiples sports and on multiple teams, when I leave work the work has just begun. When you don’t get home from the baseball field until 7:30 or 8pm and everyone’s hungry, Uber Eats is very appealing. But it’ll still take at least 45 minutes for whatever you decide on to arrive. In less than that time, I can make dinner. I have a list of recipes that have come to fill the dinner void on those nights.
Sheet Pan Lemon Chicken
This is my favorite because it is so easy, and I love roasted vegetables.
½ lb to ¾ lb baby potatoes, washed and halved
½ lb brussel sprouts, washed and halved (broccolini works great as an alternative)
1lb of chicken breasts or chicken tenders
1 T French mustard
2 cloves of garlic
1 tsp honey
1 lemon or lemon juice equivalent
Salt and pepper to taste
Step 1: preheat oven to 400F
Step 2: Lightly coat a baking sheet with an lip or edge with olive oil.
Step 3: Add the potatoes and brussel sprouts to the pan. Drizzle with olive oil (about 2T worth)
Step 4: In a small bowl, whisk together the mustard, garlic, honey and lemon juice with 2T of olive oil. Drizzle half of this over the vegetables in the pan. Toss them to make sure they have even coverage.
Step 5: Add the chicken to the pan. Spoon the remaining marinade on top of each piece of chicken.
Step 6: Bake at 400F for 20-25 minutes.
I serve this with rice on the side. I get the rice cooker going before I start with the chicken. That way they finish at about the same time. To make it even MORE working mom friendly, you can replace the rice with fresh mashed potatoes from the supermarket. And if your boys are as hungry as mine are, I always have a loaf of French bread on the side that they can warm up and slice to have with dinner. They just can’t seem to get enough carbs each day.
And why do baking sheets get so nasty over time? I treated myself to a new one over quarantine and it's been so easy to keep it looking like new, and its big enough for everything I want to make. I found this half sheet pan on Amazon.
Kris Delaney is a marketing executive, foodie, travel enthusiast, and book nerd based in Atlanta, GA.