After all the rushing, shopping, decorating and cooking up a storm during the holidays, now is the time to bring in the New Year with simple, easy to prepare suppers. But make no mistake in underestimating such simple dishes. They can be bursting with flavor, as evidenced by the roundup of Easy Supper Recipes that my friends at the Sunday Supper group have lined up and which are listed below.
For my contribution, I chose skin-on, bone-in chicken thighs roasted on a sheet pan with potatoes, root vegetables, lemons and olives Provencal style, just as the chef who cooked for me and my fellow food writers at Julia Child’s house in the south of France prepared when we stayed there in October.
What can be simpler than cooking the main and side dishes together in a single pan? Sheet pan dishes like this one are handy for all sorts of cooking as the sheet pan provides a large surface area and the shallow sides allow for maximum heat circulation. The ingredients cook quickly while meats remain tender and juicy and vegetables roast evenly. How easy is this? Plus, an added benefit is that when you use parchment or foil to line the pan, it’s just a matter of tossing out the liner when the dish is complete. Very little clean-up is needed.
This chicken is seasoned with flavors meant to evoke the feel of southern France, rosemary, lemons, olives and olive oil. It is roasted with shallots and white wine until the skin has gone crisp, the potatoes and carrots are tender and the shallots are melted and sweet. Skip the chicken breasts we are so used to because when roasting them they are prone to over cooking.
About halfway through the cooking, ladle some of the roasting juices over the top of the chicken, which helps keep it moist and, thanks to the chicken fat, also crisps it. When the skin has gone tight and golden and the chicken has cooked entirely through, demonstrated when a fork piercing the meat and juices run clear, it’s done.
So get out a lovely plate and warm it. Place the chicken thighs on top of that. Then arrange all the other ingredients around and on top of the thighs. You might serve some white rice on the side or a pilaf. But even if only served with baguettes to mop up the sauce, along with a green salad, this makes for a perfect meal.
- Chicken Enchiladas by Eat, Drink and Be Tracy
- Chicken Scarpariello by Sunday Supper Movement
- Honey Mustard Chicken & Rice Pilaf by Wholistic Woman
- Pan Roasted Chicken Breasts and Vegetables by Simple and Savory
- Pineapple Chicken Stir-Fry by Mindy's Cooking Obsession
- Roast Chicken by Monica's Table
- Bucatini with Spinach Pesto by The Chef Next Door
- Chicken Marsala Lasagna Rollups by A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Extra Cheesy Stuffed Shells by Positively Stacey
- Quick Chicken Piccata by The Redhead Baker
- Apple Mustard Pork Tenderloin by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Cheesy Oven Omelette With Ham by Cricket's Confections
- Cranberry Orange Pork Roast by Cosmopolitan Cornbread
- Sweet and Garlicky Slow Cooker Pulled Pork by Family Foodie
Sheet Pan Suppers
- Dijon Salmon Sheet Pan Dinner by Casa de Crews
- Ranch Sheet Pan Pork Dinner by Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks
- Sheet Pan Roasted Chicken Thighs Provencal Style by Delaware Girl Eats
Soup and Sandwich Suppers
- Chicken and Cheese Pita Sandwiches by Pies and Plots
- Chicken Chili by A Mind "Full" Mom
- Chicken Marinara Panini by The Freshman Cook
Stove Top Suppers
- Arroz con Coco y Lentejas – Coconut Rice with Lentils by Food Lust People Love
- Asian Tuna Noodle Bowls by Cooking Chat
- Haluski (Cabbage and Noodles) by Cindy's Recipes and Writings
- Healthy Quinoa Japanese Donburi Bowl by NinjaBaker.com
- One Pot Braised Lamb Shoulder Chops and Vegetables by Caroline's Cooking
- Slow Cooker Chicken Ratatouille Stew by My Life Cookbook
Join the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter on Sunday! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. To get more great Sunday Supper Recipes, visit our website or check out our Pinterest board. Would you like to join the Sunday Supper Movement? It’s easy. You can sign up by clicking here: Sunday Supper Movement.