The Easiest Way to Cook Chicken

Recently, when someone asked me what the easiest way to make chicken is, I was completely stumped. I didn’t know how to answer, and I spent way too much time thinking about the different cuts of chicken and various preparations—frying versus pan-searing—and how long it takes to cook bone-in breasts versus skinless, boneless cutlets. Although I was food-geeking out, I couldn’t take a firm stance on what actually is the easiest way to make chicken.

But all of a sudden, it hit me. I was rapidly throwing together a quick and hearty lunch by tossing chicken, mushrooms, bread cubes, and red peppers together on a sheet pan, and as I slid it into the oven, I realized the easiest way to cook chicken is so easy that I hadn’t even considered it—I simply did it all the time without thinking! It’s throwing the raw chicken on a sheet pan with some sort of seasoning or vegetable and cooking it in the oven.

Sheet pan chicken can be made with any cut of chicken, any kind of seasoning, and for any serving amount. Whether you’re feeding two people or 20, the preparation is the same: Season chicken, toss with accompanying ingredients, pour onto sheet pan, and bake. In the words of Ina Garten, “How easy is that?!” To encourage you to become familiar with this technique and to understand just how easy it is, here are nine sheet pan chicken recipes for you to make. Enjoy!

What do you think is the easiest way to make chicken? Have you ever had sheet pan chicken?