In this healthy chicken recipe, paprika-rubbed chicken thighs are nestled into Brussels sprouts and shallots and roasted on a sheet pan in the oven for an easy, healthy dinner. As the chicken thighs roast, the garlicky drippings flavor the Brussels sprouts and shallots. Delicious one-pan cooking! Smoked paprika adds a touch of smoky flavor--look for it at well-stocked supermarkets or in the bulk-spice section at natural-foods markets. Regular paprika can be used in its place, but doesn't add the hint of smoke.

Breana Killeen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, September/October 2014


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  • Position rack in lower third of oven; preheat to 450 degrees F.

  • Combine Brussels sprouts, shallots and lemon with 2 tablespoons oil and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper on a large rimmed baking sheet.

  • Mash garlic and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt with the side of a chef's knife to form a paste. Combine the garlic paste with paprika, thyme and the remaining 1 tablespoon oil and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a small bowl. Rub the paste all over chicken. Nestle the chicken into the Brussels sprouts.

  • Roast on the lower rack until the Brussels sprouts are tender and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the chicken without touching bone registers 165 degrees F, 20 to 25 minutes.


Cut Down on Dishes: A rimmed baking sheet is great for everything from roasting to catching accidental drips and spills. For effortless cleanup and to keep your baking sheets in tip-top shape, line them with a layer of foil before each use.

Nutrition Facts

452.7 calories; protein 44.1g 88% DV; carbohydrates 14.3g 5% DV; exchange other carbs 1; dietary fiber 4.6g 19% DV; sugars 3.3g; fat 24.6g 38% DV; saturated fat 5.4g 27% DV; cholesterol 215.9mg 72% DV; vitamin a iu 2041.1IU 41% DV; vitamin c 84.4mg 141% DV; folate 89mcg 22% DV; calcium 82.6mg 8% DV; iron 4.2mg 24% DV; magnesium 71.3mg 26% DV; potassium 948.7mg 27% DV; sodium 637.5mg 26% DV; thiamin 0.3mg 31% DV.

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25 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 17
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
This was excellent! - Used boneless chicken thighs - they really need to be thighs for the flavor. - Used Wegmans basting oil on the chicken - it contains garlic and thyme and does well at a high temperature. - Let the paste settle into the chicken for 30 min to an hour before roasting - Definitely use a meat thermometer for this. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Delicious -- Just don't accidentally stab through the bottom of a disposable aluminum pan with a thermometer..... Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Really enjoyed the Paprika paste for the chicken. I think i will make a little extra next time to add to the chicken when cooking and maybe for a sauce when serving. I doubled the lemons and used meyer lemons. Also doubled the Brussel sprouts. Slight sweetness of Meyers was appreciated. I arranged the thighs in a circle in the center of a 19" cast iron pan. Additionally I added 6 Italian sausages around the edges that I turned once during cooking. Cooked in a 500 degree wood fired pizza oven for 25 minutes. Chicken was moist and flavorful. Easy recipe that allowed for time with guests. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I usually use boneless skinless chicken breasts and the whole family enjoys this healthy recipe.. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Hubby and I both love this. I have taken to friends with new babies and everyone thinks its really something special because it makes a pretty dish. I add butternut squash that has been cooked for 15 minutes and this makes a nice addition. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Very easy and delicious. I rubbed the chicken with the extra teaspoon of oil rather than adding to the paprika paste. It coated the thighs more evenly. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Our family loves this recipe! We replaced the fresh lemon with a preserved lemon but otherwise prepared it as described here. Absolutely delicious! This is the only way I will eat brussel sprouts! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Next time I will cut the salt in half. Other than that... yummy! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Made this tonight with drumsticks and bbq sauce! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
My husband loved the chicken and I loved the veggies....will make again! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Family loved it. I used 1 large sweet onion 2# of brussel sprouts and chicken thighs and legs. I needed to bake it for 35 min as the chicken was underdone at 25. Since I don't eat the skin I scraped off the garlic and paprika and dipped the chicken in it. Wonderful recipe Read More
Rating: 5 stars
The only changes I made were to increase the amount of everything for six large thighs I doubled the rub. I tried to roast the garlic in the microwave and that was a fail so I used minced garlic in a jar. It was excellent. It is even better the next day. I'm glad I made enough for leftovers. I will make this again with fresh garlic and may try to freeze a few portions. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Used teeny tiny Brussel sprouts so the flavour seeped right through. Also used a smidge more oil to make the paprika more pastey and less dry - but used liquified coconut oil to make it super healthy! For the record I used ordinary paprika. Anyway It was amazing. I had the hubby and the teenagers raving about Brussel sprouts for the first time ever. So easy but healthy and delicious. Have made the chicken before on the BBQ but never thought to roast it with Brussel sprouts for winter. Lovely! Read More
Rating: 3 stars
Yummy Veggies Underwhelming Chicken I agree with everyone that the veggies are delicious and I'm glad I listened and used more than what's called for in the recipe. I also agree with some that the taste of the rub was underwhelming although the aroma was nice. I used chicken breasts instead of thighs and they came out perfectly juicy which my 5 year-old even noted. I would make this again but use a more flavorful rub. Pros: Easy one pan Cons: Bland rub Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Paprika chicken thighs with brussel sprouts Like the one pan dinners very flavorful and will make often. Pros: easy to do Cons: NULL Read More
Rating: 2 stars
Not a keeper Enhanced leftovers for the next night. Won't cook again. Pros: Easy clean up especially if the pan is lined with parchment paper Read More
Rating: 3 stars
Chicken needed something... I thought I'd love this but the chicken needed something extra perhaps another spice like rosemary? Veggies were excellent. I included a breast for a picky eater and it was tender and juicy. Pros: Easy Cons: Chicken a little ho hum Read More
Rating: 5 stars
A family favorite So simple so yummy. No changes unless you want more brussell sprouts. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This Has Become a Family Favorite Absolutely delicious. I took some suggestions and doubled all the veggies except the lemon. I usually have to add 5 to 10 minutes to the cooking time but I use pretty big thighs. Also I roasted the garlic so it was easier to turn into a paste. Everybody loves loves loves this recipe! Read More
Rating: 3 stars
Eh it was OK I wasn't too impressed with the smoke paprika flavor which I was really looking forward to (especially since it's so expensive!). I really found the chicken overall to be pretty bland but the brussel sprouts were outstanding. As others have said definitely get 2 lbs instead of 1lb - not enough. I will definitely cook the brussels again from this recipe but probably use my favorite chicken thigh recipe which are stuffed with blue cheese coated in panko and bacon-wrapped. Read More
Rating: 1 stars
Rating: 4 stars
Definitely a keeper - very tasty Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Easy Healthy and Delicious! I like that I can prepare it in advance and my husband is able to just pop it in the oven. Not only is it healthy but it's very tasty and is now in our regular rotation. I also recommend doubling the veggies as the amount called for doesn't cover the bottom or a standard size roasting pan. Also we always end up with leftover chicken and not enough veggies. The way they carmelize with the lemon while baking makes them especially delicious! Pros: Easy Healthy Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Fantastic Flavor! I couldn't believe how great this dish tasted! The chicken was very good but it was the vegetables that elevated it to greatness. The combination of the caramelization of the Brussels sprouts and the tangy sweetness of the lemon slices(yes you can eat the whole thing rind and all!) was just wonderful. This dish will now be in permanent heavy rotation on our menu. I highly recommend this recipe; I'm sure it will become a favorite of your entire family. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Adding this to my dinner rotation This recipe was incredibly easy to prepare and cook. The rub is flavorful and lends a wonderful flavor to the veggies as well. The only change I will make next time is to double the amount of brussels sprouts and shallots. Pros: Easy satisfying moist delicious Cons: Not enough brussels sprouts Read More