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

453 calories; protein 44.1g; carbohydrates 14.3g; dietary fiber 4.6g; sugars 3.3g; fat 24.6g; saturated fat 5.4g; cholesterol 215.9mg; vitamin a iu 2041.1IU; vitamin c 84.4mg; folate 89mcg; calcium 82.6mg; iron 4.2mg; magnesium 71.3mg; potassium 948.7mg; sodium 637.5mg; thiamin 0.3mg.

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26 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 18
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 1
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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: 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
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: 5 stars
Delicious -- Just don't accidentally stab through the bottom of a disposable aluminum pan with a thermometer..... 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
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: 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: 4 stars
Definitely a keeper - very tasty Read More
Rating: 5 stars
A family favorite So simple so yummy. No changes unless you want more brussell sprouts. Read More