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Baked Chicken Thighs with Potatoes and Peas

This one pan chicken recipe is weeknight comfort food at its best and a total family favorite! Just 6 ingredients plus oil, salt, and pepper and a little time in the oven are all you need for this easy chicken dinner.

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This dish is one of the first family dinners I remember having with my husband and his parents back when we first started dating.

I loved that his family sat down for meals together every night. My situation was a bit more casual, involving lots of TV shows with just me and my mom.

And while that was fun, too, there’s just something special about sitting down at the dinner table at the end of the day and enjoying a meal together. I do that with my husband and son now, but we sometimes throw the TV on while we eat, too.

It’s all about balance.

Close up of a serving spoon in a casserole dish filled with baked chicken thighs, peas, and potatoes.

My father-in-law has been making this one pan chicken dish for yeeeears now. It was a childhood favorite of my husband’s. I think his grandma used to make a version of this, too.

It’s just straight-up, easy-to-make comfort food.

When I told my husband I was going to take notes on how his dad made it, and then do it myself to post here on Big Flavors, he gave me the side-eye. He said it’s not really a recipe because everyone knows this meal. But I didn’t! It just goes to show that what is “standard fare” for some people is not at all for others!

And I wanted to be sure that other people could enjoy this comfort food meal in their own homes with their families.

Plus, I’ve been getting a lot of requests for simple, one-pan recipes, so this totally fits the bill!

So I bought all the ingredients and had my father-in-law come over to cook with me.

Over-the shoulder photo of a man in a kitchen cutting potatoes and placing them into a casserole dish.

One thing that I changed up a bit was the type of potatoes we used. He usually makes it with larger Yukon gold potatoes that he cuts down, but I figured smaller potatoes would be easier.

Plus, I’m a sucker for those colorful bags of baby potatoes.

And when it comes to a dish like this there’s not a ton of color, so a little bit here went a long way!

I don’t typically care for canned peas (I prefer frozen), but they’re so right in this dish. The creamy texture is really nice with the chicken and potatoes.

This recipe comes together in just one dish, but the main ingredients all have different cooking times, so we’re going to work in stages.

3/4 view of a casserole dish filled with baked chicken thighs, peas, and potatoes with tongs and a serving spoon.

The potatoes get tossed with garlic, oil, dried thyme, salt, and pepper and hop into the oven tor 30 minutes. While they’re roasting, you score the chicken skin with your knife a few times – this helps it crisp up in the oven. Soggy chicken skin is not a good thing!

The chicken gets added to the partially cooked potatoes, then back into the oven. Lastly, the peas go in and get heated with the potatoes and chicken.

The result is beautifully crispy, tender chicken, deliciously roasted potatoes, and warm, creamy peas.

My husband’s family is big on dunking crusty bread into the pan juices, so feel free to have a loaf handy!

Dinner plate with chicken thigh, peas, and potatoes with a fork and knife off to the side.

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3/4 view of a casserole dish filled with baked chicken thighs, peas, and potatoes with tongs and a serving spoon.

Baked Chicken Thighs with Potatoes and Peas

  • Author: Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen - Ashley Covelli
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 90 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: Italian

Description

This one pan chicken recipe is weeknight comfort food at its best and a total family favorite! Just 6 ingredients plus oil, salt, and pepper and a little time in the oven are all you need for this easy chicken dinner.


Ingredients

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  • 24 ounces baby potatoes, halved
  • 3 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1/2 small red onion, sliced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil, divided
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 6 bone-in, skin on chicken thighs
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans sweet peas, drained
  • Crusty bread, for serving (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  2. In a 3 quart baking dish, toss potatoes with garlic, onion, 2 tablespoons oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon thyme, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Transfer to preheated oven and bake for 30 minutes.
  3. While potatoes are cooking, trim excess skin from chicken thighs. Score the chicken 4 times (I like to make an XX pattern crossing in opposite directions) on the skin side, about 1/4-inch deep. Toss with remaining oil, salt, thyme, and pepper and set aside until potatoes are ready.
  4. Place seasoned thighs on top of potatoes in a single layer, skin-side up, and return to the oven for 40 minutes.
  5. Add drained peas, tucking them down around the chicken, and cook another 15-20 minutes, until warmed.
  6. Serve chicken with crusty bread for dunking into the pan juices, if desired.

Keywords: baked chicken thighs, canned peas, potatoes, dinner

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23 Comments

    • Ashley

      Thanks so much, Dominique! Do you like all sorts of peas, or one kind more than the other? I don’t generally like canned peas (I prefer fresh or frozen), but in this dish they’re key!

      • Matthew Augugliaro

        This is one of my moms best too. She now has Alzheimer’s and really can’t remember much. Glad I loved her food and like cooking so I always payed attention. How about Pasta con Sarde and Caponata. Ask your husband. His family must have been Sicilian Italian.

        Oh, one last thing. You must add a little oregano.

        • Ashley

          Thanks so much for sharing a bit about your mom, Matthew. And that’s so great that you paid attention while she was cooking. I’m glad that this recipe brought back some good memories, and I love the suggestion of adding oregano! My father-in-law used a lot of oregano in his cooking and it would work great here.

          Funny enough, my husband’s family isn’t Sicilian (they’re Calabrian), but he has told me stories for YEARS about a friend that he grew up with whose mom was Sicilian and he said she made that pasta dish and he loved it so so much. Do you have a favorite recipe for it? I haven’t tried making it yet (or caponata, though we do love it!).

  • Rachel

    This recipe is perfect for a busy weeknight or a sit down family dinner! On of my favorite things about cooking chicken bone-in thighs with veg is how the juices from the chicken flavor the vegetables. Yummy!

  • Paige

    Ashley this is a sweet post – love the picture of your father in law. This is the kind of cooking that reminds you of good old home cooking and family. I bet it tastes great, too.

  • Anne Murphy

    Love the seasoning, and I”ll have to try scoring the chicken skin. I can see how that would help!

    And I’m not a fan of canned peas myself, so I’m intrigued by your note that they work, here. I bet the roasting helps…

    • Kerry j klein

      I grew up on a recipe very similar to this except my Grandma added stewed tomatoes and used italian dressing. I loved it.

  • Lynn | The Road to Honey

    How fun to have your father in law come over to cook with you. The hubby and I both live quite a ways away from our family. . .so I’m always a bit jealous when others get to have family meals. Also good call to sub in a bag of colorful potatoes as they add just a little bit more fun to this easy weeknight meal.

  • leah

    Although I didn’t use the recipe word -for-word (ie, I braised my frozen peas – didn’t have any canned ones – in some water and tomato puree for 10 minutes before adding them to the dish) the flavours came out fantastic. Thank you so much for a great recipe!

  • Steve

    Love this dish …I grew up making this with wings……and to honest I hate peas but baked with chicken onions and garlic ……they are a different animal ooops vegetable …..I pretty use the chicken for flavor and devour 5he peas first..

    • Ashley

      Isn’t it crazy how much better canned peas are when they’re cooked this way? I love fresh and frozen peas but this is really the only way I enjoy the canned ones. I’m so glad you enjoy it, too!

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