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Roasted Lemon Chicken and Green Beans Sheet Pan Meal (Video)

Roasted Lemon Chicken and Green Beans Sheet Pan Meal is an easy and delicious dinner that the whole family is going to love! And this tasty meal is low in carbs, gluten-free and dairy-free! 

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Roasted Lemon Chicken and Green Beans Sheet Pan Meal finished chicken and beans on serving plate

This Roasted Lemon Chicken and Green Beans Sheet Pan Meal is such a winner for an easy and family-friendly lemon chicken dinner! And I love roasted green beans so much that it’s no surprise I’d decide to use roasted green beans with chicken in a sheet pan meal, and I’m reminding you about this favorite dinner idea for Friday Favorites this week. 

When I tested out this recipe with Kara, we used a few techniques that really added flavor, read more about those below. And if you can find a grocer that does a good job of trimming the chicken thighs, that will make this easier to prepare, and in Utah Harmons does a beautiful job with chicken, so that’s where I got the beautifully-trimmed chicken you see in these photos. (No, they are not paying me to say that.) 

What ingredients do you need for this recipe?

  • large bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs 
  • fresh green beans
  • extra-virgin olive oil
  • fresh-squeezed lemon juice, I used my fresh-frozen lemon juice for some of the juice
  • Spike Seasoning (affiliate link), or use another all-purpose seasoning blend that’s good on chicken
  • Dried Thyme (affiliate link)
  •  salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
  •  zest of one lemon

What techniques add flavor to this Chicken and Green Beans Sheet Pan Meal?

The techniques that added so much flavor to this recipe include marinating the chicken for a little while before we cooked it, crisping the beans in ice water while the chicken marinates, and brushing the beans with some reserved marinade with lemon zest added when we added them to the sheet pan.

Want More Easy Sheet Pan Meals?

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Roasted Lemon Chicken and Green Beans Sheet Pan Meal process shots collage

How to make the Lemon Chicken and Green Beans Sheet Pan Meal:

(Scroll down for complete printable recipe with nutritional information.)

  1. Mix olive oil, lemon juice, dried thyme, Spike Seasoning or another another all-purpose seasoning that’s good with chicken, salt, and pepper to make the marinade.
  2. If you find large chicken thighs, just use 4 chicken thighs; if they are smaller I’d use 6-8 chicken thighs to make four servings. Trim chicken thighs to remove undesirable parts. 
  3. Save 3 T marinade for later. Put the rest of the marinade in a Ziploc bag with the chicken thighs and let chicken marinate 30 minutes in the fridge (or longer if you have time.)
  4. While chicken marinates, soak green beans in the salad spinner in ice water to crisp them.
  5. After 30 minutes, preheat the oven to 425F/220C, drain chicken, and let the chicken come to room temperature while the oven heats.
  6. Put chicken on sheet pan and roast chicken 20 minutes.
  7. Stir the lemon zest into the reserved marinade.
  8. Push the chicken over to the edge of the sheet pan and add the beans; then brush beans with the reserved marinade with the lemon zest added and bake 20 minutes more.
  9. You might check with an instant-read meat thermometer (affiliate link) to be sure the chicken has reached the safe cooking temperature of 165F/75C if your chicken pieces are thick.
  10. Serve hot and enjoy.

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Make it a Low-Carb meal:

This would be great with The Best Easy Cauliflower Rice with Garlic and Green Onion, Air Fryer Peppers and Onions, or Twice-Baked Cauliflower for a delicious low-carb meal.

More Tasty Recipes for Chicken:

Chicken Recipes Index ~ Slow Cooker or Pressure Cooker
Marinate-All-Day Greek Lemon Chicken ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Easy Low-Carb Chicken Stir-Fry ~ I Breathe I’m Hungry
Low-Carb Pepperoni Pizza Chicken Bake ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen

Roasted Lemon Chicken and Green Beans Sheet Pan Meal finished chicken and beans on serving plate

Roasted Lemon Chicken and Green Beans Sheet Pan Meal

Yield 4 servings
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour

Roasted Lemon Chicken and Green Beans Sheet Pan Meal is an easy and delicious dinner the whole family will like!

Ingredients

Ingredients:

  • 4 very large large bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs (see notes)
  • 1 lb. fresh green beans

Marinade/Cooking Sauce Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice (see notes)
  • 2 tsp. Spike Seasoning (or use another all-purpose seasoning blend that’s good on chicken)
  • 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
  • salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
  • zest of one lemon

Instructions

  1. Trim all chicken pieces well, leaving some skin covering the top of the piece, but removing most of the skin and extra fat deposits on the back side. (I use kitchen shears (affiliate link) to do this, but if you can find a store where the chicken is well-trimmed when you buy it, that makes it a lot easier.)
  2. Mix olive oil, lemon juice, Spike Seasoning, dried thyme, salt, and pepper to make the marinade.
  3. Reserve 3 tablespoons of marinade (to be mixed with the lemon zest later) and put the chicken and rest of the marinade in a Ziploc bag or plastic container with a snap-tight lid.
  4. Let chicken marinate in the fridge for 30 minutes (or longer if you have time.)
  5. While chicken marinates, trim both ends of the green beans and put beans in ice water to crisp the beans. I do this in the salad spinner (affiliate link) so it’s easy to spin beans dry but you can crisp beans in a bowl of ice water and drain in a colander if you don’t have a salad spinner.
  6. When you’re ready to cook, drain the chicken, discard that marinade, and put chicken on a large baking sheet that you’ve sprayed with non-stick spray. Let chicken come to room temperature while you preheat the oven to 425F/220C.
  7. When the oven is ready, roast the chicken for 20 minutes.
  8. While chicken cooks, zest the lemon (or use the lemon zest you got earlier if you were using fresh lemons for juice). Add lemon zest to the reserved marinade.
  9. After 20 minutes, take chicken out of the oven and push it over to the edges of the baking sheet to make room for the beans. Put beans on the baking sheet and brush with the reserved marinade with the lemon zest added.
  10. Cook the chicken and beans for 20 minutes more. If your chicken pieces are large, you might want to test with an instant-read meat thermometer (affiliate link) to be sure the chicken has reached the safe temperature of 165F/75C. Serve hot.

Notes

If you find chicken thighs that don't seem large enough to be one serving, use 6-8 smaller chicken thighs.

Be sure to zest one lemon first before you juice it. I used my fresh-frozen lemon juice for part of the juice.

I used Spike Seasoning (affiliate link), but any all purpose seasoning will work.

This recipe created by Kalyn and Kara.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 269Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 3.9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 18.1gCholesterol: 42mgSodium: 974mgCarbohydrates: 9.8gFiber: 3.6gSugar: 4gProtein: 9.9g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

If you make this recipe I'd love to hear how it turns out. Leave a star rating or share on social media with the hashtag #KALYNSKITCHEN, thanks!

Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
This tasty Roasted Lemon Chicken and Green Beans Sheet Pan Meal is low in net carbs, gluten-free, and dairy-free. I would eat it for the original South Beach Diet, although if you’re following the letter of the law South Beach doesn’t recommend chicken thighs. 

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Historical Notes for this Recipe:
This recipe was posted in 2016. It was last updated with more information in 2021.

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    21 Comments on “Roasted Lemon Chicken and Green Beans Sheet Pan Meal (Video)”

  1. Looks like a terrific recipe but please don’t tell folks to drain oils into their kitchen sinks unless they want to keep a plumber on speed dial. Many people already know this but some may not.

  2. Can I use chicken breast instead of chicken thighs?

    • Of course you can, but I do think thighs stay a bit moister when they’re roasted. I’d cut the breasts in half crosswise so they cook more quickly and maybe start to check for doneness a bit sooner. I’d love to hear how it works if you try it!

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  4. Spike seasoning is not Whole30 compliant. My parents made this meal to celebrate the 30th day dinner and relied on your description above, which isn’t correct. Two of the first three ingredients have soy, which is not allowed. Please change.

    • That is why I said “or another all-purpose seasoning that goes with chicken” but you are right, I should have clarified that. Will edit. However, I don’t think you’re getting much of it in a marinade where 2 tsp. of Spike – which is mostly dried herbs – is mixed with 2/3 cup of liquid and you only eat the small amount that clings to the chicken so I hope it didn’t ruin your dinner.

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  7. Made this recipe tonight! Used chicken tenders instead of thighs as that is what I had on hand. Just cut the cooking time down a wee bit. OMG, it was fabulous! I cook a lot using similar ingredients but I followed this one as closely as possible (used a local herb mix called Mendocino organics) and it was a huge hit. I am now a fan of oven roasted green beans. I will make this recipe at least once a week and will try thighs next time. I did toss a few blue cheese crumbles on the beans but would have been just as good w/o them. Now I need to check out your other culinary concoctions as I see you know your stuff. Thank you!!!

  8. One of the better roast chicken pieces I have tasted – whole family loved it! I am a green bean fans, and these were fine but the lemon flavor was a bit lost here. The chicken, though? Both husband and pre-teen daughter exclaimed how much they loved it. Big hit that I will make many times. Thanks!

    • Kimberly, so glad you liked it! If you want more lemony beans you could save some of the marinade, add a bit more lemon juice, and toss that with the beans right before you eat them.

  9. To follow all the recipe types we follow KETO eating. This was excellent did not use Spike's but went around using others plus or minus. Used a lot of butter.

  10. This is so goooood! We made it tonight and it was a hit! Thanks so much! Love your site. Keep up the great work!

  11. Ah, I found a package of chicken thighs in the freezer this morning, and hadn't decided how to cook them. Now I know!

  12. Have you tried this recipe with chicken breasts (bone in or not)? We don't like thighs but I would think the breast would work out too.
    Thanks!

    • I have not tried it with breasts but I think smallish ones might work. I would use bone-in and skin-on to keep the chicken moist. The breasts might take a little longer; maybe good to find cooking time for something similar.