Crispy-skinned sheet-pan chicken and cabbage scores high on flavour and low on effort

Ellie Krieger

THE WASHINGTON POST – Three things that make me very happy: simple, sheet pan and supper. Add “scrumptious” to that list and you have an apt description of what this recipe brings to the table.

Here, bone-in chicken thighs are slathered with a sweet-and-tangy mix of grainy mustard and maple syrup, then cooked at a high temperature for 20 minutes.

This step not only makes the chicken’s skin extra-crispy, but also because the rendered fat is ultimately poured off the pan, you get that crave-able crunch without any grease. The oven temperature is then lowered and the same pan is piled with a jewel-red cabbage slaw, accented with the earthy ping of caraway seeds and dressed with olive oil, maple syrup and a brightening splash of vinegar. The crispy-skinned chicken is then nestled into the slaw to finish cooking as the cabbage warms and softens, and supper is served, splendidly.

Sheet Pan Maple-Mustard Chicken Thighs and Red Cabbage. PHOTO: THE WASHINGTON POST

CRISPY-SKINNED SHEET-PAN CHICKEN

Active:

20 minutes | Total: One hour

Four to six servings

INGREDIENTS

2 1/2 tablespoons grainy mustard

Three tablespoons maple syrup, divided

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided

2 1/2 pounds skin-on bone-in chicken thighs

Eight cups thinly sliced red cabbage, about 1/2 medium head

One medium red onion, sliced thinly into half moons

Five tablespoons apple cider vinegar, divided

Two tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

One teaspoon caraway seeds

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, or more to taste

Steps

Position the rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 450 degrees. In a small bowl, mix the mustard, One tablespoon of the maple syrup and quarter teaspoon of the pepper.

Place the chicken on a large, rimmed baking sheet and pat dry with paper towels.

Drizzle the mustard mixture over both sides of the chicken and rub some under the skin. With the chicken skin-side up, place the sheet pan in the oven and roast about 20 minutes, until the skin has begun to crisp a bit. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and reduce the oven temperature to 375 degrees.

Transfer the chicken to a plate and discard any accumulated fat. In a large bowl, toss the cabbage, onion, four tablespoons of the vinegar, the oil, the remaining two tablespoons of maple syrup, caraway seeds, salt and the remaining quarter teaspoon pepper.

Transfer the cabbage mixture to the baking sheet, spreading it evenly, and return the chicken, skin-side up, to the sheet, nestling it in the cabbage. Roast 20 to 25 minutes, until the cabbage softens, and the chicken is crispy on top and registers 170 degrees on an instant-read thermometre.

Drizzle the cabbage with the remaining tablespoon vinegar and season with additional salt, if desired.

NUTRITION

(Based on six servings, pouring off three tablespoons of chicken fat) | Calories: 430; Total Fat: 26g; Saturated Fat: 6g; Cholesterol: 185mg; Sodium: 420mg; Carbohydrates: 13g; Dietary Fiber: 3g; Sugars: 9g; Protein: 33 g.