One Pan Cajun Chicken Dinner

11.20.2015

You’ll love this delicious, easy Cajun Chicken and Veggies! You can never have enough easy dinner recipes, right? Especially this time of year when your kitchen already seems to be a disaster from all the holiday baking — yikes!

This recipe is dreamy because not only does it taste delicious but it takes minimal clean up. My kind of dinner for that reason alone!

Baked chicken thighs and veggies with cajun seasoning on a sheet pan.

Baked Cajun Chicken and Veggies

This one pan chicken recipe is perfect for busy weeknights when you still want a homemade meal but you don’t want to put in a lot of effort.

This is one of those recipes that doesn’t require measuring ( (other than measuring out the spice mixture, that is). And you don’t have to use the cajun seasoning I listed, you could even use a store bought version if you’d like — but just be warned you can’t control the heat level on those.

You could also use another kind of seasoning blend like ranch seasoning or an Italian dressing seasoning blend.

You can even make a big batch of the spice mixture so the next time around you won’t have to measure all of that out — just use tablespoons instead of the teaspoons listed and store it in a labeled package in your spice cupboard.

Overhead image of baked chicken thighs and veggies on a sheet pan.

Cajun Chicken Ingredients

For this Cajun chicken dinner, you’ll need:

  • Chicken thighs
  • Yukon Gold potatoes
  • Olive oil
  • Bell pepper
  • Red onion
  • Fresh parsley
  • Salt and pepper

And for the homemade cajun seasoning, you’ll need:

  • Paprika
  • Garlic powder
  • Salt
  • Dried oregano
  • Dried thyme
  • Onion powder
  • Black pepper
  • Cayenne pepper

Close up image of seasoned baked chicken thigh.

Can I Use Chicken Breasts?

You could also use chicken breasts with this recipe, but I’d roast the potatoes for about 20 minutes first since the chicken breasts should only take about 25 minutes (also I recommend pounding the chicken breasts to an even thickness if using those, and add an extra 1 – 2 tbsp of olive oil with the veggies if needed since the chicken breasts won’t render any fat to coat the veggies).

Is This Cajun Chicken Spicy?

This is a spicy dinner but you can definitely adjust it to suite your taste. Add more cajun seasoning for a spicier version and add less or even omit if you don’t like heat.

Also season everything to suite your taste, you don’t have to go with the amounts I listed that’s just to help give you an idea.

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Tips for the Best Cajun Chicken

  • If you have one, I recommend using a dark non-stick pan for one pan chicken and veggies recipes. I don’t recommend them for baking, but when roasting veggies they can help brown them up better than an uncoated pan.
  • If the chicken and veggies aren’t browning the way you’d like, you can broil them for the last minute or two in the oven.
  • Chicken with the skin on will have the most flavor and is less likely to dry out in the oven.

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One Pan Cajun Chicken and Veggies

5 from 4 votes

Super easy, deliciously flavorful one pan chicken dinner! Made with tender chicken thighs, lots of fresh vegetables and a simple homemade cajun seasoning. Perfect recipe for a busy day!

Servings: 5
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 5 bone-in skin-on chicken thighs, 2 1/2 lbs
  • 2 lbs yukon gold potatoes, diced into 1-inch pieces
  • 4 Tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 1 bell pepper, diced into 1-inch pieces (or half of 2 colors)
  • 1/2 medium red onion, diced into 1-inch pieces
  • Chopped fresh parsley, for garnish (optional)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Cajun seasoning

  • 2 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/4 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 1/4 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 - 1 tsp cayenne pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Whisk all cajun seasoning ingredients together in a small bowl or toss together well in a small resealable bag. 

  2. Place chicken skin side down on a large rimmed baking sheet and drizzle and rub 1 Tbsp of the olive oil evenly over thighs. Sprinkle with cajun seasoning to taste (I did 1 Tbsp total). 
  3. Rotate to opposite side and drizzle and rub tops with another 1 Tbsp olive oil. Season with cajun seasoning to taste (I did 1/2 Tbsp).
  4. Toss potatoes with 2 Tbsp olive oil (I just did this on the cutting board I used to cut the potatoes) and season with cajun seasoning to taste (I did 2 tsp) and toss. 
  5. Transfer potatoes to baking sheet placing them around chicken thighs. Roast in preheated oven 30 minutes. 

  6. Remove from oven and add bell pepper and red onion over potatoes and toss, then return to oven and roast about 10 - 15 minutes longer until chicken is golden and cooked through and potatoes are tender (you can broil during last few minutes to help brown a little more if desired). 
  7. Serve warm sprinkled with parsley and season with salt and pepper to taste as desired.

Recipe Notes

  • If you have one, I recommend using a dark non-stick pan for one pan chicken and veggies recipes. I don't recommend them for baking, but when roasting veggies they can help brown them up better than an uncoated pan.
  • Recipe inspired by eatwell101 cajun seasoning from allrecipes
Nutrition Facts
One Pan Cajun Chicken and Veggies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 615 Calories from Fat 369
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 41g 63%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 177mg 59%
Sodium 625mg 26%
Potassium 1195mg 34%
Total Carbohydrates 26g 9%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 1g
Protein 34g 68%
Vitamin A 21.4%
Vitamin C 62.9%
Calcium 7.1%
Iron 41%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cajun Chicken, Chicken Thighs
Calories: 615 kcal
Author: Jaclyn

32 comments

  • Nina: I am so picky about reheating and weird chicken aftertaste. This recipe is great and it has a lot of flavor. Thanks for sharing-I’ve made it twice since i found the recipe about a week ago. April 7, 2019 at 8:21am Reply

  • Bill: I’m a male who is always looking for savory and spicy healthy recipes, so I used skinless breasts, used the cayenne generously and savored each bite March 31, 2019 at 4:36pm Reply

  • Cclaire: Can you provide the nutritional values for this meal? It looks great! November 4, 2018 at 2:16am Reply

  • Cindy: I have a family of 5 and everyone loved this! Crispy chicken skin and juicy chicken. I will be making this again! September 24, 2018 at 4:45pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad everyone in the family loved it Cindy! September 24, 2018 at 4:50pm Reply

  • Jessica: I’ve made this several times! Always amazing. My easiest, most likely to succeed meal. Could I do this with drumsticks do you suppose? June 30, 2018 at 8:03pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: That should be just fine. As always just be sure to test the temperature for doneness. July 9, 2018 at 8:35pm Reply

  • Laura: This was fantastic. I used skinless boneless thighs and carrots instead of potatoes as that’s what I had and worked great! I have hot Hungarian paprika so it was a little too spicy with the cayenne. Next time I’ll omit the cayenne. My son loved it and even brought some to his girlfriends to share. March 16, 2018 at 4:35pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you enjoyed it! :) March 27, 2018 at 2:18pm Reply

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