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Love both my Whole30- and keto-friendly Super Easy Tandoori Chicken and Tandoori Whole Roasted Cauliflower recipes, but don’t want the hassle of cooking two separate dishes? I’ve got a quick and easy weeknight dinner solution for you: Sheet Pan Tandoori Chicken!

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As the self-proclaimed queen of shortcuts to deliciousness, I love the idea of a sheet pan chicken dinner in which the protein and veggies are seasoned perfectly and they all finish cooking at the same time. But mere ideas without execution mean JACK FROGGIN SQUAT, my friends. Sure—many sheet pan chicken recipes look promising, but they often underdeliver—and you end up with dry and powdery poultry served alongside vegetables that are either mushy or still raw. When you force yourself to choke down that sad supper, you’ll also be swallowing your salty river of tears.

To which I say: NO MORE!

After testing and testing and testing and even more testing, I came up with a perfect sheet pan supper. This Indian-inspired family-friendly recipe calls for minimal effort: just toss the ingredients with a creamy, spice-infused Whole30 marinade and plop the tray in the oven. This Sheet Pan Tandoori Chicken is a winner—my kids actually cheer when they smell the comforting spices wafting through the house at dinner time! (Well, they said “YAY!” unironically—that counts as a cheer, right?)

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The key to a fantastic and low-stress sheet pan chicken dinner is to use ingredients that can tolerate a roaring hot oven and still have some wiggle-room when it comes to doneness. That’s why this recipe features:

  • A paleo-friendly, dairy-free tandoori marinade: this creamy, mildly spicy, Indian-inspired sauce coats the chicken and veggies and keeps them from drying out. If you have a bottle of Nom Nom Paleo Tandoori, use one cup of it in place of making your own marinade!
  • Boneless, skinless chicken thighs: this thrifty poultry cut is readily available and will taste good even if the oven timer went off 5 minutes ago and you completely forget to take your chicken out. And yes, I SAID THIGHS. Back away from those boneless skinless chicken breasts—unless you’re willing to monitor them vigilantly while they’re cooking or you’re okay with sawdust for meat.
  • Hearty cruciferous vegetables: Cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and broccoli all work well in this recipe. Just cut them so they’re the same shape and will finish cooking in about 30 minutes. Don’t cut them up too small or your veggie pieces’ll shrivel up and burn before the chicken is finished cooking!

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Serves 4

Ingredients:

Tandoori marinade*

  • 1 cup full-fat coconut milk or plain coconut milk yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons tandoori spice mix (no salt added)
  • 1 tablespoon Diamond Crystal kosher salt (use half the amount if you are using Morton’s brand or a fine grain salt)
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

*If you have a bottle of Nom Nom Paleo Tandoori, just shake it up and pour out 1 cup of it for the marinade—no need to make it from scratch!

Sheet Pan Tandoori Chicken

  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil or fat of choice
  • 1 small cauliflower (2 pounds or less), cut into florets
  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1½ pounds chicken thighs, boneless and skinless
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves (optional)
  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges (optional)

Equipment:

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Method:

Heat oven to 450°F or 425°F convection with the rack in the middle.

Whisk together the coconut milk, tandoori spice, salt, and lemon juice in a 2-cup measuring cup. (Got a bottle of Nom Nom Paleo Tandoori? Just measure out 1 cup of it in place of making your own marinade!)

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Use a pastry brush to evenly spread the avocado oil over the bottom of a rimmed baking sheet. (You can skip this part and line your pan with parchment paper or foil—your resulting dinner won’t brown as much, but clean-up will be a breeze.)

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Place the cauliflower and onions in a large bowl and pour in half of the tandoori marinade. Toss well to coat.

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Shake off the excess marinade and arrange the cauliflower and onions on the greased baking sheet.

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Add the chicken thighs to the bowl and pour in the remaining marinade. Toss well to coat evenly.

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Arrange the thighs in a single layer on the sheet pan with the cauliflower.

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Pop the sheet pan dinner in the oven and roast for 25 to 35 minutes, flipping the cauliflower and rotating the tray 180° at the halfway point.

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The sheet pan dinner is done when the cauliflower is tender and browned and the chicken is cooked through (a meat thermometer should read 165°F in the thickest part of the thigh or 150°F if you ignored what I told you earlier and decided to use chicken breasts).

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Garnish with the minced cilantro and serve with lemon wedges. Dig in!

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Leftovers can be saved in the fridge for up to four days or in the freezer for up to 4 months.

Craving other Whole30 Sheet Pan Dinners? Try these Nomster favorites!


Looking for more recipe ideas? Head on over to my Recipe Index. You’ll also find exclusive recipes on my iPhone and iPad app, and in my cookbooks, Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans (Andrews McMeel Publishing 2013) and Ready or Not! (Andrews McMeel Publishing 2017)!

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This quick and easy Sheet Pan Tandoori Chicken is a delicious Indian-inspired Whole30 and keto-friendly meal the whole family will love!

Prep Time10 mins

Cook Time35 mins

Course: Dinner

Cuisine: Indian

Keyword: chicken dinner, gluten-free, keto, nomnompaleo, Sheet Pan, Whole30

Servings: 4

Ingredients

Sheet Pan Tandoori Chicken

  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil or fat of choice
  • 1 small cauliflower 2 pounds or less, cut into florets
  • 1 small red onion cut into thin wedges
  • pounds chicken thighs boneless and skinless
  • ¼ cup minced fresh cilantro optional
  • 1 lemon cut into wedges (optional)

Instructions

  • Heat oven to 450 F or 425 F convection with the rack in the middle.

  • Whisk together the coconut milk, tandoori spice, salt, and lemon juice in a 2-cup measuring cup. (Got a bottle of Nom Nom Paleo Tandoori? Just measure out 1 cup of it in place of making your own marinade!)

  • Use a pastry brush to evenly spread the avocado oil over the bottom of a rimmed baking sheet. (You can skip this part and line your pan with parchment paper or foil—your resulting dinner won’t brown as much, but clean-up will be a breeze.)

  • Place the cauliflower and onions in a large bowl and pour in half of the tandoori marinade. Toss well to coat.

  • Shake off the excess marinade and arrange the cauliflower and onions on the greased baking sheet.

  • Add the chicken thighs to the bowl and pour in the remaining marinade. Toss well to coat evenly with the tandoori marinade.

  • Arrange the thighs in a single layer on the sheet pan with the cauliflower.

  • Pop the sheet pan dinner in the oven and roast for 25 to 35 minutes, flipping the cauliflower and rotating the tray 180° at the halfway point.

  • The sheet pan dinner is done when the cauliflower is tender and browned and the chicken is cooked through (a meat thermometer should read 165°F in the thickest part of the thigh or 150°F if using chicken breasts).

  • Sprinkle on the minced cilantro and serve with lemon wedges. Dig in!

Notes

  • If you’re using bottled Nom Nom Paleo Tandoori, just substitute 1 cup of it for the marinade! The Tandoori marinade can solidify in the fridge, just take it out for 30 minutes before you use it to loosen it up!
  • You can store the leftovers in the fridge for up to 4 days and in the freezer for up to 4 months.
  • You can experiment with different vegetable combinations. I love using Brussels sprouts and broccoli in this dish!

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