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Cooking for one: Sheet pan chicken and rice

  • Author: Mansee
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Oven


Sheet pan dinners aren't just for big family dinners! Single-serve sheet pan meals are easy and perfect for busy weeknights. Chicken, vegetables and even rice are cooked together to make a warm, comforting and quick rice bowl!



  • 1/2 sweet potato, cubed
  • 5 brussels sprouts, halved
  • 1 teaspoon oil, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 3 teaspoons chili garlic paste, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame seeds
  • 1/3 cup rice
  • 1/2 cup boiling water or hot chicken stock
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey


  1. Preheat oven to 400. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Combine sweet potato and brussels sprouts in a bowl and toss with 1/2 teaspoon oil and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Arrange separately on baking sheet. 
  3. In the same bowl, add 2 boneless, skinless chicken thighs, remaining 1/2 teaspoon oil and 2 teaspoons chili garlic paste. Mix to coat chicken well, and then arrange those next to the vegetables on baking sheet.
  4. Sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon sesame seeds on sweet potatoes (or everything if you want!).
  5. Add 1/3 cup rice in a small oven-proof bowl or ramekin. Carefully pour in 1/2 cup boiling water or stock and stir to combine. Cover bowl tightly with foil. Nestle next to chicken and vegetables on pan.
  6. Put everything in oven and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until vegetables are tender and caramelized and chicken is cooked through. Let rice cool for 5 minutes (still covered) and then fluff with a fork.
  7. While everything is cooking, combine remaining 1 teaspoon of chili garlic paste with 2 teaspoons soy sauce, 1 teaspoon lime juice and 1/2 teaspoon honey. 
  8. Add rice to bowl, topped with vegetables and sliced chicken. Drizzle on as much sauce as you'd like. Top with more sesame seeds and green onions, if desired!