One-Pan Paprika Chicken with Potatoes and Tomatoes


This one-pan chicken dinner is made with potatoes, onions, garlic, cherry tomatoes, and an easy paprika sauce. Dairy-free, gluten-free. 1 hour start to finish.

Photography Credit: Sally Vargas

One-pan supper? Now you have my attention. I love a dish you can prepare, shove into the oven, and then forget about for a little while. Just remember to set a timer!

This particular one-pan meal starts with tossing chicken and vegetables in an easy sauce while the oven heats, and ends with everyone sitting down to dinner an hour later.

Paprika Chicken with Potatoes and Tomatoes

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Quick Marinade for Extra Flavor

I like to give the chicken a quick marinade in the sauce – a mix of paprika, mustard, lemon juice, and olive oil – while chopping up the vegetables. It doesn’t need to marinate for long, but I find it makes the chicken just that much more flavorful and tender.

How to Make Chicken and Potatoes

Chicken, vegetables, and sauce all go into the baking dish, and then the real action happens in the oven. All the flavors mingle while the chicken and vegetables roast.

To keep the tomatoes from cooking down too much, add them about halfway through the baking time. This gives them enough time to warm through, but they still retain some of their fresh flavor and bright color.

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Suggestions and Substitutions

Use this recipe as a template for whatever you have on hand! Here are a few good swaps:

  • Swap the chicken thighs for legs or bone-in skin-on chicken breasts. (Chicken breasts will cook a little faster, so check the temperature earlier.)
  • Swap the baby potatoes for any other kind of potato or sweet potato, cut into bite-sized chunks
  • White, yellow, or sweet onions can be swapped for the red onions
  • Add any veggies you have on hand! Green beans, Brussels sprouts, or zucchini would all be good additions
  • Swap the paprika marinade for your favorite chicken marinade or chicken dry rub (here's the one we like!)

Storing & Reheating Leftovers

Leftovers will keep for up to 5 days and can be reheated in the microwave or in a low oven.

The chicken can be marinated and frozen for up to 3 months. Thaw before cooking with the potatoes, onions, and tomatoes.

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One-Pan Paprika Chicken with Potatoes and Tomatoes Recipe

  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 1 hour
  • Yield: Serves 4 to 6

Small red or yellow potatoes can be substituted for the baby potatoes; cut them into bite-sized pieces before baking.


  • 6 to 8 chicken thighs (about 3 pounds, bone-in, skin-on, trimmed of excess fat)
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds baby potatoes
  • 1 red onion, cut into 8 wedges
  • 6 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 1/2 pint cherry tomatoes
  • Handful of thyme sprigs
  • Leaves from 3 to 4 parsley sprigs, for garnish


1 Heat the oven to 400°F. Place a rack in the middle position.

2 Prepare the chicken: With scissors or a sharp knife, trim the excess chicken skin and fat from the thighs. Sprinkle all over with salt and pepper.

3 Marinate the chicken in the sauce: In a large bowl, stir together the mustard, lemon juice, paprika, 2 tablespoons of the oil, and additional salt and pepper to taste. Add the chicken thighs and toss to coat. Set aside while you chop the vegetables.

4 Prepare the vegetables: Cut the baby potatoes into halves. Peel the red onion and cut it into 8 wedges through the root end. Cut the cherry tomatoes in half, but keep them separate from the other vegetables.

5 Bake the chicken and vegetables: In a large baking dish (9x13-inch pan, 3-quart dish, or other similar sized baking dish), toss the potatoes, onion, and garlic with salt, pepper, and the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Spread them evenly in the pan and top with thyme sprigs.

Nestle the chicken into the vegetables and scrape any extra sauce over top. Bake at 400°F for 30 minutes, uncovered.

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6 Add the tomatoes: Remove the pan from the oven, scatter the cherry tomatoes on top, and return the pan to the oven.

7 Bake for another 25 to 30 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the middle of a thigh registers 165°F. Serve with a salad or crusty bread.

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Sally Vargas

Sally Pasley Vargas is a freelance writer and the author of three cookbooks (Food for Friends, The Tao of Cooking, Ten Speed Press, and The Cranberry Cookbook). She currently writes the column The Confident Cook for The Boston Globe along with seasonal recipes for the Wednesday Food Section.

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73 Comments / Reviews

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  1. Shelly

    Can you make this recipe in the morning and heat it up later?

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  2. Vicki

    Delicious. I even added some mushrooms to it.


  3. Alisha

    Made this tonight for dinner and it was amazing! My husband loved it and I love that it was truly only one pan.


  4. Sarahjean

    Hi, love this recipe. Just wondering could i use a whole chicken instead?

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  5. M

    This really is a finely balanced dish – the tang of the mustard, the juicy tomatoes, the lemon juice – a great recipe!


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