BAKED GARLIC PARMESAN CHICKEN AND POTATOES

I love this delicious one-pan dinner with juicy and tender chicken thighs that are crispy and perfectly seasoned on the outside. These chicken thighs, along with the sauteed spinach and halved potatoes are baked in a luscious butter garlic herb sauce. This is a mouthwatering meal that you can easily prepare at any time!

INGREDIENTS

1 lb baby Dutch potatoes, halved or quartered

6 bone-in chicken thighs (skin-on, optional)

3-4 c. baby spinach, chopped

1 tbsp Italian seasoning

4 tbsp unsalted butter, divided

Fresh parsley, optional

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

Sauce:

1/2 c. half and half

1/2 c. Parmesan cheese, grated

1/4 c. all-purpose flour

1/4 c (1/2 stick) unsalted butter

4 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 tsp dried oregano

1 tsp dried thyme

1 c. low-sodium chicken broth

1 tsp dried basil

How to make Baked Garlic Parmesan Chicken And Potatoes

Step 1: Prepare the oven. Preheat it to 400 degrees. Using nonstick spray or butter, lightly grease a 9 x 13-inch baking dish.

Step 2: In a large pan or skillet, melt 2 tbsp butter over medium-high heat. Once the butter has melted, add the spinach and saute until just wilted. Set aside when done.

Step 3: To the skillet, add the butter and melt over medium heat. Then, add the garlic and cook for about 1 to 2 minutes, stirring often. Next, stir in the flour and continue to cook for another minute or until the Roux has thickened and is golden brown. Gradually stir in the chicken broth until well blended. Add the Parmesan cheese along with the half-and-half. Stir well and cook for an additional 3 to 5 minutes or until the sauce has thickened. Finally, stir in the thyme, basil, and oregano and season with salt & pepper.

Step 4: In the meantime, sprinkle the chicken thighs with salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning. Into the prepared baking dish, place the chicken thighs, skin side-up. Top the chicken thighs with sauteed spinach and halved potatoes. Pour the cream sauce on top.

Step 5: Bake in the preheated oven for about 20 to 25 minutes or until the chicken is completely cooked.

Step 6: You can broil the chicken in the last 5 minutes if desired until the skin is crispy (if the chicken is not already seared).

Step 7: Serve the Baked Garlic Parmesan Chicken And Potatoes immediately. Enjoy!