Spring chicken tray bake recipe

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spring chicken tray bake with green vegetables
  • healthy
Preparation Time5 mins
Cooking Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Five A DayOne
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories270 Kcal14%
Sugar2.6 g3%
Fat15.8 g23%
Saturated Fat3.7 g19%
Salt0.3 gRow 4 - Cell 2
Protein17.1 g34%
Carbohydrates14.5 g6%
Salt0.3 gRow 7 - Cell 2

An easy one pot tray bake of tender succulent chicken thighs with zesty lemon and fresh spring veg.

There is so much spring hopefulness about this dish. Fresh new season greens, Mediterranean herbs and the spark of yellow citrus. It's easy to prepare as well - everything goes in one pot together. If you're on a low carb diet, the chicken and greens make a full, filling meal on their own. However, if you are serving to the family or guests, we like to add potatoes too. We've used chicken thighs here for a couple of reasons. Firstly, they are tastier than chicken breast, and bake with a better texture. You should find they are so tender after cooking they will just pull apart, with hardly any need for a knife. Secondly, they're cheaper, making this delicious dish really affordable. If you prefer you can use the skinned and boned variety, which are still cheaper than chicken breasts.


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 6 small skin-on chicken thighs
  • 150ml chicken stock
  • 6 spring onions
  • 100g Tenderstem broccoli
  • 100g sugar snaps
  • 1 lemon, quartered
  • small handful oregano
  • 500g new potatoes, to serve




  1. Heat the oven to 180ºC/350ºF/Gas 4. Heat the oil in a flameproof and ovenproof dish on the hob until hot. Carefully add the chicken thighs, skin side down, and cook for 4-5 minutes until golden and crisp.
  2. Remove from the hob and carefully pour over the stock and place in the oven for 15 minutes.
  3. Remove the chicken from the oven and add the vegetables and lemon quarters to the pan, making sure to coat them in the stock, and season well. Return to the oven for 10 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through and the vegetables are just tender. Scatter with oregano and serve with new potatoes.

Top tips for making spring chicken tray bake

If you don't have a hob and ovenproof dish to cook this traybake in, you can brown the chicken in a non-stick frying pan before transferring it to an overproof dish. Ensure that you transfer any juices and crispy bits as well, for the best flavour.

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Jessica Dady
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Jessica Dady is Food Editor at GoodtoKnow and has over 12 years of experience as a digital editor, specialising in all things food, recipes, and SEO. From the must-buy seasonal food hampers and advent calendars for Christmas to the family-friendly air fryers that’ll make dinner time a breeze, Jessica loves trying and testing various food products to find the best of the best for the busy parents among us. Over the years of working with GoodtoKnow, Jessica has had the privilege of working alongside Future’s Test Kitchen to create exclusive videos - as well as writing, testing, and shooting her own recipes. When she’s not embracing the great outdoors with her family at the weekends, Jessica enjoys baking up a storm in the kitchen with her favourite bakes being chocolate chip cookies, cupcakes, and a tray of gooey chocolate brownies