Last updated August 24, 2020 by Lisa Richards, CNC

Sheet Pan Chicken

Sheet pan chicken with cabbage and green apples

This simple Sheet Pan Chicken recipe comes together quickly and all on one pan. Adding ingredients in stages allows for each to roast fully and brown nicely. The final addition of the sauce at the end gives it just enough time to become thick and rich.

Choose chicken thighs over breasts as they are more economical and more flavorful than chicken breasts. Baking the thighs with the skin on has a self-basting result, creating a meat that is juicy and tender.

In this recipe, we paired the chicken breasts with cabbage, red onion, and green apples. Green apples and berries are a low-sugar fruit that is acceptable in small amounts on low-carb diets like the Candida diet. When you include carbs in your diet, it’s always a good idea to pair them with fats and protein (like the chicken thighs and coconut milk in this recipe) to prevent your blood sugar from spiking.

This sheet pan chicken is the perfect dish for a family dinner and can be easily doubled or trebled when friends come to dinner. Enjoy 🙂

4.25 from 122 votes
Sheet pan chicken with cabbage and green apples
Sheet Pan Chicken
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
55 mins
Course: Main Course
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Lisa Richards
  • 3 Tbsp. oil, such as olive or coconut, melted
  • 4 skin-on, bone-in chicken thighs
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • Pepper to taste
  • 1 small head cabbage, between 1 to 2 lbs, cut into wedges
  • 1 cup red onion wedges
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, cut into wedges
  • 1 cup canned coconut milk
  • 1 tsp. mustard powder
  • 1 tsp. mustard seeds
  • Fresh chopped parsley for garnish
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F/218 degrees C.
  2. Drizzle 1 tablespoon oil over a rimmed sheet pan. Evenly space chicken thighs on prepared pan, season with 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper to taste, then drizzle with another 1 tablespoon of oil. Roast chicken for 15 minutes. Remove pan from oven and nestle cabbage, red onion and apple wedges all around the chicken. Season cabbage, red onion and apple wedges with remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper to taste, then drizzle with remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Return sheet pan to oven and roast for another 20 minutes, until chicken is golden and cooked through.
  3. Meanwhile, in a small bowl add coconut milk, mustard powder and a pinch of salt and pepper, whisk to combine.
  4. Remove pan from oven, give vegetables a quick toss to ensure even browning. Pour coconut milk mixture over cabbage, red onion and apples only, then sprinkle with mustard seeds. Return sheet pan to oven and roast for 10 minutes, until coconut milk mixture has reduced and edges of cabbage wedges have browned. Serve immediately, garnished with chopped fresh parsley.

This sheet pan chicken is full of healthy fats and protein. It also has some complex carbs from the vegetables and the green apple.. It’s just the kind of filling, balanced, super-healthy meal that’s perfect for the Candida diet. Our Ultimate Candida Diet program contains more than 100 gluten-free, sugar-free recipes just like this, plus lots of valuable advice on symptoms, treatment options, and more. Find out more here.

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  1. Louise says:

    5 stars
    Thanks for this recipe-yum!

  2. Anna says:

    5 stars
    This is delicious! I’m on my second time making it & never thought I would enjoy cabbage so much. Are apples okay in a balanced meal such as how you described above or is this more of a Phase 2 type recipe?

  3. Jasmine says:

    4 stars
    This was delicious! And I gotta say I’m a big fan of the sheet pan dinners! My hubby even liked it better than the one with leeks and bell pepper. I went heavier on the oil, salt and pepper and used whole leg quarters bc here in Portugal our ck is sold that way and just the thighs are quite small. Next time I’m going to add more onion and apple as per hubby’s request. I also couldn’t find mustard powder so subbed for a tbsp of Dijon. Was just divine !

  4. Kathy H says:

    5 stars
    I Loooove this recipe and my husband – the gourmet family cook for our 50 years- even loved it. He asked for it within a week and made it himself. I add much more cabbage. It turns so sweet esp. with the sauce. and we make 6 or eight thighs. But if using 8 I’d make two pans so I could get the extra cabbage I need!! Thank you! Now I can’t wait to try more of these recipes!! 40 years ago when I was diagnosed there was almost nothing exciting to eat. I remember hearing Dr Forest Shaklee – the originator – speak and he said as far as boxed cereal goes you might as well eat the box – it might have an equal amount of nutrition! Even back then boxed cereals were getting worse!

  5. Marie Novak says:

    5 stars
    Thank you so much for this receipt ! God bless you for helping people!

  6. Anon says:

    5 stars
    Love! Just cooked this tn and it was delicious!! The coco milk made it like a buttery sauce. So easy, simple and quick clean up!

  7. Barbara says:

    5 stars
    This a surprisingly delicious dish! The only thing I would say is to be aware of the size of your pcs of chicken, you may have to cook longer as I did and wait a little longer than recommended time to place your veges. My husband like this too. The gravy off this is amazingly delicious, I had mine in a separate bowl to dip with each bite. Thank you for this great recipe.

  8. Amanda says:

    5 stars
    We were cautiously optimistic about this recipe… And we were absolutely impressed with the outcome. We’ve made it twice in the last week. It is delicious!

  9. Kara says:

    5 stars
    Super delicious!! My whole family enjoyed it. I didn’t expect the creaminess, so it was a nice surprise. I love how the flavors blended together. The skin on the chicken was perfectly crisp.

  10. sita says:

    5 stars
    DELICIOUS! It was soo good. I used 8 chicken thighs and a very large cabbage. Otherwise same as the recipe. Spread between 2 cookie sheets. One had all the chicken so one sheet was vegetarian. Everyone loved it. Couldn’t stop picking up extra pieces of cabbage as I walked by the stove. Will keep this in rotation.

  11. Sue says:

    5 stars
    Looks good! But I wouldn’t
    feel satiated. I would have to add a starch food like mashed potatoes, or even boiled with a bit of butter.

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