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Sheet Pan Chicken and Vegetable Roast

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This sheet pan chicken and vegetable roast is the perfect meal for a cozy night in. The chicken is perfectly cooked, and the vegetables are roasted to perfection. This dish is sure to please everyone at the table. The chicken is juicy and tender, and the vegetables are flavorful and crispy. This dish is paleo-friendly, and it’s also gluten-free and dairy-free. This meal is perfect for a family dinner, or a date night.

Chicken and Vegetables on a sheet pan.

This recipe from The Everything Pegan Diet Cookbook: 300 Recipes For Starting – And Maintaining – The Pegan Diet by April Murray, RD is delicious, regardless if you are dieting or not.

The roasted veggies are the perfect complement to chicken drumsticks and together they make for an easy weeknight meal. The vegetables in this roast are carrots, potato, onion, and parsnip and they are roasted along with the chicken and garlic cloves.

The seasoning mix is made up of standard kitchen staples – dried thyme leaves, salt, and ground black pepper. Let’s take a quick peek at how it is made.


For this chicken dinner recipe that would satisfy a caveman, you need the following ingredients:

  • 1 medium onion peeled and cut into eighths
  • 12 cloves garlic peeled
  • 1 russet potato peeled and cubed
  • 1 large parsnip peeled and cubed
  • 1 cup baby carrots
  • 1 ½ pounds chicken drumsticks skin on
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

How To Make Chicken and Vegetable Roast

Preheat your oven to 400°F. On a large-rimmed baking sheet, combine all ingredients. Toss to coat.

Baking time

Roast (bake) the chicken and vegetables for 50-60 minutes or until the vegetables are tender and the chicken is cooked, stirring halfway through. Serve immediately.


If you are a messy cook like I am, you might want to start this recipe by placing all of the ingredients in a very large bowl and tossing them together before placing them on the sheet pan.

baked chicken and vegetables

Caveman Chicken and Vegetable Roast Recipe

Roasting concentrates the flavors of the veggies and brings out their sweetness and makes the vegetables very tender.  Seasonwith just about any herb or spice.  This is a great go-to weeknight meal since it’s easy to throw together and doesn’t require any hands-on cooking.
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Course: Main Dishes
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 359kcal


  • 1 medium onion peeled and cut into eighths
  • 12 cloves garlic peeled
  • 1 russet potato peeled and cubed
  • 1 large parsnip peeled and cubed
  • 1 cup baby carrots
  • 1 ½ pounds chicken drumsticks skin on
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper


  • Preheat oven to 400°F.  On a large rimmed baking sheet, combine all ingredients.  Toss to coat.
  • Roast for 50-60 minutes or until vegetables are tender and chicken is cooked through, stirring halfway through.  Serve immediately.


Excerpted from The Everything Pegan Diet Cookbook:  300 Recipes For Starting – and Maintaining – the Pegan Diet by April Murray, RD. Copyright © 2019 by Simon & Schuster, Inc. Used by permission of the publisher. All rights reserved.


Serving: 1 | Calories: 359kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 144mg | Sodium: 663mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g
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The Everything Pegan Diet Cookbook

The Everything Pegan Diet Cookbook.

The Everything Pegan Diet Cookbook was written by April Murray, a Registered Dietitian who practices in California. Her book not only answers the question, “What is the Pegan diet?” but also contains 300 recipes that are a mix of vegan and Paleo wholesome recipes.

April answers questions readers might have, such as “What can a vegan eat?” and “What are the disadvantages of the vegan diet?” She also addresses “What can a Paleo eat?” and “What are the disadvantages of the Paleo diet?”

Chapters and Recipes In The Everything Pegan Diet Cookbook

The recipes are divided into nine chapters. Here are a few delicious recipes in each chapter to give you a “taste” of what you will find in the book.

  • Breakfast and Brunch: Nuts and Seeds Granola Bars, Mini Quiche, Paleo Pulled Pork, Curried Chicken Salad
  • Smoothies and Drinks: Mango Berry Smoothie, Sweet Citrus Smoothie, Homemade Tomato Juice, Spiced Tea
  • Appetizers and Snacks: Fried Zucchini Sticks, Fresh Pepper and Black Bean Salsa, Roasted Parsnip Chips
  • Salads and Dressings: French Dressing, Asian Dressing, Avocado Shimp Salad
  • Soups and Stocks: Basic Vegetable Stock, Tomato Soup, Mushroom and Wild Rice Soup
  • Dinner Entrees: Mushrooms and Greens Over Quinoa, Coconut Cauliflower Curry with Shrimp, Veggie Chili
  • Side Dishes: Lemon and Garlic Green Beans, Caveman Caponata, German Coleslaw
  • Sauces and Spreads: Chimichurri Sauce, Cashew Alfredo Sauce, Strawberry Jelly
  • Desserts: Easy Banana Date Cookies, Chocolate “Graham” Cracker Bars, Strawberry Coconut Ice Cream
Caveman chicken and vegetable roast.

What I love about the cookbook is that all the recipes are made with natural, unprocessed ingredients, the sweeteners used in desserts are maple syrup and dates, and the recipes are gluten-free.

For a sweet way to end your meal without straying from a Paleo diet, check out these recipes for Paleo-friendly desserts:

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