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A Mediterranean-Spiced Sheet Pan Dinner

Mediterranean-Spiced Sheet Pan Chicken

A highly spiced mixture gives deep flavor to this dish, which comes together very easily (toasting the seeds before grinding intensifies their flavor). The yogurt sauce delivers the perfect tangy balance.


For the wet rub:

  • 1 tablespoon black peppercorns 
  • 1 tablespoon coriander seeds
  • 1 tablespoon cumin seeds 
  • 12 allspice berries or 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoonVietnamese cinnamon 
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar, plus more for drizzling
  • 2 tablespoons water

For the pan:

  • 2 pounds boneless and skinless chicken thighs, each cut into four pieces
  • 1 medium head cauliflower, between 2 and 3 pounds, cut into florets
  • 1 large sweet onion, peeled and cut into 8 wedges

For the yogurt sauce:

  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, grated
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill or 1 teaspoon dried dill


Step 1

Make the wet rub: Heat a small sauté pan and then toast the peppercorns, coriander, and cumin seeds, and allspice berries, if using, until fragrant, about 2-3 minutes. Transfer to a spice or coffee bean grinder, pulse to a powder, then place in a small bowl with the rest of the spices and salt; mix well. Add the olive oil, vinegar, and water, and whisk until thoroughly incorporated.  

Step 2

Preheat your oven to 425°F. Generously brush olive oil on a rimmed sheet pan. Arrange the chicken, cauliflower, and onions on the pan and brush liberally with the wet rub. Roast for about 30 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through, turning the chicken and vegetables after 15 minutes. 

Step 3

Meanwhile, make the yogurt sauce by whisking all the ingredients together in a small bowl. 

Step 4

Serve the chicken and vegetables topped with pan juices as well as generous dollops of the yogurt sauce.

Yields 4 to 6 servings