This easy Italian Chicken recipe is a flavor-packed meal that demands only 20 minutes of prep, comes together on a single sheet pan, and can be adapted to include just about any vegetable.

Baked Italian Chicken with vegetables on a sheet pan.

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Sheet pan chicken recipes are true heroes in our household (along with these other one-pan meal wonders).

They’re the best no-fuss dinner option, and perfect for when work runs late.

When groceries are dwindling low and you’re craving a healthy, balanced meal full of flavor (and color), the sheet pan answers the call.

Today’s baked Italian chicken is the latest sheet pan hero to save the day in our kitchen.

Like my reader-favorite Sheet Pan Chicken with Rainbow Vegetables, this recipe comes together in less than an hour (half of that time is inactive while the chicken marinades), uses a single pan, and is LOADED with a bounty of seasonal vegetables.

It’s simple, healthy, full of flavor, and endlessly versatile.

What more could you want in a hero?

Easy and healthy sheet pan Italian Chicken with Tomatoes, zucchini, and green beans.

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“Simple prep with plenty of ability to customize it. The marinade makes everything taste great.”

— Ken —

How to Make Italian Chicken

This easy baked Italian chicken recipe features a zippy balsamic marinade and some of the best vegetables of the summer season: tomatoes, zucchini, and green beans. The variety makes the final dish beautiful, colorful, and nutritious.

Tip!

No time to marinade? Try this Italian Sausage and Rice Casserole (also one pan + easy + delicious) or this sheet pan Sausage and Peppers.


The Ingredients

Substitution Tip

I tend to default to Italian chicken breast recipes, but you can easily make this as sheet pan chicken thighs instead. Note that the cooking time may need to be adjusted slightly depending on the size and thickness of your chicken thighs. (You can use this Rosemary Chicken Thighs with Apples and Brussels Sprouts as a guideline.)

  • Marinade. A zesty Italian blend of olive oil, balsamic, Italian seasoning, garlic, and freshly ground black pepper turns plain boring sheet pan chicken and veggies into a recipe bursting with flavor.

TIP!

This Italian chicken marinade is also delicious for Oven Roasted Vegetables if you want to add punch to a simple side dish. 

  • Zucchini. If your garden overflowth with zucchini, sheet pan Italian chicken will be your BFFE this summer. (Try these other zucchini recipes too!)
  • Tomatoes. I love Italian chicken dishes with tomatoes (this Tomato Chicken and Chicken Cacciatore are special favorites). Cherry tomatoes take exactly zero prep time, so if you are in a big hurry, you could skip the green beans and make this recipe with tomatoes only. 
  • Green Beans. Add vibrant color, subtle crunch, and plenty of folate, thiamin, riboflavin, iron, and potassium.

Market Swap

If your refrigerator is sparse or you have a different array of garden veggies than the blend I’ve suggested, feel free to adapt the recipe to what you have on hand. This Italian chicken is flexible but make sure you mind the bake time.

  • Harder veggies, like potatoes, will need more time to bake. Try cutting them smaller so they finish more quickly, or give them a head start before adding the remaining ingredients.
  • Softer vegetables, like asparagus, will need less time. Consider adding them to the pan halfway through cooking.
  • Parmesan. Adds cheesy goodness to the dish without weighing it down.
  • Parsley. For a final flourish of fresh green color and flavor.

TIP!

Looking to add whole grains? Serve this sheet pan Italian chicken and vegetables with steamed brown rice, quinoa, or whole wheat pasta. This Garlic Pasta would be especially delicious.

easy Italian baked chicken with tomatoes, zucchini, and green beans on a sheet pan

The Directions

  1. Pound the chicken breasts, season with salt and place in a large ziptop bag.
  2. Whisk together the Italian marinade ingredients, pour half over the chicken, then marinade for 30 minutes or up to 8 hours.
  3. Marinade the veggies in the other half of the marinade.
  4. When ready to cook, arrange the chicken and veggies in a single layer on a parchment-lined sheet pan. Bake Italian chicken for 15 to 20 minutes at 425 degrees F.
  5. When the chicken is fully cooked, remove, sprinkle with cheese and parsley and serve. ENJOY!

Dietary Note

As it is written, this recipe is gluten free. If you want to make the recipe dairy free, you may omit the Parmesan cheese.

Sheet Pan Chicken Italian style with Tomatoes and green beans

Storage Tips

  • To Store. Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
  • To Reheat. Warm the vegetables in a 350-degree F oven on a lined baking sheet lightly coated with nonstick spray until heated through. Meanwhile, reheat the chicken gently in the microwave or in a nonstick skillet on the stove. I recommend cutting the chicken into pieces first to help it reheat without drying out. Leftover chicken is also delicious at room temperature, served over a salad.

Meal Prep Tip

Sheet pan Italian chicken is a dream for meal prep. Make this recipe on Sunday night with a batch of this Lemon Rice. Then divide into preportioned storage containers that you can warm up on-demand all week long for an easy lunch or quick dinner.

Leftover Ideas

Leftover Italian chicken is delicious at room temperature, served over a salad or sandwiched between your favorite slices of bread with toppings of your choice.

Baked Italian Chicken Breasts on a plate with vegetables

What to Serve with Italian Chicken

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Baked Italian Chicken with Vegetables. Flavor-packed chicken breasts with tomatoes, zucchini, and any other fresh vegetables you love. Everything cooks on ONE PAN in the oven for an easy, healthy dinner! Great for meal prep and the the balsamic Italian chicken marinade is to die for.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can You Put Italian Dressing on Chicken for Marinade?

Yes, packaged Italian dressing does make a convenient and easy marinade option for Italian chicken recipes. However, I really hope you’ll try my homemade version. It takes minutes seconds to whisk together and tastes so much better, in my opinion. Plus, it’s made with good-for-you natural ingredients, so it is healthy too!

How Long Can You Marinade Chicken?

I typically don’t recommend marinating chicken for longer than 8 hours. As you creep past the 8-hour mark, the chicken will start to break down too much, yielding a cooked chicken that’s mushy rather than tender. (Trust me, there’s a difference).

How Long Should You Cook Chicken in the Oven?

Chicken is fully cooked when it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F. The total amount of time needed to cook chicken in the oven will vary depending on the size and thickness of your chicken. For best results, I recommend using an instant-read thermometer. For guidance and cook times, see Baked Chicken Breast.

Baked Italian Chicken with Vegetables. Flavor-packed chicken breasts with tomatoes, zucchini, and any other fresh vegetables you love. Everything cooks on ONE PAN in the oven for an easy, healthy dinner! Great for meal prep and the the balsamic Italian chicken marinade is to die for.

Italian Chicken

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This easy baked Italian chicken with tomatoes and vegetables is roasted in the oven with a zesty Italian marinade. Healthy + only ONE pan!

Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 55 mins

Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 4 small boneless, skinless chicken breasts (6 to 8 ounces each)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt divided
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons  Italian seasoning
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes left whole
  • 1 medium zucchini or yellow summer squash
  • 2 cups green beans (about 6 ounces)
  • 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons fresh parsley chopped

Instructions
 

  • Cover a large cutting board with a sheet of plastic wrap, lay the chicken on top, then stretch a second sheet of plastic wrap across the top. Lightly pound the chicken breasts to an even 1/2-inch thickness (this will help them cook more quickly and evenly). Uncover the chicken and discard the plastic.
  • Sprinkle the chicken with 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt and place in a large ziptop bag.
  • In a large measuring cup or mixing bowl, whisk together the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, black pepper, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt.
  • Pour half of the mixture into the ziptop bag (watch for spills). Seal the bag, removing as much air as possible. Gently "squish" and turn the bag so that the chicken is evenly coated with the marinade, then lay the bag flat in a baking dish to catch any drips. Place in the refrigerator to marinade for 30 minutes or up to 8 hours.
  • While the chicken marinates, prepare the vegetables. Leave the tomatoes whole. Cut the zucchini into 3/4 inch dice (you can leave the peels on). Trim the ends off of the green beans. As you cut, place the vegetables in a second ziptop bag. Pour in the remaining balsamic mixture, seal, and place in the refrigerator with the chicken.
  • When you are ready to cook, preheat your oven to 425 degrees F. Remove the chicken and veggies from the refrigerator and let stand at room temperature while the oven heats.
  • Generously coat a large, rimmed baking dish with nonstick spray or line with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.  Arrange the veggies around the edges of the pan and place the chicken in the center. The veggies can overlap a little, but make sure the chicken is not sitting on top of them.
  • Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F. The cooking time will vary based on the size of your chicken and how thinly you have pounded it (see note). Sprinkle with the Parmesan and parsley. Enjoy hot.

Notes

  • NOTE: If the veggies are not as tender as you would like when the chicken is done, remove the chicken from the pan and transfer it to a plate and cover, cover it to keep it warm, then return the pan with the vegetables to the oven and continue baking until the vegetables are done to your liking. You may have some liquid on the pan that the vegetables have discarded (not a big deal! Just leave it behind when you serve).
  • TO STORE: Keep leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
  • TO REHEAT: Warm the vegetables in a 350-degree F oven on a lined baking sheet lightly coated with nonstick spray until heated through. Meanwhile, reheat the chicken gently in the microwave or in a nonstick skillet on the stove. I recommend cutting the chicken into pieces first to help it reheat without drying out. Leftover chicken is also delicious at room temperature, served over a salad.
  • Nutritional information is an estimate and was calculated with half of the marinade, as much of it is discarded prior to baking. If you would like to calculate it differently, you can do so for free at myfitnesspal.com.

Nutrition

Serving: 1(of 4)Calories: 283kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 29gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 80mgPotassium: 979mgFiber: 3gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 1352IUVitamin C: 47mgCalcium: 146mgIron: 3mg

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  1. I made a half recipe for just me and my husband. This is wonderful! I used white balsamic. The chicken has a good flavor, the vegetables are great. Cleanup is a breeze! A definite recipe keeper.5 stars

  2. Oh my goodness! I make this meal all the time! Quick and easy,with easy clean up. The flavors are on point!!5 stars

  3. I made this yesterday evening using squash and it was a real hit :) The green beans did need more cooking; I think I might try boiling them a little bit first next time around. The spices and marinade were absolutely delicious, and the squash was such a nice touch! I made it alongside your “Cinnamon Roasted Butternut Squash” as a starter, and they made for a delicious Fall dinner! Thank you :)5 stars

  4. My husband while eating this for dinner tonight kept exclaiming how good the chicken was and I agree! Super tender and delicious flavor. Great veg too!5 stars

  5. I tried this tonight, and it was my first-ever sheet pan dinner!! It was great!!1 I will definitely be preparing it again.
    I used thinly-sliced chicken breasts, asparagus instead of green beans, and Cavenders Greek Seasoning instead of italian seasoning.  
    Thank you!!5 stars

    1. Delicious! I made a little extra marinade and added both yellow and green squash and used thin sliced chicken breast. I used frozen green beans as well. The chicken cooks withing 13-15 min and veggies take about 20 min. The first time I used fresh green beans and they turned out too hard after 20 min. So for me frozen are an easy quick alternative. Thank you so much!5 stars

  6. I have beeen following you for a while and making a lot of your GF breads and muffins for my kiddos – which we LOVE! However, I am now moving over to your dinners and I just made this recipe the other night. I must say, it was INCREDIBLE! It went over BIG TIME and we all loved the entire dish and there were no leftovers so, Bravo! I will be making more of your wonderful dishes! Thank you, Erin 5 stars

  7. Just made this. So good and easy and good for me! I cant wait for lunch tomorrow so I can eat the leftovers!
    Thank you!!!!5 stars

  8. Hi, I just made extra large batch of the chicken, which is sitting in my fridge, and I’m wondering whether it’s better to bake the whole thing and store, or bake half now and half later. Can I leave it in the marinade for some time?

    1. Hi Peter! I wouldn’t recommend leaving the chicken in the marinade for an extended period of time as acidic marinades like this can start to break down the meat. I hope you enjoy the recipe!

  9. Made this for dinner a couple nights ago and it was wonderful! The leftovers for lunch have been equally delicious. The only adjustments I made were my garnish, as I have fresh basil from my garden, and topped with a little light feta instead of parm. Recipe saved and already shared with others!5 stars

    1. Hi Jason! While this dish is delicious served by itself, you could certainly pair it with some brown rice or whole wheat pasta. I hope you enjoy the recipe!

    1. Hi Leigh! This Sheet Pan Italian Chicken recipe calls for 2 teaspoons of Italian seasoning and no lemon juice. I hope this helps and that you enjoy the recipe!

  10. Erin, I made this the other night and it was SOOOO good. The marinade was simple but so very tasty. This is definitely going on the ‘do again’ list.5 stars

  11. I used asparagus instead of green beans and DO NOT skip the tomatoes they were amazing! Marinated about 5 hours and think next time I will try i hours for the chicken just to see if it gives it even more flavor. Thank you for your great recipes.5 stars

    1. Hi Erich! I’ve only tested the recipe as written, so it would be an experiment. The marinade is a delicious addition to the dish, so I highly recommend giving it a try. I hope you enjoy the recipe if you try it!

  12. Simple prep with plenty of ability to customize it. I added fennel to the vegetable mix, for example, and it fit right in. The marinade makes everything taste great. I served it with some some rigatoni, which was a nice accompaniment.5 stars

  13. This was awesome and so easy! Was the best of both worlds for us with tons of veggies and the yummy chicken too. Thanks for the recipe. I just found your blog. This is the first of many recipes I will be trying for sure.5 stars

  14. This was so quick and easy. My husband and I loved it! Definitely will make again and again!
    Thank you for sharing the recipe.5 stars