Paprika Chicken Thighs with Brussels Sprouts

Sheet pan meals make dinner easy and prevents a pile of dishes to clean up after. Compared to chicken breasts, chicken thighs are juicier, more tender and have more flavor,  just make sure to slice off the excess fat before cooking. Try alternating a different vegetable for the Brussels sprouts to switch things up and make sure to add a complex carbohydrate to this meal like brown rice, farro, sweet potato or quinoa. Enjoy!

Ingredients:
1 pound Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved (or quartered if large)
4 small shallots, quartered
1 lemon, sliced
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
¾ teaspoon salt, divided
½ teaspoon ground pepper, divided
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon smoked paprika, sweet or hot
1 teaspoon dried thyme
4 large or 8 small bone-in chicken thighs (about 2 1/2 pounds), skin removed

Position rack in lower third of oven; preheat to 450 degrees F.

Combine Brussels sprouts, shallots and lemon with 2 tablespoons oil and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper on a large rimmed baking sheet.

Mash garlic and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt with the side of a chef’s knife to form a paste. Combine the garlic paste with paprika, thyme and the remaining 1 tablespoon oil and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a small bowl. Rub the paste all over chicken. Nestle the chicken into the Brussels sprouts.

Roast on the lower rack until the Brussels sprouts are tender and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the chicken without touching bone registers 165 degrees F, 20 to 25 minutes.

Nutrition Facts
(Serving = 1 large or 2 small thighs & 3/4 cup vegetables
Per Serving: 453 calories; 24.6 g total fat; 5.4 g saturated fat; 216 mg cholesterol; 638 mg sodium. 949 mg potassium; 14.3 g carbohydrates; 4.6 g fiber; 3 g sugar; 44.1 g protein; 2041 IU vitamin a iu; 84 mg vitamin c; 89 mcg folate; 83 mg calcium; 4 mg iron; 71 mg magnesium

Printable recipe available at
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipe/253042/paprika-chicken-thighs-with-brussels-sprouts/

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