Meyer Lemon Roasted Chicken Thighs, Fennel and Sweet Potatoes #SundaySupper

Start the new year eating right with one pan Meyer Lemon Roasted Chicken Thighs, Fennel and Sweet Potatoes – it’s not only delicious but easy for a weeknight meal! 

Roasted Meyer Lemon Chicken Thighs, Fennel & Sweet Potato #SundaySupper from The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen

New Year – New Start. That’s what everyone says right? The diet starts today but you know what? I hate the term diet, it has so many negative connotations associated with it.

This year, let’s banish the word diet and use the words good eating instead.

How does that sound to you?

What does good eating mean? Well in my world, the it’s defined by a lot of vegetables, grass-fed/pasture raised meats, fruit and whole grains all cooked in a delicious manner that doesn’t make you feel like you are eating “healthy” food.

They key to all this, roasting.

Roasting has incredible powers. Let me explain my friends.

Roasted Meyer Lemon Chicken Thighs, Fennel & Sweet Potato- The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen

Take for example fennel:  In it’s raw state I can’t stand it, the smell alone puts me off.  I am not a fan of anise, it becomes a little more tolerable to me when you pickle it but even then after one or two pieces I’m done.

Why then would I take a vegetable I can’t stand and make it the main component of my meal?  Because roasting changes the structure of this humble vegetable here, that off-putting licorice taste is now sweet and caramelized and if you’d let me I’d probably eat a whole head roasted.  Okay, I won’t go that far but you get my point.

Take something healthy, roast it and awesome things happen to it.   It’s the brussels sprouts theory.  No one really likes them but all of sudden everyone started roasting them with bacon and bam! brussels sprouts for everyone!

Roasted Meyer Lemon Chicken Thighs, Fennel & Sweet Potato| The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen

Also my good eating rules doesn’t mean sweets aren’t allowed. Of course they are, are you crazy? We all need that chocolate fix, but it’s about moderation.   So while you might have gone a little overboard over the holidays (and that’s totally okay), it’s time to get back on track.   Eat good food, have that small piece of chocolate or cookie once in a while when the cravings strike and you’ll be good to go!

Meyer Lemon Roasted Chicken Thighs, Fennel and Sweet Potatoes
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  • 1 fennel bulb
  • 2 medium jeweled yams/sweet potatoes
  • 1lb skin-on, bone-in chicken thighs
  • 1 meyer lemon, quartered
  • kosher salt and black pepper
  • 4-5 springs fresh thyme
  • avocado, grapeseed or other neutral oil


  1. Heat your oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Remove the stalks from the fennel bulb and any wilted outer layer. Cut the bottom root end and standing straight up cut the fennel in half. Cut out the tough inner core layer and then slice your fennel into 1/2 inch slices. Place on a rimmed baking sheet.
  3. Scrub the sweet potatoes and cut into a 1 inch dice and add to the baking sheet with the fennel.
  4. Season with kosher salt and drizzle 1 tablespoon of oil and toss. Add the thyme sprigs.
  5. Roast for 25 minutes.
  6. Pat the chicken thighs dry and generously season both sides with salt and pepper.
  7. Remove the vegetables from the oven, toss with a spatula and add the chicken thighs and quartered meyer lemon.
  8. Roast for another 30-35 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through, the skin is crisp and the fennel and sweet potatoes are browned and caramelized.
  9. Serve immediately with a wedge of meyer lemon to squeeze on top of the chicken.
  10. Serves 2 hungry people for dinner or 4 for a light lunch.
Recipe Type: Main

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41 thoughts on “Meyer Lemon Roasted Chicken Thighs, Fennel and Sweet Potatoes #SundaySupper

  1. T.R.

    I know it’s early in the morning when I’m commenting on this, but it would be totally acceptable for me to whip this up as breakfast, right? Because this looks freaking delicious.

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  8. Katie

    What a seriously beautiful dish! I am loving the Meyer lemons you included…I haven’t seen them around my neck of the woods lately…and I love their flavor!

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  12. Wendy (The Weekend Gourmet)

    This looks so good…and I’m with you on fennel. I avoided it forever, but cooked it as part of a recipe challenge and fell in love with it oven-roasted. Now I want to make this gorgeous dish…so nice for cool Winter nights!!

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  15. cathy branciaroli

    Hi! In addition to being a SS member, I write a food column for a chain of local papers. I would like to feature your recipe and photo in my early January column. How should I attribute these? and thanks! cathy from Delaware Girl Eats

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  21. Renee

    Oh yes, roasting really does awesome things.
    And you have really outdone yourself with this recipe. It’s making me want chicken and I don’t eat chicken.

  22. Shaina

    This is a beautiful plate of food. I totally agree with you on how roasting anything really changes the flavor profile — fennel is definitely more flavorful after roasting. I need to make some!

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  24. Ala

    Good eating is on the books this year here, definitely! Good on you for keeping it real, too (phew on the chocolate score) and a very happy new year to you, as well as to this delectable dish!

  25. Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons

    Totally. Roasting for the win. My dinner tonight is roasted salmon, roasted broccoli and roasted potatoes. I mean, as long as I can fit it all in the oven. Also, YES to bone-in, skin-on chicken. So much more flavor!

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  28. Dana

    Totally agree – roasting is the way to go! And I think “diet” is out, eating well is in. I really like how there’s a positive trend in this direction among lots of bloggers too. Out with the yo-yo dieting, in with the feeling good lifestyle choices!

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