How To Make Sunset Chicken

A Healthy Chicken Recipe With A Rainbow Of Root Vegetables

sunset chicken with root vegetables
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Instead of limiting yourself to a simple white baked potato to compliment your roasted chicken, try including more color, flavor and nutrients to your dish with a healthy assortment of root vegetables.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Serving Size: 2 chicken thighs & 2 cups of vegetables

Servings per batch: 6


12 chicken thighs

1 baseball sized rutabaga

2 parsnips

2 medium sweet potatoes


2 medium carrots

2 large purple potatoes

2 beets

Himalayan salt & black pepper

1/2 cup olive oil


  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Use 1/4 cup olive oil to grease a large roasting pan such as a Granite Ware 18-Inch Covered Oval Roaster.
  3. Wash a place chicken thighs over bottom of pan.
  4. Wash, peel and slice all root vegetables.
  5. Lay in layers over chicken.
  6. Pour 1/4 cup olive oil over the top of vegetables.
  7. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  8. Cook with lid on for one hour until vegetables are tender.
  9. Remove lid and brown until edges of vegetables start to crisp.
  10. Serve while hot. Salt and pepper chicken to taste.
  11. Garnish with fresh parsley if desired.
  • The prep time for this healthy recipe can be drastically reduced by using 2 bags of frozen root vegetable blend that is already diced.
  • Olive oil is rich in healthy monounsaturated fats.
  • Boneless skinless chicken thighs are a good source of lean protein.
  • Rutabagas are a rich source of calcium, magnesium, potassium, and vitamins C and E.
  • Parsnips are high in fiber, vitamin C and folate. 
  • Sweet potatoes are rich in vitamin A and B6.
  • Carrots are a good source of beta carotene, fiber, vitamin K1, potassium, and antioxidants.
  • Beets are very low in cholesterol and saturated fat. They are a good source of fiber, folate, potassium, manganese, Vitamins C and B6, iron and magnesium.
  • Purple potatoes are full of the antioxidant anthocyanin along with potassium and vitamin C.