If you’re looking for a simple and easy baked chicken and green beans dinner the entire family will love, then this Lemony Herbed Chicken and Green Beans recipe is calling your name!
I completely believe simple is always a winner winner chicken dinner in my book!
This recipe has been featured in a previous 17 Day Diet Cycle 1 Challenge and was a hit with members trying to lose weight while eating low carb.
I’m a total sucker for simple recipes as long as they are full of flavor!
At the core this yummy recipe is chicken and green beans right?
But the difference between boring chicken and green beans are the subtle ingredients you use to make a huge impact with its flavor.
Chicken and Green Beans Ingredients
The ingredients are simple, yet they do enhance the flavor of a normal boring chicken and green beans recipe.
Here are a few ingredients you’ll need to make this recipe:
- Lemon (zest and juice)
- Garlic Cloves
- Dried Rosemary (or use fresh)
- Dried Thyme (or use fresh)
- Chicken Breasts
- Fresh Green Beans
Using the juice and zest of lemons in a main dish will brighten up the flavor in no time!
Adding your favorite herbs to the dish give it an “earthy” tone.
In this recipe, we’re using a combination of rosemary and thyme. The recipe calls for dried, but you can certainly use fresh herbs if you prefer.
Either way, these two herbs pair perfectly in this dish.
Plus, when you keep it simple with simple, yet powerful ingredients, you’re not only virtually guaranteeing a lovely dinner, but you’re also saving a ton of time and energy by keeping the basics in mind.
So don’t be afraid to stick to basics. The herbs in this dish are pantry staples, so you should have these on hand.
Sheet Pan Chicken and Green Beans
This yummy Lemony Herbed Chicken and Green Beans recipe calls for using a sheet pan.
Depending on the size of your sheet pan, you may want to consider splitting up your ingredients over two pans.
If you decide you want crispy chicken, the recipe calls for using the broiler on high the last five minutes of baking time.
If this is the route you want to take, you may want to use one sheet pan for your green beans and a separate one for your chicken.
This way, when you broil your chicken at the end, you can either leave your green beans on the oven rack below while the chicken broils, or if the green beans are already done cooking at that point, you may remove them while the chicken finishes broiling.
Chicken With Green Beans and Potatoes
If you’re not necessarily on a low carb diet, or if you’re on Cycle 3 of the 17 Day Diet and you want to add in a starch for you or possibly for non-dieting family members, potatoes would go perfectly with this recipe.
The best way to incorporate potatoes into this recipe is to do the following:
- use a yellow or red potatoes
- cut them into 1 1/2 inch bite sized pieces
- add a bit of extra oil to the recipe along with more herbs
- use an extra sheet pan for excess ingredients, if needed
Depending on the size of potatoes, you can simply cut them in half (if they are on the smaller side) or if they are larger, cut them in fourths (or more) until they reach the size you need.
How Long To Roast Green Beans at 400?
This particular recipe calls for roasting the chicken and green beans at 400 degrees F for approximately 25 to 30 minutes.
Depending on how you like your green beans, you may want to remove them a bit sooner, so when you gently toss them half way during roasting time, check for doneness at that time so you will know approximately when they’ll need to come out.
If you like your green beans on the crisp tender side, they will likely be done in 15 to 20 minutes, or if you like them soft, more on the 25 to 30 minute mark.
Chicken and Green Beans Recipe for the 17 Day Diet
As I mentioned earlier, I featured this recipe in a previous Cycle 1 Challenge.
With that said, this recipe is approved for all cycles of the 17 Day Diet.
It’s a perfect low carb meal for all low carb diets including the 17 Day Diet. The ingredients in this recipe transform an otherwise “boring” meal into something special!
If you’re not sure which foods are allowed on each cycle, make sure you check out my 17 Day Diet Cycle 1 Food List.
Is this Chicken and Green Beans Recipe Approved for the Kickstart Diet?
If you happen to be on the 17 Day Kickstart Diet, then you’ll be happy to know that you can enjoy this recipe, too!
Green beans and chicken, along with the lemon and herbs you see in the recipe below are all approved for all phases of the 17 Day Kickstart Diet.
Make sure you check out my 17 Day Kickstart Diet Food List to see all the lovely food items that are approved for this diet.
Keto Chicken and Green Beans
If you happen to be losing weight on a Keto Diet, you can definitely enjoy this Lemony Herbed Chicken and Green Beans recipe.
If you like your dark meat, you can also consider using chicken thighs instead of chicken breasts.
More Low Carb Chicken and Vegetable Recipes
If you’re a sucker for chicken and veggies, make sure you try out these other yummy recipes:
- Green Chili Chicken Enchilada With Cauliflower
- Chicken and Broccoli Bake
- Chicken and Asparagus Stir Fry
- Chicken Cabbage & Broccoli Stir Fry
- Grilled Pesto Chicken and Tomato Kebabs
If you try this Lemony Herbed Chicken and Green Beans recipe and you enjoy it, consider coming back to review the recipe card below. If you are on social media, make sure you tag me @17ddblog so I can see your dinner!
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 1 lemon, zested and sliced
- 1 Tablespoon lemon juice (from part of the lemon)
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon dried Rosemary (or use fresh)
- 1 teaspoon dried Thyme (or use fresh)
- Salt and Pepper, to taste
- 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 1 pound fresh green beans, trimmed
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- In a small bowl, whisk together 2 tablespoons olive oil, lemon juice, zest, garlic, rosemary, thyme, salt and pepper.
- On a large baking sheet place chicken breasts and green beans and drizzle herb mixture over top. Toss gently to coat evenly. Place lemon slices over the top of chicken and green beans (use two baking sheets if needed)
- Roast in oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until your chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F and your green beans are crispy. Lightly toss greens beans half way through roasting.
- For a crispy texture to your chicken, about 5 minutes prior to being done, turn the broiler on high and allow chicken to crisp up without burning the green beans (you may want to remove green beans at this point if they are finished cooking).
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