Sheet-Pan Chicken with Sourdough and Bacon


Food & Wine Culinary Director-at-Large Justin Chapple’s roast chicken legs drip meaty, delicious fat onto a smoky, peppery bed of potatoes, red onion and crispy croutons. Slideshow: More Chicken Leg Recipes 

Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 5 mins


  • 1/2 pound sourdough boule, cut or torn into 2-inch pieces

  • 1/2 pound slab bacon, cut into 1-by- 1/2-inch lardons

  • 1 large baking potato—scrubbed, halved crosswise and cut into 3/4-inch wedges

  • 1 large red onion, cut into 1-inch wedges

  • 2 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, diced

  • 4 oregano sprigs

  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • Kosher salt

  • Black pepper

  • 6 whole chicken legs


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°. On a large rimmed baking sheet, toss the bread, bacon, potato, onion, butter, oregano and crushed red pepper with the olive oil and season generously with salt and black pepper. Spread in an even layer. Season the chicken with salt and black pepper and arrange on the bread mixture.

  2. Roast the chicken and bread mixture for about 45 minutes, until the bread is crisp and an instant-read thermometer inserted in the chicken registers 160°. Serve.

    Sheet-Pan Chicken with Sourdough and Bacon
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