This sheet-pan chicken recipe may just make you forget about grilling – The Denver Post

By Melissa Clark, The New York Times

There’s an unwritten rule that dictates if you’re cooking a celebratory dinner, for the Fourth of July or any other summer gathering, then grill you must.

But what if you don’t have access to any outdoor space? Or what if it rains? Or what if it’s just too hot to even consider standing outside over a fire, sweating onto your flank steak?

Even unwritten rules are meant to be broken. If grilling isn’t in the cards, I offer an alternative: a golden, basil-festooned chicken and zucchini dish that’s as exuberantly summery as a sheet-pan dinner gets.

It’s the combination of zucchini and basil that makes this so appropriate for early summer — before the basil flowers and the zucchini grow big enough to fend off bear attacks.

The best zucchini to use here are harvested young, when they’re still small and slim, with minimal seeds and thin skin that crisps and browns in the oven.