On this hearty sheet-pan meal, thick pear wedges and rooster thighs seasoned with earthy, warming spices are roasted till comfortable and tender. Over the last 5 minutes, crunchy sunflower seeds are scattered on the pan to sizzle within the pan juices, gaining a salty taste that balances out the sweetness of the pears. A ultimate topping of arugula soaks up any lingering juices and turns this right into a full-on meal. Utilizing agency, not-quite-ripe pears prevents them from changing into mushy and falling aside throughout the cooking course of. Swap child spinach for the arugula and sherry vinegar for the lemon juice, relying on what you’ve gotten available. Serve any leftovers on a mattress of contemporary arugula, dressed with lemon and olive oil.