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Chicken Foil Packet

chicken foil packets
This chicken foil packets recipe is great for summer and can be made in the oven, grill, or over a campfire. Whichever cooking method you choose, this is a great way to make an easy meal for the whole family to enjoy!
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  1. CHICKEN FOIL PACKET INGREDIENTS
  2. HOW TO MAKE THIS CHICKEN FOIL PACKET RECIPE
  3. HOW TO SERVE
  4. STORAGE
  5. FAQ
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This chicken foil packet recipe is an easy way to make cheesy, tender chicken, potatoes and delicious vegetables in the oven, on the grill, or over a campfire. It is a fun way to make a great summer dinner for the whole family to enjoy!

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Chicken Foil Packets

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CHICKEN FOIL PACKET INGREDIENTS

Chicken Foil Packets

You will need:

  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut lengthwise into 4 pieces each
  • 1 pound 8-ounce bag of petite red potatoes, cut in half
  • ½ yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 6 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon chipotle chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 6 strips bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 3 cups Colby jack cheese, shredded
  • ¼ cup chives, chopped

PRO TIP: It is best to use heavy-duty foil for this recipe to ensure that it doesn’t tear during the cooking process.

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

POTATOES: I used petite red potatoes in this recipe vs regular red potatoes. The smaller the potato, the better it will cook! You could also use petite gold potatoes if you prefer them to red. You could also replace the red potatoes with sweet potatoes for a slightly sweeter starch in your foil packets.

CHEESE: You could swap out the Colby jack cheese for any type of shredded cheese that you prefer in this recipe.

VEGETABLES: You could easily add extra vegetables such as green bell peppers, mushrooms, red bell peppers and red onion to your packets as well!

CHICKEN: You could also substitute boneless chicken thighs for the chicken breasts in this recipe.

HOW TO MAKE THIS CHICKEN FOIL PACKET RECIPE

STEP ONE: Preheat the oven to 400°F. Rip 4 long pieces of foil, and fold each piece in half to make it stronger and prevent leaks. Set aside.

PRO TIP: This recipe can also be made easily on the grill or over the campfire. Preheat the grill to 400°F (medium heat) and follow the same instructions as below. If cooking on the campfire, put on direct heat and open foil to check how things are cooking.

STEP TWO: Place the cut small red potatoes in a large pot and cover with cold water. Bring water to a boil over medium-high heat and allow to cook for 6 minutes. Drain potatoes, return to pot and let cool.

STEP THREE: Transfer potatoes to a large bowl, add chicken pieces, chopped onions, melted butter, minced garlic, smoked paprika, chipotle chili powder, salt, ground black pepper, and garlic powder. Toss to coat completely to season chicken and potatoes.

PRO TIP: Be sure to let the potatoes cool before adding the small pieces of chicken to the bowl. This is so that the chicken stays food safe and does not rise to an unhealthy temperature before placing in the oven.

STEP FOUR: Place about 1½ cups of potatoes in each of the tin foil packets (you’ll want to divide the potatoes equally between the 4 foil packs), top with 3 chicken pieces. Bring up the two lengthwise pieces of foil and double fold top over to seal. Roll the two edges of foil together. Place the sealed packets on a baking sheet.

PRO TIP: Before putting in the oven, double-check to make extra sure you seal edges well so you don’t have any leaks.

Chicken Foil Packets

STEP FIVE: Bake in the oven at 400°F for 30-35 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender and chicken juices run clear.

STEP SIX: Remove from the oven and open each chicken packet. Drain the liquid from each packet and place the packet back down on the baking sheet, still open. Draining the liquid is a personal preference, if you prefer you can definitely leave the liquid in the pack at this point.

Chicken Foil Packets

STEP SEVEN: Divide the Colby jack cheese evenly between each packet and sprinkle directly on top of each chicken breast. Add cooked and chopped bacon to the tops of the cheese and place open packets back in the oven for 2-3 minutes, or until cheese is melted.

Chicken Foil Packets

STEP EIGHT: Top with chives, serve and enjoy!

HOW TO SERVE

The beauty of foil packet meals is that it is a full meal all in one. If you would like to make your meal heartier, you could add a pasta salad or a Caesar salad on the side along with garlic bread.

STORAGE

IN THE FRIDGE: Leftovers from your baked chicken foil packets can be stored in the fridge in an airtight container. To reheat, simply pop them in the microwave. These are delicious as leftovers!

Chicken Foil Packets

Chicken foil packs in the oven are a delicious and easy way to eat chicken and potatoes. This cheesy, flavorful packet is a fun meal for the summer months. Add your favorite vegetables and you have a complete meal that everyone will love and the best part is that clean-up is a snap!

FAQ

Can I cook this meal over a campfire?

The great thing about foil packet dinner recipes is that it is flexible enough that you can cook it in the oven, on the barbecue or over a campfire.

Could I add barbecue sauce to the packets instead of just the herbs and spices?

Barbecue sauce would be a yummy addition to your foil packets. Just add it when you are tossing the chicken and potatoes with the spices.

How do I know when the chicken is done?

Using a meat thermometer, you need to make sure your chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F. Once it reaches that temperature, your chicken is ready!

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Chicken Foil Packets

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This chicken foil packets recipe is great for summer and can be made in the oven, grill, or over a campfire. Whichever cooking method you choose, this is a great way to make an easy meal for the whole family to enjoy!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 3 chicken breasts cut lengthwise into 4 pieces each
  • 1 1-pound 8 -ounce bag petite red potatoes cut lengthwise into 4 pieces each
  • 1/2 yellow onion  finely chopped
  • 6 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon  chipotle chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 6 strips bacon  cooked and chopped
  • 3 cups Colby Jack cheese shredded
  • 1/4 cup chives chopped

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F. Rip 4 long pieces of foil, and fold each piece in half to make it stronger and prevent leaks. Set aside.
  • Place the cut petite red potatoes in a large pot and cover with cold water. Bring water to a boil over medium-high heat and allow to cook for 6 minutes. Drain potatoes, return to pot, and let cool.
  • Add chicken pieces, chopped onions, melted butter, minced garlic, smoked paprika, chipotle chili powder, salt, ground black pepper, and garlic powder. Toss to coat all pieces of chicken and potatoes.
  • Place about 1½ cups of potatoes in each foil packet (you’ll want to divide the potatoes equally between the 4 foil packs), top with 3 chicken pieces. Bring up the two lengthwise pieces of foil and fold over to seal. Roll the two edges of foil together. Place the foil packets on a baking sheet.
  • Bake in the oven at 400°F for 30-35 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender and the chicken juices run clear.
  • Remove from the oven and open each chicken packet. Drain the liquid from each packet and place the packet back down on the baking sheet, still open.
  • Divide the Colby Jack cheese evenly between each packet and sprinkle directly on top of the chicken. Add cooked and chopped bacon to the tops of the cheese and place back in the oven for 2-3 minutes, or until cheese is melted.
  • Top with chives, serve and enjoy!

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Notes

TIP: This recipe can be cooked on the grill. Preheat the grill to 400°F (medium heat), and follow the easy baking directions.
TIP: You’ll want to let your potatoes cool before adding your chicken pieces to the bowl with potatoes.This is so that the chicken stays food safe and does not rise to an unhealthy temperature before placing in the oven.
TIP: You don’t need to drain the chicken foil packet before adding cheese and bacon. It’s just a personal preference and you can definitely leave it in the pack if desired.
TIP: Before putting in the oven, double-check to make extra sure you seal edges well so you don’t have any leaks.

Nutrition

Calories: 892kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 65g | Fat: 67g | Saturated Fat: 36g | Cholesterol: 270mg | Sodium: 2336mg | Potassium: 868mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 2022IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 699mg | Iron: 2mg
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  1. Jordyn says

    This recipe calls for 3 breasts cut into 4 pieces (12 strips of chicken), then says to place 4 strips of chicken in the 4 packets (which is 16 strips of chicken).

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