My cooking preferences and tastes vary far and wide. There are certainly days when I enjoy creating a 5-course meal from scratch! And then there are other days when I don’t want to stoop to the health level of a drive-thru…but I don’t have a ton of time to work in the kitchen on dinner! For days like that, Foil-Pack Chicken was created!
I honestly don’t remember where this recipe came from! But I’ve modified so much about it that I think I’m pretty safe to call it my own at this point..so we’ll leave it at that.
What you need:
Tin foil Cooking spray Boxed stuffing (I use chicken flavor, and one box splits well among 4 chicken breasts)
Chicken breasts (one per serving)
Frozen broccoli florets (enough for a handful to go along with each chicken breast)
Shredded cheddar cheese
How to prepare:
Pull one sheet of foil for each serving (approximately 1.5 feet long) Spray each sheet with cooking spray. (You could also put a bit of olive oil or a pat of butter there. The purpose of this is to make sure the stuffing doesn’t stick to the foil, so whatever non-stick method you use will work!) Stir together the stuffing mix with about 1 to 1 1/4 cup water and let it sit until the water absorbs. Split the mixture into four parts and spoon it out on top of each non-stick area. Place chicken breast on top of stuffing mixture, then a handful of frozen broccoli florets, then a handful of shredded cheddar. Drizzle ranch dressing on top of the “mound” you’ve created, then sprinkle bacon bits on top of that. It should look like this:
I love that it’s so colorful! Do you know it’s good for you to eat COLORFUL food? It is! Wrap each foil packet up, and try to leave room at the top of the packet for hot air to invade. See?
Then cookie-tray up all the packets you’ve created (again, one for each serving you would like to offer)…
And pop them in a 400-degree oven for 45 minutes. I love that the only thing I’ve gotten dirty (as far as dishes, at this point) is a bowl for stuffing and water, a measuring cup for the water and a utensil to stir the mixture with! So no, I don’t have to use a lot of time to clean up after dinner, either! And, after 45 minutes…
Voila! At this point, cut into the middle of the chicken and make sure it’s cooked. Sometimes it’s not quite all the way done yet and might need a few more minutes. It’s best to figure that out before you dump it out of the foil, right?!
And here’s the finished product!
You’ve got your bread (stuffing), your protein (chicken), your veggies (broccoli), your dairy (Ranch dressing) and your fat (bacon bits). All you need is to serve it up with some fruit for dessert, and you’ve hit all the parts of the food pyramid! It’s a fantastic dinner – perfect for a busy night or for your family member in charge of dinner who doesn’t really cook! Not to mention the fact that you could probably change it up a bit – substituting a different meat, veggie, etc. Easy prep, almost no clean-up…still better than the drive-thru!
So whatcha think? Will you give Foil-Pack Chicken a try? What would you change about it?