Tin Foil Italian Chicken Dinner
Tin Foil Italian Chicken Dinner! Healthy chicken and veggies loaded with Italian spices and baked in a foil packet. This simple recipe transforms chicken into a tasty effortless dinner in minutes.
Did you ever do tin foil dinners up in the canyon? We did! It’s was so fun as a kid to make your own dinner in a tin foil pouch! It felt like magic when this delicious meal would appear after 30 minutes!
Well, it’s even easier at home in your oven, and you don’t smell like campfire! They’re perfect when you’re tired and just need to pop something in the oven while you get other things done around the house.
You basically mix the chicken, veggies, and spices in a large bowl. Then place them in individual foil packets and bake for 35 minutes. The result is unbelievably tender chicken and veggies that melt in your mouth.
If you have a picky eater in your home, they can pick and choose what veggies they want in their own packet! The cleanup is limited since all you will have is a bowl and the plates you eat on! Mom Win!!!
- 2 large (16 ounces total; 1 pound) chicken breasts, sliced horizontally to get 4 even 4-ounce pieces
- 2 cups potatoes, halved or quartered
- 1 green bell pepper, thinly sliced
- 1 yellow onion, cut into rings
- 2 cups carrot, cut into small chunks
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 teaspoon EACH: Italian seasoning, paprika
- 1 tablespoon EACH onion powder, garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes, optional
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Optional: fresh lemon, fresh Italian flat-leaf parsley, freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Preheat the grill to high or the oven to 425 degrees F.
Slice the chicken breasts horizontally to get 4 pieces. Pound the pieces to even thickness. Make sure each piece is 4 ounces.
Prep the veggies: cut potatoes into small chunks (you want pretty small pieces so they’ll cook in the same time as everything else). Thinly slice the green bell pepper, cut the onion into rings, and cut the carrots into small pieces.
In a very large bowl, add the chicken, potatoes, bell pepper, onion rings, carrots, and minced garlic. Pour the olive oil over everything and then all of the seasonings.
Toss all of the ingredients together to ensure everything is well coated in the seasonings and olive oil.
Set out 4 large sheets of foil. Divide the mixture evenly among the foil making sure each foil pack gets 1 chicken piece.
Seal the foil and grill on high heat for 15-25 minutes (remember that every grill cooks differently, so check to make sure you don’t overcook) or in the oven for 30-45 minutes (again; remember that each oven cooks differently) or until the chicken is completely cooked through (registers 165 degrees F).
If grilling, I like to open the foil packs just a tiny bit at the top and if oven baking, you can open the foil packs at the end and broil for 1-2 minutes.
Remove the foil packets from grill or oven and open carefully allowing for the steam to escape. If desired top with fresh parsley, a squeeze of fresh lemon, green onions and freshly grated Parmesan cheese. Season additionally with salt and pepper if desired and enjoy immediately.
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