Sunday, September 2, 2012

Foil Packet Chicken #SundaySupper

This one isn't for the girls!

Labor Day is almost here and we are still just barely holding on. Our meals are not as healthy as we would like and so few of them have been home cooked recently. We did take time to make a nice meal this week for our #SundaySupper roundup because we can't go too long without sitting down to a good meal.

We were blessed to have the entire family at the table for this meal. The girl's father has been working so much he is the only one eating out more than we are. Since we knew he was joining us we asked him to select the sides for our yummy Foil Packet Chicken.

Normally this is a grilled item. We like to make up these packets and take them to the park with us. Just walking distance down the path is a beautiful state park with a large grill, hiking trails, and play equipment for the girls. We either walk or take the short drive over with a small cooler of easy food to grill. This dinner beats the usual hot dogs and hamburgers in my book any day.

Unfortunately this weekend is a rainy one. We love the rain but it has forced us inside with our cooking. No matter, this dish cooks just a well in the oven. I adapted this from a recipe my mother used to make from a soup can. I don't usually use the soup anymore but tonight the convenience was nice and we have the lower sodium option these days.

Foil Packet Chicken
  • Cut up chicken, enough for your family
  • Cream of mushroom soup or a roux with mushrooms
  • Your favorite mushrooms
We like dark meat and there was a sale at our Farmers Market this weekend so we stocked up. Boneless is nice if you have that option. I love added mushrooms because it is a great taste but adjust accordingly. Sliced onions are also nice.

Place one or two small pieces of chicken on a piece of foil. Please use heavy duty if grilling. Spoon a little soup or sauce on to each chicken piece and top with the mushrooms. I like to add a little instant brown rice as well as the dark meat is very juicy because of it's higher fat content. This meal we had potatoes so no rice.

My fabulous helpers.


Fold up the foil tightly and cook in a 350-400 degree oven or over indirect heat on the grill until done, between 45-60 minutes depending on the cut of chicken and heat source. A digital meat thermometer is very handy at these times.

Serve with grilled corn, veggie kebabs, or boiled potatoes with butter. We had to settle for frozen peas and corn. It still turned out amazing. The girls loved it.

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32 comments:

  1. We do foil cooking when we camp with our cub scout pack. So family friendly and fun!

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    1. I love that each packet can be individualized.

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  2. I love mushrooms and chicken together. great combo, Kris!

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    1. I was raised on the combo so it has always been a favorite. This time we used baby bella mushrooms, so yummy!

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  3. I bet the chicken is beyond moist and tender after cooking in the packet. Great recipe and cooking method.

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    1. It really is a fool-proof cooking method. Maybe why the girls and I love it!

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  4. Love that these can be made indoors even if the weather outside is yucky! YUM!

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  5. I love pouch cooking and mushrooms! Sounds great.

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    1. I added mushrooms to this dish and still did not have enough. Maybe I should get an extra pack just for me next time.

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  6. Great idea! I love the portability of the packets and it also ensures tender and moist chicken! Love it!

    I'm always a little anxious with the idea of my kids handling raw meat, but maybe I should just teach them now rather than later! Any tips?

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    1. This is the same as any cooking we do. If there are safety issues (raw chicken) I will do the difficult part and have the children assist. I placed the chicken on the foil and the girls helped with all other areas. As they age and have a better understanding I will have them help more. They are getting closer to being able to help with this area as they rarely place dirty fingers in their mouths.

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  7. What a great idea! Looks like your helpers are having a great time in the kitchen ~ Bea

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    1. They really do love it. Recently they have started using stools instead of the dinner chairs. Those chairs are what they started cooking on and they are too tall now! They are growing so fast.

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  8. I know what you mean about not eating as healthy as you should lately. We currently don't have A/C in our kitchen and it has been HOT. Cooking is the last thing I want to do!

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    1. I have found some great tricks for eating healthier in a hurry and will try to share them soon.

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  9. Your helpers are SO cute! How fun that you get the kids involved.

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    1. They still love to help every time. Mo is three and has been helping since about 14 months and she never tires of it.

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  10. I love that the kids are in there again. Great getting them interested, they will eat so much healthier.

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    1. I really is starting to pay off. The girls enjoy the foods they cook so much more and now even eat foods they previously passed up. We keep at it and don't push.

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  11. We do foil cooking all the time because it's so simple and clean up is a SNAP! thanks for sharing!

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    1. Cleanup is so easy. When we take these to the park I love the fact that we have no dishes other than the plates we eat on to clean up.

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  12. I haven't done foil packets in such a long time....kinda forgot about it. Thanks for the reminder and tips!

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    1. I have done them as freezer meals in the past and placed the foil packets into a freezer bag. Cooking time is longer but prep is null.

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  13. I must say, I am jealous of your rain. Wee need lots here! Love cooking in foil, it makes for a very moist dish.

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  14. Your girls are the highlight of #Sundaysupper. Every week I can't wait to see what they are cooking. They never disappoint.

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  15. Looks like a nice dish to make with my kids ! Thanks for sharing and as always ... love to see pics of your girls messing around the kitchen :)

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  16. What a great idea and so wonderfully executed with your little helpers! :)

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  17. Foil packet cooking is wonderful for busy days because it is so easy to clean up! :) Thanks for sharing

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  18. I love the idea to place the chicken in a foil packet. It looks delicious.

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  19. I love having option B ready just in case option A is not going to work. non grillable weather for instance. Although I have grilled in the rain. I don't think I would grill if it was pouring. hmm or would I? Great dish and thanks for the idea!

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  20. I've never tried pouch cooking, but will totally try this one out :)

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  21. I love foil packet anything!

    Jamie @ www.mamamommymom.com

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