After an enjoyable day out on the trail, it is always nice to have a quick campfire-made meal. This foil chicken dinner provides you with a way to quickly fill your tummy with good food. Let’s be honest, you may not even want to wait until after hiking for this one. What I really like about this recipe is all of the different variations that it can take on. Don’t limit yourself to my list of ingredients. In fact, we sometimes have a mini prep party with the children so that they can include the veggies, seasonings, and sauces of their choice! Check out some of the different options below of ways you can customize your foil chicken meals.
Between you and I, the first night of hitting the campsite is always the hardest to rally cooking motivation. After driving, sometimes hours, to reach the campsite, then taking the time to set everything up, I am not really looking to cook. However, starting a fire while we get camp set up is a low-difficulty task. In fact, the coals are ready when I am ready to start cooking. This coupled with the fact that I can do the prep at home makes this a no-brainer for a first evening meal. So, let’s roll up our sleeves and prepare this easy first-night foil chicken dinner!
Foil Meal Variations
The combinations of different types of foil meals really are limitless. As I cook more and try different combinations I will be sure to share them as new recipes! So make sure to keep coming back for more. However, these are some of the different things that I or members of my family have included in our foil packets in the past. We enjoy doing something a little different every time because it makes camping exciting and different each time. Plus, the children start to take ownership of cooking healthy meals for themselves. There are many long-term benefits of involving kids in cooking. The Hive highlights some of these and references back to a New York Times article that expresses even more detail of the importance of kids in the kitchen. So get children involved by allowing them to make their own creations!
- Fish – Any variety
- Pork Loin
Vegetables and Fruit
- Potatoes – Sweet or normal
- Green Beans
Sauces and Seasonings
- Salt and Pepper
- Premade Season Mixes like Montreal Steak Seasoning
- Teriyaki Sauce
- Barbeque Sauce
Is seafood more of your speed? Try this foil lime shrimp!
Luckily since this is a foil pack recipe there are not many tools that are necessary. In fact aside from a few mixing utensils you really only need a campfire. You will want to make sure that you prepare your campfire appropriately following our expert campfire cooking guide. This will give you a leg up on making sure that you have the right level of heat and intensity available for cooking your foil chicken. Additionally, make sure that you have proper precautions in place to ensure you are safe around the fire. Things like fire gloves and tongs will save you from singing your hair or worse.
I like recipes like this that use minimal tools. They are put together quickly and I welcome the easy cleanup. Just crumple up the foil and toss it into the trash bag! Especially after a long day of hiking, biking, or kayaking.
- 4 16 inch squares of aluminum foil
- Fire Safety Gear to be used when cooking
- 1 sm Green bell pepper chopped
- 1 sm Onion chopped
- 1 package Sliced white mushrooms
- 4 Chicken breast cut into chunks
- 4 Sweet Potatoes
- 4 Tbsp Butter or margarine
- Cooking Spray
- Garlic powder to taste
- Salt and/or pepper to taste
- Start your campfire with hot coals for use in cooking the foil packets.
- Cube the chicken and roughly chop all of the veggies except the mushrooms1 sm Green bell pepper, 1 sm Onion, 1 package Sliced white mushrooms, 4 Chicken breast, 4 Sweet Potatoes
- Use the cooking spray to coat the foil sheetsCooking Spray
- Divide the peppers, onions, sweet potatoes, and mushrooms into four equal parts. and arrange in as close to a single layer as possible on the foil.
- Top the veggies with the one cubed chicken breast per foil piece.
- Season with garlic powder, salt, and pepperGarlic powder, Salt and/or pepper
- Fold up the sides of the foil and just before crimping the edges together place one tablespoon of butter or margarine on top of the chicken. Seal the foil packets securely to prevent leaks.4 Tbsp Butter
- Place on coals for 10 to15 minutes per side. Use fire tools to turn to prevent injury.
- Remove from heat and let sit for five minutes to prevent burning.
- Save yourself some time at the campsite and chop all of your veggies at home.
- Be creative! This works great with any number of veggies, fruits, and seasonings. Try adding some pineapple and teriyaki sauce to the mix for something different.
- Always practice safe campfire cooking techniques to prevent injury. Foil meals are great for kids but being safe is more important than the meal.