Saturday, September 17, 2011

Chicken Packets

This has become one of our standard camping dinners. But it's so delicious and easy that you shouldn't confine it to camping trips. You can use just about any veggies in it that you want. In the past, we've used a bag of frozen mixed veggies, because that's easy to bring on a camping trip, and mixed it with chopped onion and tomato. This time, I chopped up carrots, corn, green beans, summer squash, onion, and potato--all from Pigman's--ahead of time, put them in a container, and put that in the cooler. And it was just as easy to assemble the packets at the campsite as it has been in the past.

I forgot to take a picture of the final product, but you can see it a little bit in this photo--
along with a gorgeous though blurry moonrise and two gorgeous and nonblurry children.

Chicken or your choice of meat (We usually use about 4 ounces of boneless, skinless chicken breast per person, and that's plenty for us.)
Chopped veggies--your choice
Broth--a tablespoon or two per packet

Roll out a 3-foot piece of foil for each packet (I know, I know), then fold it in half to yield about 1 1/2 feet of double-thick foil. Fold up all four edges to make little walls so the broth doesn't run out while you're assembling the packet. Put the meat in the middle of the foil fortress, then add veggies, seasoning, and broth. Carefully pull in two opposing foil walls (while making sure the other two walls stay intact so the broth doesn't pour out!), and fold the edges together a couple times to make a good seal. Repeat with the other two walls. Wow. I really wish I'd taken pictures of this process, because it would be a lot easier to explain this visually. Anyway, you should end up with a neat, well-sealed little foil pouch. Repeat for the other packets. Place the packets on a grate over the campfire (or on a hot grill), and let them cook for about 10 minutes. Carefully (!!) open one foil packet and check the meat for doneness. (Seriously--be careful! There's steam in there!) Continue cooking for a while longer if necessary.

These always turn out well. Assuming you don't lose the broth, I'm not sure how you can go wrong when cooking these.

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