I’ve fallen into a pattern with these meals where the prep time is under a half hour, but the cook time is longer.
So I’m changing my rules. This is my blog anyway, right?
I ate this meal a lot when I was younger. My mom loved how such simple ingredients, simple prep, and simple cleanup yields a meal that is “soooo good!”
And it’s true. Whoever thought of cooking food in foil packets/was too lazy to get out a pan/didn’t have a pan/didn’t want to clean up was a genius. And is my friend. In spirit.
Also, like most things I make, and in most recipes, you can swap out a lot of ingredients for what you have on hand, and hey, even use fish instead of chicken.
Are you convinced yet?
Italian Chicken in Foil Packets (From my Mom )
Prep: 15 minutes Cook: 1 hour
- 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (1 to 1 1/2 lbs)
- 2 medium zucchini
- 2 medium onions
- 3 medium red potatoes
- salt and pepper
- Italian seasoning
- garlic powder
- 1/3 cup ketchup
- Parmesan cheese for serving
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lay out 4 sheets of foil (18 x 12 inch pieces). Slice the vegetables in 1/4 inch thick slices.
- Divide the potato slices evenly on each sheet in an even layer. Top with the slices of zucchini, then the slices of onion.
- Place the chicken breasts on top of the vegetables. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, and garlic powder. Top the chicken and vegetables with the ketchup (about 2 tbsp per packet — or load it with ketchup if you really love it).
- Wrap the foil securely, leaving a bit of space at the top to allow steam to escape. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 1 hour, or until the chicken is no longer pink in the center. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
My Two Cents: I hadn’t made this meal in a really long time, and today I asked myself “why!!?” It’s so good, and like I said before, so easy.
I find the Perdue chicken that’s individually wrapped tend to be the perfect portions for these meals. If they’re frozen, I suggest partially thawing them, otherwise they may still be a bit pink at the end of cooking for an hour.
I’m partial to the veggies in this packet — the onion gives it a lot of flavor, so don’t swap that one out. But try other veggies — broccoli, green beans, red and green peppers — all of them would be great here.