Guest post by Meredith Kimelblatt.
We interrupt my usual Friday crock pot recipes to bring you another quick and easy dish from Meredith Kimelblatt of Ready Set Eat.
If you think of spring the prime season for fresh produce and salads, you’re completely right. But the warmer weather indicates something else too; the beginning of grilling season! As soon as it gets nice outside, cookout foods come right back into season, making spring the perfect time to whip out the grill and cook outside.
Grills are great for a few reasons: not only do they add amazing flavor to whatever you throw on them, but grilling is also one of the healthiest cooking methods out there. As opposed to pan frying, sautéing or deep frying, you don’t need loads of oil or butter to cook most meals on the grill. Many grilled recipes call for marinades, too, meaning you won’t have to add as many extras to chicken or steak since your meat will already be packed with flavor!
While hot dogs and hamburgers are usually everyone’s go-to grill foods, don’t be afraid to branch out and experiment with different dinner ideas and methods of grilling. These barbecue chicken dinner packets are a great example of just how versatile grilling recipes can be. Instead of tossing the chicken and vegetables onto the grill separately, everything cooks up together in individual foil packets so the flavors really meld beautifully.
Individual packets also allow everyone in your family to customize their chicken packets to their personal tastes—if someone isn’t a fan of onions, just leave them out! You can also feel free to add in whatever other veggies you’d like; red peppers, carrots and zucchini would all work nicely.
And the best part about this dish (aside from how delicious it is, of course)? Since everything cooks up in the foil packets, cleanup is an absolute breeze. Make them ahead of time and grill them later for a dinner that’s easy, yummy and perfect for spring. It’s one of those easy chicken recipes you’ll want to make again and again. Enjoy!
Note from Stacy: We don’t use aluminum foil for our food. So I would opt to make this dish in the oven using parchment paper packets. 🙂
Barbecue Chicken Dinner Packets
Prep Time: 15 min
Total Time: 40 min
- Olive oil spray or butter
- 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
- 2 cups thinly sliced small red-skinned potatoes (4 to 6 potatoes)
- 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (5 oz each)
- 1 cup chopped green bell pepper
- 1/4 cup chopped onion
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
- Preheat outdoor grill to medium-high heat according to manufacturer’s directions.
- Place four 18×12-inch pieces of heavy foil on counter. Spray each with cooking spray.
- For each packet, spread a generous teaspoon barbecue sauce in center.
- Place 1/2 cup potatoes in single layer over sauce. Spoon another teaspoon sauce over potatoes.
- Top potatoes with chicken.
- Spoon 1 teaspoon sauce over each breast.
- Top each with 1/4th bell pepper, onion and black pepper.
- Bring up short sides of each foil packet and double fold top. Double fold both ends to seal each packet, leaving space for steam to gather.
- Place packets on grate of covered grill.
- Grill 15 to 20 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink in centers (165°F) and potatoes are tender.
- Carefully open packets; sprinkle 1/4th cheese on top of each breast. Close foil and let stand 2 minutes or until cheese melts.
Tip: If it’s not quite warm enough to grill where you are, you can also bake the packets in a shallow pan in a 425°F oven for 20 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink in the center and potatoes are tender.
This is a guest post by Meredith K. on behalf of ReadySetEat. For more quick and easy recipes for dinner that are perfect for spring, visit www.readyseteat.com.