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What’s For Dinner Wednesday

Nick and I don’t seem to realize it’s January and not July right now. We’ve cooked our dinner on the grill, on the back deck, twice this week already. First, Nick had a hankering for burgers so he fired up the grill one chilly night. Then, I had an idea of what to do with the chicken I had in the fridge and asked him if he’d mind firing up the grill for a second night in a row. Thankfully he didn’t mind and was willing to do the running in and out of the house!

Foil Dinner Packets

If you’ve ever been camping, it’s highly likely you’ve made a variation of this meal. I haven’t been camping since I was in high school at least, and Nick isn’t a camper so this was like a “new” meal to all of us. Packet meals are super easy and quick to make and the clean up is extremely easy!

Cut up all of your ingredients:

I used boneless skinless chicken breast, yukon gold potatoes, baby carrots and onion. While we were eating, Nick and I thought of all kinds of alternatives like apple slices, pineapple chunks, orange slices, etc. I also think next time I’ll try marinating the chicken.

Divide ingredients onto big pieces of foil and sprinkle with seasoning:

I used a Garlic and Herb seasoning mix to sprinkle on top and I also added a very small (maybe 1/2 tsp?) piece of butter for a little extra flavor and moisture.

Seal the packets as best you can.

Throw onto a Medium-High heat grill and leave for about 20 minutes. You don’t need to flip the packets.

Dig in!

The boys got a kick out of opening their own dinner packets and the food was cooked to perfection!

Have a great recipe or dinner idea to share? Leave a comment or link up to your own blog!

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  • January 5, 2011 - 10:51 am

    Aunt Sue - Yum, yum, yum! We used to do these with hamburgers and veggies when I was in Girl scouts. How fun for the boys to unwrap their supper!! Hope everyone is well – we send our love.ReplyCancel

  • January 5, 2011 - 11:41 am

    Sara - I always forget about these when it gets cold, I should make my hubby fire up the grill! Last night I made Thai chicken wraps and they were so easy. Mix together about a cup of any Asian/Sesame oriental dressing and 1/4 cup peanut butter. Add some cayenne if you want a little kick. Slick chicken into thin strips and just saute with some fresh ginger until cooked through. Pour the sauce over the chicken. Then stuff a flour tortilla with the chicken, cole slaw mix and some cilantro. You can serve extra sauce to dip if you like. They were really good and very easy.ReplyCancel

    • January 5, 2011 - 11:44 am

      Helen - Ooh! That does sound tasty, Sara!ReplyCancel

  • January 5, 2011 - 11:43 am

    Nanette - We used to do these when the our kids were little and I would get everything ready and let them decide what they wanted in their packets. We would use corn, green beans, etc and since they made their own they were so excited and more than willing to sit down and eat it. I found with chicken, adding a little broth to the “packet” helped keep it moist too.ReplyCancel

  • January 5, 2011 - 7:40 pm

    Sarah - Looks good! Do you mind if I link up my chocolate chip cookie recipe?ReplyCancel

    • January 5, 2011 - 7:50 pm

      Helen - Not at all! I’d eat cookies for dinner any day 😉ReplyCancel

  • January 7, 2011 - 4:53 pm

    Lauren - YUM! I did this with my Girl Scout troops light years ago! We don’t have a grill, though … would it work just as well inside an oven, too, do you think?ReplyCancel

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