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A Chicken Foil Campfire Dinner Recipe
When you cook this campfire chicken dinner, you’ve got your entire meal in one packet. No pots or pans to clean! Chicken, veggies, and seasonings all go into a foil packet to cook on the grill or an open fire. When it’s done, your entire dinner is ready at the same time. And, did I mention the cleanup is a breeze. Let’s go!
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Chicken Foil Campfire Dinner
- 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 2 large zucchini, sliced
- 1/2 fresh head cauliflower
- 3 large celery sticks, sliced
- 8 mushrooms, sliced
- 1 green bell pepper, sliced (you could use other colors as well)
- 2 large carrots, peeled and sliced into sticks
- 1/2 red onion, sliced into rings
- 4 tablespoons butter, divided
- 2 tablespoons Ranch seasoning
- Tear off (4) 16-inch squares of heavy-duty aluminum foil – set aside
- Wash and prepare veggies
- On each piece of foil put chicken breast and season with salt and pepper.
- Add one-fourth of the zucchini, cauliflower, mushrooms, carrots, celery, bell pepper, and red onion.
- Sprinkle 1/2 tbsp Ranch seasoning over the top of ingredients and then put 1 tbsp of butter on top
- Fold up sides of foil and seal tightly.
- See below the exact directions to cook packets over a campfire.
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Outdoor Campfire Cooking Directions
You first want to make sure your foil packs are completely sealed, so no ashes get inside, and no liquid can escape. This also ensures the meat and veggies inside will steam thoroughly.
Using a grate on the fire
If you’re cooking over a campfire (not on a grill), build up a bed of hot coals (you can use pre-bought coals for this or let your wood burn until the pieces break apart and form natural hot coals). You don’t want to put the foil packets directly into the fire, but use the heat from the coals as the heat source for cooking like you would with a barbecue grill.
Ideally, you’ve got a small grate of some sort to put about 3 inches above the bed of coals to place the foil packets upon. This allows the contents to cook as the heat rises from below. It should take around 25-45 minutes but can vary depending on how hot the coals are or how many coals you have under the food. With chicken, be cautious and go for longer cooking time to be sure it’s fully cooked.
Not using a grate on the fire
If you don’t have a grate to go over the campfire, you can put the sealed packets next to the coal bed. You’ll want to rake the coals into a heap and put the foil packs beside the coals (or around the outside of the rim of the fire if you are cooking several). This allows your packets to cook by absorbing the heat. The closer the foil packs are to the coals, the faster they will cook. If the coal bed is large and hot, it may be done in 20 minutes. Make sure to rotate the packets about halfway through the cooking time so that both sides get cooked evenly by spending time close to the heat source.
Please Note: You want to be sure you’ve given plenty of time to cook the food because once you open the foil packets, you will have trouble resealing them. If the chicken isn’t done after the cooking time, but the vegetables are, you can remove the chicken to a pan and set it over the coals to finish.
Cooking over a campfire isn’t an exact science, but it is like cooking over charcoal. If your coals slow down or cool off, you have to extend the cooking time.
Once done, you can either remove contents from the foil packet and serve on a plate or eat right from the foil placed on a plate. Either way, your campfire dinner recipe is meant to be an easy way to enjoy an outdoor dinner while camping.
If you enjoyed this chicken foil campfire dinner recipe, then you’ll want to check out Easy To Prepare Campfire Dinners that I wrote last week.