Chicken and potato foil packets are loaded with tender, seasoned chicken, potatoes, sausage, corn on the cob. They are an easy and delicious weeknight meal that can be prepared so quickly and clean up is a breeze.
Foil packets are not ideal for microwave cooking, but they are another kind of convenient meal. You may call it hobo stew or campfire stew because the foil protects the contents from open fire and you can just cook it directly on the firewood without pots and pans. This variation can give you a bit of camp right at home as you cook these savory packets up in your oven. I made these with chicken and potatoes, a combination that is easy for almost everybody to agree on, so this makes an easy family meal and convenient for single servings as well.
Chicken and Potato Foil Packets
The complete stew in these foil packets includes the perfect seasoning mix which includes Slap Ya Mama to boost the flavor and give it that touch of Louisiana. Ideally, the sausage in the foil packets is jalapeno sausage, but smoked sausage works very well also. The real trick to these chicken and potato foil packets is the corn. You don’t just use the kernels. Each packet includes three chunks of corn that are still on the cob.
Why You’ll Love This Chicken and Potato Foil Packets Recipe
We all love food that tastes great and is made simply. This is one of those tasty recipes that uses few ingredients and minimal effort to produce something you will crave and want to go back to regularly. The easy prep and very simple cooking instructions make this an easy choice for a weeknight dinner when things are at their most hectic. In addition to the simple cooking procedure, cleanup couldn’t be any easier. Another reason why I thoroughly enjoy these packets.
The other thing I love besides the easy prep and clean-up and the simplicity of the ingredients is how hearty this dish is. It is able to satisfy hunger in small amounts and because the foil packets are single servings, you don’t overfill. You are left feeling great after eating just the right amount.
Finally, although these are oven-baked, that’s not how these types of chicken and potato foil packets are traditionally made. This recipe is exceptionally versatile. You can cook it virtually anywhere, from the stovetop to a campfire. It’s a great thing to bring along on a hike or a picnic on the beach where firepits are available.
Chicken and Potato Foil Packets Ingredients
Here are a few of the main ingredients needed to make this chicken foil packet recipe. The actual measurements and remaining ingredients are in the recipe card below.
- Boneless skinless chicken breasts are a lean and versatile protein that can be cooked in a variety of ways, and in this recipe they are seasoned and cut into one inch pieces.
- Frozen corn on the cobs: Frozen corn on the cob is a convenient and affordable way to enjoy fresh corn year-round
- Jalapeño smoked sausage is a flavorful, spicy and versatile ingredient that enhances the flavor of these packets.
- Red potatoes are a type of potato that is known for its red skin and white flesh.
- Yellow onions are a popular type of onion used in many dishes like these foil packets. They are great to use in soups, stew, sauces and to make homemade onion rings.
- Cloves garlic is a pungent and flavorful ingredient that is used to add flavor in this recipe and in a variety of dishes.
- Slap Ya Mama is a unique blend of Cajun seasoning that is made with salt, red pepper, black pepper and garlic, and adds amazing flavors to a variety of dishes.
- Salt and Pepper are essential ingredients for any kitchen, are the most common seasonings used in Western cuisine, and used to season a variety of foods.
How to Make Chicken and Potato Foil Packets
Step 1 – Prep
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Step 2 – Mixing the Ingredients
In a large bowl, add in chicken, corn, sausage, potatoes, onion, garlic, and oil.
Drizzle with oil and sprinkle with seasonings. Mix well to fully coat all ingredients.
Step 3- Making the Packets
Place foil on a flat surface and spoon ⅕th of the mixture onto the foil, adding 3 pieces of corn on the cobs in each piece of foil. Place a tablespoon of butter on top of the ingredients.
Step 4 – Folding and Baking the Foil Packets
Fold the aluminum tightly to seal and place on a large baking sheet.
Bake for 40-45 minutes or until chicken is fully cooked and potatoes are tender. Remove the baking sheet from the oven, Place packets on serving plates and carefully open. Contents will be hot.
If you want that open flame experience. I suggest cooking these chicken and potato foil packets on a barbecue grill. This is a lovely meal to enjoy on your deck on a summer evening. If you want the convenience of this particular recipe but you are tired of the same flavor all the time, then you can change the seasoning to freshen things up.
Changing up the seasonings can be a convenient and effective way to refresh your chicken and potato foil packets. Changing only the seasoning and nothing else about the recipe, you can impart Mexican flavor, Caribbean flavor, or Italian flavor. The seasoning you use makes a huge difference.
A different kind of sausage. I mentioned before that you can substitute smoked sausage for the jalapeno sausage. This is a good trade and it adds depth of flavor to the smokiness.
If you want to make this more of a breakfast dish, you can use chopped-up smoked bacon and pour the mixture over a plate of scrambled eggs.
When it comes to Foil packet recipes, you can imagine all the questions I get have to do with the foil packets themselves. Here are the biggest questions I often receive.
What is a foil packet?
You do not have to go out and buy foil packets to make this dish. All you need is some heavy duty aluminum foil and only the most basic of folding skills. Folding the foil around your food in a tight seal is the way to prepare this recipe so it can cook in the oven, on a gas range, or over an open flame source without other cooking materials.
Can you make foil packets ahead of time?
You can certainly pre-make packets using some origami techniques if you are pretty gifted, but the best way to make this dish is to spoon the ingredients onto a flat square of foil and fold the foil around the food. The only prep work I would suggest is making up each square so all of them are ready for the cooking mixture at once.
What is the best way to cook a foil pack?
My preferred method for cooking these chicken and potato foil packets is still inside an oven, but I am partial to using the outdoor barbecue as well.
How do you assemble foil packets?
Assembly of these foil packets is very easy. Just spoon in your mixture, add the corn cobs and then just fold up and over. You need to crimp the edges to seal all the openings. That’s all there is to it.
How do you fold a foil packet?
Folding a foil packet all depends on your personal flare for these types of recipes. I’ve seen some pretty rough looking foil packets. I’ve also seen very nicely folded square or rectangular pouches. The important thing is that the contents are secure inside and the packets are sealed.
Can you freeze chicken and potato foil packets?
Yes. You certainly can freeze them although I do not suggest cooking them ahead of time. Only heat them when you are ready to eat. Thaw them out in the fridge before you pop them in the oven.
How To Store and Reheat Leftover Chicken Foil Packs
When storing these leftovers, store in the refrigerator, store the leftovers in an airtight container or keep them sealed tightly, and be sure to cook the packets within a few days. If frozen, thaw for one day before heating.
Try These Delicious Chicken and Potato Foil Packets Today
Now that you know all about foil packet meals, go finish off your ingredients list and start making this today! It’s an easy meal solution everybody will love!
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Chicken and Potato Foil Packets
- 2 chicken breasts, cut into 1 inch pieces
- 5 mini corn cobs, cut into thirds
- 1 pound jalapeno sausage, cut into 1 inch chunks
- 5 red potatoes, washed and cut into quarters
- 1 yellow onion, diced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- ¼ cup vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon Slap Ya Mama®
- 5 tablespoons butter, divided
- 5 pieces aluminum foil
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- In a large bowl, add in chicken, corn, sausage, potatoes, onion, garlic, and oil.
- Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with seasonings. Mix well to fully coat all ingredients.
- Place foil on a flat surface and spoon ⅕th of the mixture onto the foil, adding 3 pieces of corn on the cobs in each packet.
- Place a tablespoon of butter into each packet.
- Fold to seal foil and place on a baking sheet.
- Place in preheated oven and bake for 40-45 minutes or until chicken is fully cooked and potatoes are tender.
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