Tender and delicious honey garlic chicken potato foil packets is a hearty and delicious recipe. This dish is great for grilling or cooking over a campfire, but is also really tasty baked in the oven too.
What Is A Foil Packet?
Foil packets are meals cooked on a campfire or grill wrapped in foil that are all in one. You may have camped before or seen people camping wrapping food in tinfoil to throw it on the open flame to all cook together.
Similar to a one pot meal, all of your ingredients cook together inside the foil to make a steamy, tender and delicious all in one meal. Foil packets can be cooked over a campfire, but can also be placed on a grill or cooked in an oven.
If you love to grill, you should try my Grilled Chicken Kabobs. Tender chicken spiced with Mexican-inspired flavors on wooden skewers with peppers and onions, then cooked on a grill. Delicious!
What Can I Put In A Foil Packets?
This recipe is easily customizable, so if someone doesn’t like asparagus for example you can easily swap it out or add green beans instead making them great for a group. Here are some common ingredients in foil packets.
- Smoked Sausage
- Green beans
Ingredients For Garlic Chicken Campfire Packets
- Honey – Spray the inside of the measuring cup with a little oil first so your honey will release.
- Apple Cider Vinegar – Rice wine vinegar or red wine vinegar are also easy subsitutes.
- Soy Sauce
- Minced Garlic – To use fresh garlic you’ll need about 3-4 cloves minced.
- Parsley – Dried works fine for this, but fresh can be used also.
Chicken Packet Ingredients
- Chicken breasts– You’ll need about four chicken breasts. Other cuts of chicken can be used like drumsticks or thighs, but the cooking time will be much shorter.
- Salt and pepper
- Asparagus – Using thicker asparagus for this recipe produces the best results. See the notes in the recipe below if you have thin asparagus.
- Baby Red Potatoes- Slice the potatoes into quarters. The recipe calls for a pound and a half of potatoes but I’ve also found up to two pounds of potatoes for this recipe works just fine if your family is hungrier.
How To Make Honey Garlic Chicken And Potato Packets
- Marinade The Chicken– Whisk together the ingredients for the marinade and pour it over the chicken breasts. The chicken should marinate for at least 30 minutes. but can also marinade overnight.
- Layer The Chicken Packets– Lay two pieces of foil over top of each other to keep ingredients from leaking, pulling the ends up. Add chicken to the center of the foil and add butter, salt and pepper on top. Split the asparagus and potatoes between the packets evenly. Pour any excess marinade over the top.
- Fold The Packets And Grill – Fold the packets so the edges are all on one side. I always try to fold the edges together down several times so the marinade won’t leak out. Grill the chicken packets on the grill or on the campfire for 20-30 minutes until the chicken is 165 degrees inside.
- Open The Foil Packets And Enjoy– Carefully remove the packets from the grill, they will be really hot. Pull back the foil and enjoy!
TIP: Be careful not to overfill the foil or it will be messier! It’s better to split the ingredients between more pieces of foil if you need to. I’ve had to occasionally split the ingredients more when I’ve had larger chicken breasts.
Can I Cook These Chicken Potato Foil Packets In The Oven?
Yes, you can absolutely cook these garlic honey chicken packets in the oven, and they will be super tasty. Cook them at 375 for 20-25 minutes or until the chicken reaches a temperature of 165 inside.
If you are cooking these packets in your oven instead of a campfire, use a baking sheet. Place the foils on the baking sheet to cook in the oven so any cooking liquid doesn’t leak in the oven.
My Foil Packet Is Leaking, What Can I Do?
Foil packets are not the same as a pan, they can sometimes leak a little if you are not careful. On a campfire or grill it’s usually not big deal if just a little of the liquid leaks. Be careful to fold the edges together well and use two pieces of foil which both help prevent it from leaking.
If you are still having trouble, this method of folding the foil packet does a great job of keeping most of the liquid in. Similar to how s’mores are folded, it helps keep any cooking juices inside.
How Do I Take These Packets Camping Safely With Raw Chicken?
Depending on your camping plans, raw chicken can sometimes be difficult to plan for later in your trip. If I am taking this dish camping, I usually will put the chicken in the marinade in a freezer zip top bag (adding the salt and pepper too.) Then add the vegetables together in the packet when it’s time to cook dinner.
If keeping your items cold in a cooler, I usually plan chicken to be one of the first meals we cook. You can only safely keep raw chicken in a cooler for a maximum of two days. You can also bring the chicken breast frozen and cook it when it starts to defrost. Here are some more tips for packing a cooler safely for your trip.
Other Recipes You Will Love
Chicken Bruschetta Chicken Pasta – Quick to make for dinner, this dish is bursting with summer flavors.
Quick And Easy Pesto Pasta Salad– This super fast pasta salad is delicious cold, and makes a great side for these chicken packets.
Loaded Baked Potato Salad– Potato salad topped with a creamy dressing, then loaded with bacon, cheese and green onions just like an ultimate stuffed baked potato. This cold potato salad is a crowd pleaser!
Honey Garlic Chicken Potato Foil Packets
- 1/2 cup Honey
- 2 tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
- 2 tablespoons Soy Sauce
- 2 tablespoons Minced Garlic
- 1 teaspoon Parsley
- 2 pounds Chicken breasts about 4 chicken breasts
- 2 tablespoon Butter
- Salt and pepper
- 1 pound Asparagus
- 1 1/2 pound Baby Red Potatoes quartered
- In a bowl whisk the honey, apple cider vinegar, soy sauce, garlic parsley. Place the chicken in the marinade for at least 30 minutes.
- Trim the woody part off the asparagus, then cut the asparagus pieces in half. Slice the potatoes into quarters.
- Place two large sqaure pieces of foil on top of each other, one for each chciken breast. Place a chicken breast on top of the foil. Slice the butter into pieces and add it on top of the chicken breasts. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- Place potatoes and asparagus around the chicken splitting them evenely between the chicken.. Pour marinade over chicken and vegetables. roll the edges of the foil pouch up to close.
- Place the pouches on the grill or campfire for 20-30 minutes or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees. Potatoes should be tender, and the chicken should be cooked all the way through. Let cool for a few minutes, then enjoy!
- It is better to underfill these camping packets than overfill. If the packets are becoming too full, split them between more pieces of foil.
- Swap 3-4 cloves of fresh garlic for the minced garlic
- Thicker asparagus about the width of a finger works better in this recipe. Thin asparagus will overcook. If you have thin asparagus I recommend cooking it in a separate piece of foil so as not to overcook for 10-15 minutes. You can add a couple tablespoons of the marinade to the foil before cooking for flavor.
- Sometimes instead of salt and pepper, I swap in a little bit of an all purpose seasoning. Nature’s Bounty and Everything But The Bagel Seasoning are both delicious!
- You can bake these campfire packets in the oven at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 and the potatoes are fork tender.