Tuesday, July 9, 2013

guest post ~ Barbecue Chicken Dinner Packets

I am excited to have a guest post today from Meredith Kimelblatt over at ReadySetEat! This looks super yummy and I can't wait to try it myself!

Barbecue Chicken Dinner Packets
Now that we’re well into summer, you’ve probably had plenty of juicy grilled burgers and hot dogs. But have you ever grilled with foil packets before? If not, now is the time to do so!
Foil packets are great to keep around for easy summer dinners, and there are dozens of easy grilling recipes to choose from. They’re so easy—just wrap up your food and toss them on the grill—and are perfect for families with picky kids; since everyone gets his or her individual foil packet, each person can customize what veggies and sauces go into his or her dinner. Another big plus for foil packet cooking is that it makes clean up a breeze—instead of scraping messes off of the grill grates, all you need to do is ball up the packets and throw them in the recycling bin!
Grilling with foil packets is also a nice alternative to traditional grilling because it eliminates the need for someone to obsessively man the grill. Instead of frequently flipping and checking the meat, foil packets free you up so that you can throw them on the grill, spend time with your family and come back to them whenever they’re ready; no constant monitoring necessary! Just don’t stray too far from the grill; you don’t want to forget about your dinner!
These barbecue chicken dinner packets are an easy way to get started with foil packet cooking, and they’re delicious, too! Filled with yummy potatoes, barbecue sauce, peppers and cheese, these packets are one of those hearty, easy chicken recipes that you’ll keep coming back to all summer long. Enjoy!
Barbecue Chicken Dinner Packets
Serves: 4
·       PAM® Original No-Stick Cooking Spray
·       ½ cup Hunt’s® Original Barbecue Sauce
·       2 cups thinly sliced small red-skinned potatoes (about 4-6 potatoes)
·       4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
·       1 cup chopped green bell pepper
·       ¼ cup chopped onion
·       ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
·       ½ cup shredded reduced fat Cheddar cheese
Preheat an outdoor grill to medium-high heat according to manufacturer’s directions. Place four 18x12-inch pieces of heavy foil on the counter. Spray each with cooking spray. For each packet, spread a generous teaspoon of barbecue sauce in the center. Place ½ cup potatoes in a single layer over sauce. Spoon another teaspoon of sauce over potatoes.
Top potatoes with chicken. Spoon 1 teaspoon sauce over each breast and top each with a fourth of the bell pepper, onion and black pepper. Bring up the short sides of each foil packet and double fold the top. Double fold both ends to seal each packet, leaving space for steam to gather.
Place packets on the grate of covered grill. Grill for 15-20 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink in the centers (a meat thermometer should read 165°F) and potatoes are tender. Carefully open packets; sprinkle a fourth of cheese on top of each breast. Close foil and let stand for 2 minutes or until cheese melts.
No grill? Bake these packets in a shallow pan in a 425° oven for 20 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink in centers and potatoes are tender.
Author Bio: This is a guest post by Meredith Kimelblatt on behalf of ReadySetEat. For more family-friendly summer dinner ideas, visit www.readyseteat.com.


Deborah Patrick said...

I am loving this idea! And as a lover of BBQ chicken, I may just have to give this wee idea a a blast! lol Thanks for sharing! x

Steph @ Three Loud Kids! said...

This looks delicious! I love easy dinners like this, thanks for sharing!