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(Easy) Chicken Packets on the Grill

August 19, 2013

chicken in foil

Sometimes you just need a quick (homemade) meal. Fast forward 3 months from now, and I will always need a quick meal. I’m pretty sure that’s what having 3 kids under 2 will do to my cooking routine.

Among other things.

So, I’m thinking ahead (ha!) and trying to create a list of go-to quick recipes. I like this one because the prep is super fast and it fits into the healthy category.  You still need time to preheat the grill & cook the packets, but it cooks unattended…so it fits ‘easy’ to me.

I pinned this recipe a couple of times before realizing I should really try it. I made it a couple of times to adjust the seasonings/ingredients (which are totally flexible to your own tastes – use the whole can of black beans, more corn, less cumin, add crushed red pepper, etc – as you wish).

chicken packets on grill

Along with the other changes currently occurring in my life (namely, my growing body, moving to a new city & home, leaving my job, and so on), it seems fitting that my recipes also adjust.


4 large chicken breasts
1 can diced tomatoes, including juices
1/2 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup frozen corn
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp salt, plus more for chicken
1/2 tsp pepper
1 cup shredded cheese, to taste
Chopped, fresh Parsley, to taste

  • Preheat grill.  Cut 4 pieces of foil into 12″x12″ squares (or a little larger)…I like to double wrap each piece.  Spray foil with nonstick cooking spray. Place 1 chicken breast in each foil square & lightly sprinkle with salt.
  • Combine tomatoes (with juices), black beans, corn, seasonings (cumin, garlic powder, S & P) in a medium bowl. Mix well.
  • Evenly distribute 1/4 of the tomato mixture on each chicken breast. Wrap foil around chicken, leaving a small hole on top.
  • Place packets on hot grill for 20-25min, or until chicken is cooked. Remove from grill; open & sprinkle each packet with 1/4 cup cheese (or to taste) and Parsley. Close packet a min or 2 so the cheese can melt.

Enjoy!  We usually just cut up the chicken and eat it with tortilla chips. You could serve it over rice for more of a traditional meal, too. Opening a bag of chips is just the easiest option 🙂

One Comment leave one →
  1. sarahg permalink
    August 20, 2013 12:18 pm

    Yummy! Will definitely try this! 🙂

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