Thursday, June 21, 2018

Italian Mozzarella Chicken Foil Packets

This fantastic meal is everything you need all in a foil packet - cook it on the grill or in the oven.

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I'm all about the foil packets right now. I have made one particular foil packet dinner for years and years and years (Hobo Dinner) and branched out recently with different proteins and vegetables in these recipes. This particular foil packet recipe is marinated chicken with zucchini, carrots, onion, and potatoes. I love that there was an option for grilling or baking in the oven. I opted for oven baking personally because I love how easy it is to just open the packets and get nice browned and bubbly cheese on top with the help of my broiler.

The marinade is fabulous with lemon, balsamic vinegar, and a variety of spices. It's a great summertime meal for sure.

What you need:
  • 4 thinly sliced chicken breasts
For the marinade:
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar 
  • 3 to 4 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 tsp. dried basil
  • 1 tsp. dried parsley
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
For the veggies:
  • 2 medium zucchini, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups potatoes, cubed in 1/2-inch pieces
  • 3 to 4 medium carrots, sliced
  • 1/2 small onion, diced
  • 2 Tbsp. butter, divided into 8 cubes
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
For garnish:
  • Fresh parsley, chopped
  • Fresh lemon juice
  1. Whisk together all marinade ingredients and place in a gallon-size zipper bag. Remove 1/4 cup marinade and set aside.
  2. Add chicken to zipper bag, seal, and marinate for 2 hours in the refrigerator.
  3. Towards the end of your chicken marinating, place potatoes and carrots in a large microwave-safe dish. Add 1 Tbsp. water, cover, and microwave for 5 minutes. Drain, if needed.
  4. In a large bowl, stir together potatoes and carrots with zucchini, onions, and 1/4 cup reserved marinade. 
  5. To assemble: using four large pieces of heavy duty aluminum foil, spray lightly with nonstick cooking spray. Add a piece of chicken in the middle of each piece of foil.
  6. Divide vegetables between packets and place around chicken. Place 2 cubes of butter in each packet. Seal and transfer to baking sheet.
  7. To bake: cook in a preheated 400 degree oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until vegetables are tender and chicken is cooked completely. Open foil carefully and sprinkle chicken with cheese. Broil packets open until cheese has melted.
  8. To grill: cook on a preheated 400 degree grill with the lid closed for 15 to 20 minutes or until vegetables are tender and chicken is cooked completely. Open foil carefully and sprinkle chicken with cheese. Close lid and grill until cheese has melted.
  9. Garnish with fresh parsley and lemon juice.
Recipe from Carlsbad Cravings

If you want some sausage instead, definitely try these Cheesy Sausage Foil Packets that have delicious smoked sausage in them. For a more Taco Tuesday feel, these Foil Packet Creamy Salsa Verde Chicken, Rice, and Veggies from Chelsea's Messy Apron.


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