Turns out, one of the easiest supper recipes ever is to cook chicken in foil with some vegetables, wet with a little barbecue sauce. Easy prep + fast clean-up = happy cooks!
That’s what can happen after the fuss and bustle of the holidays, you know, that busy season that nowadays starts about the time Halloween pumpkins turn black. By now, the tree is long trimmed and recycled, the cookies frosted and consumed, the cards written and read, the carols sung and dismissed, the gifts purchased and unwrapped, the rejects noted and returned, the thank you’s written and posted, the out-of-town family come and gone, the parties hosted and attended, the champagne popped and toasted.
All that remains is, well, January.
January. It’s like life on a diet after weeks of holiday excess. It’s back to work, back to school, back to morning workouts, back to full nights of sleep, back to both weekend nights at home with the family.
January. It’s like life.
TIN FOIL CHICKEN & VEGGIES
Time-to-table: 1 hour, 10 minutes
Serves 4 but easily multiplied & divided
- Barbecue sauce
- 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut in half-inch strips
- 1 green pepper, sliced in rings or diced
- 1 red pepper, sliced in rings or diced
- 4 small new potatoes, sliced thin
- OPTIONAL Other vegetables such as frozen corn or peas, diced onion, mushroom slices
- Additional barbecue sauce
Preheat the oven to 350F. Tear off four sheets of foil (preferably heavy duty), each about 12 x 15 inches. Smear about a tablespoon of barbecue sauce in a rough rectangular shape in the middle of each sheet.
Divide the chicken slices among the four sheets atop the barbecue sauce. Add the peppers, potatoes and any other vegetables. Drizzle another tablespoon of barbecue sauce over top.
In half-inch pleats, fold the foil over itself first lengthwise and then crosswise to create tightly sealed packets.
Place on a baking sheet and bake for 50 minutes or until chicken is fully cooked. Carefully cut open the packets. Serve and enjoy!
My friend Marty cooks tinfoil packets in her fireplace!
To cook a food in a wrapper of foil or parchment (or other materials) is to cook 'en papillote'[pah-pee-YOHT, PAH-peh-loht]. I especially like to cook vegetables in foil on the grill.
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