Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Asian Foil Packet Chicken

This weekend we had a Olsen Family Camp-Out
in our BACKYARD!
We set up the tent, went on a hike(a walk around the block), had these flavorful foil dinners,
watched the fireflies as the sun set, made smores, then had a good time talking as we watched the stars. My two little boys loved every minute of it.
These foil packet dinners are so fun to make and eat at anytime of the year. You don't have to go camping to enjoy the moist and flavorful chicken and vegies.

Asian Foil Packet Chicken
adapted from My Kitchen Cafe

makes 4 servings

-4 sheets of heavy duty foil
-4 boneless skinless chicken breast (with large, thick chicken breasts, I cut them in half by butterflying them and cutting all the way through to make two thinner cuts of chicken - this helps the chicken cook quicker )
18-24 baby carrots
-2 cups sugar snap peas
-3 cloves of garlic, minced
-1 1/2 teaspoons of ginger
-1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
-2 Tablespoons of Hoisin Sauce (found in the Asian section of your grocery store) you could also substitute it for soy sauce
-Hot cooked rice

1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Cut 4 pieces of aluminum foil (heavy duty) about 12 inches square (if you don't have heavy-duty aluminum foil, use two pieces of regular aluminum foil for each packet).

2. In a small bowl, combine garlic and ginger.

3. Arrange the carrots and peas on the aluminum foil. Sprinkle with the ginger/garlic mixture (this doesn't sprinkle like salt and pepper so don't worry if you get a clump here and there - the flavors will absorb while baking), and add a little bit of salt and pepper.

4. mix together the brown sugar, and hoisin sauce in a bowl. Brush the chicken on both sides with the sauce. Top each portion of vegetables with a piece of chicken.

5. Bring opposite sides of the foil up to meet over the chicken. Fold the edges together in a ¼-inch fold, and then fold over 3 more times. Fold the open edges at either end of the packet together in a ¼-inch fold, and then fold over twice again to seal.

6. Put the foil packets on a baking sheet and bake for 30-35 minutes. Transfer the contents of each packet to a dinner plate and serve with cooked rice.

1 comment:

Melanie said...

Glad you liked this. What a fun family adventure (and your pictures are great!).