Have you heard of a foil packet dinner? I see them all over the internet, but had never gotten around to trying one until last night. The basic idea is that you cook a complete meat and veggies dinner by wrapping the ingredients in aluminum foil, creating a foil-packet, and then baking it in the oven. Trapped heat steams the veggies and bakes the meat. I thought this sounded pretty interesting, so I chose to make Sunny Lemon Chicken and Broccoli, and it was terrific! It required minimum effort and practically no cleanup.
First, prep all your ingredients and make a seasoning blend. Then, oil and season your chicken.
Next, place each piece of chicken on a sheet of foil that’s at least 12 inches long. (You may want to cut it a bit longer if your broccoli florets are large.) Place two slices of lemon on each chicken breast and layer on your veggies. Then, fold the foil into a neat packet, making sure to squash down the edges so all the juices and heat stay in while baking.
Place the foil packets straight on the middle oven rack and bake them until chicken is no longer pink. It’s really easy to open the packets and re-close them to check for doneness, just use caution because they’ll be very hot!
Once your dinner is done, open the packets and let them cool for a few minutes. There will be some excess juice in the bottom of the packet, so be careful when transferring your chicken and veggies to a plate.
I really enjoyed this recipe, but what I loved most was how the lemon juice infused every ingredient. It made the chicken moist, the broccoli bright, and the entire dish fragrant and delish. I was also pleasantly surprised with the texture of the tomatoes and broccoli, as neither were over cooked and mushy. Since I was cooking for myself I cut the recipe in half, and ended up eating all of it. It was too good not to, and next time I might add a side of brown rice. So, now I understand why everyone is talking about foil-packet dinners. It was super easy to make and there was barely anything to clean,which is always great!
Here are a few more foil-packet recipes that I’ve put on my list to make.
Have you ever made a foil-packet dinner?