How to make foil packet meals for camping with chicken, beef, pork or vegetarian. Easy recipes for campfires or barbecue you’ll love.
Starting with this chicken foil packet recipe and continuing on to others, we will help you plan a few foil packet meals for camping here. Easy to throw together and enjoy when you’re away from home. Make them all!
For the latter it is nice to have a few days worth of dinners to take with you. If everything is canned and all you have to keep cold is the meat that is easy. Just freeze it all in a separate cooler and only open when necessary.
That will keep it cold for a good couple of days this way. If you freeze water bottles and include that in your cooler it will stay even longer. Just a few camping hacks you might want to take advantage of. 😉
Chicken Foil Packets
This is one of the best day one meals. I say this because chicken and pork get eaten first when we are traveling. If you do have an outlet available I would suggest this cooler so meat will stay cooler even longer.
How do you make a foil packet for camping?
It’s quite simple. Once you have all of your ingredients ready you want to lay as many large pieces of foil set down on the counter. Fold the sides up so any liquids will stay contained. Then roll up ends, seal at top and sides.
For this fiesta chicken camping meal this is what you’re going to take with you:
- Small chicken breasts, boneless skinless is best
- Canned corn, drained
- A can of black beans, drained
- Jar or 1 1/2 cups homemade salsa
- Diced bell peppers
- Taco seasoning
- Chees is optional
You can prepare these before you leave or when you’re out. I prefer to wait until right before they’re going to cooked. Don’t forget a can opener too!
Can you freeze foil packet meals?
You could but you’d need heavy duty foil. This will prevent freezer burn and/or leaking out the sides when defrosted and cooking. It is almost twice as thick and worth the extra couple of dollars per roll.
How does foil cooking work?
Whether you’re using an oven, fire or charcoal grill it works well to conduct heat. The foil is also a good barrier so food inside doesn’t burn or overcook.
Tin foil dinners is what some people call this and other campfire dinner recipes. If you want added veggies you could poke, rub olive oil over some sweet potatoes or russets and smoke baked potatoes on the side too.
For this chicken and veggies meal here are quick step by steps on how they’re created. Should take less than 30 minutes to prep them with approx. a 20 minute cooking time.
Time needed: 20 minutes.
Foil Wrapped Chicken
Set grill to medium high heat. Cut six 12-18″ pieces of foil in rectangular shapes. Spray each with some non stick spray.
Season both sides of chicken with taco seasoning or just salt and pepper, and then lay in the middle of the foil wrap.
Mix together the remaining ingredients EXCEPT cheese. Divide evenly between the 6 packets on top of the meat.
- Foil Packets
Fold the pockets are created this way; bring the long sides of the aluminum foil to meet over the meat. Fold the ends of the foil together twice to create a seam.
Roll up the shorter ends at least twice to create a sealed pocket/packet.
Place on to the grill and close lid for 15-20 minutes. Halfway through rotate packets so they cook evenly. Use thermometer in thickest part of meat to ensure middle is 165F or more before consuming.
Before serving sprinkle tops with cheese and close foil for 5 minutes to melt. Garnish with green onions, sour cream avocado etc..
Foil Packet Meals for Camping
Here are a few foil packet dinners that aren’t chicken you may want to bring on your camping trip:
- We do have a variety of camping recipes here to choose from. For foil specific ideas there are:
- Steak packets with potatoes are great while grilling at home or at the campsite. You could also make steak bites using our steak dry rub with cubed taters cooked over a grill.
- Vegetables in foil work well if you want something vegetarian or want to make grilled pork chops or smoked beer can chicken separate.
- Shrimp foil packets are kinda’ like our shrimp boil but cooked outside.
We have made foil packet stuffed peppers using poblanos that we love. Think of stuffed green peppers but made in aluminum foil that you can make when you’re away from home. I know, YUM.
How can I meat cheap when camping?
This is what we do: Bring protein or Cliff bars to eat for either breakfast or lunch. Prepare a few hiking meals like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, tuna fish and crackers or other throw together ideas. Then prepare a protein packed actual meal like we’ve shared here.
That way it is cheaper, you’ll still feel full all day long, and you’re only cooking once a day. After the 3rd or 4th day eat all the leftovers from the days before that have been stored in the cooler and reheated in cast iron skillets over the grill or campfire.
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Chicken Foil Packets
- Set grill to medium high heat. Cut six 12-18" pieces of foil in rectangular shapes. Spray each with some non stick spray.
- Season both sides of chicken with taco seasoning and lay in the middle of the foil.
- Mix together the remaining ingredients EXCEPT cheese in a bowl and divide evenly between the 6 packets on top of the meat.
- Fold the pockets; bring the long sides of the aluminum foil to meet over the chicken. Fold the ends of the foil together folding twice to create a seam. Roll up the shorter ends at least twice to create a sealed pocket/packet.
- Place on to the grill and close lid for 15-20 minutes. Halfway through rotate packets so they cook evenly. Use thermometer in thickest part of meat to ensure middle is 165F or more before consuming.
- Before serving sprinkle tops with cheese and close foil for 5 minutes to melt. Garnish with green onions, sour cream avocado etc..