One of the easiest ways to cook foil packs is in the oven. Whether you want to bake an all-in-one meal, don’t have a grill or want to make dinner without making a mess, foil packs are a stress-free way to get food on the table.
In this recipe for BBQ Chicken Foil Packs, baking everything in a foil pack in the oven not only cuts down on cleanup, but keeps the food from burning or spilling out.
What You’ll Need:
- Heavy-duty foil
- Cooking spray
- Large cookie sheet
- Instant-read thermometer
- 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 2 cups barbecue sauce
- 2 cups drained pineapple tidbits
- 1 red bell pepper, diced
- 1 small red onion, diced
- Chopped fresh cilantro for garnish, if desired
1. Heat oven to 375°F. Cut four 18x12-inch sheets of heavy-duty foil. Arrange singly on a flat surface; spray generously with cooking spray.
2. In a medium bowl, stir chicken and barbecue sauce until well combined.
4. Bring up two longer sides of one piece of foil so the edges meet. Seal the edges, making a tight 1/2-inch fold. Fold again, allowing space on the sides for heat circulation and expansion. Fold other sides to seal. Repeat with remaining foil. Place all foil packs on cookie sheet.
5. Bake 35-40 minutes until cooked through or when juice of chicken is clear when thickest part is cut (at least 165˚F).
6. Garnish with cilantro, if desired.
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How to Test Foil Packs for Doneness
Before baking, write an “X” in permanent marker on the foil pack with the largest piece of meat or vegetable. To test foil packs for doneness, open the pack with the “X” on it just slightly, and insert an instant-read thermometer into the center of the meat. When it comes to chicken, generally speaking the temperature should read 165˚F when it’s fully cooked through; for ground meats, the temperature should read 160˚F. For a complete guide on doneness temperatures, refer to the USDA guidelines. To test vegetables for doneness, use a paring knife and cut slightly into the largest, densest vegetable (such as a potato); the vegetable should be tender.
How to Convert Grilled Foil Pack Recipes to the Oven
Most of our recipes offer instructions for cooking foil packs on both the grill or in the oven. But in some cases, the recipe only calls for the grilling method and, if you don’t own a grill, this could pose a problem. Thankfully, it’s easy to convert a recipe from the grill method to the oven.
To do so, assemble the foil packs as directed, then place them on a large cookie sheet. If the recipe calls for grilling over medium heat, bake the foil packs in the oven at 375˚F for approximately 1 1/2 to 2 times as long as called for in the grilled versions (e.g., if a recipe calls for grilling the foil packs for 20 minutes, bake them in the oven for at least 30-40 minutes).
It’s fairly safe to convert a foil pack recipe from the grill method to the oven method; however, converting from oven to grill is a little trickier. Because recipes developed for the oven method likely include ingredients or methods that don’t stand up as well to the intense direct heat of the grill, it’s best to follow the original method instructions for the recipe and bake the foil packs in the oven.
Here are some of our favorite foil pack recipes to make in the oven: