Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: Exploring Food ~ Chicken Packets

butter the foil"Grease" center of foil with margarine

marinade chickenmarinade chicken ~ pierced

layer thinly sliced potatoeslayer thinly sliced potatoes
sprinkle with season salt

add carrotsadd carrots

and garlicand garlic

add peppersadd peppers

and zucchiniand zucchini!

Sasha testing ZucchiniSasha tested ALL the veggies along the way!

time for the chickentime for the chicken
there is the marinade we love!

garlic powdersprinkle with garlic powder
I've found this makes my chicken extra tender!

make a tentmake tents with the packets & crease

finished packetsfinished packets are sealed on ends, too
leave room for heat to circulate within packets

bake @ 450°Bake at wait, what?
That was supposed to be 450°.

bake for 20 minutesBake for 20 minutes.

done chickencut into chicken
ensure juices run clear

serveserve beautiful yummy dinner!

save leftoverssave 1 packet with juices for late night snack

Wordful Notes: This dish inspired by Campfire Potato & Cheese Bake and Reynold's Foil Packet Recipes. This was an exploration of food for me, too.

What I would do differently:
  • slice carrots or leave them out - they didn't get tender enough
  • MORE veggies! definitely more peppers. and potatoes. and... yeah, more.
  • bake at correct temp
  • add extra marinade to packets
  • I think the dish would have been improved by being served over rice. I believe there is a way to do rice in the packets... I will be looking into it.

11 comments:

  1. What a great way to write up a recipe! The photos are so helpful. Too bad we don't eat chicken, though, alas.

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  2. Bake for 2000 minutes? Yikes! ;)

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  3. I agree, the photos are helpful! As a vegetarian, I'm thinking I'd still make this, sans meat, and maybe do it on the grill! Looks delicious!

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  4. Off topic.... but I love your daughter's dress! So stinkin' cute! And yes, the meal was an inspiring idea too. ;)

    Visiting from Natural
    Parents Network
    !

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  5. I love the idea of having your dinner all ready together in a handy packet. I'm wondering if I could do it with some kind of saucy tofu... hm!

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  6. Thank you! We do this a lot with veggies, but I never thought of adding chicken.

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  7. Visiting from Natural Parents Network!

    That looks yummy and super easy! It would probably work great on a bbq, too, when turning on the oven seems unbearable in the summer.

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  8. Thanks everyone! The inspiration came partially from campfire cooking and this would be PERFECT for grilling, I just loved the convenience, even in the oven.

    And thank you Rosemary! So NOT off topic! I made sure to include a photo of my little helper sampling the zucchini. My mom made that dress for my older daughter a decade ago! I chose the fabric because it is reminiscent of Vincent VanGogh.

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  9. Cool about Sasha's dress and the fabric!

    I like the idea of titling my recipes "exploring food," because that's what I'm always doing, too! Thanks for sharing your experience.

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