I will never run out of foil recipes with my new 150 Best Recipes for Cooking in Foil: Ovens, BBQ, Camping cookbook. When I was in college my roommate introduced me to foil packet meals and it has been something I have loved to do.
Last week I decided to make a Santa Fe Chicken and Rice dish that I found in my new cookbook. It was very simple to prepare. The only thing that I did make two changes. The recipe said to bake in a preheated oven for 15-20 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink inside. It took my chicken about an hour to fully cook. I waited until it was moist and tender. The other change I made was, I substituted canned corn with frozen corn.
Sante Fe Chicken and Rice Recipe
- Preheat oven to 425 f
- 4 double sheets heavy duty-foil, top sheets sprayed with nonstick cooking spray
- 1 can (14 to 19 oz/398 to 540mL) black beans, drained and rinsed
- 2 cups frozen corn kernels
- 1 can (10 oz/284mL) diced tomatoes, drained
- 1 can (4 1/2 oz/127 mL) diced green chiles
- 1/2 tsp ground cumin
- 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (each about 4 oz/125g)
- 2 cups cooked rice
- 1/2 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend
- In a medium bowl, combine beans, corn, tomatoes chiles and cumin.
- Place a chicken breast on each prepared foil sheet. Spoon bean mixture over top, dividing evenly. Arrange rice around chicken. Fold foil into tent-style packets and seal edges tightly. Place packets on a baking sheet.
- Bake in preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink.
- Remove from oven and open packets with caution, allowing steam to escape. Sprinkle with cheese and loosely close packets, without touching cheese. Let stand for 2 minutes or until cheese is melted.
I liked that this recipe did not require a lot of seasoning. The dish was pretty flavorful and my family liked it. M son wanted to add lots of cheese, because it added to the flavor and he also loves cheese. I can see where someone may decide to lightly season the chicken, but we liked it this way. Lord knows I need to stay away from salt.
Cooking in foil is:
- quick and effortless
- easy to store and transport
- perfect for busy people
- moist and flavorful
150 Best Recipes for Cooking in Foil has recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner side dishes and desserts. I will be looking for a new dish to prepare next week.