Loving The Northwest

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Friday, January 8, 2010

What's for Dinner? Chicken Packets

This is what we had for dinner last night.

This one of my favorite easy, cheap, all-in-one meals. I didn't make it look very pretty, but they are so good.

You can make it in a variety of ways. I like to use chicken and potatoes.

Take a sheet of tin foil spray a little oil on it. Place chicken and diced potatoes on it. I normally add a couple strips of green pepper and onions. Then put about three tablespoons of butter, garlic salt, and pepper (or whatever herbs you want). Pull up opposite sides and foil and fold, then do that with the other sides to keep in all the steam. I put the oven on 375, place chicken packet on a cookie sheet and bake for about 45 minutes. I top them with a little sour cream and chives.

It turns out great every time.

The cost was about $2.28 for a family of 4 (chicken was on sale for $1.79lb and potatoes were $.98 for 5 lbs and I used about 1/2 the bag.

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1 comment:

Yasmin said...

Instead of potatoes you can also add a package of frozen veggies or even fresh ones. I love doing tin foil chicken packets because I hate cooking and this take the cooking out of it since it's in the oven.

Another thing that way: chicken thighs (typically 69 cents a pound and around $3 for a whole package). Same thing - tin foil packets per person with a chicken thigh that has been marinaded with orange or pineapple juice concentrate, brown sugar, honey, ginger powder and soy sauce (no salt since the soy sauce has enough). Sometimes I'll skip the juice concentrate and just use a can of pineapple juice and add the pineapple slices/chunks to the top of the chicken. Once it's almost done I'll open each packet and let it finish baking for another ten minutes so the skin can get a bit crispy. For us (a family of 8) this typically costs less than $10 to make.

Speaking of potatoes... the 10 lb bag is on sale at Albertsons for 99 cents.

Oh, and one more way: pork chops, fresh apples and a bit of brown sugar. You can make a glaze with brown sugar and orange juice or apple juice add the pork chops to the tin foil packets and top with the apples. Pork chops and apples are on sale at Albertsons for 99 cents a pound.