Monday, June 28, 2010

Foil-Pack Chicken with Artichokes, Tomatoes, and Rice

It seems like I’m all about the rice dishes lately, huh? I’ve now posted three rice-centric recipes in a row. Hopefully later this week I’ll have a little bit more variety for you!

I’m a huge fan of foil-packet dinners like this -- they’re sort of like one-pot wonders, only wrapped in foil instead. This is a complete meal in one, with chicken, vegetables, a starch, and even a delicious sauce. We all really liked this meal a lot. I pretty much stuck to the original recipe, except I used brown rice, adjusted for serving size and added a sprinkle of cheese to the top of each packet (because cheese makes everything better, right?). This was so incredibly low-maintenance, and really flavorful and delicious too. Can’t beat that!


Foil-Pack Chicken with Artichokes, Tomatoes, and Rice
source: adapted from Kraft Foods

1 1/2 cups instant brown rice, uncooked
1 1/2 cups warm chicken stock
3 small boneless skinless chicken breast halves, 1/2 inch thick
Salt and pepper to taste
1 can artichoke hearts, drained, quartered
1 can diced tomatoes, drained
1/2 cup Italian dressing
1/4 cup pesto
Parmesan cheese

1. Heat oven to 400°.

2. Mix rice and chicken stock; spoon onto centers of 3 large sheets heavy-duty foil. Top with chicken. Season with salt and pepper to taste, then top chicken with artichokes and tomatoes; drizzle with combined dressing and pesto.

3. Bring up foil sides. Double fold top and both ends to seal each packet, leaving room for heat circulation inside. Place on a baking sheet with rimmed edges.

4. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until chicken is done. Remove packets from oven; let stand 5 minutes. Cut slits in foil with sharp knife to release steam before opening. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese.

6 comments:

Allison said...

I am starring this one and will be making it ASAP. I love the no-clean-up of foil packet meals and NEVER thought you could do rice that way! We will DEFINITELY add this to the menu for next week!

Keri said...

I love foil-cooked dishes, too-- mainly because it means no pans to clean:-). I can't wait to try this one!

Cara said...

I"m also starring this one. I've always read about foil packet dinners, but never actually tried one. Loving the artichokes and pesto in this one!

Julie said...

Looks great...wonder if it would work on the campfire.

Allison said...

Made this tonight and LOVED it! Thanks!

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