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Sunday, August 1, 2010

Chicken Dinner in a Foil Packet .... MEDITERANNEAN style!

So this is a tasty chicken recipe! It can go on the grill, or be popped in to the oven :) I found it on the Food Network and it was a keeper! The ingredient list may look extensive, but it's pretty cheap, and i had the majority of ingredients on hand! Here we go :)




  • 4 (6 ounce) boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (I only did 3)
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 1 cup thinly sliced yellow onions (1 whole onion)
  • 1 cup drained and chopped oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes (I used the non-oil packed)
  • 1/2 cup Kalamata olives, pitted and halved
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 2 tablespooons chopped fresh basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme
  • 4 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
See? Nothing tricky in that list! Now comes the fun part!


1. Prepare a grill, or preheat the oven to 500 degrees F.

2. Prepare 4 sheets of heavy-duty aluminum foil- obviously 3 if you do less chicken. Make the foil sheets pretty large- they will be STUFFED! Fold in half crosswise to crease, then unfold. Divide the spinach among the 4 foil sheets, placing it in the center of the bottom half.

3. Lightly coat both sides of each chicken breast with oil, then season with the Italian seasoning, 1 teaspoon of the salt, and 1/2 teaspoon of the pepper. Place one chicken fillet in the center of each spinach portion.

4. In a medium bowl, combine the onions, tomatoes, olives, garlic, wine, basil, thyme, remaining 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper, and stir to combine. Pile the tomato mixture on top of each chicken breast, spreading to cover evenly and allow any liquid to puddle around the chicken.

5. Top each portion with 1 ounce of cheese.

6. One at a time, fold the top of the foil over the chicken, and starting at the corner, fold the edges of foil over to tightly seal, each fold overlapping the previous one.

7. Place on the grill, or if using the oven, place the packets on a baking sheet and bake until the packages puff and the chicken is cooked through, about 15-20 minutes. You may want to use a meat thermometer as cooking times will vary upon heat and coking method!

8. Remove from the grill or oven, and cut the tops of the packets open with a small, sharp knife. Serve immediately either in the foil packets, or by removing the chicken, toppings and sauce to dinner plates.

Enjoy :) These were so yummy and so flavorful! Like the title says, chicken dinner in one packet! Try this!

1 comment:

  1. This recipe was incredible! I made it for dinner tonight and my fiance and I both agreed it was one of the best things we've ever made. I posted about it on my blog (and directed readers here for the recipe). Thanks!!