Memorial Day Weekend Recipe: Barbecue Chicken Dinner Packets

Barbecue Chicken Dinner Packets

Memorial Day Weekend Recipe: Barbecue Chicken Dinner Packets

Memorial Day is one of the best holidays of the year for food-lovers, especially ones that like to grill. Whether you’re cooking out in your backyard or heading to your neighborhood block party, grilled food always steals the show during the long Memorial Day weekend.

It’s pretty safe to assume that you’ll run into your fair share of hot dogs, burgers and potato salad this Memorial Day, so try cooking something a little different to avoid burger overkill! There are dozens of alternatives to traditional grilled sandwiches, from quesadillas and kebabs to saucy tomato recipes like pizza, along with complete meals like the recipe below.

These Barbecue Chicken Dinner packets are unique in that every part of the meal (meat, potatoes and vegetables) cooks up in the same foil packet—meaning much less mess on your grill and easy cleanup later on! They’re also great for picky eaters since everyone can build their own packet to their personal tastes. This recipe puts a spin on your traditional grill foods and is so delicious that you’ll be making it all summer long!

Barbecue Chicken Dinner Packets

Prep Time: 15 min

Total Time: 40 min

  • PAM Original No-Stick Cooking Spray
  • ½ cup Hunt’s® Original Barbecue Sauce
  • 2 cups thinly sliced small red-skinned potatoes (4-6 potatoes)
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (5 oz. each)
  • 1 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • ¼ cup chopped onion
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ cup shredded reduced fat cheddar cheese

Preheat outdoor grill to medium-high heat according to manufacturer’s directions. Place four 18×12-inch pieces of heavy foil on counter. Spray each with cooking spray. For each packet, spread a generous teaspoon barbecue sauce in center. Place 1/2 cup potatoes in single layer over sauce. Spoon another teaspoon sauce over potatoes.

Top potatoes with chicken. Spoon 1 teaspoon sauce over each breast. Top each with 1/4th of the bell pepper, onion and black pepper. Bring up the short sides of each foil packet and double fold top. Double fold both ends to seal each packet, leaving space for steam to gather.

Place packets on the grate of covered grill. Grill 15 to 20 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink in centers (165°F) and potatoes are tender. Carefully open packets; sprinkle 1/4th cheese on top of each breast. Close foil and let stand 2 minutes or until cheese melts.

Tip: This recipe can also be made in the oven; bake packets in a shallow pan in a 425°F oven for 20 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink in centers and potatoes are tender.


Author Bio: This is a guest post by Meredith K. on behalf of Hunt’s. For more delicious recipes to grill this summer, along with family-favorite easy meatloaf recipes and more, visit




  1. Love it! so much less work to clean up!

  2. Yummy! Looks delightful and easy to make!

  3. I love the way food tastes when cooked in these packets. All the flavors just blend!

  4. These look delicious! I love that they are pretty simple to put together too- what a great idea! I love different grill recipes. I am your newest follower on Twitter:) Have a great weekend:)

  5. Karen Glatt says:

    You post the best recipes! I just love this recipe to try for Memorial Day! Thanks!

  6. Sharon Siqueiros says:

    Thanks for sharing this tasty recipe and idea!1 I like it so much I pinned it

  7. We love barbecue chicken but I really get bored of cooking it the same old way every time. This looks really good, and easy!

  8. This sounds good minus the bell pepper since I’m allergic.

  9. I love foil pack dinners! Thanks for joining us at Marvelous Mondays~ Paula

  10. Robin Wilson says:

    Looks delicious and easy and no more mess!

  11. That looks pretty & sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing at Sweet & Savory Saturdays #13.

    ~Amber @ Dessert Now, Dinner Later!

  12. I love foil packet cooking! Looks like a winner for bbq season.

  13. These look gorgeous 😀 I’m going to have to try them for a dinner in my home. I’d love for you to link them up over at my blog 😀

  14. This looks great!

    I would love for you to share and link up at my TGIF Link Party. The party is open every Thursday night and closes Wednesday’s at midnight.

    Have a wonderful week!

    Hugs, Cathy

  15. Found your blog through ducks n a row wonderful Wednesday link up party….thinking this might be dinner for tomorrow it looks amazingly yummy, we do this with burger thin sliced potatoes and mushrooms in the oven, but I always love a new chicken recipe

  16. I love cooking in “packets”! This sounds really good!

  17. Found you from Duck N A Row Wonderful Wednesday blog hop! Pin’d this to my gonna do!

  18. Pinned ! This looks delicious and I love all the ingredients 🙂 Thanks for sharing !

  19. Wishing you a peaceful Memorial Day Weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

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