chicken foil packet with broccoli, bacon, and rice

Chicken, Broccoli, and Rice Foil Packets

By Rachel Tiemeyer
June 3, 2021

Chicken, broccoli, cheddar cheese, and bacon are served over brown rice in these ooey, gooey chicken foil packets. Grill, bake, or cook over the campfire! You can even make them ahead and freeze for later with our instructions.

chicken foil packet with broccoli, bacon, and rice

This post was created in partnership with Hy-Vee (Columbia)

Whether you’re going camping or just want an easy, fun meal to throw on the grill or in the oven, everyone loves these individual foil packets! With plenty of protein, a carb, and vegetables, each one is a hearty, one-packet-wonder dinner.

Ingredients In Chicken Foil Packets

These packets only require 5 main ingredients. Here’s what you’ll need…

Cooked rice, diced chicken, broccoli, shredded cheddar cheese, bacon, and butter on a cutting board
  1. Cooked brown rice (Shortcut: Buy Uncle Ben’s or another brand of pre-cooked rice)
  2. Chicken breasts
  3. Broccoli florets (Shortcut: Buy the bagged broccoli florets in the produce section.)
  4. Shredded cheddar cheese
  5. Cooked bacon (Shortcut: Buy bacon bits or pre-cooked bacon from the refrigerated section.)

Other than that, you just need a few ingredients from the fridge and pantry: butter, salt, and pepper. Sounds delicious, right?!

Where to Get Your Ingredients

We suggest grabbing all your ingredients at your local Hy-Vee grocery store or using their Aisles Online to have your groceries delivered or prepared for pick up. They are always well-stocked and offer the best meat and produce around.

To make things easy for you, we’ve already started a custom shopping cart with all the Chicken, Broccoli, and Rice Foil Packet ingredients to save you time…

chicken foil packet with broccoli, bacon, and rice

Video Tutorial

Watch this 1 minute video to see how to put together your Chicken Foil Packets…

How to Make Chicken Foil Packs

Make these foil packets in just a few simple steps. See the recipe at the bottom of the post for more details.

1. Preheat a grill to medium-high heat or the oven to 400°F. (See campfire cooking directions below.) Tear off 6 pieces of heavy-duty foil that measure roughly 12×12 inches and set aside.

2. On a cutting board, dice the chicken into bite-sized pieces. Season with the salt and pepper on all sides.

Raw, diced chicken that's been seasoned with salt and pepper on a plate

3. Assemble the Foil Packets: Spray each piece of foil with cooking spray. To each piece of foil, add a scoop of cooked rice and top it with 1 tablespoon of the butter. Add some diced chicken, broccoli florets, shredded cheese, and chopped, cooked bacon. Fold up the sides of the foil and seal. (Freezing instructions begin here.)

rice, chicken, broccoli, cheese, and bacon on a piece of foil

4. Cook the Foil Packets: You have two options for cooking the foil packs. Either place the foil packs directly on the grill (do not close the lid) or in the oven and cook for 20-25 minutes. (The chicken is done when a thermometer inserted in the chicken registers 165°F or no longer is pink in the middle. The broccoli should be tender, as well.) Remove the foil packs from the heat (using tongs) and let stand for about 5 minutes. Carefully open each pack to release the steam and enjoy!

How to Cook Chicken Foil Packets Over a Campfire

Bonus: You can take these foil packs camping! Keep the prepared foil packets cold in a cooler on ice until you’re ready to cook them. Set them out to warm slightly while you build a campfire in a fire pit. Place a grate over the fire. Once the fire has burned down a little and is nice and hot (needs to be hot enough that you can only hold your hand over the grate for a second or so), you can cook your foil packets on the grate for about 20-30 minutes. Make sure the chicken is completely cooked through (no more pink). Open the packets carefully (steam will release) and let cool slightly before eating.

Can You Freeze This Foil Packet Dinner?

Definitely! This works as a make-ahead and freeze meal. So, be sure to double your batch so you can have one for dinner tonight and freeze one for later. Here’s how:

chicken foil packets in a freezer bag

Freeze For Later: Put your packets together according to the recipe instructions. Then, before cooking them, place the foil packets in a large freezer bag or container. Seal and freeze.

Prepare From Frozen: Thaw completely in the refrigerator. Either grill, bake, or cook over a campfire until done.

chicken foil packet with broccoli, bacon, and rice
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chicken foil packet with broccoli, bacon, and rice

Chicken, Broccoli, and Rice Foil Packets

  • Author: Thriving Home
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Chicken
  • Method: Grill
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

Chicken, broccoli, cheddar cheese, and bacon are served over brown rice in these ooey, gooey chicken foil packets. Grill, bake, or cook over the campfire! You can even make them ahead and freeze for later with our instructions.


Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 cups cooked brown rice (Shortcut: Two Uncle Ben’s Ready Brown Rice 8.8 ounce packs)
  • 6 tablespoons salted butter
  • 4 cups broccoli florets, cut into bite-sized pieces (Shortcut: One 12 ounce package of pre-cut Hy-Vee Broccoli Florets)
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 12 ounces bacon, cooked and chopped into bite-sized pieces (Shortcut: Hy-Vee Fully Cooked Bacon)

Instructions

Make It Now:

  1. Preheat a grill to medium-high heat or the oven to 400°F. 
  2. Tear off 6 pieces of heavy-duty foil that measure roughly 12×12 inches and set aside.
  3. On a cutting board, dice the chicken into bite-sized pieces. Season with the salt and pepper on all sides. (If you want, you could add a little onion powder and garlic powder too, but totally optional.)
  4. Assemble the Foil Packets: To each piece of foil, scoop 1/2 cup of the cooked rice and top it with 1 tablespoon of the butter. Add about 1/2 cup of chicken, 2/3 cup broccoli, 1/3 cup cheese, and about 2-3 tablespoons of the chopped bacon. Fold up the sides of the foil and seal. (Freezing instructions begin here.)
  5. Cook the Foil Packets: You have two options for cooking the foil packs. Either place the foil packs directly on the grill (do not close the lid) or in the oven and cook for 20-25 minutes. (The chicken is done when a thermometer inserted in the chicken registers 165°F or no longer is pink in the middle. The broccoli should be tender, as well.)
  6. Remove the foil packs from the heat (using tongs) and let stand for about 5 minutes. Carefully open each pack to release the steam and enjoy!

Freeze For Later: Follow Steps 2-4. Place the foil packets in a large freezer bag or container. Seal and freeze.

Prepare From Frozen: Thaw completely in the refrigerator. Follow Step 1 and then Steps 5-6.


Notes

Bonus: You can take these camping! Keep them cold in a cooler with ice until you’re ready to cook them. Set them out to warm slightly while you build a campfire in a fire pit. Place a grate over the fire. Once the fire has burned down a little and is nice and hot, you can cook your foil packets on the grate for about 20-30 minutes. Make sure the chicken is completely cooked through.

To make things easy for you, we’ve already started a custom shopping cart with all the Chicken, Broccoli, and Rice Foil Packet ingredients to save you time…

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