Looking for a premade foil pack dinner for camping? Your family will love this Santa Fe Chicken Foil Packet recipe—served with brown rice!

Santa Fe Chicken Foil Packet with rice

Friends, heading out on a camping trip, or even a big family gathering, where you want an easy meal? These chicken breasts are topped with black beans, corn, bell peppers, cheese, and more– cooked in foil packets on the grill for easy entertaining.

Santa Fe Chicken Foil Packet

Our family loves this easy Santa Fe Chicken Foil Packet dinner. It doesn’t take long to put together, and then toss on the grill, with no clean up!

Once prepared, dinner is ready in 30 minutes! You may have already tried our Vegetable Sausage Foil Pack Dinner.

Santa Fe Chicken Foil Packet ingredients

Santa Fe Chicken Foil Packet Meal Ingredients:

Let’s get started. Gather these ingredients to make ahead the packs (print the FULL recipe below):

  • Chicken breasts
  • Chili powder + cumin
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Black beans drained & rinsed
  • Whole kernel sweet corn
  • Bell peppers
  • Salsa
  • Jalapeños, thinnly sliced (optional)
  • Mexican cheese or monterey jack
  • Cilantro and fresh tomatoes
  • Sour cream

Santa Fe Chicken Foil Packet with cheese

Product you need:

Heavy duty foil.

how to make Santa Fe Chicken Foil Packet

How to make Santa Fe Chicken Foil Packets

Santa Fe Chicken Foil Packets are perfect for outdoor grilling, and the secret is in tenderizing the chicken.

You are going to love the ease of putting these foil packs together. Get the kids in the kitchen with you to help! Make it an assembly line, and you’ll have them made in no time :)

Buy this tool, for tenderizing the chicken. It’s quick and easy and makes the best chicken! Or, use whatever tool you have in your kitchen.

Here > Oxo Meat Tenderizer

Once you tenderize and prepare the chicken, you add the toppings, seal up the pack, and it’s ready for grilling.

fork bite of Santa Fe Chicken

How do you serve a Santa Fe Chicken Foil Packet Meal

Serve garnished with freshly chopped cilantro, jalapeño, avocado, Greek yogurt, and a lime wedge, for an extra burst of zesty flavor!

We serve this meal with warm corn tortillas, homemade salsa and fresh guacamole, for the perfect meal!

Santa Fe Chicken

Tips and substitutions:

By keeping the breasts on the thin side, it helps to ensure that the chicken is thoroughly cooked and ready when the vegetables are. Larger cut breasts will take longer to cook, thereby possibly resulting in overcooked vegetables.

Using a tenderizer makes the chicken most tender!

Toppings to add once the chicken is cooked: Freshly chopped cilantro, jalapeño, avocado, Greek yogurt or sour cream, and a lime wedge for extra zesty flavor!

Serve with rice and more beans.

Heavier foil prevents spills and breakage on the grill or in the oven.

2 foil pack meals

How to fold the packets 

Place 8 large, heavy pieces of foil on a flat surface and spray each with cooking spray. Set chicken breasts on top.

Divide beans, corn, peppers, and salsa over the top of the eight chicken breasts. Optional to sprinkle with thinly sliced jalapenos.

Bring together each end of the foil packet, lengthwise. Fold down 2-3 times, making sure to tighten the packet as you go. Don’t fold too tightly, as you want there to be enough room for the food to create steam and ventilate while it cooks.

Santa Fe Chicken bite

Fire up the Grill

These foil packets are easy to toss on the grill. They will take 10-12 minutes each side to cook, flipping halfway through. Time will depend on the thickness of the chicken.

Test for doneness using a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the chicken breast, reaching 165 degrees F.

Carefully remove the packets to a platter.

Santa Fe Chicken with rice

How do I serve my Santa Fe Chicken Foil Packets?

Place packets on a large platter. When cool enough to handle, open each foil packet and sprinkle each chicken breast with shredded Mexican cheese.

Carefully open packets and top with cheese. Seal back up for 5-10 minutes, leaving on the platter (cheese will melt).

For serving, everyone makes their own foil pack; add cilantro, tomatoes, and sour cream. Optional to set out more salsa.

Serve with a side of brown rice!

These foil packets make for a delicious, low-carb dinner that will have you savoring each bite.

More foil pack dinners to try:

Shrimp Scampi Foil Pack Dinner

Caprese Chicken Foil Packs

Grilled New England Seafood Foil Packets

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Santa Fe Chicken Foil Packet

Ingredients

  • 8 chicken breasts 6-7 oz each
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 cans 15 ounces black beans drained & rinsed
  • 1 can 15 ounce whole kernel sweet corn, drained
  • 2 cup diced bell peppers, mix up the colors
  • 1 1/2 - 2 cups salsa
  • 3 jalapeños, thinnly sliced (optional)
  • 1 cup Mexican cheese or monterey jack, shredded
  • Cilantro and fresh tomatoes, chopped for garnish
  • Sour cream for garnish

Equipment

  • 8 sheets of foil

Instructions

  • First step is to tenderize the chicken breasts. We use OXO tenderizer for the most tender, softest chicken.
  • In a large bowl, add the chicken breasts. Sprinkle with the chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper. Rub in the spices, mixing with your hands. Optional to place all in a Ziploc bag; seal and mix together.
  • Place 8 large pieces of foil on flat surface and spray each with cooking spray. Set the chicken breasts on top.
  • Divide beans, corn, peppers, and salsa over the top of the 8 chicken breasts. Optional to sprinkle with thinly sliced jalapenos.
  • Bring together each end of the foil packet, lengthwise. Fold down 2-3 times, making sure to tighten the packet as you go. Don’t fold too tightly, as you want there to be enough room for the food to create steam and ventilate while it cooks.

How to grill:

  • Preheat grill to medium-high heat.
  • Place packets on the grill for 10 minutes, then flip over for another 10-12 minutes. You want the chicken to be cooked at 165°F.
  • Place packets on a large platter. Carefully open packets and top with cheese. Seal back up for 5-10 minutes, leaving on the platter (cheese will melt).
  • For serving, everyone makes their own foil pack; add cilantro, tomatoes, and sour cream. Optional to set out more salsa.
  • Serve with a side of brown rice!
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Santa Fe Chicken Foil Packet

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