Perfect for camping, these chicken fajitas are made easily in a foil pouch and grilled until smoky and charred! Top with your favorite toppings and enjoy!
Are you a camper? Growing up we never really went camping. We went on some pretty awesome vacations, but I guess we weren’t camping folk 🙂 Which, honestly, is fine by me! I love the idea of it; everyone tucked into cozy tents, a big campfire, s’mores, nature, closeness, technology-free, and of course, the campfire foods. But… well I have a feeling if I slept on the ground… I’d never get back up lol.
So around here in The Chunky Chef household, we enjoy camping-style foods, but on our patio instead. We can still all gather around the fire pit, roast some marshmallows, tell stories, and spend some much needed tech-free time together. But at the end of the night we get to go into an air conditioned house and sleep in comfy beds instead. Hey, it’s what works for us 😉
And if the weather doesn’t cooperate with us, we cook our camping-style foods indoors and gather around the kitchen table for some games and cards with the family. Here in Ohio, this time of year can be pretty tumultuous, weather-wise. The days start off hot and muggy and it just builds all during the day and you end up with a thunderstorm right around dinner time. Not every day… but with my luck… it’s always the days I want to cook outdoors lol.
WHAT’S A FOIL PACKET FOR
If you’re cooking indoors anyway, you might as well just make these fajitas in your trusty skillet (or use this great oven version!!). BUT. If you’re cooking outdoors, then a foil packet is a great way to cook these fajitas. Here’s why I love them:
- It holds the juices in, so nothing gets dried out.
- It’s a relatively mess-free way of cooking.
- It’s a great way to cook so everyone has their own individual meals (and people can customize what they want in theirs).
- It’s just plain fun!
WHAT TYPES OF FOIL PACKET DINNERS CAN I MAKE
There are SO many options here! Chicken, pork, steak, seafood, veggies, potatoes, rice… mix and match and add some of your favorite seasonings and you’re good to go!
CAN I COOK A FOIL PACKET DINNER IN THE OVEN
Absolutely! I like to bake mine at 425 F degrees for about 15-20 minutes. To be safe, use a meat thermometer in the chicken to make sure it’s up to an internal temperature of 165 F degrees.
CAN CHICKEN FAJITAS FOIL PACKETS BE MADE AHEAD OF TIME
Yes! Once you’ve combined the chicken, veggies, and seasonings, wrap them up in the foil packets and seal them tightly. They can be refrigerated overnight. Just set them out at room temperature for about 20 minutes or so before cooking.
- Foil Sheets – this size is great for foil packs, and no tearing required!
- Foil Pans – if you prefer a pan, these little foil pans are perfect for this!
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- 1 lb chicken tenders , sliced lengthwise into thin strips
- 1 medium red or yellow onion , peeled and sliced
- 1 medium red bell pepper , seeded and sliced
- 1 poblano pepper , seeded and sliced
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- lime slices , optional
- 1 Tbsp chili powder
- 1/2 Tbsp paprika
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1 tsp cornstarch
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp ground cumin
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- flour tortillas (soft taco sized)
- sour cream or Mexican crema
- minced fresh cilantro or parsley
- Heat grill over MED HIGH heat. Lay out 4 large squares of aluminum foil. Heavy duty is best, or else use double layers of regular foil.
- To a large mixing bowl, add chicken, onion, both peppers and olive oil. Toss together to coat. Add all seasoning ingredients and toss to coat well.
- Add 1/4 of the chicken fajita mixture to half of the foil sheet and top with a slice of lime (if using). Fold the other half of the foil sheet over the top and carefully pinch the edges to seal it shut. Repeat with remaining fajitas mixture and foil sheets.
- Place foil packets on prepared grill and cook over MED HIGH heat about 12-15 minutes, until chicken is cooked through.
- Serve on tortillas and with desired toppings.
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