These are easy to make for camping, my husband loves them! We prepare them at home and then leave them in the cooler until we are ready to cook. You can use any combination of meat and vegetables that you like. Do not try to use less olive oil or foil or your dinner will burn. Be careful when opening foil as steam will have formed inside and can burn you.



Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified


  • In a large bowl, or a large zip-top bag, combine the chicken, onion, mushrooms, yellow pepper, red pepper, garlic, and potatoes. Pour in the olive oil and lemon juice, then mix well.

  • Evenly divide the mixture between 4 large sheets of aluminum foil. Top each with another sheet of foil, and roll up the edges tightly. Wrap each packet again, securely in another sheet of foil to double wrap.

  • Cook in the hot coals of a campfire until the chicken is opaque and the potatoes are tender, around 40 minutes.

Partner Tip

Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

437 calories; 15.6 g total fat; 66 mg cholesterol; 92 mg sodium. 44.2 g carbohydrates; 33.1 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
I made this for my boyfriend and he ate three of the four! He loved it! I made it in the oven at 375 degrees for about an hour. I also added mushrooms and left out the carrots. I'll have to double it next time! Read More

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
This recipe did not have enough flavor. Very disappointed. Read More
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  • 5 star values: 53
  • 4 star values: 23
  • 3 star values: 11
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
we always masde this when I went camping as a kid...but we would use hamburger onions and carrots (subbing for the chicken and peppers) and keeping all the rest of the recipie. LOVED it every time... I have made it at home in the oven too never as good as on the campfire though. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
We used frozen hashbrowns and they were great! We did as suggested and just left them in the cooler it was a nice change from the usual camping food...thanks for sharing!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I made this for my boyfriend and he ate three of the four! He loved it! I made it in the oven at 375 degrees for about an hour. I also added mushrooms and left out the carrots. I'll have to double it next time! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
I have made these many times every time we go camping! I do have changes though that make it really good. I use hamburger instead of chicken. I also use potatoes green peppers and onions. Lastly I do not use oil it makes the food really oily I put a little butter and 2 ice cubs in the foil this keeps everything really moist. I will put some of each in nonstick foil throw in fire...and you have a fantastic dinner. Add some corn on the cob and you have a mighty fine dinner with almost no cleanup! Try it on the grill too just as good! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
GREAT... We call it HOBO STEW... and we use 2 tbl spoons of butter stew meat potatoes carrots and oins...just throw it on the fire and 20 min there done... then we add sour cream and hot sause... YUM Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This is just like one of the recipes I recreated at home from my years of summer camp in the '60s. It's a great go-to when you have a house full of people or disjointed schedules. A few tricks. We often have veggie trays with dinner and make foil packs using the leftovers the next night. If it don't have leftovers to use I cut up a variety of vegetables ahead of time and put them in individual plastic bags. Everyone makes their own. We just double heavy duty foil and do it envelope style. Potatoes cook best if they're on the bottom of the pack. Season to your individual tastes. Salt pepper taco seasoning chili powder chicken seasoning... Use chicken ground pork beef or chicken/turkey - whatever you like - but crumble it at the top of your pile and place a small ice cube on top. You can add ketchup steak sauce taco or enchilada sauce to the top before sealing Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Since campfires are not an option for us I either grill these packets or bake them in my oven. My only change is to leave the chicken cubes out of the packets--but not out of our meal. If grilling I cook the chicken on skewers and if baking I stir-fry the chicken until lightly browned. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Very good! I added some extra veggies like green beans carrots ect. My husband hates green beans so let me tell you I was absolutely shocked when I saw him eat one and say he thought it was really good! So any recipe that does something like that for my husband deserves a five star rating! Instead of smaller sheets of aluminium foil find the extra long heavy duty foil. We only used two long sheets of it. Very very good recipe that we will use again when we go camping (or just over the hot coals of our grill)! Thank you! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
The kids thought this was such an adventure while we were camping It was a easy way to start off our trip. With 6 kids with us every one could create their pack the way they liked it. I pre-cut the veggies that made it real fast when we got to camp. The best part was everyone put it on a paper plate so no dishes! Read More