Pinterest saw a huge increase in searched for foil packed dinners in 2018 which is why so many people are reporting that these simple yet satisfying dinners are going to be a huge food trend in 2019!
I love them for so many reasons one of which being that they can be prepared so many different ways – baked, roasted, grilled, or even tossed over an open campfire. My approach is all about pulling together my favorite ingredient combinations and seasoning with a simple marinade, vinaigrette, or even just olive oil and a fresh squeeze of citrus. Fresh herbs are always a good idea as well.
Here are a couple of tips that I recommend. Make sure the packs are entirely sealed to capture all of that flavor. I also think it’s a good idea to use heavy duty aluminum foil. This makes them more substantial and will prevent tearing and will trap all of those flavorful juices from oozing out. If you don’t have heavy duty aluminum foil on hand just double up two pieces. Anytime I’m cooking some sort of protein like chicken, steak, or pork in my foil dinners I always like to check the temp of the meat as it’s coming out of the oven or off the grill.
This Greek version with chicken thighs, lemon, and veggies is really bright and crazy delicious. One thing I like to do for this recipe is to pull back the foil towards the end of cooking and top with feta. I then return the packs to the oven under a low broil to soften the cheese and get a bit of caramelization and color on the veggies as well.
These simple dinner options would be awesome for meal prepping. I like the idea of these waiting for me in the refrigerator after a long day ready to be popped into the oven or on the grill. I’m also a fan of any dinner that requires minimal cleanup and this recipe fits the bill!