Foil Pack Chicken Rice and Broccoli

Chicken, rice, and broccoli all done in one delicious foil packet for a healthy and flavor-packed dinner! Foil Pack Chicken Rice and Broccoli What’s not to love about foil packet dinners? Everything cooked all in a foil and no cleanup… Yes, please!

This chicken, rice, and broccoli foil pack is a complete dinner that’s packed with protein and nutrition. For the greens, I used broccoli but zucchini, green beans, or asparagus will also work! Foil Pack Chicken Rice and Broccoli For the rice, I used instant brown rice but white works as well. I’ve also had luck using basmati rice. The trick is to soak it for at least 5-10 minutes. This helps speed up the cooking process and will ensure the rice cooks perfectly in the oven. After soaking the rice, simply divide it into 4 sheets of foil. Add a few tablespoons of the water that the rice was soaking in into the foil as well.

For the chicken, I used small (about 4 oz each) chicken breasts per foil pack but big chicken breasts can work as well. If your chicken breast is too big for 1 serving, cut it in half either horizontally or vertically and use half for each foil pack.

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The seasoning is a mixture of chili powder, Italian seasoning, and salt & pepper. 1 teaspoon of each is used for each foil pack because the seasoning is for the rice, chicken, and broccoli. Be generous with the seasoning because it’s what gives the chicken breasts this flavorful crust. For the salt, season to taste. I added 1/2 teaspoon per foil pack.Foil Pack Chicken Rice and Broccoli

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Foil Pack Chicken Rice and Broccoli

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 4
Author Layla

Ingredients

  • 4 4 oz chicken breasts, boneless skinless
  • 2 cups Instant brown or white rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cup broccoli florets
  • 4 teaspoons EACH chili powder Italian seasoning, black pepper,
  • salt to taste
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400F. Line a baking sheet with 4 sheets of foil (about 6-8 inches) and set aside.

  2. Combine the brown rice, and water in a medium bowl and soak for 5 minutes. DIvide rice (and it's water) into 3 sheets of foil.

  3. Pound chicken breasts with a meat tenderizer or a rolling pin until they are even. Place the chicken breasts and broccoli florets on the rice. Seasoning each chicken breast generously with 1 teaspoon of chili powder, Italian seasoning, black pepper, and salt to taste. Drizzle each packet with olive oil and fold the sides of the foil over the chicken, covering completely; seal the packets closed.

  4. Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until chicken's internal temperature reaches 165F. Remove from oven and carefully open up the foils. Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

*4 oz chicken breasts are on the smaller side. If using large chicken breasts, you use just 2 and cut them in half to make 4 servings.
*For the Rice, I use the 5 minute rice (brown or white) for this recipe and have not tried it with regular rice. Some readers have had success with half-cooked rice.
*Parchment paper can also be used instead of foil.


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    Comments

    Brianna Guadiana

    Making these tonight do i have to put a pan under them or could i have them cook on the rack which is best??

      Layla

      You can place them right on the oven rack if you’d like but I like to use a sheet pan to hold any juices that might escape.

    Cheyenne

    Is there something else we could use other than rice?

      Layla

      You can use quinoa or replace the rice with more veggies!

    Chastid

    Could you make These ahead and bake them the next day?

      Layla

      Yes, you can prep the chicken and veggies, wrap them up and bake when needed.

    Jen

    This sounds yummy! Making my grocery list now. One question: I am just not a fan of chili powder. (I TRIED!) Is there a subStitute you’d recommend?

      Layla

      You can leave it out or use hot sauce or sriracha if you’d like!

    Priscilla

    Made this tonight and my very picky daughter and I both loved it. Husband is not a fan of brown rice, but that’s his problem! 🙂 maybe next time, i’ll make one packet with white rice.

    Pamela

    My new favorite quick and easy chicken recipe! Love the combo of spices and the easy cleanup. I used pre-cooked regular brown rice and frozen broccoli florets with chicken tenderloins. 👍

      Layla

      Yum sounds delicious! Thanks for the feedback, Pamela 🙂

    Lee Ann Wheat

    This recipe is easy to makes and us great tasting. Very esst cleanup. Definitely going to make again.

      Layla

      Yes, no clean-up is my favorite part!