Foil-Wrapped Dinners

This idea came from a combination of sources and influences but has become a staple in our house and one of my personal favorites. I remember eating what my family called “hobo dinners” when I was a kid and we would go camping. We would wrap a mixture of vegetables in foil with ground beef and seasonings and cook it in the campfire until everything inside was nice and caramelized and all the flavors had combined to make something wonderful and delicious.

What I make now is very different but also very similar. I traded out the campfire for an oven, the ground beef for chicken breast, and now I am usually cooking for multiple people so I’ve switched to using a 9×13 glass baking dish and wrapping foil over the top. Still, the idea is the same and so are most of the ingredients. And the best part is that this is so adaptable and you can use whatever meat and vegetables you have on hand or want to eat.


This is great for singles as well. Instead of using a baking dish like these you can just wrap your meat and veggies directly in foil and bake it in the oven and you can personalize it to your own taste and portion size. This is also a great and fun option for families as you can set up a station with all of the ingredients and have everyone make their own meal like we used to do when I was a kid. This is not a strict recipe but an idea that will allow you to create a variety of healthy and delicious dinners. So feel free to change up the combination of seasonings you use as well as the vegetables and meat.


Foil-Wrapped Dinner


3 Chicken Breast Tenderloins
1 Onion sliced
1/2 head of Broccoli cut into florets
2 small Potatoes sliced thin
1 small Squash peeled and diced
3 cloves Garlic minced


1 1/2 Tbs Butter cut into 3 1/2 Tbs slices
2 Bay leafs
1 tsp dried Thyme
1/2 tsp Red Chili flakes (you can use less or omit if you don’t like spice)
2 Tbs Worcestershire sauce
Salt and Pepper to taste


Preheat your oven to 380 degrees F. Place chicken in the bottom of the pan and fill with veggies. Place one slice of butter over each piece of chicken and sprinkle seasoning evenly over the pan. Bake until chicken reaches a temperature of 160 degrees or more and all vegetables are soft. I usually let mine go for about an hour with three or more portions in one pan.
As seen on Flour Me with Love.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Hoorah for "Hobo Dinners"… This looks like a much more sophisticated version. Through the years I have found I like doing fish in parchment paper pouches. It stays so moist.

  2. Yes that's the same idea. I've used all kinds of meat or you could even do just veggies.

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