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Hawaiian chicken packets

July 27, 2010

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I love chicken on the grill. There are so many ways you can jazz it up. If you aren’t careful, it can get a bit dry over the coals, but when you put the meat, some veggies and seasonings in a foil packet, the result is a juicy, flavorful dish.

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I took advantage of some fresh red bell pepper I had on hand, and made Hawaiian-style chicken packets. I started with three large boneless, skinless chicken breasts. This was just the right amount for my family of five, since the kids split one three ways. Here’s how I did it:

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Stack two large squares of foil per breast, and place the meat in the center. Top with pineapple chunks. I used about 1/4 cup per breast. Slice 1/2 red bell pepper into strips, and divide between the packets.

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For the sauce, combine 1/4 cup of pineapple juice, 1/2 cup of teriyaki sauce, and 1/4 cup of brown sugar. Whisk until well combined, fold up the sides of the foil a bit, and pour the sauce over the meat.

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Seal the packets well, and grill, covered, over medium heat for 25 minutes or so, until the juices run clear.

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Of course, not everything always goes as planned. My grill ran out of propane about halfway through cooking the chicken. It’s always something! So I dumped the packets into a skillet, covered it, brought it to a boil, then simmered over medium heat until cooked through.

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The chicken was flavorful and moist, and even the kids ate it up. This is a dish that could easily be made ahead of time if you’re going camping. Wrap the foil very tightly and place your packets in a large resealable plastic bag to prevent leaks, and throw them in your cooler. You’ll have a delicious meal with no work. Enjoy!

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