We’ve had a bit of a change in my house and I’ve been making dinner at midnight or so most nights. I can’t really spend hours cooking, well actually I guess I could, but I don’t really want to at that time of night, so I’ve been hunting for hearty, quick and easy to prepare meals. I found a recipe for a Chicken & Broccoli Foil Packet Meal that I loved so much I had to pin it to Pinterest.
This recipe reminded me of a fantastic recipe that my grandmother “created” called Chicken Thing. It is not the same as Chicken Thing, but it does have the same homey meal feeling that I remember from my childhood. The foils packets are also much easier to prepare, which is a big plus at 11:30pm. I gathered all of the ingredients: 1 package Chicken Flavor Stuffing mix, 1 1/4 cup of water, 24 ounces boneless skinless chicken breasts, 4 cups of broccoli, 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, 4 slices cooked bacon, and 4 tablespoons of Ranch Dressing (I accidentally left this out).
First I cut the foil to size and sprayed each piece with cooking spray.
Then I mixed the stuffing and water together. Once it was combined well, I scooped some stuffing onto each piece of foil.
Next I trimmed the chicken and laid half a boneless skinless breast on each pile of stuffing.
After the chicken I added some broccoli. The original recipe gave actual amounts to use. I didn’t pay any attention to the measurements. I went by sight and what my family will eat.
Then 1 crumbled strip of bacon gets added to each packet along with some shredded cheddar cheese.
This is where I was supposed to add the ranch dressing and forgot all about it. I blame the omission on the time of day I was making the meal. Once the stuff was all stacked, I closed the packets (leaving enough room for air to circulate inside each one). I placed the sealed packets on a jelly roll pan and stuck them in the oven for 30-40 minutes at 400 degrees.
They were ridiculously good, and I will totally be making these again, and I may even have to break out the Chicken Thing recipe and give it a whirl.