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Air fryer foil packets: Keto Chicken hobo dinner

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Ever heard of hobo dinners or foil packet meals? Well, if you've been camping or grew up with boy scouts around, chances are you've encountered these delightful treats. Today, I want to introduce a new twist to these hobo packets: Air Fryer Foil Packets. This method transforms a traditional campfire treat into an easy dinner recipe that's perfect for those busy weeknights.

Why Air Fryer Foil Packets are the New Rage!

Air fryers have been the talk of the town for a long time. The speedy cooking time, the healthier option without tons of oil, and the way they keep the flavors intact are just a few great things about them. So why not combine the convenience of air fryer basket cooking with the ease and tastiness of hobo dinner foil packets?

Foil Packs Are Versatile:

  • Range of Ingredients: Whether it's a succulent chicken breast, juicy hamburger patties, or even spicy Italian sausages, foil packs can handle a variety of main ingredients.
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  • Flavor Fusions: Merge flavors effortlessly. Pair garlic butter steak with bell peppers or ground turkey with Cajun seasoning.
  • Cater to Dietary Needs: From low carb delights to hearty hobo meals, foil packs can be tailored to suit various diets and preferences.

Convenience:

  • Minimal Clean Up: With everything encased in that aluminum foil, there's little to no mess left behind. Say goodbye to scrubbing multiple pans!
  • All-in-One Cooking: No need for multiple pots and pans. Your protein, veggies, and even sauces get cooked together, preserving flavors and cutting down cooking steps.
  • Perfect for Busy Weeknights: Especially on nights when time is tight, foil packets are the go-to for a hassle-free dinner solution.

Easy Meal Prepping:

  • Portion Control: Create individual packets to cater to each family member's preference, ensuring a happy mealtime for everyone.
  • Store & Cook Later: Prepare your packets in advance, store them in an airtight container, and pop them into your air fryer when ready.
  • Mix & Match: One of the best things about foil packets is the flexibility. Have chicken today? Opt for fish or beef tomorrow. Keep things fresh and exciting!

Quick Cooking:

  • Efficient Heating: The air fryer's heating element ensures consistent and even cooking, sealing in flavors and speeding up the process.
  • Safety First: Always ensure your meats, especially chicken, reach a safe internal temperature. It's a good idea to invest in a meat thermometer for this purpose.
  • Consistency Every Time: Due to the air fryer's design, you can expect a uniformly cooked meal every time, without the need to constantly check or flip your packets.

Let's jump into one of my favorite meals that blends the best of both worlds: the Keto Air Fryer Chicken Caprese Foil Packets!

Keto Air Fryer Chicken Caprese in foil

Keto Air Fryer Chicken Caprese Foil Packets

Savor the taste of classic Italian Caprese in this keto-friendly chicken recipe. Tender chicken breasts are topped with vibrant cherry tomatoes, rich pesto, and creamy mozzarella, all sealed in a foil packet. Cooked to perfection in an air fryer, this dish is not only a quick fix but also a burst of Mediterranean flavors. Garnished with parmesan and fresh basil, it's a low-carb delight that takes only 30 minutes from prep to plate! Perfect for those busy weeknights or when you crave a gourmet meal without the hassle.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Servings: 4

Net Carbs: 3 net carbs per serving

Keto Air Fryer Chicken Caprese ingredients

Ingredients:

2 Large boneless skinless chicken breasts cut in half lengthwise

1 Tbsp. Olive oil

1 Pint cherry tomatoes halved

¼ C. Pesto sauce

6 oz. Sliced fresh mozzarella

Salt and pepper to taste

2 Tbsp. Shredded parmesan for garnish

Chopped basil for garnish

Tin foil

Instructions:

Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees. 

adding tomato to foil dinner

Add the tomatoes to a mixing bowl, drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper to taste. Toss to combine. 

Lay four long sheets of tin foil on a flat surface. 

chicken and wedding on foil

Place a chicken breast piece into the center of each piece of tin foil. 

Surround the chicken with some of the tomatoes. 

adding pesto over air fryer foil packets

Spread pesto on the top of each chicken breast. 

add mozzarella over air fryer foil packets

Top each chicken breast with fresh mozzarella slices. 

Fold up the long ends of each piece of tin foil, and fold closed at the top.

Roll in the sides of each piece of tin foil to form a closed packet. 

Cooked foil packets chicken

Place the packets into the air fryer and cook for 20 minutes.

Garnish with shredded parmesan and chopped basil before serving.

10 Keto-friendly foil packet recipes

  1. Garlic Butter Shrimp and Asparagus:
    • Description: Succulent shrimp marinated in garlic butter, paired with fresh asparagus.
    • How to Air Fry: Marinate shrimp in garlic butter. Lay shrimp and asparagus on foil. Seal and air fry for 8-10 minutes at 400°F.
  2. Lemon Herb Salmon and Zucchini:
    • Description: Flaky salmon seasoned with lemon zest, herbs, and black pepper. Complemented by thinly sliced zucchini.
    • How to Air Fry: Season salmon with lemon and herbs. Place salmon and zucchini slices on foil. Seal and air fry for 10-12 minutes at 400°F.
  3. Steak Fajita Foil Packs:
    • Description: Juicy steak slices marinated in a blend of cumin, chili, and garlic. Paired with bell peppers and onions.
    • How to Air Fry: Marinate steak. Lay steak, bell peppers, and onions on foil. Seal and air fry for 12-15 minutes at 400°F.
  4. Rosemary Chicken with Brussel Sprouts:
    • Description: Tender chicken pieces infused with aromatic rosemary. Paired with roasted Brussel sprouts.
    • How to Air Fry: Season chicken with rosemary. Place chicken and Brussel sprouts on foil. Seal and air fry for 15-18 minutes at 375°F.
  5. Herb-crusted Pork Loin and Green Beans:
    • Description: Pork loin adorned with a crust of mixed herbs. Paired with crisp green beans.
    • How to Air Fry: Season pork loin with herbs. Place pork and green beans on foil. Seal and air fry for 18-20 minutes at 375°F.
  6. Tuna Steak with Avocado Salsa:
    • Description: Seared tuna steak complemented by a spicy avocado salsa.
    • How to Air Fry: Sear tuna steak briefly. Lay on foil, top with salsa. Seal and air fry for 8-10 minutes at 400°F.
  7. Cajun Sausage with Broccoli Rabe:
    • Description: Spicy Italian sausages seasoned with Cajun spices. Paired with the slightly bitter broccoli rabe.
    • How to Air Fry: Lay sausages and broccoli rabe on foil. Seal and air fry for 12-15 minutes at 375°F.
  8. Balsamic Glazed Chicken with Eggplant:
    • Description: Chicken breast marinated in tangy balsamic glaze. Accompanied by grilled eggplant slices.
    • How to Air Fry: Marinate chicken in balsamic. Lay chicken and eggplant on foil. Seal and air fry for 15-18 minutes at 375°F.
  9. Mushroom and Spinach Stuffed Beef Rolls:
    • Description: Thin beef slices filled with a stuffing of mushrooms and spinach.
    • How to Air Fry: Fill beef with mushroom and spinach mix. Place rolls on foil. Seal and air fry for 15-18 minutes at 375°F.
  10. Pesto-infused Lamb Chops with Asparagus:
  • Description: Lamb chops marinated in a rich pesto sauce. Accompanied by fresh asparagus.
  • How to Air Fry: Marinate lamb chops in pesto. Lay chops and asparagus on foil. Seal and air fry for 12-15 minutes at 375°F.

Remember to adjust the cooking time based on the size of your air fryer and the specific type of ingredients you use. Ensure meats reach a safe internal temperature before serving.

Keto Chicken Caprese in foil

Handy Tips for Perfect Air Fryer Foil Packets Every Single Time!

  • Foil Choice: Opt for heavy-duty foil for best results. This ensures your food cooks evenly and doesn't risk tearing.
  • Don't Overstuff: Make sure you don't overfill your foil packs. Allow room for heat to circulate for even cooking.
  • Use Parchment Paper Inside: To avoid acidic foods reacting with the aluminum foil, layer your foil with a silicone liner or parchment paper.
  • Oil it Up: A drizzle of olive oil or a dash of cooking spray can keep ingredients from sticking and add an extra layer of flavor.
  • Veggies at the Bottom: If you're adding hearty veggies like sweet potatoes or bell peppers, place them at the bottom of the packet. This ensures they're closer to the heating element and cook thoroughly.
Air Fryer Chicken Caprese ready to eat

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How do I ensure my chicken breast cooks thoroughly?

Chicken should always be cooked to an internal temperature of 165°F. Use a meat thermometer to check before serving. Remember, chicken thickness can affect cooking times.

Can I use other meats besides chicken?

Absolutely! Ground turkey, spicy Italian sausages, or lean ground beef are excellent substitutes. Just adjust your cooking time and ensure they reach a safe internal temperature.

Do I need to flip my foil packets during the cooking process?

No need to flip! The air fryer circulates heat effectively. Just ensure you don’t overcrowd your air fryer basket.

Can I prepare these packets ahead of time?

Yes! Prepare your packets and store them in an airtight container in the fridge. They're perfect for meal prep!

Are there vegetarian foil packet recipes I can try?

Of course! Swap out the meat for a lot of vegetables or tofu, and adjust seasonings to your taste buds. Think garlic butter steak, yukon gold potatoes, green beans, and cajun seasoning!

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Keto Air Fryer Chicken Caprese Foil Packets

Keto Air Fryer Chicken Caprese in foil

Savor the taste of classic Italian Caprese in this keto-friendly chicken recipe. Tender chicken breasts are topped with vibrant cherry tomatoes, rich pesto, and creamy mozzarella, all sealed in a foil packet. Cooked to perfection in an air fryer, this dish is not only a quick fix but also a burst of Mediterranean flavors. Garnished with parmesan and fresh basil, it's a low-carb delight that takes only 30 minutes from prep to plate! Perfect for those busy weeknights or when you crave a gourmet meal without the hassle.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 Large boneless skinless chicken breasts cut in half lengthwise
  • 1 Tbsp. Olive oil
  • 1 Pint cherry tomatoes halved
  • ¼ C. Pesto sauce
  • 6 oz. Sliced fresh mozzarella
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 Tbsp. Shredded parmesan for garnish
  • Chopped basil for garnish
  • Tin foil

Instructions

    Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees.
    Add the tomatoes to a mixing bowl, drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper to taste. Toss to combine.
    Lay four long sheets of tin foil on a flat surface.
    Place a chicken breast piece into the center of each piece of tin foil.
    Surround the chicken with some of the tomatoes.
    Spread pesto on the top of each chicken breast.
    Top each chicken breast with fresh mozzarella slices.
    Fold up the long ends of each piece of tin foil, and fold closed at the top.
    Roll in the sides of each piece of tin foil to form a closed packet.
    Place the packets into the air fryer and cook for 20 minutes.
    Garnish with shredded parmesan and chopped basil before serving.

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Wrapping Up the Foil Packet Frenzy

In conclusion, air fryer foil packets aren't just a trend; they're a culinary revelation for our hectic lives. Whether you're hankering for a nostalgic hobo dinner or seeking a sumptuous low-carb feast, the possibilities with these packets are as vast as your imagination. With the enticing blend of convenience and flavor, the ease of cleanup becomes the cherry on top of this delectable treat. So, next time you're pondering what's for dinner, reach out for that trusty roll of aluminum foil. Transition from simple campfire meals to gourmet feasts right in your kitchen. And, when you do give the Chicken Caprese recipe a whirl, drop a comment sharing the joy it brought to your table.

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