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Cheesy Maple Dijon Chicken Foil Packs are a tasty family-friendly dinner recipe that is easy to prepare and even easier to clean up. Filled with veggies and topped with a tangy sauce and plenty of cheese, these meal packets will become a summer staple that you grill and a family favorite all year round when baked in the oven.
Disclaimer: This recipe was developed through a sponsored partnership with Cabot Creamery Co-operative. As always, all opinions are my own.
I really need to grill more often. I mean, we do grill quite a lot over the summer, but by “we” I actually mean my hubby. You see, he can grill a flank steak to perfection, so I’d rather leave the job to him.
Well, he always says that I’m the Head of the Kitchen, but he is the Grill Master. So who am I to jump in on his turf?
That means I can whip up the marinade for, say, Orange Saffron Chicken Legs, then just send him out on a hot summer evening to stand over an even hotter grill while I’m inside the nice, air-conditioned kitchen making nice, cool side dished like Tropical Broccoli Salad and Greek Yogurt Ranch Potato Salad.
Did I just say that? I’m the worst.
But even on a weeknight when I’m making dinner before he gets home from work, it can be a pain to be running in and out tending to the grill while getting the rest of the food ready inside.
That’s why these chicken foil packs are genius. Your entire meal is in one nice, neat little package, no grill babysitting required. With a recipe like this, even I can grill more often!
These chicken foil packs are filled with veggies and a creamy sauce flavored with maple syrup and Dijon mustard for a tangy, slightly sweet flavor that the whole family will love.
Boneless skinless chicken breasts are marinated in a simple mixture of maple syrup, Dijon mustard, and Greek yogurt to make them moist and flavorful. Then they are wrapped up in aluminum foil with a delicious mixture of veggies, and grilled or baked.
The chicken foil packs are opened up towards the end of the cooking time, topped with more of the creamy maple Dijon mixture and plenty of cheese, and popped back on the grill or in the oven until the cheese is melty and delicious.
Serve on a plate or just eat right out of the foil, and cleanup will be a breeze.
While this recipe is sure to be a summertime staple, you can make it all year long by baking them in the oven instead of tossing them on the grill.
How to Make Chicken Foil Packs on the Grill or in the Oven
With sweet and tangy flavors perfectly complemented by the bite of sharp cheddar cheese melted on top, these definitely are not just boring boneless skinless chicken breasts.
And the fresh summer veggies make this dish even more delicious, colorful, and wholesome. Though you could swap this mixture of sweet potatoes, zucchini, mushrooms, and red bell peppers for your favorite vegetables.
Here is a brief overview so you can see just how easy it is to make. Scroll down to the printable recipe card for the full quantities and details.
But don’t skip my PRO TIPS below!
What You’ll Need
- Boneless, skinless chicken breasts – if they are very large, slice them in half lengthwise
- Olive oil
- Maple syrup
- Plain Greek yogurt – help tenderize and keep the chicken moist
- Dijon mustard
- Sweet potatoes
- Red bell pepper
- Salt and pepper
- Shredded sharp cheddar cheese – I use Cabot Extra Sharp
- Minced chives or green onions – optional
Marinate the chicken
Combine the olive oil, maple syrup, Greek yogurt, and Dijon mustard in a small bowl, and stir until thoroughly combined. Set aside half in the refrigerator for later. Pour the remaining marinade over the chicken in a plastic zipper bag and refrigerate at least 1 hour or up to 24 hours.
Prepare the vegetables
Scrub the sweet potatoes thoroughly. You can peel them if you prefer. If it is a very thick sweet potato, cut in half lengthwise. Then cut into 1/4-inch thick slices or semicircles.
Wipe the mushrooms gently with a dry paper towel or kitchen towel to remove any dirt. Cut in half.
Wash the zucchini and slice into 1/4-inch thick rounds.
Wash the red pepper, cut in half, then remove the seeds. Cut into slices.
Prepare the foil packs
Spray sheets of aluminum foil with cooking spray. Divide the vegetables between the sheets of foil, placing towards one side. Dot with butter and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place one chicken breast (or chicken breast half) on top of the veggies on each foil sheet. Fold over the foil and seal the packets.
Baking or grilling foil packets
Preheat your oven to 400°F or your grill to medium-high, about 400°F.
Grill for 20-25 minutes or bake for 25-30 minutes, or until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F. Open the foil packs and top each with the remaining maple Dijon mixture and shredded cheese. Leave on the grill or in the oven for another 2-3 minutes or until the cheese has melted.
Remove foil packets from the grill or oven, and top with chives or green onions, if desired.
Then all you have to do is just slide the contents of the packets onto a plate and enjoy!
And let me tell you, my family totally enjoyed this dinner. There isn’t much better than grilled chicken and fresh veggies in the summertime, but when you add the tangy bite of Dijon mustard and a hint of sweetness from real maple syrup, you really pack some flavor in these tasty packets!
Tips for Success
- You will have to plan ahead just a bit because the chicken needs to marinate at least an hour. You can make the marinade the night before or in the morning and just add it to the raw chicken before you head out the door in the morning.
- To save even more dishes, just add all of the marinade ingredients in a plastic bag and squish it around to mix it up before you add the chicken to the bag. Just make sure you remove about half of it for topping the chicken later on.
- I used mushrooms, zucchini, sweet potatoes, and red peppers for a nice balance of colors and flavors, with the sweet potatoes to make it a little more filling. But you can always switch those up to your favorites use potatoes instead of sweet potatoes, or keep it all veggies for a lower carb option.
- Try to cut your vegetables to similar sizes so they cook evenly. Softer veggies like mushrooms and zucchini can be cut larger than the sweet potatoes.
- The cooking time will depend on how thick your chicken breasts are. If your store sells the really huge ones that are about 3/4 to 1 lb each, you’ll only need two sliced in half horizontally.
- The chicken foil packets cook equally well on the grill or in the oven, so do what you please! Just be sure to use a meat thermometer to make sure the chicken is cooked through to 165°F.
- If you need another side dish, it would be perfect with some Cauli-Tots.
Heavy Duty Aluminum Foil is the best option to be sure it doesn’t tear and it insulates the food from burning. But you can double up the layers of regular foil if that’s all you have.
I use this meat thermometer. Fast, accurate, and it folds up nice and small to it doesn’t take up a lot of space and the sharp point isn’t sticking out in my drawer.
One of the things that makes them extra delicious is that they are made with some of my favorite ingredients from Cabot Creamery Cooperative. You can’t have a perfectly cheesy recipe without the very best cheese.
Cabot, the maker of award-winning cheddars since 1919 may be known for the World’s Best Cheddar, but they have a full line of award-winning dairy products.
These Maple Dijon Chicken Foil Packets are topped with Cabot Extra Sharp Sharp Cheddar to add that gooey goodness you love plus the amazing sharpness that truly stands out against all of the other flavors in this dish. But you can use your favorite Cabot cheese, from Vermont Sharp to the Legacy Collection Farmhouse Reserve. Whatever cheese you choose, you’ll taste Cabot’s commitment to making the best products in every bite.
You see, Cabot farmers are proud to say they are also Cabot owners. The make the best milk to make the best cheese, and they own the co-op. Plus Cabot is dedicated to communities, the environment, and volunteers. Learn more about not only the products, but also their B Corporation certification and the Reward Volunteers program by following them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram
More cheesy dinner recipes
- Bacon Cheeseburger Seven Layer Dip has all the best parts of the burger in one hot, ooey gooey dip.
- Shepherds Pie is always a classic.
- Barbecue Ranch Quinoa Chicken Salad makes a cool dinner for a hot summer day.
- Chicken Enchilada Skillet is another recipe to help minimize the cleanup since it’s made in one pan.
- BBQ Chicken Burgers stuffed with cheddar from A Mind ”Full” Mom are another amazing chicken and cheese combo.
Cheesy Maple Dijon Chicken Foil Pack Recipe
Cheesy Maple Dijon Chicken Foil Packets with Veggies
- 2-4 chicken breasts (about 1-½ lbs total. If they are very large and you only need two, slice in half lengthwise)
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- 2 Tablespoons maple syrup
- ½ cup Cabot Lowfat Plain Greek yogurt
- ½ cup Dijon mustard
- About 1 lb sweet potatoes , sliced into ¼ inch thick rings or semicircles
- 8 oz. mushrooms , cleaned and halved
- 1 medium zucchini , sliced ¼ inch thick
- 1 red bell pepper , sliced
- 2 Tablespoons Cabot Salted Butter
- salt and pepper
- 1 cup shredded Cabot Vermont Sharp or Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese
- Minced chives or green onions , optional
- Combine the olive oil, maple syrup, Greek yogurt, and Dijon mustard in a small bowl, and stir until thoroughly combined.
- Place the chicken in a plastic zipper bag and pour about half the mixture over the chicken. Seal the bag and massage to coat the chicken. Refrigerate at least 1 hour or up to 24 hours. Reserve the rest of the maple Dijon mixture.
- Preheat your oven to 400°F or your grill to medium-high, about 400°F.
- Cut four (18×12-inch) sheets of Heavy Duty Aluminum Foil and spray with cooking spray.
- Divide the vegetables between the sheets of foil, placing them on one half of each sheet. Dot with butter and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- Remove the chicken from the bag and place one chicken breast (or chicken breast half) on top of the veggies on each foil sheet.
- Fold the aluminum foil over the top of the chicken and vegetables and seal the edges tightly.
- Place foil packets on the grill for 20-25 minutes or in the oven for 25-30 minutes, or until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F (exact timing will depend on the thickness of your chicken).
- Open the foil packs and top each with about 2 Tablespoons of the remaining maple Dijon mixture and 1/4 cup shredded cheese. Leave on the grill or in the oven for another 2-3 minutes or until the cheese has melted.
- Remove foil packets from the grill or oven, and top with chives or green onions as desired and serve.