BBQ Chicken Packets: The Perfect No-Prep Party Meal

If you love to (dinner) party, but hate to prep, then this might be my most genius idea yet: You can do all the work for this Spice Rubbed Barbecue Chicken & Veggies the night before. It's so easy, just put everything in the foil packet and it does the work for you! Then, when your guests come over, you spend the whole time with them instead of in the kitchen. The perfect meal for a TGIF toast!

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Grilled Chicken in a Packet

Spice Rubbed Barbecue Chicken Packets

  • Prep time: 15 minutes, plus time to marinate
  • Cook time: 30 minutes


  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 2 zucchini, cut in chunks
  • 2 yellow squash, cut in chunks
  • ½ lb peewee or fingerling potatoes, cut in ½-inch pieces
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 c Better Barbecue Sauce (or storebought BBQ sauce)

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  • Combine the chili powder, paprika, and brown sugar in a bowl. Sprinkle half of the mixture over the chicken breasts.
  • Make four (roughly) square sheets of aluminum foil. Place a breast on each, and then divide the zucchini, squash, and potatoes even among the packets. Sprinkle with the remaining spice mixture over the packets and divide barbecue sauce over each. Seal, place in refrigerator and let them marinate all day, and up to overnight.
  • When ready to prepare, remove from fridge. Heat grill to medium-high, and arrange packets. Cook for 15 minutes per side, until the chicken registers 160 degrees F when measured with a meat thermometer. Serve with extra barbecue sauce.
BBQ Chicken in a Packet
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