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How To Make Great Tinfoil Dinners

My heart has been aching for the Sullenger Family during this hard time. It has been reminding me to cherish each moment.


We have been having a lot of fun lately experimenting with tinfoil dinners and trying all sorts of variations. They are so easy to put together and pretty much anything tastes great once cooked. Here are a few of our favorites:

The Basic

The basic tinfoil dinner is fool proof and is a great starter for any tinfoil meal. You can pretty much add anything and it will taste great! This is my husband's favorite.

What You Need:
  • 1 serving meat
  • 2 cups veggies
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Oil
  • (Optional) Some sort of sauce: Creme of chicken/mushroom, BBQ sauce, or just a bit of Oil (we like Olive Oil) or anything else you want to try


Step 1: Cut a piece of tinfoil about 15 -18 inches long. Lay it out shiny side up. If the shiny side is down, it will NOT cook- the shiny side will reflect the heat away.

Step 2: Spray or spread a little oil on the tinfoil. Add your meat and veggies. Salt and pepper to taste.

Step 3: Wrap up the tinfoil by pinching the two long edges together and rolling down and then rolling the ends together in.

Step 4: Wrap with second piece of tinfoil (shiny side up!)

Cajun Rice

This one is soooo yummy! I was pleasantly surprised!

What You Need:
  • 1 cup cooked rice
  • 1 cup black beans
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 1 serving meat - Sausage or polish hot dog are great!


Step 1: Spray or spread a little oil on a 15-18 inch piece of tinfoil (shiny side up).

Step 2:  Place the rice on the tinfoil and create a little "nest" with a hole in the middle.

Step 3: Add cut up meat.

Step 4: Separately ix salsa and black beans together and pour on top of meat.

Step 5: Wrap the tinfoil up and re wrap a second time. Cook for 10 - 20 minutes until heated.

Chicken Stir-fry

This is also a really good meal and it has more veggies which make it feel healthier!

What You Need:
  • 3/4-1 cup cooked cups rice
  • 4 T Teriyaki Sauce (or Soy Sauce)
  • 4 T water
  • 1 T sugar
  • about 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • about 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 - 1 1/2 cups  vegetables
  • 1 serving bite sized pieces of chicken
  • Tinfoil
  • Large plastic container or 1 gallon sealable bag


Step 1: Prepare 2 cut pieces of tinfoil (shiny side up!). Add spray or spread the top one with oil. You will want the 2nd one ready to go once you fold the 1st one up at the end of the recipe. Have your container or sealable bag nearby, as well.

Step 2: Combine Teriyaki sauce, water sugar, garlic powder and 1/4 tsp pepper in a separate bowl and marinade the chicken for 10-15 minutes. Chicken can be raw or cooked (leftovers work great!)

Step 3: Add cooked rice and form a nest.

Step 4: Remove chicken from marinade and add the chicken inside the "nest". It helps if you cook the chicken a little until it is just a little pink, if it is not already, prior to adding it to the rice. It will cook faster this way. Put the marinade to the side for a minute.

Step 5: Add vegetables. I used 1 cup frozen and 1/2 cup zucchini.

Step 6: Fold 2 of the sides up, leaving the 3rd side open. Try to fold the second piece around the first on 2 sides as much as possible leaving the same side open. Pour the leftover marinade inside and wrap up. It will most likely leak, so place it in the sealable bag or container if you are preparing these ahead of time.

Helpful Tips:
  • It helps cook the dinner faster if you cook the meat and potatoes a little before adding to tinfoil.
  • Softer/more sensitive vegetables like green peppers, peas, etc. place in the middle of the meal (not near the tinfoil) to prevent burning
  • If you have the long 18 inch heavy duty tinfoil, it will be a lot easier. But I have used the smaller and very weak kind and it worked fine. I had to wrap one or two meals a 3 times, but the food still turned out great!
  • Prevent the potatoes from burning by covering them in a little oil. The easiest way to do this is to put them in a container with a little oil and shake them up.  
I remove them from the excess oil before adding them to the rest of the meal on the tinfoil.


  1. I should NOT be reading food posts late at night - seriously!! great ideas & they sound delish!! :P

  2. Nice! We were wondering what you two concocted on the grill. Glad at least someone is enjoying that thing! :)
    Oh - and thanks for the link to the Sullenger's family blog. I just read over the whole thing and bawled my eyes out. Definitely a good reminder to cherish each moment and stop complaining about trivial problems.

  3. They all look great! Can't wait to try the chicken stir fry. Thanks for sharing!

    jen @ messhalltobistro.blogspot.com

  4. Those are always family pleasers! Thanks!

  5. Love your blog... gave you an award at aloadofcraft.blogspot.com :)

  6. The chicken stir fry looks delish! This is a really dumb question, but do you cook them in the oven or on your grill?

  7. Tina - We did this one in the coals of our grill and have done it before in a fire pit. But, you can do it on the grill or in your oven. In the oven, put it on a pan, so it can catch any juice, and just keep an eye on it. Hope that helps!

  8. You have a lot of great ideas for Tin Foils! Yay! I always stick with the same old basic...meat-potatoes-carrots... now I have new ideas! Thanks!!

  9. Great idea! Thanks for sharing at It's Party Time Thursday at PonyTails&FishScales!

  10. Good tips! I love tin foil meals!

    I featured you here: http://firefliesandjellybeans.blogspot.com/2010/07/sunday-spotlight-soys-36-favorites_24.html

  11. My camping boys are going to love these. Thanks for sharing.

  12. Thanks for joining us for another great Anything Related! ~Bridgette

  13. Yum.. they sound and look good!

    I’m having a new link party “Cheap Thrills Thursday” starting tomorrow. It’s for creative ideas that cost under $20. If you have a project you’d like to share, I’d love for you to stop by and join in!



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