My husband's family did a lot of camping when he was growing up. I am an indoor kind of gal, though, and we have never been camping in 10 years together (we were going to go once but the campground got rained out; not my fault!). I have learned a bit about outdoor cooking, however, and here is my favorite meal that Jim's family made around the campfire that I cook on the grill or in the oven (but you could totally actually take to go camping):
Campfire Chicken Bundles
makes 6 bundles (about 3-4 servings)
-1.5 lbs Chicken*
-1 packet of onion soup powdered mix
-1 cup rice (I used quinoa in the photos below and it was fine)
-Cooking spray (I used my Misto filled with EVOO)
-Aluminum foil (not an ingredient, but necessary nonetheless)
-Grill or oven
-Preheat oven to 350 or preheat grill for indirect cooking (or, you know, start your campfire)
-Boil chicken for ~30 minutes or until cooked through
-Cook rice (or quinoa or whatever).
-Cut squares of foil and lay out on a counter and spray with cooking spray
-Spoon rice evenly onto all foil squares
-Slice a pat of butter onto rice, and sprinkle with onion soup mix
-Lay chicken on top of rice, top with another pat of butter and sprinkle with more soup mix.
-Fold up foil around mixture and twist top to secure
-Cook for 10-15 minutes in oven or on top rack of grill (or around edge of campfire), or until heated through
-Open and enjoy!
(Photos by me!)
Serve with corn on the cob or a simple veggie dish, and you've got a great and uncomplicated dinner!
It would be really easy to prep this if you're really going camping and need an easy dinner. Just boil the chicken, cook the rice, and assemble the bundles before you leave and toss them into your cooler or hot/cold bag.
*Vague, I know, but you can really use anything here, bones or without; I prefer breasts (insert joke here), but my husband likes legs and wings, so whatever.
What's your favorite camping recipe?