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These easy to make Chicken Foil Packets taste delicious and make cleanup a breeze. The wonderful blend of bacon, ranch and cheese combine into the best Crack Chicken Foil packets.

Crack Chicken Foil packet ready to enjoy.
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Get dinner on the table in less than 25 minutes with baked chicken foil packets. Boneless skinless chicken breasts take very little time to cook making this perfect for busy nights. The perfect summer recipe to feed a crowd.

We love foil packets because there is literally no clean up at all. Everything turns out so tender and delicious too. We also love making this Hobo Dinner Foil Packet for an easy weeknight meal.

What is Crack Chicken?

Crack Chicken is a blend of cream cheese, cheddar cheese and bacon. The Ranch seasoning makes it even better with the chicken and other ingredients.

This classic combination is what makes Crack Chicken so popular.

Ingredients

Ingredients for Crack Chicken Foil packet - cooked bacon, shredded cheese, small potatoes, cream cheese, ranch seasoning, chicken
  • Chicken Breasts – Cut into cubes to easily place in the foil packets.

Scroll to the bottom for the full recipe and ingredients in the recipe card.

Variations Ideas

  • Potatoes. You can also use fingerling potatoes, red potatoes or yukon gold potatoes as well.  Just make sure to dice them into smaller pieces so that the potatoes are done at the same time as the chicken. 
  • Seasoning. Try adding minced garlic or garlic powder to the melted butter. Salt and pepper to taste.
  • Vegetables. Fresh broccoli, onions and bell peppers with a little olive oil taste great with foil pack chicken recipes. Mushrooms also taste delicious.
  • Cheese. You can substitute any type of cheese you prefer in this recipe. Some ideas include: Colby Jack, Monterrey Jack or Muenster cheese.

How to Make Crack Chicken Foil Packets

  • Step 1. Fire up the grill. Preheat the grill over medium high heat (approximately 400 degrees F).  
Combining the diced chicken, cubed potatoes and ranch mixture in a bowl with a wooden spoon

Step 2. Get out a large bowl. Mix the ranch seasoning mixture and melted butter together in a large bowl.  Then stir in the diced chicken, potatoes and half of the bacon slices.  

Chicken and potato mixture topped on a piece of foil with cubed cream cheese

Step 3. Cut 4 pieces of aluminum foil. Place the ingredients in the center of 4 different pieces of foil that are at least 12X12 inches.  Top each of the packets with the diced cream cheese.

Foil packet of crack chicken mixture

Step 4. Fold the foil packets. Seal the foil packet and place them on the grill.  Cook for 5-6 minutes per side until the chicken is cooked to an internal temperature for 165 degrees F and the potatoes are fork tender.  

Placed crack chicken foil packs on the grill grates

Step 5. Add the cheese and bacon to each chicken packet. Then carefully open each of the foil packs.  Top each pack with approximately ½ cup of shredded cheddar cheese and the remaining bacon.  Seal the foil back up and allow the heat from the meal to melt the cheese (5-10 minutes).  

  • Step 6. Serve and enjoy. Then the foil packets are ready to open, serve and enjoy!  We love to top with chopped green onions and black pepper.

Recipe Tips

  • Heavy Duty Foil. Make sure to use heavy duty foil so that it doesn’t break when making this recipe. 
  • Bacon. You can use your favorite types of bacon in this recipe.  Make sure that it’s cooked and crispy before using in this recipe. 
  • Make in advance. The foil packs can be assembled ahead of time. Refrigerate up to 24 hours before ready to grill or bake.

How to Bake Chicken Foil Packets

If the weather does not allow for grilling, try these tasty packets in the oven.

  • Step 1. Preheat the oven. It should be set to 400 degrees.
  • Step 2. Make the foil packets. Follow the recipe instructions.
  • Step 3. Place on a baking sheet. I prefer to put the foil packets on a baking sheet. It is easier to remove from the oven but it is not necessary.
  • Step 4. Bake for 30 to 30 minutes. I like to use my internal meat thermometer to ensure the chicken is fully cooked. It should be 165 degrees.
  • Step 5. Top with cheese and bacon. Open each packet and at the remaining cheese and bacon. Seal and bake until melted for about 10 minutes.
Cooked crack chicken topped with melted cheese on a piece of foil

How Long to Cook Chicken Foil Packets in Oven

Since we are using boneless chicken breasts, the cooking time is minimum. Baking the chicken foil packets should take about 30 minutes.

We suggest using a meat thermometer to make sure the chicken is fully cooked. The internal temp of chicken should be 165 degrees.

If you use other cuts of chicken, the baking time will vary.

Serving Suggestions

  • Green Beans. Oven Roasted Green Beans are really yummy with Crack Chicken.
  • Salad. Toss together a simple green salad with your favorite veggies.
  • Corn on the Cob. This is always a favorite side dish with the kids.

These are delicious options. However, the foil packets have chicken and potatoes inside. So, you really do not need to add much to the meal.

Crack Chicken Foil packet ready to enjoy.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to Store Leftover Crack Chicken

Refrigerate the leftovers in an airtight container for up to 5 days

How to Reheat Leftovers

Reheat the leftovers on the grill or in the oven in the foil packets. If you prefer the microwave, just take out of the foil and place into a microwave safe container. We all enjoy these leftovers for quick lunches during the week.

Does Cooking Chicken in Foil Keep it Moist?

Yes, it does keep your chicken moist with the best flavor. Anytime we make chicken foil packets recipe my family loves it. Everyone can make their own and makes cleanup a breeze.

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Grilled Crack Chicken Foil Packs

5 from 4 votes
These easy to make Chicken Foil Packets taste delicious and make cleanup a breeze. The wonderful blend of bacon, ranch and cheese combine into something tasty.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Seal the foil back up and allow the heat from the meal to melt the cheese 10 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Calories 1022

Ingredients

  • 4 Chicken Breasts diced into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 ½ pound Baby Potatoes quartered
  • 1 packet Ranch Seasoning Mix
  • 4 Tablespoons Butter melted
  • 8 slices Bacon cooked, divided
  • 4 oz Cream Cheese diced
  • 2 cups Cheddar Cheese shredded

Instructions

  • Preheat the grill over medium high heat (approximately 400 degrees F).
  • Mix the ranch seasoning mixture and melted butter together in a large bowl.  Then stir in the diced chicken, potatoes and half of the bacon slices.
  • Place the ingredients in the center of 4 different pieces of foil that are at least 12X12 inches.  Top each of the packets with the diced cream cheese.
  • Seal the foil packet and place them on the grill.  Cook for 5-6 minutes per side until the chicken is cooked to an internal temperature for 165 degrees F and the potatoes are fork tender.
  • Then carefully open each of the foil packs.  Top each pack with approximately ½ cup of shredded cheddar cheese and the remaining bacon.  Seal the foil back up and allow the heat from the meal to melt the cheese (5-10 minutes).
  • Then the foil packets are ready to open, serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Make sure to use heavy duty foil so that it doesn’t break when making this recipe. 
You can also use fingerling potatoes or yukon gold potatoes as well.  Just make sure to dice them into smaller pieces so that the potatoes are done at the same time as the chicken. 
You can use your favorite types of bacon in this recipe.  Make sure that it’s cooked and crispy before using in this recipe. 
Refrigerate the leftovers in an airtight container for up to 5 days. 

Nutrition Facts

Calories 1022kcal, Carbohydrates 37g, Protein 72g, Fat 64g, Saturated Fat 31g, Polyunsaturated Fat 5g, Monounsaturated Fat 19g, Trans Fat 1g, Cholesterol 289mg, Sodium 1637mg, Potassium 1724mg, Fiber 4g, Sugar 3g, Vitamin A 1384IU, Vitamin C 36mg, Calcium 464mg, Iron 2mg

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  1. 5 stars
    I know this may be a silly question BUT, does it need to be done on a Grill which I am assu,ing is USA Speak for Bar-B-Q type thing with heat from Charcoal or other forms and has Iron Bars across.
    Will just Heat work perhaps from a Hot-Plate Grill of even an Air Fryer craked up to maximum.

    Another silly question, how do I check the internal temperature of the Chicken without opening the Package and re-sealing again if not yet there? A procedure almost certain to involve 3rd degree burns :-).

    I have longed to try this method and its similar cousin en papillote where similar instructions apply but have never been confident enough.