Foil-Baked Chicken Recipe -
Foil-Baked Chicken Recipe

Foil-Baked Chicken

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"Individual foil packets contain chunks of chicken in a savory soy and hoisin sauce with cilantro and fresh ginger."

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Original recipe makes 18 packets Change Servings


  1. Cut chicken into 1-inch-square pieces. In a mixing bowl, combine cornstarch, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, sugar, cilantro, ginger and garlic. Add chicken and toss to coat. Refrigerate, covered, at least 30 minutes.
  2. Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Fold each piece of foil in half twice to make a 6-inch square. Place a spoonful of chicken in the center of each piece of foil, dividing it equally. Fold foil squares on the diagonal; fold edges to seal. Place on a nonstick baking sheet and bake 20 minutes, or until chicken is no longer pink in the center.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jun 02, 2011

Fantastic recipe! Since I was curious, the second time I cooked this, I only used two large foil pouches, rather than 9 little ones. It worked great! I made the pieces of foil the same length as the width of the foil, to make large squares. I just had two bundles, each composed of two sheets for the top and two for the bottom. Laid out the chicken in a single layer, had each of the foil packets on their own cookie sheet. Worked really well, didn't notice any difference.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jul 11, 2011

Good flavor, but I think the recipe might have called for too much cornstarch, as the sauce came out sort of clumpy! I'll use half the amount next time. Otherwise, a good mix of flavors. I used diced chicken breast rather than thighs, but otherwise stuck to the recipe exactly. Served over white rice... The Hoisin sauce makes all the difference-- Don't leave it out!!

Apr 29, 2011

I'm not sure how I found this, but needed a quick recipe for thighs. I added a tiny bit of rice vinegar and no cilantro (didn't have any)no Kikkoman, used another kind. Result? my husband said, mid bite: 'what kind of chicken is this?" me: "thighs" he: "this is the BEST I've ever eaten" . He's 62 and I'm a easy it's ridiculous and no mess, baked in foil! YEAH !! try this you'll love it.

Apr 20, 2011

Absolutely awesome! I didn't even use all the ingredients because I only had soy sauce and cornstarch and I used garlic powder. And it still turned out. I can't wait till I use all ingredients and also my husband said it was the best I ever made.

Jan 02, 2012

This is a surprisingly good and surprisingly easy recipe. The only thing I do differently is cook all of the chicken in one big bag. I'd also recommend spraying the bag with cooking spray so it won't stick.

Jul 14, 2011

As far as I'm concerned, there is no substitution for Hoisin sauce, you either have it or you don't. It is usually made with soybean paste, sesame oil, garlic, vinegar, molasses, and sometimes chilli and other spices. It's a tad sweet and salty. Easy to find in an asian market or grocery store (for A LOT cheaper, too). Not sure who tried to sub peanut butter, but ya... lol Definitely cannot fault the recipe on that one. Goes very very well with chopped green onion. I had this with sauteed shiitake mushrooms over rice. Added cayenne pepper for heat. I left the cornstarch out entirely and did not miss it. The hoisin sauce I had on hand was really thick as it was, and with the other ingredients it just made more sense to leave it out. It was thick enough when it sat for a bit anyways. Yum

Jul 18, 2011

Flavor was great--I almost skipped the cilantro, but I am really glad I didn't! Only 4 stars because I think that there was too much cornstarch. Instead of having a nice gravy-like sauce, it was thick & clumpy.

Jul 14, 2011

Flavor was there and chicken was perfectly tender....but I do believe there is too much cornstarch. My sauce was very clumpy and I had to add water just before serving. Would make again, just cut back on the cornstarch. thanks for sharing.


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  • Calories
  • 304 kcal
  • 15%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 25.7 g
  • 8%
  • Cholesterol
  • 71 mg
  • 24%
  • Fat
  • 12.3 g
  • 19%
  • Fiber
  • 0.2 g
  • < 1%
  • Protein
  • 21 g
  • 42%
  • Sodium
  • 1012 mg
  • 40%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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