Parmesan Chicken Foil Packets

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Parmesan Chicken Foil Packets contain a complete dinner in one tidy little packet!

Fresh summer zucchini, zesty tomato sauce and tender chicken breasts are grilled until perfectly cooked and topped with melty mozzarella cheese.  This is going to become your favorite summer meal!

Chicken Parmesan Foil Packets are a super easy summer meal! You are going to love how simple both the preparation and the clean up are… and to top it off they are absolutely delicious!

Unwrapped Parmesan Chicken Foil Packet


Not only are these quick to make, you can prepare them well in advance and they cook in about 20 minutes!  This makes them the perfect meal to whip up on a hot day or even while you’re camping! Layers of zucchini (or your favorite grilled veggies), tomato sauce and chicken are seasoned and grilled and finally topped with mozzarella cheese just before serving!

Picture this….it has been a long day. The last thing you feel like doing is making a meal! You remember that you have prepared Chicken Parmesan Packets the night before and they are waiting in your refrigerator! Bless! Pop them on the grill or in the oven, prepare your favorite pasta and you have a complete meal ready in minutes!

Raw chicken over zuchhini and marinara sauceTips for Chicken Foil Packets

  • Be sure to spray your foil well (or use non-stick foil) so your food doesn’t stick.
  • Be sure to seal the packets well to avoid any juices escaping.
  • These can be baked 30 minutes at 375 degrees (or until your chicken reaches 165 degrees and is cooked through).
  • These packets can easily be modified depending what you have on hand.  Here are a couple of my favorite ideas:
    • This recipe calls for Italian Seasoning and garlic powder, however use what seasonings you love or have in your pantry. Some ideas are garlic, basil, oregano and parsley. Use fresh herbs if you have them, fresh herbs only make things better!
    • If you do not have zucchini use broccoli, mushrooms, asparagus or summer squash instead!

While this would still be great paired with the tomato sauce, you could also use your favorite alfredo sauce. If you choose alfredo sauce, simply cook the chicken, mushrooms, and asparagus in the packet first, and sauce with a heated alfredo sauce once you plate it. You may be asking, “why not add alfredo sauce to the packet?” I fear the creamy sauce may burn in the packet!

Chicken breast over pasta with zucchini on a white plate

While I most often serve these on a bed of pasta, these chicken foil packet dinners are so good, you really don’t need to serve them on pasta at all!  Prep a nice fresh side salad and a thick slice of crusty bread to sop up all of that delicious sauce and you’re good to go! Are you looking for a gluten free option? You can use gluten free pasta or skip the pasta all together!

If you’re watching calories and fat, this is still a perfect option, add in some extra veggies and then use low fat mozzarella and parmesan cheese. The taste and texture will still be the same you will virtually never notice the difference.

My absolute favorite thing about this recipe is there is no clean up! It is such a breeze to tossing the foil leaving more time to spend with your friends and family or just to take a few extra minutes to yourself! You definitely deserve it!

Overhead shot of unwrapped Parmesan Chicken Foil Packet

If you are looking for something that is tasty, healthy and quick for your dinner tonight, these Chicken Parmesan Foil Packets fit the bill perfectly! The perfect fuss free BBQ idea or even a delicious gourmet idea to take along on your next camping trip. So versatile, super easy and totally delicious it will definitely be top of mind for your summer meal planning.

Overhead shot of unwrapped Parmesan Chicken Foil Packet
4.9 from 38 votes
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Chicken Parmesan Foil Packets

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Parmesan Chicken Foil Packets contain a complete dinner in one tidy little packet! Fresh summer zucchini, zesty tomato sauce and tender chicken breasts are grilled until perfectly cooked and topped with melty mozzarella cheese. This is going to become your favorite summer meal!


  • 4 chicken breasts boneless, skinless
  • 3 cups pasta sauce
  • 2 zucchini sliced
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese shredded
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning sprinkle
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • spaghetti cooked
  • parsley freshly chopped

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  • Preheat grill to medium heat. Spray four 12x18 inch foil pieces with cooking spray.
  • Divide zucchini over the four pieces of foil.  Sprinkle with salt, pepper and italian seasoning to taste and 2T parmesan cheese.
  • Add 1/3 cup pasta sauce on top of the zucchini.  Place a chicken breast on top of the sauce.
  • Drizzle each chicken breast with olive oil then sprinkle with garlic powder, italian seasoning, salt and pepper.
  • Seal each packet.  Place on heated grill with the chicken side down.  Grill for 8 minutes.
  • Flip each packet and continue to grill for another 8-10 minutes or until juice run clear and chicken reaches 165 degrees.
  • Open each packet by slicing with a knife.  Sprinkle 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese on each chicken breast and heat to melt. (see note)
  • If desired, cook pasta according to package directions and heat remaining sauce.  
  • Remove the chicken and zucchini from each packet and place on top of the pasta.  Pour any extra sauce from the packet on top as well.
  • Sprinkle with freshly grated parmesan and garnish with fresh parsley.

Recipe Notes

The best way to heat the mozzarella is to place the four foil packets on a pan and carefully open each packet with a knife (be careful as steam will escape and be hot).  Sprinkle with mozzarella.  
Place the pan back on the warm grill and close the lid for 2-3 minutes or broil if desired.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 530, Carbohydrates: 15g, Protein: 65g, Fat: 23g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 158mg, Sodium: 1643mg, Potassium: 1750mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 10g, Vitamin A: 1295IU, Vitamin C: 33.1mg, Calcium: 478mg, Iron: 3.5mg
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  1. I made it! So I didn’t add enough salt, but I was able to add it after. I added onion, mushrooms, baby carrots and cut up small red potatoes. The potatoes could have cooked about five more minutes but otherwise, it was great! Per another review, I cut my chicken into strips to make sure they were cooked through without the veggies being mushy. The zucchini and onions were soft but not too soft. I’d definitely make this again. I have plenty if leftovers for later in the week, which I like. Oh and by the way, I’M NOT A COOK!! It’s that easy!! Thanks so much!4 stars

  2. My husband wanted Chicken Parmesan one night for dinner. I am on a diet and can’t do the breading. I found this recipe and we absolutely LOVE it! We have it weekly. Thank you for posting a recipe that we can ALL enjoy!!!!5 stars

  3. I sliced yellow gold potatoes with spices for a bed of the chicken. Then followed with the cheese etc. at the end, added mushrooms also.5 stars

  4. If frozen, cook frozen or thawed and for how long. I work nights and son and daughter in law work days. With a 5 year old and 21 month old twins, these would be great to pull out of the freezer.

  5. Instead of sliced zucchini, I plan to try this with zoodles tomorrow. Half the family won’t eat zucchini but if I spiralize it into zoodles, they gobble it up. Also keeps it lo-carb as there is no pasta. Cooking time should remain the same.

  6. Hi. We tried this recipie and it turned out awesome. We skipped parmesan cheese altogether and added egg plant slices with zucchini. It has become our family’s favorite. It’s super simple and super yummy. Thank you so much!5 stars

  7. I’ve been making this recipe for years but I use fish and after reading this recipe I made with with chicken and it was lovely the difference it made was just wonderfull 5 stars

  8. Want to try this, but I’m having a problem with the veggies. I only eat spinach, greens, potatoes, and green beans. So how can I factor those things into the prep without it becoming a disaster?5 stars

    1. You could try replacing the zucchini with green beans. Let us know how it turns out Nicole!

    2. Hi there you can use what ever veg you want I’ve made it with potatoes the only thing is cut them not to thick  and I don’t see why you can’t put spinach  

  9. I am a nurse and work 10 to 12 hour shifts Mon thru Thurs. This is a fabulous dish to prepare ahead for my family. I used spaghetti squash cooked el dente, mushrooms and so.e onion. Fantastic.5 stars

  10. Made this tonight! It was terrible! My zucchini never got soft. I had it in the oven for 40 minutes! It didn’t even look good! I would never make this again . Oven temp 375.

    1. I’m sorry this didn’t work out for you, zucchini is a tender vegetable and should definitely have been very soft after 40 minutes. I can’t say for sure what happened to your zucchini.

  11. This recipe was amazing!! I’m going to make it again. Question…how can I cook this without the foil packs? Put in a 13×9? The last time I made a bigger mess using the foil packs and wondered if it would turn out the same in a 13×9 covered with foil? I really loved how it turned out in the foil packs, and want the same, just less mess…is that possible?5 stars

    1. I haven’t tried it that way but I’m sure that would work just fine. Please let us know how it works for you if you do try it!

  12. I made this tonight in the oven 375 degrees 40 minutes and additional 5 minutes for the mozzarella .  Excellent, did not have pasta since we are eating low carb.  Had left overs for the week!5 stars

  13. Can you prepare wrap in foil and then freeze for baking later, if so can you bake from frozen and if so how long at 375/400 degrees?
    Thank you.

    1. I haven’t tried it that way but I’m sure that would work just fine. Please let us know how it works for you if you do try it!

  14. We cooked this meal on the grill tonight. It was very easy to prepare and extremely tasty! We will definitely be making this again soon!4 stars

  15. If your baking larger breasts they won’t cook so quickly. I just learned that the hard way..otherwise I love the idea and I’m excited to try them once they are baked through4 stars

  16. This was so easy and delicious. I forgot the oil and it did not matter. Also did not serve with pasta. Happened to have fresh basil which I added.  Thanks for a good recipe.5 stars

  17. holy-Moley! This was a WONDERFUL dinner! The only change I made (due to laziness) was to use “chicken tenders” instead of hammering on the chicken breasts to flatten them. They tasted amazing – cooked in about 40 minutes (total) on the grill set at about 400 degrees. we give it a 5-star rating! Serve a green salad and some garlic bread….excellent!5 stars

    1. So glad for your suggestions Beverley! I don’t have a grill but will try them in the oven. Chicken tenders are so handy.

  18. Do you mean the thin boneless chicken breasts? The regular boneless breasts are quite large and need to be cooked an hour on 400 to cook thoroughly.

    1. I use regular boneless chicken breasts. They can certainly vary in size so as long as they’re cooked to 165 degrees, they’ll be perfect!

  19. Made this, and loved it! However, I also sautéed some onions and mushrooms… Set them aside, and then put them on the chicken before I added the mozzarella cheese… Oh Sooo Yum! And I only had to cook each foil side for 12 minutes at 400 degrees.5 stars

    1. I haven’t tried this with thighs. You’ll want to cook them long enough to ensure they reach 165 degrees.

  20. I just cooked these tonight for dinner. They were delicious! I backed them in the oven at 375 for 35min and then another 5min with the mozzarella cheese on top. The chicken was juicy and tender, zucchini was perfect.
    Thank you very much for the recipe. Another staple favorite for our family.

  21. I love the idea of a delicious and mess-free dinner. Anything cheesy, and l’m in. That chicken looks scrumptious, and so healthy too. I bet even my fussy littlr girl would love that.

  22. I always love a recipe that I can prep in advance, especially in the summertime! Plus, no cleanup?? That sounds perfect!

  23. Really fast, easy and delicious. I added a little white wine along with the olive oil. Think I’ll add some eggplant next time. I’ll definitely make this again! Thank you!

  24. Yummy and delicious. This is my favorite dish and i just made it.

    Thanks for sharing such delicious recipe.

  25. Back in my day we didn’t have these fancy shmancy vegetables. In my day, if you wanted to have fun there was only one show in town — it was called “Stare at the sun!” … That’s right! You’d sit in the middle of an open field and stare up at the sun till your eyeballs burst into flames! And you thought, “Oh, no! Maybe I shouldn’t’ve stared directly into the burning sun with my eyes wide open.” But it was too late! Your head was on fire and people were roastin’ chickens over it. … And that’s the way it was and we liked it!

  26. This was so easy and delicious! I did a garlic olive oil with all the seasonings and a bed of zucchini, peppers garlic parm cheese and onions. I cooked the chicken at 375 for 35min and then topped with mozzarella and Montrey Jack cheese and broiled for a couple minutes to get that golden brown too. My entire family loved it! What’s easier than throwing everything in foil and letting it cook? Total idiot proof!

    1. I’m so glad your family loved this! I love the addition of peppers & onions, they’d be so good in this dish!

  27. Well I obviously did something wrong. We cooked it, and cooked it and cooked it. Finally gave up and ordered pizza as every one was hungry. By the time it got done the zucchini was mush and we threw it out. Waste of money.

    1. What sort of problem were you having? Chicken should cook on the grill within about 20 minutes or less. Was your chicken boneless?

      1. Oven. 375 for 30 minutes. Wasn’t done. 400 for 10 minutes more, wasn’t done. 425 for another 12 minutes and finally the chicken was done, but every thing else was just mush. Not sure what went wrong :( Chicken was thawed before hand so it should have been an easy meal.

        1. I’m not sure why they didn’t cook through, 55 minutes is a really long time (even at 350 degrees) to cook boneless skinless chicken breasts.

          1. If the chicken was wrapped in foil with the shiny side out, that would increase cooking time as heat is then reflected. 

  28. I made this for dinner tonight – baked in the oven and it was great! I enjoyed all the flavor and very simple to make.5 stars

        1. You will want to ensure that the chicken reaches 165 degrees. If they’re smaller boneless skinless chicken breasts they shouldn’t take much more than 25-30 minutes.

          1. I baked these on 375 for 35 minutes in foil, wasn’t done. Took foil off to cook additional time

  29. With all of the concerns lately about cooking in foil, I’ve started lining it with parchment paper. You can even buy parchment lined aluminum foil now. This looks yummy and on my to try list. Thanks for your wonderful site!

  30. They look perfect and lately I have been grilling anything and everything. Easy cleanup and I don’t have to turn on my oven. Great idea to try!