Santa Fe Chicken Foil Packets

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Chicken Foil Packets are the perfect easy, breezy summer grilling meal! With heart-healthy pieces of chicken, some zesty seasonings and a handful of beans and veggies, an entire entrée can be made in no time at all…with no dishes!

We serve this meal with warm corn tortillas, homemade salsa and fresh guacamole for the perfect meal!

Santa Fe Chicken Foil Packet grilled and garnished with jalapeños and cilantro.

Chicken foil packets are great to take on a picnic, camping, or even just to the backyard grill. This Santa Fe Chicken recipe grills up a super tasty south-of-the-border flair! Perfect served over a bed of cilantro lime rice or a helping of Mexican rice.

What is Santa Fe Chicken?

Santa Fe Chicken is a popular entrée that lets you mix and match the veggies and level of spice you want! Go for fresh, colorful vegetables that cook at the same rate as everything else!

Try seasoning with a homemade taco seasoning recipe or homemade chili powder to control your spice level!

Chicken in foil with toppings in a bowl to the side.

How to Make Chicken Foil Packets

With a quick prep time, this recipe is great for busy summer days with a delicious balance of fresh veggies and beans.

  1. Place large pieces of foil (about 10”x10”), on a flat work surface & spray with cooking spray.
  2. Put chicken in the center of each piece and season. Add Veggies and salsa over each chicken breast.
  3. Fold in the ends to seal the foil packets and grill.

Two images showing the steps to topping the chicken with veggies and salsa.

Let’s Get Grilling

On the grill, aim for about 20-25 minutes per packet, flipping halfway through. These can also be baked in a 375°F oven for 30 minutes or longer depending on the size of your chicken breasts.

Always test for doneness with a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the chicken breast, approximately 165°F.

Once done, remove packets and carefully open each packet and sprinkle with shredded cheese. Leaving the packets open, return to the grill and cook until the cheese is fully melted (2-3 minutes).

Remove from heat and top with sour cream, guacamole, black olives, jalapeños and more salsa! Serve over a bed of rice or with heated corn or flour tortillas for a fun twist!

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Review Recipe

Santa Fe Chicken Foil Packets

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
This Chicken Foil Packet is made with a Mexican flair, combining black beans, corn and salsa! Cook on the grill, in the oven or over the campfire for a delicious flavor-packed meal.


  • 4 chicken breasts 7-8 oz each
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 15 oz black beans drained & rinsed
  • 2 cups whole kernel corn
  • 1 cup diced bell peppers any color
  • 3/4 cup salsa or 10 oz Rotel Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies, drained
  • 1/2 cup shredded Mexican cheese or monterey jack
  • cilantro tomatoes & jalapenos for garnish

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  1. Preheat grill to medium-high heat.
  2. Place four large pieces of foil on work surface and spray each with cooking spray. Place 1 chicken breast on each piece of foil and season with chili powder, salt & pepper.
  3. Divide beans, corn, peppers, and salsa over top of chicken breasts.
  4. Fold in the ends to seal each packet. Place packets the grill vegetable side down for 10 minutes.
  5. Flip packets over and grill an additional 10-12 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and reaches 165°F.
  6. Place packets on a large baking pan. Carefully open packets and top with cheese. Place the baking pan back on the grill to melt the cheese.
  7. Top as desired.

Recipe Notes

We love to slice up the chicken and serve these with corn or flour tortillas.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 530, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 158mg, Sodium: 832mg, Potassium: 1530mg, Carbohydrates: 41g, Fiber: 11g, Sugar: 4g, Protein: 63g, Vitamin A: 1635%, Vitamin C: 52.5%, Calcium: 149%, Iron: 3.7%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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This chicken foil packet recipe is made with a Mexican flair. Using black beans, corn, and salsa, it is a flavor-packed meal perfect for the grill, for the oven, or the campfire! #spendwithpennies #santafechicken #chickenfoilpackets #hobodinners #maincourse #Mexican
This chicken foil packet recipe is made with a Mexican flair. Using black beans, corn, and salsa, it is a flavor-packed meal perfect for the grill, for the oven, or the campfire! #spendwithpennies #santafechicken #chickenfoilpackets #hobodinners #maincourse #Mexican
This chicken foil packet recipe is made with a Mexican flair. Using black beans, corn, and salsa, it is a flavor-packed meal perfect for the grill, for the oven, or the campfire! #spendwithpennies #santafechicken #chickenfoilpackets #hobodinners #maincourse #Mexican

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  1. Trying these today. Rather than making foil packs, though, I am gonna throw everything in the crock pot. Then shred the chicken and put in tortillas. Looking forward to trying it!

    1. We have not tried making these in an instant pot Erika, if you try please let us know how it turns out!

    1. I love foil packets for camping too Ryan! They are so handy over the campfire or on the barbecue.

  2. I have tried a number of your recipes and been very happy but this Santa Fe foil chicken was very bland and without any flavor. I made it just as instructed both my husband and I were not fans.

    1. I’m sorry this recipe didn’t work you for you Pamela. If you try making it again, definitely increase the chili powder for an extra kick of flavor. Let us know what you think!

    1. Emmy, you can cook these in a 375°F oven for about 30 minutes (or longer if using larger chicken breasts).

    1. Definitely Debbie! We recommend cooking in a 375°F oven for about 30 minutes (or until chicken reaches an internal temp of 165°F)

    1. Thanks Peggy! Try cooking them in a 375°F oven for approximately 30 minutes (or longer if using larger chicken breasts)!

  3. I don’t always use the grill as in the Pacific Northwest one can’t count on a “no rain” day. I presume in the oven it would be 400 degrees for 35 to 45 minutes. Please correct me if I’m wrong.

    1. You could definitely cook it that way Shirley! Depending on the size of your chicken breasts, you can also cook it in a 375°F oven for approximately 30 minutes or longer (until reaching an internal temp of 165°F).