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 Packs on a baking sheet

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 cilantro tomato 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!

Santa Fe Chicken Foil Packs being prepared with chicken and vegetables

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.

Santa Fe Chicken Foil Packs being prepared

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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Santa Fe Chicken Foil Packs on a baking sheet
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Santa Fe Chicken Foil Packets

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.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings


  • 4 chicken breasts 7-8 ounces each
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 15 ounces black beans drained & rinsed
  • 2 cups whole kernel corn
  • 1 cup diced bell peppers any color
  • ¾ cup salsa or 10 ounces Rotel Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies, drained
  • ½ cup Mexican cheese or monterey jack, shredded
  • cilantro tomatoes & jalapenos for garnish


  • Preheat grill to medium-high heat.
  • 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.
  • Divide beans, corn, peppers, and salsa over top of chicken breasts.
  • Fold in the ends to seal each packet. Place packets the grill vegetable side down for 10 minutes.
  • Flip packets over and grill an additional 10-12 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and reaches 165°F.
  • 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.
  • Top as desired.


We love to slice up the chicken and serve these with corn or flour tortillas.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 541 | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 64g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 158mg | Sodium: 721mg | Potassium: 1656mg | Fiber: 13g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1785IU | Vitamin C: 56mg | Calcium: 152mg | Iron: 4mg

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

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican

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  1. Made this for dinner tonight and it was amazing and so filling. As it is just the 2 of us, I halved the recipe. Next time I will just make one serving, which will be plenty. Hubby is not a fan of chili powder so I used chipotle powder, salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder. I baked it in the oven. The chicken was so tender it cut with a fork. I served it with sour cream, jalapeños and sliced avocado. Will definitely make this again. Thank you for a great recipe.5 stars

  2. A total keeper of a recipe. Turned out fantastic. I only added a bit more seasoning…seasoning the chicken with garlic salt, chili powder and Montreal seasoning. Served with sour cream, lime and quinoa on the side. Thank you for the great recipe!5 stars

  3. Just amazing. I added a few chili pepper flakes to the packets. It gave a baby kick of spice.5 stars

    1. Hi Peggy, these can be baked in a 375°F oven for 30 minutes or longer depending on the size of your chicken breasts.

  4. I made this tonight absolutely delicious only thing I did different was pound the chicken breast and use pepper jack cheese. Will definitely making it again.5 stars

  5. These are delicious and our summer go-to! Trying tonight with shrimp instead of chicken. Yum!

  6. What kind of corn do you use? Frozen, canned, or fresh? One of the pictures looks like fresh corn cut off the cob, which sounds amazing, but I’m a little concerned about it getting done in the time allotted for the chicken?

    1. I used corn cut off the cob, but any type of corn will work, and it’ll cook no problem. Enjoy Wendy!

  7. I have made these several times and they are awesome and so easy. Making them this evening for our “drinks on the porch” party celebrating summer, a bit early!

  8. Curious if these stick, I have recently heard to put parchment paper on top of the foil then place chicken on top of that fold up and bbq.. I am very new to this so just curious :)

    1. We haven’t had any issues with them sticking before, if you are worried about sticking you can use cooking spray on the inside and use non-stick foil!

  9. why is the sodium content so high for this recipe?
    Is the nutrition information per serving or for the entire recipe?

    1. Thank you for asking Kathy! I reviewed and found a small error and it has been corrected. Nutrition information is per serving as listed for the recipe (and is an estimate only). This is the case for all of our recipes. In this recipe, the sodium comes primarily from the salsa and the cheese, and of course will vary based on the actual ingredients used.

    1. As mentioned in the post, these can also be baked in a 375°F oven for 30 minutes or longer depending on the size of your chicken breasts. Enjoy Cathy!