BBQ Chicken Packets With Bacon and Potatoes


This step by step recipe is ridiculously easy and good.  The entire family meal is wrapped in aluminum foil, and cooked on the grill, so clean up is a snap.  All you need to do is flip the packet every now and then.  When done you have an fun family meal or dinner for guest that won’t stress you in the least.

Recipe Serves 4


1 1/2 lbs. chicken breast – boneless and skinless

2 strips bacon

14 tiny red and gold potatoes

1 tomato thinly sliced

8 basil leaves – fresh

1/2 onion – sliced in rounds

2  rosemary sprigs

4 cloves garlic

1 Tbs butter

salt and pepper to taste


Wash potatoes, do not peal

Wash basil.

Rinse and pat dry chicken

Place 2  larges sheet of aluminum foil on counter

Coat each sheet with butter.

Place 1/2 onion on butter.

Wrap bacon around each breast.

Place breast on onion.

Salt and pepper breast to taste

Place basil leave on each breast

Place tomato slices on top of basil

Place onion on top of basil

Put 1/2 the potatoes in each pouch

Add a rosemary sprig to each pouch

Fold the aluminum over creating tight pouch.  Take  another sheet to fold over from the other direction securely sealing the pouch.                                     

Heat BBQ to medium high heat

Grill pouch for 30  minutes, gently flipping it occasionally

Remove pouch from grill

Unfold pouch, be careful steam will shoot out.

Plate 4 servings and enjoy.


I am not alone.

There is another!

OK, so there I was at Gold’s Gym, getting ready to start my workout with 12 minutes of cardio on the machine. But I needed something to read.  I walked over to the magazine rack, flipped through a few mags, and there it was, “North Dakota Adventures” travel magazine. Sensing that there was another nearby I hurriedly scanned the room.  No one stood out.

So,  to put this in perspective, my Gold’s Gym is across the street from the ocean, has nice ocean views from  many of the machines, so naturally there would be a “North Dakota Adventures” travel mag on the rack.  Someone from the gym had either recently visited ND or had just immigrated; because …. the magazine was still warm.  Oh yeh, my old hunting and trapping skills came right back to me.  I was on it.

She Who Must Be Obeyed tells me that every time she sees a ND plate on her commute to West LA, she’s concerned that another one of us has moved here.  It’s not an everyday occurrence, what with 110% employment in ND.  But it’s enough for her.  She has been lobbying the Legislature for a law stating that I was the last NoDak who could immigrate.  I honestly don’t know why she takes such a strong position;  likely has something to do with me though.

At any rate, I grabbed the mag and read all 132 pages while on the machine.  It was good to see the familiar sights again.  I even learned that Garrison Dam has more shoreline than California!  I extrapolated that factoid and I think that would mean ND has  more than 5000% more ice-houses in the winter to ice fish from than we have along the coast in CA.  Full employment, more coastline, ice fishing, damn what was I thinking when I bugged out.

I am going to start wearing my UND t-shirt to Gold’s, maybe I can flush the guy out. Hold on here, maybe he was flushing me out with the magazine and I fell for it!  All of a sudden I’m in Highlander being hunted by The Other.  Or an oil guy was staying at the hotel next to the gym and left the magazine.   But I’ll be looking over my shoulder from now on just the same.

Good Eating and Table Talk,


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