Cooking over a campfire can be a bit tricky if you’ve never done it before. The best way to cook over an open fire is to allow a large flame to develop first, then let it sit and give it time to produce hot coals. Then place a fire pit grill grate over the top of the hot coals to place your food on to cook. And even if you aren’t into camping, you can easily make this recipe over your backyard fire pit or even your grill!  

Equipment Needed:

  • Heavy-duty aluminum foil
  • Fire pit grill grate

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 45 Minutes

Serves: 4


  • 1 ½ pounds baby potatoes, thinly sliced
    • 2 teaspoons olive oil
    • Salt and black pepper to taste
    • 4 chicken breasts, boneless/skinless
    • 1 cup barbecue sauce, divided
    • Green onions or chives
    • Optional toppings: shredded cheddar cheese, bacon bits, sour cream


  1. Prep your fire so there are only hot coals with just a little flame (or prep your grill to medium-low heat).
  2. Spread out four large pieces of heavy-duty foil and top each with a large piece of parchment paper (or spray with nonstick spray).
  3. Place equal amounts of sliced potatoes and onions in the middle of each packet. Drizzle the mix with oil and sprinkle it with salt and pepper.
  4. Brush both sides of each chicken breast with barbecue sauce and place them on top of the potatoes.
  5. Wrap each foil packet by bringing two sides together and rolling it up. Then roll up each open end to seal the foil together.
  6. Place the packets on a hot grill grate over the fire (or on a grill) and cook (potatoes on the bottom) for about 25 minutes or until potatoes are tender and chicken is cooked through (chicken should reach 165 F).
  7. Open each packet and brush the chicken with more barbecue sauce and shredded cheese if desired. Place the packets back on the grill (do not reseal) to melt for about five minutes.
  8. Remove the packets from the heat and add additional toppings as desired.


Cooking time can vary based on the size of the chicken breast, thickness of the potatoes and the cooking source used. Be sure your chicken is thoroughly cooked and reaches at least 165 F and your potatoes are softened to your likeness.

Recipe adapted from