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Asian Tin Foil Dinners

Asian Tin Foil Dinners are a fun twist on the classic foil recipe! Rice noodles, veggies, chicken and peanut sauce, all cooked together over the fire.
Okay, people…Here’s a little informal survey for you:

If you live in a big city, raise your hand. If you rarely leave the Big City, stand up and raise your hand higher. If you sometimes feel like you just want to get away from the people, the cars, the noise, the craziness, jump up and down and wave your hands wildly. Now stop, take a deep breath, close your eyes and imagine blue sky, tall trees, a crackling fire, fresh, pine-scented air, and pretty much SILENCE…nobody and nothing to pressure or bother you. Just you in nature. 360 degrees of nature.

Our family absolutely LOVES to escape the city. We’re fortunate to live at the base of some pretty amazing mountains, so once a week or more, we head for the hills. In less than a half hour’s drive from home, we can be hiking, biking or picnicking in the pines and aspens. One of our favorite spots is up Millcreek Canyon, a beautiful, small windy canyon just 15 minutes away. Cell phones don’t work there, and the noise and bustle of the city completely fade away in minutes.

Of course, when we plan a getaway, even a quick evening one, we’re all about the food. Going up the canyon? What’re we bringing to EAT? Life in our world revolves around food. And it’s gotta be GOOD food, even when we’re camping or hiking. And so, Sarah and I decided to reinvent the humble foil dinner. If you haven’t ever tasted one, you’re in for a treat. If you have, maybe these ideas will open your eyes to a whole new world of fire-roasted foods! Throw out the idea of dry hamburger meat and undercooked carrots and potatoes.  Just choose your favorite flavors, chop them up and throw them on the fire. In fifteen minutes, you’ve got yourself a little taste of heaven.

Asian Tin Foil Dinners are a fun twist on the classic foil recipe! Rice noodles, veggies, chicken and peanut sauce, all cooked together over the fire.
And so, here it is…..drumroll…..TIN FOIL DINNER WEEK!  Three different twists on the classic. And the cool thing about these is that you can eat them anywhere! Can’t get away to the mountains this weekend? Slap these babies on the grill for a few minutes. No grill in your city apartment? Crank up the oven for a bit and watch them sizzle. You can turn on the Nature channel and pretend you’re out there in it. Use your imagination. The sky’s the limit…and speaking of sky…look up at it! Isn’t it gorgeous?!  Nature. Foil dinners. Life’s pretty good right about now!

Asian Tin Foil Dinners are a fun twist on the classic foil recipe! Rice noodles, veggies, chicken and peanut sauce, all cooked together over the fire.

Asian Tin Foil Dinners

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes


  • Cooked chicken
  • Rice noodles
  • Edamame or snow peas
  • Bean sprouts
  • Carrots
  • Mushrooms
  • Green onions
  • Red/yellow peppers
  • Red Cabbage
  • Water chestnuts
  • Mandarin oranges
  • Fresh pineapple
  • Crushed peanuts
  • Soy sauce
  • Peanut Sauce
  • 1 inch piece fresh ginger
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • Juice from one lime
  • 1 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • Water to thin sauce (add until desired consistency is reached)


  1. Chop chicken into bite-sized pieces.
  2. Soak rice noodles in water for about 10 minutes.
  3. Chop vegetables into bite-sized pieces.
  4. Add all peanut sauce ingredients to jar with a lid and shake vigorously until combined. Add water to achieve desired consistency.
  5. Put all ingredients on the table, hand each person two layers of foil, about 9x13 pan sized. Let them create their own dinners, piling the ingredients they want into the center of the foil. Make sure to add some peanut sauce, so the liquid can help steam everything.
  6. Fold the foil over the food, making sure to layer so nothing can fall out.
  7. Place the dinners over hot coals, a hot grill or in 350-degree oven.
  8. Cook approximately 15 minutes, or until veggies are cooked through and steamy hot.


*Notice we didn't include amounts. You can be creative, depending on how many people you are serving and how many ingredients you have. The peanut sauce recipe makes about one cup, which will feed 4-6 people.

*Make sure to add liquids or fats to foil dinners, so they don't burn or stick to the foil sides.

*Use tongs to take dinners from coals, grill or oven. They will be very hot, so be careful!

*You can eat them right out of the foil. Putting a plate underneath makes this a little easier.




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  • Reply Hena Tayeb June 6, 2016 at 9:59 am

    this looks delicious. pinned it

    • Reply Elizabeth June 6, 2016 at 10:11 am

      Hena, we ate these last night and loved them. Hope you do, too!

  • Reply Barrie June 6, 2016 at 10:15 am

    I love this idea! That way everyone can make what they like. Adding to next week’s meal list!

    • Reply Elizabeth June 6, 2016 at 12:03 pm

      We had 15 people here last night for tinfoil dinners, and they all made theirs differently. It was really fun! Hope you love it.

  • Reply Paula Niziolek June 6, 2016 at 3:08 pm

    Can I tag along on your picnic please?! I don’t live in the big city but I do live in a town that has become a tourist destination in the last few years, so that requires getting away every now and then from where everyone seems to want to go anymore. Think I’m going to head to the beach and make some Asian Tin Foil Dinners while I’m there!

    • Reply Elizabeth June 6, 2016 at 10:08 pm

      Ahhh…the beach sounds lovely! And these would be a fun sunset dinner plan. Enjoy!

  • Reply Elsa | the whinery June 6, 2016 at 5:44 pm

    This is such a great idea! They look fun and delicious… plus, easy cleanup! 🙂

    • Reply Elizabeth June 6, 2016 at 10:06 pm

      Elsa, we agree…super easy cleanup is a perk…and we think they are fun and tasty. Hope you like them!

  • Reply Stephanie @ Sustaining the Powers June 7, 2016 at 8:59 am

    Here in Denver we love to go camping! These are an awesome looking upgrade to our usual varieties. Definitely pinning them for making this summer!!

    • Reply Elizabeth June 7, 2016 at 10:12 am

      Stephanie, Colorado is one of our favorite places to vacation! Such BEAUTIFUL scenery in the Rockies! Have a fun summer, and happy cooking! Stay tuned for two more foil dinner ideas this week:)

  • Reply Shreya June 7, 2016 at 9:08 am

    These are so easy to make and also so damn delicious! Thanks for this idea! Loved it and so pinning it! ??

    • Reply Elizabeth June 7, 2016 at 10:10 am

      Shreya, we agree. Why don’t more people do this? SOOO easy and yummy. Have fun with it!

  • Reply Taylor Mobley June 7, 2016 at 10:36 am

    You guys are SO CUTE. I think I need my mom to be involved with my blog now!!!!! Also these look delicious.

    • Reply Sarah June 7, 2016 at 10:04 pm

      Thanks Taylor! Truly, best decision to team up with my mom on the blog. We both have our strengths we bring to the table, and it’s such a fun thing to work on together.

  • Reply Valentina | The Baking Fairy June 7, 2016 at 10:37 am

    What a great idea! This looks so easy and delicious. Tin foil dinners have become so trendy lately so I think I will definitely have to partake soon. Pinning!

    • Reply Sarah June 7, 2016 at 10:05 pm

      Valentina, we highly recommend trying them out. Sooo yummy and seriously too easy to make/clean up!

  • Reply Kim @ Three Olives Branch June 7, 2016 at 12:52 pm

    Yum! Always looking for new ideas to eat well camping, this looks so easy and camping friendly!

    • Reply Sarah June 7, 2016 at 10:06 pm

      Kim, it’s true. Who said camping food had to be freeze-dried and full of preservatives, right? This makes a happy camping trip for sure. Hope you enjoy!

  • Reply Linda @ 2 Cookin' Mamas June 7, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    What a fantastic idea! Love cooking in foil packets because its easy and cleanup is minimal. Love your colorful combo! I think I know what I’m bringing on my next picnic!

    • Reply Sarah June 7, 2016 at 10:07 pm

      Thanks Linda! Truly one of the best parts is the no-cleanup. Gotta love easy, simple and colorful meals! Let us know how your picnic goes 😉

  • Reply Maggie Unzueta June 7, 2016 at 3:35 pm

    I might have to make this tonight. Love all the colors. Perfect for summer.

    • Reply Sarah June 7, 2016 at 10:08 pm

      Do it Maggie. You won’t regret. 😉

  • Reply Renee @ The Good Hearted Woman June 7, 2016 at 9:50 pm

    We have foil dinners all the time, and I love this new spin! Thank you for the great ideas!!

    • Reply Sarah June 7, 2016 at 10:08 pm

      Renee, we’re so happy you’re on the tin-foil train with us. Gotta love simple, delicious and no-clean-up meals!

  • Reply Brittany June 8, 2016 at 8:24 am

    This is definitely going on my must-cook list!

    • Reply Sarah June 8, 2016 at 12:28 pm

      Let us know how you like it!

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