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These Lemon Garlic Chicken Parchment Packets are the simple Whole30, Paleo, and Keto-friendly weeknight dinner you’ve been waiting for! Plus, clean-up is a breeze!

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Your whole family will love the combination of savory boneless chicken, thinly sliced summer squash, green olives, and sweet cherry tomatoes—the zippy lemon and garlic marinade tastes great on EVERYTHING!

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I’ve been on a parchment packet kick lately, throwing together different proteins, vegetables, and sauces in a tidy paper package, which I then toss into the oven. I don’t normally have a game plan when I assemble these pouches. Instead, I just figure out what’s in my fridge and pantry, and use whatever’s available.

By dinnertime, everyone gets an individual bundle filled with saucy meat and veggies that can be served over cauliflower rice, roasted veggies, or white rice (yes, we eat white rice occasionally without too many issues). These parchment packets are easy to make, and the kids enjoy opening up a new “gift” every night.

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Yes! I like using parchment for these packets because I always have a roll in my kitchen. However, aluminum foil also works and it’s even easier to tightly seal packets made with foil. Warning: Do not use wax paper for these packets because it isn’t heat-safe and no one wants melted wax all over their dinner.

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If this is your first time making parchment packets, it can be hard to know when everything is cooked without opening them up. How do you know if the chicken is safe to eat? Stab the packet with a meat thermometer!

Chicken thighs are harder to overcook (and one of the reasons I prefer using them in this recipe) and they are ready to take out when the temperature in the meatiest part reaches 165°F. If you’re cooking chicken breasts, the finished cooking temperature is about 150°F—and you should start checking the temperature at the 15 minute mark.

No meat thermometer? Designate one packet as the sacrificial lamb and open it up at the 18 minute mark. Cut the piece of chicken to check that it’s cooked through and no longer pink. (Order my favorite meat thermometer for next time!)

Keto diet foods keto diet recipes keto pills keto diet menu for beginners keto diet for beginners keto diet explained Time to make Lemon Garlic Chicken Parchment Packets!

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • ⅓ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1½ teaspoons dried oregano
  • Diamond Crystal brand kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 (6-ounce) boneless, skinless chicken thighs or breasts
  • 4 medium summer squash, thinly sliced into coins
  • 1 large shallot, thinly sliced
  • 8 pitted green olives, cut in half
  • 8 cherry tomatoes, cut in half

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Equipment:

  • Here’s my favorite meat thermometer and all of my other recommended kitchen tools are listed here.

Method:

Preheat the oven to 450°F with the rack in the middle.

In a large bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, minced garlic, oregano, 1 teaspoon Diamond Crystal kosher salt, and ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper.

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Add the chicken and marinate for 10 minutes and up to 2 hours. (Don’t go too long because the acidic marinade will make the texture kinda funky.)

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Grab 4 large sheets of parchment paper, and fold each piece in half. Draw half a heart on each piece of paper so that when you cut them out, you get full hearts.

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Open up the parchment pieces and lay them flat. Tile ¼ of the summer squash and/or zucchini on one side of the crease in each heart. Add some shallot rings on top, and sprinkle the veggies with salt and pepper.

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Place a chicken thigh on top of the vegetables…

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…and spoon two tablespoons of marinade onto the chicken.

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Top with ¼ of the olives and cherry tomatoes.

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Repeat with all 3 packets.

Fold the other half of each parchment heart on top of the chicken and tightly crimp the edges together, starting at the top-center of the heart. Make sure each packet is tightly sealed by turning and crimping the edges. At the pointed bottom end of the hearts, twist the paper to seal well.

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Place the packets in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet.

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Cook in the oven for 15-20 minutes or until the chicken thighs register an internal cooking temperature of 165°F. (How do you know the temperature without opening the package? Stab the packet with a meat thermometer! By the way, if you’re cooking chicken breasts, the finished cooking temperature is 150°F—and you should start stabbing at the 15 minute mark.)

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Use a pair of kitchen shears to cut open the packets as soon as they’re done cooking (but be careful—the escaping steam is hot!).

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Ho, ho, ho! You did it, Kitchen Santa!

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[Originally posted on June 21, 2016. Updated with new details and photos on May 4, 2020.]


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Keto diet foods keto diet recipes keto pills keto diet menu for beginners keto diet for beginners keto diet explained Lemon Garlic Chicken Parchment Packets

These Lemon Garlic Chicken Parchment Packets are the simple Whole30, Paleo, and Keto-friendly weeknight dinner you’ve been waiting for! Plus, clean-up is a breeze!

Prep Time10 mins

Cook Time20 mins

Total Time30 mins

Course: Dinner

Cuisine: Italian

Keyword: gluten-free, keto, low carb, paleo, Primal, Whole30

Servings: 4 servings

Calories: 425kcal

Author: Michelle Tam

Ingredients

  • cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • teaspoons dried oregano
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs or breasts (about 6 ounces each)
  • 4 medium summer squash thinly sliced into coins
  • 1 large shallot thinly sliced
  • 8 pitted green olives cut in half
  • 8 cherry tomatoes cut in half

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 450°F with the rack in the middle.

  • In a large bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, minced garlic, oregano, 1 teaspoon Diamond Crystal kosher salt, and ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper.

  • Add the chicken and marinate for 10 minutes and up to 2 hours. (Don’t go too long because the acidic marinade will make the texture kinda funky.)

  • Grab 4 large sheets of parchment paper, and fold each piece in half. Draw half a heart on each piece of paper so that when you cut them out, you get full hearts.

  • Open up the parchment pieces and lay them flat. Tile ¼ of the summer squash and/or zucchini on one side of the crease in each heart. Add some shallot rings on top, and sprinkle the veggies with salt and pepper.

  • Place a chicken thigh on top of the vegetables, and spoon two tablespoons of marinade onto the chicken. Top with ¼ of the olives and cherry tomatoes. Repeat with all 3 packets.

  • Fold the other half of each parchment heart on top of the chicken and tightly crimp the edges together, starting at the top-center of the heart. Make sure each packet is tightly sealed by turning and crimping the edges. At the pointed bottom end of the hearts, twist the paper to seal well.

  • Place the packets in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet. 

  • Cook in the oven for 15-20 minutes or until the chicken thighs register an internal cooking temperature of 165°F. (How do you know the temperature without opening the package? Stab the packet with a meat thermometer! By the way, if you’re cooking chicken breasts, the finished cooking temperature is 150°F—and you should start stabbing at the 15 minute mark.)

  • Use a pair of kitchen shears to cut open the packets as soon as they’re done cooking (but be careful—the escaping steam is hot!).

Nutrition

Calories: 425kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 27g | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 7g

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