Tasty Chicken and Veggie Packets

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Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Makes: 4 servings
Total Cost: $5.02
Serving Cost: $1.25

Ingredients

4 units
chicken breast (boneless and skinless)
1/4 unit
red onion (julienned)
1 unit
carrot (julienned)
1 unit
red pepper (julienned)
1 unit
celery stalk (julienned)
1/2 unit
zucchini (julienned)
1 clove
garlic (minced)
2 tablespoons
basil (fresh, chopped)
unit
thyme (fresh springs, optional)
unit
parsley (chopped, optional)
unit
ginger (minced, optional)
2 teaspoons
olive oil
4 teaspoons
lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
1/8 teaspoon
salt (to taste, optional)
1/8 teaspoon
pepper (to taste, optional)

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

2. Cut four large rectangles of parchment paper or aluminum foil and fold in half; unfold.

3. Place each chicken breast in a large square of foil or parchment paper and season with salt and pepper.

4. Top chicken with your choice of vegetables and seasonings.

5. Drizzle each packet with ½ teaspoon oil and 1 teaspoon lemon juice.

6. Fold the parchment paper or foil in half and then crimp around the edges tightly in 1/4-inch folds to create a half moon shape.

7. Using a spatula, transfer the packets to a baking sheet. Bake until the chicken is cooked to an internal temperature of 165 degrees F, about 20 minutes, depending the thickness of the chicken breast.
 

Note: Optional ingredients are not included in the nutrient or cost analysis.

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