Foil-Packet Chicken Puttanesca

Foil-Packet Chicken Puttanesca

Foil-Packet Chicken Puttanesca

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This gluten free recipe was a hit at our house and I’ll definitely be making it again but with a few minor changes.  Check out the Notes section below for what I’ll do different next time.

And in case you’re wondering what “puttanesca” means (I didn’t know), Merriam-Webster dictionary defines it as “served with or being a pungent tomato sauce typically containing olives, garlic, capers, hot pepper, and sometimes anchovies.”


  • 4 8-ounce skinless, boneless chicken breasts (1)
  • salt and pepper
  • ¼ cup olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 1 15-ounce can cherry tomatoes (2)
  • 1 9-ounce package frozen artichoke hearts, thawed (3)
  • 1/3 cup pitted kalamata olives
  • 2 tablespoons capers, drained (4)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes (5)


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Season the chicken with salt and pepper.  Lay out four 12-by-18-inch sheets of foil.  Drizzle each sheet with olive oil, then top each with a chicken breast.

Combine tomatoes, artichokes, olives, capers, garlic cloves, 1 tablespoon olive oil, ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes in a bowl; divide evenly over the chicken.  Fold up the edges of the foil and seal each to form a packet; set on a baking sheet.  Bake until the chicken is cooked through, about 30 minutes.


(1)     I don’t normally serve full-size chicken breasts.  I cut them in half or slice them horizontally.  We don’t like big, thick pieces of chicken.  So next time I make this I’ll buy 2 chicken breasts and slice them horizontally for a thinner piece of meat in each packet.

(2)     I have never seen a “can” of cherry tomatoes.  I used a 16-ounce package of cherry tomatoes from the produce section.

(3)     I’ve also never found frozen artichoke hearts at my store so I bought a can of frozen artichoke hearts.  They’re not cheap, though.

(4)     I omitted the capers.

(5)     We don’t like things hot so I skipped the red pepper.

(6)     Next time I make this, I’ll also add more vegetables to each packet – probably more of the same.

And how many of you knew the definition of puttanesca?

recipe from Food Network Magazine, April 2014 

Foil-Packet Chicken Puttanesca

Foil-Packet Chicken Puttanesca

Foil-Packet Chicken Puttanesca

Foil-Packet Chicken Puttanesca

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3 thoughts on “Foil-Packet Chicken Puttanesca

  1. This looks like such a good and easy simple recipe for busy nights. Thanks for sharing! I went ahead and pinned it. By the way, I’ve never seen a can of cherry tomatoes either. I had no idea what puttanesca meant.

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