Boy Scout Chicken Packets, in a Dutch Oven

40 - 50 minutes



This traditional scout favorite translates well to the Dutch oven and comes out much juicier.

How To

  • Coat the bottom of the Dutch oven with olive oil or line entire Dutch oven with foil for easy clean up

  • Layer the ingredients, beginning with onions, then chicken thighs, potatoes, carrots and chicken breasts. White meat takes less time to cook, so it goes above the dark meat. 

  • Pour about 1⁄2 cup of water over everything – just enough to make everything moist, but not enough to boil the food. 

  • Place in a bed of hot coals, covering the top with coals. 

  • Bake about 40 minutes then check for doneness by poking the chicken with a fork. 

  • Continue baking until the juices run clear.


  • Use rice instead of potatoes – Add one cup of water for every half-cup of rice.

  • Pour cream-of-something or tomato soup over all of it – makes everything much juicier!

  • Use pork chops or lamb instead of chicken.

  • Add peas or green beans

  • Chicken breasts and/or thighs – about 8 pieces

  • One large onion, sliced

  • Four potatoes, sliced

  • Four large carrots, sliced

  • Mushrooms, if you wish

  • Salt, pepper and/or paprika to taste


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