Grilled Italian Chicken and Tortellini

Long ago and far away ... I was a Girl Scout. How I loved making pixie hats, "birdseed*" out of cereal and earning those badges! Scouting was also my first introduction to camping and some wonderful camp foods. 

There were s'mores, of course, but also baked bananas*, cowboy sodas* and some pretty delightful foil dinners. The latter was always filled with a hamburger patty, potatoes, onions and sometimes carrots and they were delicious!

I have come to discover that foil dinners have gone gourmet, and there are hundreds of ideas for them out there. I'm head-over-heels for this chicken and tortellini version - give it a try! Super easy ... super delish!


*In case you're wondering: 

  • Baked Bananas: Slit a banana in the peel lengthwise, but not all the way through. Fill with mini marshmallows and chocolate chips. Wrap in foil; grill until warm and gooey. (Warning: messy! But so yummy!)
  • Birdseed: 4-6 Girl Scouts each bring a box of their favorite breakfast cereal. Mix them all together. Serve in paper cups as a snack.
  • Cowboy Sodas: Bite the ends off an old-fashioned peppermint stick (they are kind of soft). Take a room-temperature orange and roll it around on the table until it's good and juicy. Poke the peppermint stick into the orange and use it like a straw.

Grilled Italian Chicken & Tortellini



  1. In small bowl, combine first 2 ingredients; set aside.
  2. Place one chicken breast in the center of each sheet of foil; season with Ultimate Steak Seasoning. Arrange tortellini around chicken; top with tomatoes and olives. Bring together 2 opposite sides of foil; seal edges, making a ½-inch fold. Fold again, allowing space for heat circulation. Fold each side to seal.
  3. Prepare grill to medium heat. Place packets on grill. Grill, rotating occasionally (do not flip over or juices may be lost), until internal temperature of chicken reaches 165°F on an instant-read food thermometer, about 14-18 minutes.
Serve with a green salad.

Wine Pairing: Chianti Classico or Sangiovese.

Make Ahead & Freeze: Prepare through step 2. Place foil packets in 2 (1-gallon) freezer bags. Seal well, label and freeze. Thaw completely. Continue with step 3.

Nutrition per Serving:
Calories: 370
Fat: 9g
Sodium: 930mg
Carbs: 36g
Fiber: 4g
Sugar: 6g
Protein: 35g

Tips and Hints

  • Use heavy duty foil or a double layer of regular foil.
  • Use an instant-read thermometer to check for doneness - just poke it through the foil and into the chicken.
  • These can also be baked in the oven at 450° for 20-25 minutes.
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