Balsamic Chicken Cast Iron Camping Recipe
I set out to create a super-simple camp dinner that is almost-gourmet and makes its own pan sauce! Round out this Balsamic Chicken Cast Iron Camping Recipe with a side of rice and fresh steamed broccoli and you have a warm and hearty meal that is (shhhh, don’t tell anyone) healthy too! Here’s how you make it, serves 4. Psst we’re compensated…see our disclosures.
Set up your cooking environment. If you are cooking with a campfire, try fire sticks to get it started. Then, put your cast iron skillet on a grill grate to cook … or, you can use a propane camp stove or RV stove as the heat source for this recipe.
Season chicken with salt and pepper
- 4 skinless boneless chicken breast halves
- Salt and pepper to season
Heat oil in cast iron skillet over medium heat
- Olive oil to generously coat bottom of large cast iron skillet (about 2 tablespoons)
Brown the chicken. Brown chicken, flipping to brown all sides. Then remove and set aside.
Sautee onion, garlic and mushrooms
- 1 onion, thinly sliced
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 (8 ounce) package fresh mushrooms, sliced
Add chicken back into skillet. Now add these to cover the chicken:
- 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes
- 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
- Dried spices (it is optional to measure and mix these at home)
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
Cover and simmer
Cover the skillet and fully cook the chicken in the simmering liquid. This will take approximately 20 minutes, check that the juices run clear and chicken is at least 165 degrees.
Top with fresh basil and serve. I like to serve this chicken with a side of rice and fresh steamed broccoli.
- 4 large fresh basil leaves, torn
- Rice (suggested side dish)
- Fresh broccoli, steamed (suggested side dish)
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Balsamic Chicken Cast Iron Camping Recipe Cooking Tips
This Balsamic Chicken Cast Iron Camping Recipe can be made with a campfire, camp stove or RV stove as a heat source. We used this Coleman Eventemp 3 Burner Propane Stove for this recipe and love that it has a “bridge burner” connecting the two traditionally placed burners. It can handle 2 large or 3 smaller pots!
When cooking this Balsamic Chicken Cast Iron Camping Recipe with a campfire, I like to use “tweezers” to arrange the campfire logs and coals. Tweezers provide more control than just using a fire poker or shovel. You’ll want to keep your campfire flames roaring to keep you warm but more controlled for cooking.
Be careful when handling hot cast iron camp cooking equipment! I like using Heat Resistant Gloves that extend well above my wrists. These are especially handy when cooking over a campfire which is much hotter than cooking with a camp stove or RV stove.
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