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Easy One-Person Chicken Drumstick with Potatoes Foil Packs

Dive into the delightful flavors of our one-person chicken drumstick with potatoes cooked in foil packs. Perfect for a solo diner, this dish offers a delectable combination of hearty ingredients and the ease of customization makes this recipe a perfect choice for a quick yet satisfying meal.

Chicken drumsticks with sliced potatoes and carrots in a plate.

This recipe is a lifesaver for those busy evenings or when you crave something hearty yet effortless. It uses common ingredients like onion, potato, drumstick, carrots, and garlic, mixed with a hint of mayo for that extra flavor.

The beauty of this recipe lies in its simplicity. All you need to do is slice the vegetables, mix them with the chicken drumsticks, and put everything in parchment paper or aluminum foil to bake in the oven.

Can it be easier? Let’s dive in!

🌟 Recipe Tips

  • Evenly Cut Vegetables: To ensure uniform cooking, cut your vegetables into even sizes. This consistency helps in cooking the potatoes, carrots, and onions at the same rate as the chicken drumsticks.
  • Seasoning Balance: Don’t hold back on seasoning. A well-seasoned drumstick enhances the overall flavor of the meal. However, be mindful of the balance – too much can overpower the natural flavors of the vegetables.
  • Foil Pack Tips: If you’re using the foil pack method, make sure the pack is sealed tightly to trap the steam. This helps in cooking the chicken and vegetables thoroughly. Also, use a double layer of foil to prevent any leaks.
  • Parchment Pack Alternative: For a healthier option, parchment paper is a great choice. It’s a natural, non-stick cooking surface that doesn’t require additional fats or oils.
  • Oven Temperature: Preheat your oven properly before cooking. An oven that’s not fully heated can lead to uneven cooking.
  • Checking for Doneness: Use a meat thermometer to ensure the chicken reaches the safe internal temperature of 165°F. This not only guarantees safety but also prevents overcooking.
  • Resting Time: Once out of the oven, let the pack rest for a couple of minutes. This allows the juices to be redistributed, ensuring your chicken drumsticks are juicy and flavorful.

🥘 Ingredients & Substitutes

Two chicken drumsticks near carrot, onion, potato and garlic.
  • Chicken Drumsticks are the star of the dish, providing a rich source of protein and a depth of flavor. If chicken isn’t your thing or you’re looking for a vegetarian option, try portobello mushrooms. They have a meaty texture and absorb flavors well, making them a great alternative.
  • Potatoes add heartiness and are a good source of carbohydrates. They give the dish a comforting feel. Sweet potatoes are an excellent swap if you’re out of potatoes or looking for a different taste. They bring a similar texture with a slight sweetness.
  • Onion brings a savory depth and slight sweetness as it cooks, enhancing the overall flavor profile. In a pinch, shallots can be used. They’re milder and smaller but still pack a flavorful punch.
  • Carrots provide a splash of color and a hint of sweetness. If carrots aren’t available, parsnips are a great alternative. They look similar and offer a slightly spicier flavor.
  • Garlic is key for that aromatic kick, elevating the savoriness of the dish. If fresh garlic isn’t on hand, garlic powder can be used. It’s more concentrated, so a little goes a long way.
  • Mayo adds creaminess and helps to bind the flavors together. For a lighter option, Greek yogurt works well. It gives a similar texture with a tangy twist, plus it’s packed with protein.

👩‍🍳 Directions

To start, we need to wash and clean all the ingredients thoroughly. Then, turn on the oven to preheat to 350°F (175°C).

Next, slice the vegetables into rounds or half-moons about ⅕ inches thick.

Cut two pieces of parchment paper to about 12*16 inches. Take a soup plate and place the parchment paper over it, then on the parchment paper, place all the ingredients: the sliced vegetables, washed and dried meat, spices, and mayonnaise.

The plate is necessary to make it easier to mix the ingredients and to tie the pouch at the end, keeping everything more compact.

Chicken drumsticks with sliced potatoes and carrots in parchment paper..

Carefully mix all the ingredients and arrange them so that the chicken thighs are on top of the vegetables.

Chicken drumsticks with sliced potatoes and carrots in parchment paper..

Now, lift the corners of the parchment paper and tie them well together to form a pouch.

Parchment packet with thread in a white plate.

Place the pouch with meat and vegetables in the preheated oven and let it cook for 30 minutes, then take out the pouch and untie it.

Chicken drumsticks with sliced potatoes and carrots in parchment paper..

Put the pouch back in the oven, opened this time, and let it cook for another 15 minutes so that the meat and vegetables brown nicely.

Chicken drumsticks with sliced potatoes and carrots in parchment paper..

Carefully transfer the contents of the pouch onto a plate and enjoy your worry-free dinner while it’s hot and flavorful.

Chicken drumsticks with sliced potatoes and carrots in a plate.

🍴 How to Double the Recipe:

Doubling this recipe is straightforward. Simply double the quantities of all the ingredients. When preparing the foil or parchment packs, make two separate packs to ensure even cooking and easier handling.

Adjust the spacing in the oven to accommodate both packs, making sure there’s enough room for the heat to circulate. Keep the cooking time and temperature the same, but be sure to check both packs for doneness, as the one on the lower rack might need a couple more minutes.

This way, you can effortlessly cater to two servings while maintaining the flavor and quality of the meal.

🍽️ Servings

Garden Salad Blend

  • Components: Enhance your chicken drumstick foil pack with a fresh garden salad. Combine mixed greens, cherry tomatoes, cucumber slices, and a sprinkle of feta cheese.
  • Presentation: Serve the salad on the side in a small bowl or on a separate section of the plate. Drizzle with a light vinaigrette or your favorite dressing, and toss gently before serving.
  • Occasion: Perfect for a balanced weekday dinner or a refreshing lunch option. The crispness of the salad complements the heartiness of the chicken and potatoes beautifully.

Mediterranean Quinoa Side

  • Components: Add a nutritious touch with a side of quinoa mixed with diced bell peppers, red onion, and black olives. Season with olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper.
  • Presentation: Spoon the quinoa mixture next to the chicken drumstick foil pack on your plate. Garnish with chopped parsley and a lemon wedge for an extra zing.
  • Occasion: Ideal for a dinner that feels special yet is still easy to prepare. This combination is great when you want a meal that’s both filling and nutritious.

Rustic Bread and Herb Butter

  • Components: Serve with a slice of warm, rustic bread and homemade herb butter. Mix softened butter with crushed garlic, chopped parsley, and a hint of salt.
  • Presentation: Place the bread on the side of the plate with a small dish of the herb butter. The warm bread can be used to soak up any delicious juices from the chicken and vegetables.
  • Occasion: Perfect for a cozy evening meal. This option adds a touch of comfort and is excellent for colder nights when you crave something extra hearty.

Each of these serving suggestions is designed to complement the flavors of the chicken drumstick foil pack while adding an extra dimension to your meal. Whether you’re looking for something light and fresh, nutritious and filling, or cozy and comforting, these options cater to different tastes and occasions.

🍽️ Variations

Spicy Cajun Variation

  • Ingredients: Add a Cajun twist by mixing in Cajun seasoning with the vegetables and chicken before cooking. Incorporate a splash of Tabasco or your favorite hot sauce for an extra kick.
  • Preparation: Sprinkle Cajun seasoning generously over the chicken and vegetables. Drizzle with hot sauce and a bit of olive oil before sealing them in the foil or parchment pack.
  • Suitability: Ideal for those who love a bit of heat in their meals. This variation is great for spicing up your dinner routine.

Mediterranean Herb Mix

  • Ingredients: Infuse Mediterranean flavors by adding a mix of dried herbs like rosemary, thyme, and oregano. A squeeze of lemon juice over the chicken and vegetables will enhance the taste.
  • Preparation: Coat the chicken and vegetables with olive oil and the herb mix. Add lemon juice before sealing the pack.
  • Suitability: Perfect for a light, fragrant meal. This variation suits occasions when you want something flavorful yet not too heavy.

Asian-Inspired Soy-Ginger Glaze

  • Ingredients: Create an Asian-inspired version by using a glaze made from soy sauce, grated ginger, garlic, and a touch of honey or brown sugar.
  • Preparation: Mix the soy sauce, ginger, garlic, and honey or brown sugar in a bowl. Brush this glaze over the chicken and vegetables before cooking.
  • Suitability: Great for when you’re in the mood for something with umami and a sweet-savory profile. This variation is a delightful twist for an adventurous palate.

❄️ Storage


Cool the leftovers to room temperature before storing. Place them in an airtight container and refrigerate. The dish will stay fresh for up to 3-4 days in the fridge. Remember, the sooner you refrigerate it after cooking, the better it will retain its flavor and safety.


For longer storage, this dish can be frozen. Transfer the cooled chicken and vegetables to a freezer-safe bag or container. It can be stored in the freezer for up to 2-3 months. Label the container with the date to keep track of its storage time.

Considerations for Storage

When storing, ensure that the chicken and vegetables are not sitting in their own juices. This can make the vegetables soggy. Drain any excess liquid before storing to maintain the texture.

Thawing and Reheating

When you’re ready to enjoy your meal again, thaw it in the refrigerator if it’s frozen. This should be done overnight for best results. To reheat, transfer the contents to an oven-safe dish and warm it in a preheated oven at 350°F until heated through.

This usually takes about 10-15 minutes. Alternatively, you can reheat it in the microwave, but be cautious as this might slightly change the texture.

🤔 FAQs

Can I Use Different Vegetables in This Recipe?

Absolutely! This recipe is versatile. Feel free to swap in other vegetables like zucchini, bell peppers, or Brussels sprouts. Just remember to cut them into similar-sized pieces for even cooking.

What Should I Do with Leftover Ingredients?

For leftover vegetables, consider using them in salads, stir-fries, or as sides for other meals. If you have an extra chicken drumstick, it can be cooked similarly and stored in the fridge for a quick protein addition to any meal.

How Do I Know When the Chicken Is Cooked Through?

The safest way is to use a meat thermometer. The chicken is done when it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F (around 74°C). If you don’t have a thermometer, check if the juices run clear when you pierce the chicken with a fork.

Can This Recipe Be Made Ahead of Time?

You can prepare the foil pack a day in advance and store it in the refrigerator. When you’re ready to eat, just pop it in the oven. This is a great time-saver for busy schedules.

📔 Recipe Card:

Chicken drumsticks with sliced potatoes and carrots in a plate.

Easy One-Person Chicken Drumstick with Potatoes Foil Packs

Effortless cooking for solo diners: enjoy a tasty chicken drumstick and potato foil pack. Quick, flavorful, and customizable for a perfect meal.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 1
Calories 561 kcal



  • 2 Chicken Drumsticks
  • 1 Potato
  • ½ Carrot
  • 1 Onion
  • 1 clove Garlic
  • 1 tablespoon Mayonnaise
  • salt to taste
  • Black Pepper to taste


  • Wash and clean all the ingredients thoroughly. Also, preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
  • Slice the vegetables into rounds or half-moons about ⅕ inches thick.
  • Cut two pieces of parchment paper to about 12×16 inches.
  • Take a soup plate and place one piece of parchment paper over it. On the parchment paper, arrange all the ingredients: sliced vegetables, washed and dried meat, spices, and mayonnaise.
    2 Chicken Drumsticks, 1 Potato, ½ Carrot, 1 Onion, 1 clove Garlic, 1 tablespoon Mayonnaise, salt, Black Pepper
  • Carefully mix all the ingredients, ensuring that the chicken thighs are on top of the vegetables.
  • Lift the corners of the parchment paper and tie them together to form a pouch, keeping everything compact.
  • Place the pouch with meat and vegetables in the preheated oven and let it cook for 30 minutes.
  • Remove the pouch from the oven, untie it, and put it back in the oven, opened this time. Let it cook for another 15 minutes to brown the meat and vegetables.
  • Carefully transfer the contents of the pouch onto a plate. Enjoy your worry-free dinner while it's hot and flavorful!


  • Herb Variations: Feel free to experiment with different herbs. Fresh herbs like basil or cilantro can add a unique twist to the flavor profile.
  • Lemon Zest: For an added zing, sprinkle some lemon zest over the chicken and vegetables before sealing the foil pack. It brings a fresh, citrusy aroma.
  • Spice Level Adjustment: If you prefer a milder taste, reduce or omit any spicy ingredients like Cajun seasoning or hot sauce. For extra heat, consider adding a pinch of chili flakes or a dash of your favorite hot sauce.
  • Cooking for Two: If you’re cooking for two, simply double the ingredients but prepare individual foil packs for each serving. This ensures even cooking and makes serving easier.
  • Sauce Options: To keep things interesting, try adding a tablespoon of your favorite sauce, like BBQ or teriyaki, for a different flavor profile.
  • Vegetable Cooking Times: If using vegetables that take longer to cook, like carrots, cut them into smaller pieces. For quicker-cooking veggies, like zucchini, cut them into larger chunks to prevent overcooking.
  • Meal Prep Friendly: This recipe is great for meal prep. Prepare several packs at once and refrigerate or freeze. Just add a few extra minutes to the cooking time if baking straight from the fridge.


Calories: 561kcalCarbohydrates: 52gProtein: 33gFat: 25gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 145mgSodium: 285mgPotassium: 1507mgFiber: 7gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 5181IUVitamin C: 53mgCalcium: 83mgIron: 3mg
Keyword Chicken, Potatoes, Vegetable
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