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Baked Chicken In Paper – Chicken en Papillote Recipe

Baked Chicken in Paper with golden raisins, herbs and pine nuts cooks in 15 minutes! It is total simplicity and flavor in one recipe—easy to make and sure to wow everyone at the table.

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Perfectly cooked chicken and little-to-no clean up are just two of the benefits of using theFrench baked chicken technique “en papillote.” It doesn’t matter if you can’t pronounce the name (exactly why I call it Baked Chicken In Paper), or if you’ve never ventured away from your same-old chicken recipe, this dinner is so simple that you’ll find yourself coming back to it often.

baked chicken in paper with raisins and pine nuts on blue tile

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What is en papillote?

En Papillote means to cook something in paper, and traditionally this means parchment paper. By making a pocket out of parchment, you are creating a little steam room for your chicken, and it cooks perfectly without drying out. The sealed packet of paper infuses the chicken with the flavors you include and gently cooks the protein.

Baked chicken in paper is the French technique of cooking en papillote.

The chicken cooks in 15 minutes at 400 degrees—a short time to bake chicken. I pound my chicken so it is an even 1/2 inch thick. You can flatten your chicken into a thinner piece with the rolling pin or meat pallet.

pounding chicken with a rolling pin on a cutting board

How to make chicken en papillote:

For me, dinner isn’t only about how the food tastes, but also how it looks. Baked Chicken in Paper creates a nice presentation and is so fun for kids. Each person gets their own packet to unwrap and eat!

baked chicken in paper en papillote

To make cute parchment packets:

• Fold 20-by-30-inch pieces of parchment paper in half and cut into half-heart shapes.

• Open the heart shape like a book.

• Add chicken, seasonings and vegetables on one side.

• Fold the other side of the heart over the top and crimp the edges in 1-inch increments, pleated over each other.

• Bake for 15 minutes at 400ºF.

• Upon taking the chicken out of the oven, you simply unfold the parchment and viola, you have a beautiful dish.

A different way to fold chicken en papillote

You can also fold the chicken and herbs in a parchment rectangle and twist the ends–anything to seal in the steam!

In this baked chicken in paper recipe I used sweet golden raisins, crunchy pine nuts, parsley, garlic and lemon to season the chicken. I added red pepper flakes for a little heat. You can leave that out if you’d like.

Kids will love to help assemble these packets and add their own seasonings.

I love making these packets with my individual parchment sheets. Buy them Here.

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Baked Chicken In Paper - Chicken en Papillote
Work Time
25 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
40 mins

Baked Chicken in Paper with golden raisins, herbs and pine nuts cooks in 15 minutes! It is total simplicity and flavor in one recipe—easy to make and sure to wow everyone at the table.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken, chicken in paper, easy dinner
Yield: 4 Servings
Calories: 347 kcal
  • 4 chicken breasts boneless skinless
  • cup flat-leaf parsley finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • ¾ tsp kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp red-pepper flakes
  • cup golden raisins
  • 3 tbsp pine nuts toasted
  1. Heat oven to 400ºF. Place each chicken breast between two sheets of plastic wrap and pound to an even ½-thickness. Prepare four 20-by-30-inch pieces of parchment: fold in half and cut into a half-heart shape. Unfold and place chicken on one side of each paper.
  2. In a bowl combine parsley, garlic, zest, salt and red-pepper flakes. Divide mixture among chicken breasts, covering the surface of each piece. Sprinkle with raisins and nuts.
  3. Fold parchment over chicken breasts and pleat in 1-inch increments, folding edges over tightly to seal packet. Fold the last pleat underneath the packet. Place packets on a baking sheet; bake until packets are puffed and chicken is cooked through, 15 min.
  4. Carefully transfer packets to plates, cut the paper across the top and tear to open.
Recipe Notes

Be careful as you open packet.  The steam is very hot.

Nutrition Facts
Baked Chicken In Paper - Chicken en Papillote
Amount Per Serving
Calories 347 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 17%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 144mg 48%
Sodium 704mg 29%
Potassium 998mg 29%
Total Carbohydrates 11g 4%
Sugars 7g
Protein 49g 98%
Vitamin A 10.5%
Vitamin C 12.1%
Calcium 2.5%
Iron 9.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Take your meal a step further, pair it with some of my other recipes!

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Recipe by Tara Bench, original published in Ladies’ Home Journal, Sept/10. Photo credit Hallie Burton. Food Stylist Anne Disrude. Prop Stylist Randi Brookman Harris

Join the discussion One Comment

  • Mary says:

    This is fabulous! Can put many combinations of foods in these little packets! i love the way it cooks so quickly.

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