Spiced Baked Chicken Parcels (Chicken en Papillote) Recipe

Yvonne Ruperti

Notes: Za'atar is a Middle Eastern dried herb and spice mixture. Dried oregano can be substituted, though the dish won't have as full a flavor. Check the chicken's doneness by carefully peeling open a packet and temping with a thermometer. Take care when opening the packets to avoid being burnt by the hot steam. This dish is great when served with couscous or a rice pilaf.

Recipe Facts

Active: 15 mins
Total: 35 mins
Serves: 4 servings

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  • 4 boneless, skinless, chicken breasts (about 1 1/4 pounds)

  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced (about 1 cup)

  • 1 red, orange, or yellow bell pepper, seeded and sliced into 1/4-inch strips (about 1 cup)

  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved

  • 2 tablespoons za'atar (see note)

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 lemon, sliced thin (seeds removed)


  1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and preheat oven to 375°F. Slice each chicken breast on the bias, into three or four equally thick pieces. Place chicken in large bowl and toss with the onion, pepper, tomatoes, Za'atar, oil, parsley, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper.

  2. Lay four 12- by 12-inch pieces of parchment on work surface. Place mounds of the mixture (about 6 inches long and 3 inches wide) a few inches off the center of each square of parchment paper. Take care to equally divide the veggies and chicken between each serving. Place slices of lemon on top.

  3. Working one package at a time, fold the parchment over the mixture. Starting at one corner, fold over the edges of the paper in small increments to form a tightly sealed half-moon shape. Repeat with remaining packets.

  4. Place the packets on a rimmed baking sheet and bake until the chicken is cooked through, 20 to 25 minutes (see note). Transfer each packet directly to a serving plate and serve, breaking open the packets at the table.

Special equipment

parchment paper

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
353 Calories
12g Fat
31g Carbs
37g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 353
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Cholesterol 90mg 30%
Sodium 336mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
Dietary Fiber 8g 28%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 37g
Vitamin C 184mg 922%
Calcium 109mg 8%
Iron 4mg 21%
Potassium 879mg 19%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)