There’s nothing like the smell of campfire chicken. Filled with fresh ingredients and a strong, smoky flavor, this recipe will remind you of the joys of camping.

A campfire is one of the coolest sights out there. The crackling logs, flickering flames, and the way they dance in the night air all make for a truly magical sight—but cooking over a campfire can be challenging. But don’t worry; we will help you with our experience as much as we can. Today, we’ll show you how to cook chicken over an open fire step by step. 

Campfire chicken is a easy camping recipe. It’s rustic, filling and full flavored. When you’re hungry and it’s time to eat, this Campfire Chicken will be your go-to meal. This Campfire Chicken Recipe has many variations, feel free to add or remove any ingredients according to personal taste preference.

Campfire Chicken Recipe

Roasted campfire chicken legs


  • Boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Lemon pepper seasoning
  • Sesame seeds or black sesame seeds
  • Red chili flakes
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ cup chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch


Place chicken breasts in a bowl and season with lemon pepper, red chili flakes, salt and pepper. Move to another container and let rest for at least an hour. Then, blend all the ingredients listed below in a blender until mixture is smooth and clump free. In a large pan over medium heat, cook chicken breasts for 15 minutes or until no longer pink in the center. Pour blended mixture over chicken. Add chicken stock, cornstarch and butter. Stir until sauce thickens. Garnish with sesame seeds or black sesame seeds.


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. In a medium-sized bowl, evenly sprinkle the chicken breasts with paprika, garlic powder and onion powder. Then, place in the oven for 45 minutes to an hour until the edges are brown. Remove chicken from the oven and let it cool.

How to Make Campfire Chicken

Heat a cast iron skillet or other oven-safe pan over medium heat. Add chicken and bacon mixture to hot pan. Cook 10 minutes per side or until juices run clear and bacon begins to crisp. Serve with mashed potatoes or rice, as well as a vegetable of your choice for an easy weeknight dinner you can cook over an open campfire!

Boil chicken breasts in a pot of water for 20 minutes or until very tender. Set aside and keep warm. In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt butter with olive oil. Stir in minced garlic and cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in chicken broth, salt, pepper and bay leaf; bring to a simmer. Blend cornstarch into ½ cup cold water. Stir into soup mixture. Simmer, stirring frequently, until broth thickens. Stir in lemon juice. Slice chicken breasts crosswise. Serve warm with lemon butter sauce.

Raw uncooked chicken legs with spices and cooking ingredients

Notes: You can use any type of chicken and adjust the seasonings to your taste. For example, if you like spicy foods, increase the amount of red chili flakes and add a little bit of sugar or sweetener to balance off the heat in the sauce. Adding a few sprigs of rosemary and thyme would also be a nice touch.

Campfire chicken is a tasty dish that can be enjoyed both at the campsite and at home. To make it even more flavorful, you can season the chicken with spices before putting into the oven and serving the dish with garlic mashed potatoes.

Tips for Campfire Chicken Recipe

Use boneless, skinless chicken breasts in the recipe for campfire chicken for a tender meal that can be enjoyed by the whole family. It only takes an hour to prepare and cooks up in less than 30 minutes.

Cut the chicken breasts into smaller pieces if you prefer smaller mouthfuls or are serving younger children. Boneless, skinless chicken is easy to chew and isn’t too spicy either. This will introduce them to basic flavors while they enjoy a delightfully tender meal over an open campfire flame.

Boneless, skinless chicken breasts can be purchased in most grocery stores and are sold in 1 pound packages.

Experiment with the various seasonings listed in the recipe to add different tastes to the meal. Once you’ve used them all, you will have a great base for making your own personal campfire chicken seasoning.

You can even mix up your own sauce by blending together a few ingredients of your own choice or combine flavors from different types of meats that cook up well over an open fire at the campground.


You can’t beat a good campfire meal. And while the smoky taste of roasting meat is pretty awesome, sometimes all you want to eat is something that doesn’t require a chef’s knife or a fire extinguisher.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial on how to make campfire chicken. I would love to hear back from readers of this article, whether they were interested in making this recipe or not. Feel free to leave your comments below, and I look forward to any feedback!

Cheers and happy cooking!

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Sukhen Tanchangya

Sukhen is a passionate blogger and traveler who visited many historical places in Bangladesh, Myanmar, India, and Thailand. He’s an avid camper, so he shares his knowledge of camping and wildlife with his readers. He also helps readers plan their own camping trips. To know more, stay connected with Outdoor Awaits.

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