Easy, Healthy & Flavorful Camping Meal

This is one of my favorite camping dinner recipes that is easy to make, healthy and full of flavor.

Cast iron cooking equipment is my favorite! You can use it to cook directly over a campfire or with a propane camp stove or on an RV stovetop. This Cast Iron Skillet Chicken Breast Recipe has a slight Mexican flare. Serve it over a bed of rice and you’ll have a hearty meal for hungry campers!

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Prep To Make This Recipe

When I am making easy camping meals, I like to use lots of canned ingredients that are complimented by some fresh ones. For this recipe you’ll need to do a little chopping including a bit of avocado, onion, jalapeno pepper, garlic, cilantro and bacon.

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Methods Of Cooking Cast Iron Chicken Breasts

The great thing about using cast iron cookware is that you can use it just about anywhere!
If you are making this as one of our easy campfire recipes, you’ll need to get your fire going in order to cook over coals that are producing a medium heat.

If you are making this as one of our camp stove recipes, you’ll need to get your stove ready for cooking on a level surface.

Steps To Make Chicken Breast In Cast Iron Skillets

Step 1. Prepare your ingredients as directed. In addition to chopping your ingredients, you’ll want to use a non-reactive bowl to toss the avocado in the lemon juice so it stays a nice bright green color rather than turning brown.

Step 2. Prepare your cooking equipment and heat source. You will need a large cast iron skillet with a tight-fitting lid. If you don’t have a cast iron lid, you can use aluminum foil. You will also need enough fuel for about 45 minutes of cooking time.

Step 3. Brown the bacon and veggies. Place the bacon in the bottom of the pan and cook it until it is just about done, then add the onion, jalapeno pepper and garlic. Cooking till softened.

Camp Cooking Tip: Removing seeds from jalapeno peppers makes them milder. If your campers have different heat tolerances, just adjust the recipe to serve the mildest version and serve extra peppers on the side for the heat-lovers in your group.

Step 4. Brown the chicken. After you season the chicken with salt and pepper, you’ll add it to the pan to brown both sides. You are not cooking the chicken here, it will actually cook through as it simmers in the sauce.

Camp Cooking Tip: When camp recipes call for cooked rice, you have several options. You can cook the rice at home and just re-heat it at the campsite if you have enough cooler or refrigerator space to safely hold it. Alternatively, you can cook rice onsite which is a great idea if you have limited cold-storage space. If you’re cooking rice at camp, allow for enough cooking time so it is done at the same time as the rest of the food. Rice can take up to 45 minutes to cook … if you want something faster you can use instant rice.

Step 5. Add the canned ingredients and simmer. Now it is time to add the diced tomatoes, black beans, corn and cumin to the pot. Just dump everything over the chicken. Cover the pan and reduce the heat so the mixture is just simmering.

Step 6. Serve hot. It will take about 30 minutes for the chicken to cook through. Once it is up to temperature, at least 165 F degrees, it is ready to be served over rice and topped with cilantro and avocado.

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What To Serve With This Meal

This chicken breast cast iron skillet recipe is an awesome gluten free camping food option and you really don’t need to serve anything else with it. If I want to add a vegetable, I make a simple dinner salad to serve on the side.

Similar Cast Iron Chicken Recipes

When you think about it, cooking chicken in cast iron skillet on stove tops has endless possibilities in flavor profiles.

If you’re looking for a classic-flavored comfort food, try this Dutch Oven Chicken And Rice Camping Recipe that cooks the entire meal in one pot. The rich and creamy texture is made easy with the addition of cream cheese.

Sour cream and Dijon mustard are combined to make an amazingly simple and delicious sauce for this affordable protein. Try making this Dutch Oven Chicken Breasts In Dijon Mustard Sauce on your next trip.

This Chicken Cacciatore Dutch Oven Recipe is one of my dump and cook freezer meals. You just assemble everything at home, place it in a freezer bag and the next time you’re ready for a fast dinner at camp, your just need to throw it into the pot and let it cook.

Looking for an alternative to chicken? This One Pot Cast Iron Fish Camping Recipe is a great option! The Spanish flavor influences make the fish and rice taste amazing and it only takes 10 minutes to prep this yummy dinner.

This One Pot Spaghetti Camping Recipe is awesome because the pasta cooks right in the sauce … no second pot is required! The fresh garlic and basil really dress-up a prepared spaghetti sauce. Your entire dinner will be on the table in about a half hour.

Print This Camping Cast Iron Skillet Chicken Recipe

Prep Time 10 minutes

Cook Time 45 minutes

Total Time 55 minutes


  • 1 avocado, cubed
  • 1/2 lemon, juice from it
  • 4 slices thick bacon, cubed
  • 1/2 small onion, diced
  • 1 large jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely diced (omit or increase based on your heat level preference)
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • Salt and pepper, to season chicken breasts
  • 4 skinless boneless chicken breast halves
  • 1 (15 oz.) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (15 oz.) can black beans, drained
  • 1 (15 oz.) can corn, drained
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried cumin
  • 1 bunch cilantro, rough chopped
  • 4 servings cooked brown rice


  1. Prepare your ingredients as directed.
  2. If you are using regular brown rice, you’ll want to start cooking it before the chicken because it takes much longer than using instant rice. If you are using instant rice, you can start cooking that while the chicken is simmering in the sauce.
  3. In a non-reactive bowl, toss together the avocado and lemon juice. Then set it aside.
  4. In a large cast iron skillet over medium heat of a campfire or camp stove, brown the bacon until it is almost done.
  5. Now add the onion, jalapeno pepper and garlic to the pot. Stir and continue cooking over medium heat until these ingredients are softened.
  6. Season the chicken on both sides with salt and pepper, then add it to the skillet. You want to just brown both sides of the chicken breasts.
  7. Add the diced tomatoes, black beans, corn and cumin into the cast iron pan on top of the chicken mixture. Cover the skillet with a tight-fitting lid and reduce heat to a simmer. If your skillet doesn’t have a lid, just use aluminum foil to cover the pan.
  8. Continue cooking with the mixture simmering and covered until the chicken is cooked through, about 30 minutes depending on size of chicken breasts.
  9. Serve over rice and top with cilantro and avocado.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 670Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 139mgSodium: 447mgCarbohydrates: 51gFiber: 14gSugar: 4gProtein: 60g

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