Campsite Cooking: Trailside Chicken and Rice

Whether you are a long distance backpacker, family car camper or cast iron cooking fan, you've got to have new ideas for your outdoor meals. We've put together a list of campsite cooking recipes that will give you ideas for some new backcountry meals.

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Each week we will feature a new recipe in this Campsite Cooking Series. We will feature lightweight backpacking meals, fantastic car camping meals and cast iron cooking ideas. Be sure to check back every Tuesday for another video featuring some great campsite cooking recipes.

Campsite Cooking: Trailside Chicken and Rice

Trailside Chicken and Rice is a really easy and lightweight meal for your next backpacking trip. This backpacking recipe has few ingredients, can be premixed at home, is lightweight and is easily packable for longer backpacking trips.


1 cup of Instant Rice
1/2 package of Onion Soup Mix
1/2 package of Mushroom Soup Mix
1 5oz. can of precooked chicken

At Home:

Pour rice and soup mix into a plastic bag with zip closure. Let all of the air out of the bag for optimal packability.

At the campsite:

Bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Add the rice mixture and stir occasionally. After a few minutes, stir in the chicken. Taste the rice to see if it is fully cooked.

Possible Modifications:

If you are interested in saving even more weight, you could substitute pouch tuna for the chicken. This will still provide a tasty protein kick and save you the weight of the can. Also, you could add some powdered milk to the recipe to make it a little more creamy.

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With a final score of 3.8 out of 5, we recommend you give this great backpacking recipe a try. It is easy, lightweight, inexpensive and great tasting. Check back next week for another campsite cooking recipe. If you have a favorite camping meal post it in the comments. Maybe we'll add it to our meal series.
Andy Hawbaker
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Andy is a hiker, backpacker, snowboarder and outdoor fanatic. When he isn't exploring the Rocky Mountains, burning marshmallows or scratching his dog behind the ear, he shares his experiences here on the Sierra Trading Post Blog.
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