Dutch Oven Sprite Chicken – for Camping!

Summer is (finally) here!

That means it’s time for swimming, playing outside, ice cream, and camping – and that means campfire cooking!

We just bought a pop up camper this spring, and last weekend was the first time we took it out for an extended time, and also my first foray into the world of campfire cooking. Being the Type A personality that I am, I spent days preparing. I bought a Dutch oven, read through dozens of recipes and techniques for cooking in it, planned my meals, and did as much prep work ahead of time as possible.

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Over the course of the trip, I cooked 3 meals in the Dutch oven, all of which I’ll share over the coming weeks. Today, I’ll start with the one that stole the show – Sprite chicken!

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I will warn you, this meal was delicious for good reason. It requires a little extra prep and a few more steps than most other camping recipes. However, it was still super simple and totally worth the extra effort. It really hits the spot after a long day of hiking, swimming, and playing!

If you’re not a fan of camping, this could easily be made in your Dutch oven on your stove. Once you’ve added the Sprite and put the lid on, just transfer to a 350 degree oven and cook according to the recipe.

Dutch Oven Sprite Chicken – for Camping!

Yield: 3-4 servings

Dutch Oven Sprite Chicken – for Camping!


  • 2 medium boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into chunks
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tbsp seasoned salt
  • 4 strips bacon
  • 2 medium onions, peeled and quartered
  • 5-6 carrots, cut into thirds
  • 6 red potatoes, cut into large chunks
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 cup Sprite
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese


  1. Combine flour and seasoned salt in a large ziploc bag. (This can be done at home, then just bring the bag with you.) Add chicken and shake to coat the chunks in the flour mixture. Set aside.
  2. Heat the Dutch oven over 11-12 hot coals. Cook bacon in the Dutch oven until crisp. Remove bacon, reserving the drippings, and set aside.
  3. Brown the chicken in the bacon grease. Remove to plate with the bacon.
  4. Now add to the Dutch oven (in order) the onions, potatoes, and carrots. Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper.
  5. Add the chicken, then the bacon, then pour the Sprite over everything.
  6. Place the lid on the Dutch oven and place 17 hot coals on top.
  7. Cook for 45 minutes. Remove lid, add the cheese, then replace the lid and cook 10 more minutes.


Recipe adapted from here.

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