Easy Chicken Chesapeake Crab And Od Bay Sauce

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Last Updated on May 2, 2022 by Share My Kitchen

This delicious recipe is a combination of chicken breasts and seafood. It is a classic dinner dish and it’s a great choice for a special occasion, like a small gathering or a party at home. Chicken Chesapeake is not only a beautiful combination of chicken and crabmeat, but also sauce, spices, and other ingredients that creates a texture to make you lick it off your fingers.

This combination of heavy cream cheese and lemon juice gives it a tangy, juicy texture. And there is a worldwide demand for the chicken Chesapeake recipe.

Recipe for Chicken Chesapeake Crab

You will need to gather the ingredients needed to make chicken Chesapeake. Then, prepare the dish according to the recipe. 


  • Approx. 4 pieces of chicken breasts (skinless and boneless)
  • 5 pieces of sliced thick-cut bacon strips
  • About 1 tbsp of Old Bay seasoning
  • 4 ounces of shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 ½  tsp of Kosher salt
  • 3 ounces of softened cream cheese
  • 1 tbsp of sour cream
  • ¼ tbsp of Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 ounces of jumbo Lump crab meat
  • 1 tbsp of lemon juice
  • Black pepper


Step 1: First, preheat the oven to 400°F.

Step 2: Remove the baking dish from the oven and lightly oil it using a cooking brush.

Step 3: Next, get a large pan and place the sliced thick-cut bacon strips on it.

Step 4: Then, start cooking the bacon on medium heat.

Step 5: Let the bacon slices cook for five minutes or until they become crispy.

Step 6: Drain the excess oil from bacon using a kitchen towel or paper after removing it from the heat.

Step 7: Leave the remaining bacon oil or grease in the pan.

Step 8: Next, get a medium-sized glass bowl.

Step 9: In the medium glass bowl, pour 3 ounces cream cheese, 1 tbsp. cup of sour cream, 1/4 tbsp. of Worcestershire sauce, 1 tbsp. of lemon juice, and 1/2 tsp of Kosher salt. Then, mix all the ingredients together well until they form a smooth mixture.

Step 10: Add 4 ounces Lump crab meat to the bowl, then mix it gently to make sure the crabmeat does not get mashed.

Step 11: Next is to season the chicken breasts. Sprinkle the 4 pieces of chicken breast you prepared with the old bay seasoning. Just make sure to season both sides.

Step 12: Use a sharp knife to create a pocket in the middle of your chicken breast to stuff the crab meat.

Step 13: Get approximately 2 tablespoons of the crab meat mixture and begin to stuff the pockets of your chicken breasts.

Step 14: Make sure to tuck the back in order to keep the mixture from spilling. Use toothpicks for tucking.

Step 15: Once the filling is complete, heat the remaining bacon fat by putting your pan over medium heat for 1 minute.

Step 16: Then, put the stuffed breasts of chicken on the pan and cook over low heat for 5 minutes on each side. When the chicken breasts are cooked, you will see a golden brown color.

Step 17: Turn off your stove and place the cooked chicken breasts on an oiled baking dish.

Step 18: Then, sprinkle some sliced cheddar cheese.

Step 19: Add the crispy bacon over the chicken breasts.

Step 20: Place the baking dish in the oven and bake for 30 minutes.

Step 21: Insert an instant-read meat thermometer inside the chicken to check if it is cooked. It should read 165°F.

Step 22: Once fully cooked, place the Chicken Chesapeake in a casserole dish and let it cool.

Fresh parsley leaves can be used as garnish. Then, you can enjoy your dish with beer or any of your favorite side dishes.

Variations of Chesapeake

Chicken Chesapeake with imperial sauce is a well-known recipe. However, that raises the question, “What’s the imperial sauce?” The imperial sauce gives the crabmeat extra gravy. In the previous recipe, cheese and sour cream was used for the Chesapeake sauce. But if you don’t have these ingredients, you can substitute them with imperial sauce. You just simply whisk together the ingredients.

Ingredients for Imperial Sauce:

  • ½ cup of Hellman’s Mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp of sugar
  • About 1 tsp of Old Bay seasoning
  • 1 tsp finely chopped parsley
  • Large egg
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice


Step 1: Add the large egg to a bowl. Then, beat the egg gently.

Step 2: Then, add 1/2 cup  of mayonnaise, 1 tsp of sugar, 1 tsp of old bay seasoning, 1 tsp of parsley, and 1 tbsp lemon juice to the bowl.

Step 3: Mix all ingredients together and make it similar to a cauliflower puree.

The imperial sauce is now ready. While you prepare your Chicken Chesapeake, mix the imperial sauce and Jumbo lump crab meat or any kind of crab meat. 

Homemade Old Bay Seasoning For Chicken Chesapeake

Now if you don’t have old bay seasoning on hand, or buy one at a store or market, it’s completely okay. That is because the old bay seasoning can be made at home. All the ingredients can be found in your own kitchen. Plus, it can be used for up to six months after only making it once. Here’s the recipe for old bay seasoning.


  • 1 tbsp of celery salt
  • 2 tsp of ground bay leaves
  • 2 tsp of smoked paprika
  • 1 1/2 tsp of ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp of cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp of cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp of nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp of powdered cloves
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • 1 pinch nutmeg
  • 1 pinch cinnamon
  • 1 pinch ginger


  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Then, pour the mixture in an airtight container and keep for up to 6 months

Chicken Chesapeake Short Notes

With this article, you learned about variations of Chicken Chesapeake recipe and the ingredients needed. Additionally, the recipe for old bay seasoning and imperial sauce. Don’t forget to try this recipe at home and enjoy a pleasant day with a happy stomach!

Type: Dinner
Cuisine: South America
Recipe Yield: 4 servings
Preparation Time: 1 hour
Cooking Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour and 35 minutes
Calories: 532.4 calories


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