I mostly used Old Bay seasoning for seafood dishes, and then my life changed when we went on vacation this past summer and went to a restaurant that served Old Bay chicken wings…well, we HAD to try them!
And YUM, they were amazing!
This was our date night picture before we devoured those amazing wings!
How to Make Old Bay Chicken
So tonight I decided to try Old Bay Chicken on split chicken breasts in the smoker.
You could use any bone in chicken such as thighs, legs, or wings and even cook them in the oven if you don’t have a smoker.
I only marinated mine for an hour, but I’m sure overnight would be even better.
Olive oil, garlic paste, Old Bay, kosher salt, and pepper goes onto the chicken…
and right before cooking sprinkle even more Old Bay on all sides.
I used the smoker, well… we have a Traeger pellet grill and it’s so simple to use and gives a wonderful smoky flavor.
But I’ve also cooked these in the oven and it’s also very good.
Such a simple, easy, and also healthy dinner that the whole family will love…
you can’t ask for much more than that, right?!
If you do want to splurge, it’s super good dipped in some melted butter mixed with more Old Bay and hot sauce 🙂
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Old Bay Chicken
Bone in chicken seasoned with garlic and Old Bay, either baked or smoked to perfection!
- 2 pounds bone in chicken (split chicken breasts, thighs, or legs)
- 2 Tbsps garlic paste (or 1 Tbsp garlic powder)
- 2 Tbsps Old Bay seasoning
- olive oil, kosher salt, pepper
- Optional dipping sauce: melted butter with more Old Bay and hot sauce
Place the chicken in a gallon size plastic bag. Add olive oil, garlic paste, 1 Tbsp of the Old Bay seasoning, kosher salt, and pepper. Close the bag and massage until evenly coated. Marinate at least one hour or overnight.
In the oven: Place the chicken on a lined baking sheet, sprinkle with the remaining 1 Tbsp Old Bay seasoning. Bake at 400 degrees for 45-55 minutes.
In the smoker: Sprinkle the chicken with remaining 1 Tbsp Old Bay Seasoning, place in the smoker set to 225 degree for 2 to 2 1/2 hours.
Serve as is or with melted butter with Old Bay and hot sauce mixed together.
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