Old Bay Garlic Butter Chicken…it’s okay if you need to repeat those words and perfectly acceptable if you’re already drooling a little.
A whole chicken will always be comfort food for me. My oldest daughter requested a “chicken bird” for dinner quite often when she was little.
So I am always reminded of her staring into the oven through the glass and being SO excited for dinner.
You kinda can’t go wrong with Old Bay, it’s one of my favorite spice blends.
How to Make Old Bay Garlic Butter Chicken
The rub for this is super simple…just butter, garlic, and Old Bay.
I am using garlic paste, but minced garlic works too.
Melt the butter and then stir in the garlic and Old Bay.
Brush the whole chicken with the butter mixture and also separate the skin between the skin and chicken breast.
Pour some of the butter under the skin for extra yumminess.
Then season the whole bird with even more Old Bay seasoning.
Cooking options here are in the oven or in a smoker.
For the oven, place the chicken on a baking sheet or baking dish and into a 400 degree oven for about an hour.
If you are smoking the chicken, into a smoker set to 225 degrees for 4 to 5 hours.
Both cooking methods you’ll want to make sure the internal temperature is 170 degrees.
Let Old Bay Garlic Butter Chicken rest for about 10 minutes before cutting into it.
The skin is super flavorful with all that seasoning and the inside is moist and juicy.
You could even make more of the Old Bay garlic butter for dipping or serve with gravy if desired.
We had ours with mac and cheese one night and had as tacos the next night.
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Old Bay Garlic Butter Chicken
Old Bay Garlic Butter Chicken is a whole chicken seasoned with Old Bay garlic butter, it can be baked in the oven or smoked for extra flavor
- 1 whole chicken (about 5 to 6 pounds)
- 4 Tbsps butter melted
- 1 Tbsp garlic paste or minced garlic
- 1 Tbsp Old Bay seasoning (plus more to sprinkle over top)
Pat the chicken dry with paper towels and set aside on a tray.
Put the melted butter in a bowl and add the garlic and Old Bay. Stir until evenly mixed.
Brush some of the Old Bay garlic butter over all sides of the whole chicken, separate the skin on the breasts and pour some of the butter between the skin and chicken breasts as well.
Sprinkle more Old Bay on all sides of the chicken.
Cook the chicken according to one of these methods:
Smoker/ Traeger: Set your smoker to to 225 degrees. Place the chicken on the smoker grate and cook for 4-5 hours or until the internal temp is 170 degrees.
Oven: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Put the chicken on a baking sheet or baking dish and bake for 1 hour, or until internal temp is 170 degrees.