THE Best Chicken Chesapeake Sauce Recipe

Last Updated on August 15, 2022

How about chicken and crab meat mixed to make this delicious chicken Chesapeake sauce recipe that oozes with yummy flavors, that’ll definitely leave you wanting more?

Chesapeake is a famous dish from the east coast of America. It is an appetizer made of a combination of crab meat, chicken, Ritz crackers, and a selection of seasonings. The taste of this dish is very delicious but can be difficult to make, as it does require some skill and practice.

It’s a little tricky to make this dish, and it definitely requires time and patience. However, we’re here to help you make this recipe successfully. Let’s take a look at this chicken Chesapeake sauce recipe.

Chicken Chesapeake Sauce Recipe

Ingredients

  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 1/2 lb Phillips Lump Crab Meat
  • 1/2 lb Phillips Jumbo Lump Crab Meat
  • 1/4 cup parsley chopped
  • 3/4 cup Ritz crackers crushed
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 3/4 tsp lemon juice
  • 3/4 tsp Phillips Seafood Seasoning
  • 3/4 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp pimentos chopped, if desired
  • seasoned flour (to taste)
  • melted butter (to taste)

Preparation

Step #1: Preheat the oven

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.

Step #2: First mixture

Add the egg, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard, seafood seasoning, and mayonnaise to a bowl. Mix the ingredients well and set them aside.

Step #3: Second mixture

In a separate bowl, add the crab meat, Ritz crackers, and parsley. Mix them very lightly to combine.

Step #4: Combine

Add the mixture of the wet ingredients to the crab mixture and combine. This will be the crab stuffing.

Step #5: Prepare your pockets

Use a knife to carefully make a “pocket” into each chicken breast to insert the crab stuffing with ease. Then, use a spoon to put a mound of crab filling into the middle of each pocket. Fold over to close and place the stuffed breasts into a baking pan of your choice.

Step #6: Season

Season them to your liking with seasoned flour. And pour melted butter over each chicken breast to keep them moist and flavorful. Place into the center of a preheated oven.

Step #7: Bake

Bake at 350 degrees F for around 25 minutes, or until the chicken is fully cooked. When cooked, the internal temperature should be 165 degrees F. Remove from the oven and enjoy!

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How To Make Crab Imperial

Ingredients

  • 1 pound of crab meat
  • 2 tbsp old bay seasoning – adjust to your liking
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp sour cream – optional
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice – optional
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt – to taste
  • Cayenne pepper – to taste
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 8 whole Saltine crackers, crushed
  • ½ tsp paprika

For the chicken

  • 5 to 6 large chicken breasts – boneless and skinless
  • Salt and cayenne pepper – to taste
  • 2 tsp Old Bay seasoning

How to Make Chicken Chesapeake with Imperial Sauce Recipe

Step #1: Preheat the oven

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.

Step #2: Clean the meat

Wash the crab meat, ensuring the crab meat does not have any shell or guts remaining. 

Step #3: Mix

Use a bowl to mix all the ingredients for the crab imperial; except the pepper, salt, and crab meat.

Step #4: Combine

Once mixed, then add the crab meat, salt, and pepper and combine well.

Step #5: Prepare your pan

Grease your baking dish with butter, or use a non-stick spray. Add the crab imperial mixture and bake for around 20 minutes.

Step #6: Set aside

Remove from the oven and leave to rest for at least 10 minutes.

Step #7: Tenderize the chicken breasts

Do this (ensuring they’re the same thickness) by pounding them in a Ziplock bag with a rolling pin.

Step #8: Cut your pockets

Once uniformly thick, butterfly them by creating a pocket-like incision at the middle of each breast.

Step #9: Season

Season them with salt, pepper, and old bay seasoning.

Step #10: Prepare your baking sheet

Grease another baking sheet and set it aside.

Step #11: Stuff

Stuff the chicken with 2 tablespoons of crab imperial and place them onto the prepared baking dish.

Step #12: Bake

Use toothpicks to hold the chicken together as binding tools. Bake for at least 30 minutes, or until it’s cooked through and turns golden brown. If using a cooking thermometer, ensure it’s 165 degrees F when cooked.

Step #13: Let them cool

Leave to cool for around 10 minutes, then serve with rice, French fries, or salad.

Step #14: Enjoy!

Garnish with lemon wedges, if you’d like.

Tips On Making The Best Chicken Chesapeake

  • You don’t have to bake the crab imperial, you can also use it raw and bake it alongside the chicken breast. This can help to save time if you’re looking for a quick meal.
  • You can flavor your chicken breasts as you wish. The simplest way to do this is to marinate the chicken in a mixture of extra virgin olive oil and white wine. Keep in the refrigerator until you are ready to use. The marinade will have absorbed into your chicken, making it yummy and moist. You can also pour melted butter over your stuffed breasts to give them an extra creamy taste.
  • Use breadcrumbs or crushed crackers as a coating.
  • You can cook the chicken breasts in a skillet with melted butter before transferring them to the oven. If so, they’ll only need around 10 minutes in the oven. Or you can grill them before baking for about 5 minutes.
  • For this recipe, try to use real crabmeat and chicken breast.
  • You can use crab imperial as a topping or a stuffing. But it’s best used as stuffing.
  • You can also make crab imperial ahead of time! Cover and refrigerate if doing so. This will make it easier to create your chicken Chesapeake sauce recipe.

Final Thoughts

You will not want to miss out on this chicken Chesapeake sauce recipe for another minute longer once you’ve tasted it! The sauce itself is not difficult to make, and it’s very easy to have the entire meal in one pot. The only tricky part is preparing the crab meat. If you are looking for a good way to get the whole family involved, then this recipe may just be the one you’re looking for! 

Chesapeake Chicken is also great when served over rice, mashed potatoes, or even pasta. You can even serve the whole dish over a bed of salad greens, with some lemon dressing. What are you waiting for? Try it! Let us know in the comments how your chicken Chesapeake turned out.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I make chicken Chesapeake?

It is easy to make the chicken Chesapeake following the recipes above.  You can season it as per your preferences, to make this recipe more suited to you.

What side dish goes good with chicken Chesapeake?

You can serve it with either rice or cornbread, French fries, or anything else you love to serve with - it goes well with practically anything!

Can you cook chicken in sauce?

Yes, of course! You can cook it in the sauce if you'd like, and can even freeze it for future use.

Preparation Time Cook Time Servings
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Chicken Chesapeake Sauce Recipe

aniasvibrantkitchen.com
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 4 Servings

Ingredients
  

  • Ingredients
  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 1/2 lb Phillips Lump Crab Meat
  • 1/2 lb Phillips Jumbo Lump Crab Meat
  • 1/4 cup parsley chopped
  • 3/4 cup Ritz crackers crushed
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 3/4 tsp lemon juice
  • 3/4 tsp Phillips Seafood Seasoning
  • 3/4 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp pimentos chopped if desired
  • Seasoned flour to taste
  • Melted butter to taste

Instructions
 

  • Preparation

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.

    Add the egg, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard, seafood seasoning and mayonnaise to a bowl. Mix the ingredients well and set aside.

      In a separate bowl, add the crab meat, Ritz crackers and parsley. Mix them very lightly to combine.

        Add the mixture of the wet ingredients to the crab mixture and combine. This will be the crab stuffing.

          Use a knife to carefully make a “pocket” into each chicken breast to insert the crab stuffing with ease. Then, use a spoon to put a mound of crab filling into the middle of each pocket. Fold over to close.

            Place the stuffed breasts into a baking pan of your choice.

              Season them to your liking with seasoned flour. And pour melted butter over each chicken breast to keep them moist and flavorful. Place into the center of a preheated oven.

                Bake at 350 degrees F for around 25 minutes, or until the chicken is fully cooked. When cooked, the internal temperature should be 165 degrees F. Remove from oven and enjoy!

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