Dig Into Delicious Chesapeake Chicken
If you’re craving something savory and full of flavor that’ll put a burst of life into your evening, Chesapeake chicken is the answer. This classic dish has been making mouths water for decades and is the perfect combination of juicy, tender chicken and creamy, rich Chesapeake sauce. It’s cooked in the same Maryland traditions that have been passed down for generations and draws inspiration and flavors from all around the world.
– 8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
– 2 tablespoons olive oil
– 2 tablespoons butter
– 1/2 cup chardonnay
– 1/3 cup heavy cream
– 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
– 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
– 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
– 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
– 1/4 teaspoon salt
– Freshly ground black pepper to taste
– 2 tablespoons freshly chopped parsley for garnish
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
2. Heat olive oil and butter in a large skillet over medium heat, then add chicken thighs to the skillet and cook until lightly browned.
3. Remove chicken from skillet and transfer to a greased 9×13 inch baking dish.
4. Pour chardonnay into the skillet, stir to deglaze the pan, and bring to a simmer. Simmer for 3 minutes to reduce the wine slightly.
5. Add heavy cream and Parmesan cheese and cook, stirring, until cheese melts.
6. Stir in garlic powder, cayenne pepper, oregano, salt, and black pepper.
7. Pour cream mixture over the chicken. Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes.
8. Remove foil, increase oven temperature to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C), and continue baking for an additional 10 minutes to brown.
9. Garnish with freshly chopped parsley, if desired.
The combination of the creamy, cheesy sauce and the chicken is always a crowd pleaser, and so you can be sure that Chesapeake chicken will quickly become a meal-time favorite. Serve it with a side of steamed vegetables or roasted potatoes for a complete and conscientious dinner. If you’d like to give the flavors of this dish a Spanish twist, try replacing the chardonnay with some white Rioja and using fresh parsley leaves. However you decide to make your Chesapeake chicken, it’s sure to be the star of your dinner buffet. Enjoy!