Old Bay Chicken Potato Bake is a tasty one-pan weeknight dinner with crispy roasted chicken thighs, potatoes and corn with old bay spices in just 45 minutes.
OLD BAY CHICKEN POTATO BAKE
This East Coast inspired chicken and potato casserole is so simple and easy! With just a few ingredients you get a flavorful one pan dinner that is perfect for busy weeknights, potlucks, or even holiday dinners.
Old Bay Chicken Potato Bake is all about the famous Maryland Old Bay Seasoning. This celery salt and paprika blend is most known for shrimp or crawfish boils, but it makes any dish taste delicious. It makes a simple dinner recipe like Chicken Potato Bake taste like a gourmet meal you get at a seafood spot back East.
For this Old Bay Chicken Potato Bake recipe, we used chicken thighs and russet potatoes.
Work with what you’ve Got!
This Old Bay Chicken Potato Bake is a great one pan meal all on it’s own. It has chicken, corn, and potatoes, so you can easily serve it by itself as an easy weeknight dinner. If you want to make a bigger meal, serve Chicken Potato Bake with veggies like Roasted Broccoli or Sautéed Green Beans.
We normally use golden yukon potatoes when roasting because they are creamy on the inside and the thin skin doesn’t need to be peeled but the flavors of this dish are so classic we wanted a classic roasted baked potato taste. Other great options would, of course, be golden yukon potatoes or red potatoes.
When it comes to what chicken to use instead of chicken thighs, the best substitute to use is bone-in chicken breasts for Old Bay Chicken Potato Bake. You can use boneless, skinless chicken breasts but it will be less juicy and won’t add as much flavor to the potatoes.
We used frozen corn (that’s been thawed) in this recipe but canned corn is great too. This meal is meant to be as pantry friendly as possible. With just chicken and potatoes and a can of corn you can make a meal that takes your taste buds to summer. If you happen to have ears of corn you can cut them into chunks and add them to the bake instead. This is a fun option instead of kernels.
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VARIATIONS ON OLD BAY CHICKEN POTATO BAKE
- Creamy: Make a Creamy Chicken Potato Bake by mixing a cup of Cream of Chicken to the potatoes before adding to the pan (after you mix and remove the chicken). You could also use a jar of Alfredo sauce.
- Potatoes: You can substitute most other potatoes in this recipe like red potatoes, baby potatoes, or Dutch potatoes. If you use russet potatoes or sweet potatoes, you will want to peel them first.
- Seasonings: Switch up the seasoning blend to any you like. Try Chili Seasoning Mix or Taco Seasoning with black beans, or an Italian seasoning blend of oregano, rosemary, garlic powder, and parmesan cheese.
- Baked Boil: Old Bay is famously used for Shrimp Boils. Give your Chicken Bake more summer boil taste with andouille sausage, peeled shrimp, and fresh squeezed lemon.
- Veggies: Make this dish heartier (and healthier) with more veggies like asparagus, mushrooms, green beans, or spinach.
- Old Bay Seasoning: To make an Old Bay substitute combine 2 tablespoons celery salt, ¼ teaspoon paprika, ⅛ teaspoon ground black pepper, ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper, 1 pinch dry mustard, and 1 pinch ground nutmeg.
Slow Cooker Old Bay Chicken and Potatoes
- Season the chicken thighs with salt, pepper and 1 tablespoon Old Bay seasoning. Sear in a skillet with melted butter over medium high heat for 2-3 minutes on each side.
- Add potatoes, olive oil, 1 tablespoon Old Bay seasoning, and salt and pepper (to taste) to slow cooker and stir to combine.
- Nestle chicken thighs into the potato mixture. Cover slow cooker with lid and cook on low for 6 – 7 ½ hours, or high heat for 3 – 3 ½ hours.
- Stir in canned corn and cover and cook for 30 minutes, or until corn is hot and chicken is cooked through.
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HOW TO STORE OLD BAY CHICKEN POTATO BAKE
- Serve: Old Bay Chicken and Potato Bake can be at room temperature for up to 2 hours before it should refrigerated.
- Store: Store your Chicken Potato Bake in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days. Reheat leftovers in the oven at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes, or until hot.
- Freeze: Cool the chicken and potatoes completely before storing in an airtight container and freezing for up to 4 months.
- 6 chicken thighs , bone in and skin on
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 3 cloves garlic , minced
- 3 tablespoons Old Bay Seasoning
- 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
- 2 pounds russet potatoes , peeled and cut into 1” chunks
- 1 1/2 cups corn
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Mix together all the ingredients in a large bowl.
- Add the chicken, skin side up to the baking pan and put the potatoes and corn around it in the pan (do not cover the chicken with the vegetables).
- Roast for 45-55 minutes, until chicken is crispy and the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.