How To Spatchcock A Chicken (In 3 Steps)

How To Spatchcock A Chicken In 3 Steps! The easiest way to prepare an elegant Garlic Herb Spatchcock Chicken, cooked in less time than classic roasted chicken recipes.

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What Is Spatchcock Chicken?

Spatchcock: A culinary preparation in which the backbone of a whole chicken (or turkey) is removed so it can be cooked flat, on the grill or in the oven.

This method is thought to have originated in Ireland and is now a popular way to cook a whole roasting chicken in a hurry.

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Is Spatchcock Chicken The Same As Butterflied Chicken?

Yes and no. The term butterflied chicken is most often used for the process of opening a single chicken breast, like a book, to make the piece of chicken wider yet flatter. This creates more surface area for seasoning, yet the chicken breast cooks through in less time.

However, if you use the phrase whole butterflied bone-in chicken then it would be the same as spatchcocking. *wink*

Why Should You Spatchcock A Chicken?

So why should you take the extra steps to spatchcock a chicken before roasting it?

  • Speed. Cooking the entire chicken flat against the heat source speeds up the cooking process. You can expect your chicken to cook in half to two-thirds the time, based on the size of the chicken.
  • Crispy Skin. When you spatchcock a chicken all the skin is cooked facing upward. That not only means even browning for extra crispy skin, it means more crispy skin to enjoy!
  • Variety. Let’s face it, Spatchcock Chickens look fancy. So this simple process turns your average roasted chicken into something special!

How To Spatchcock A Chicken In 3 Steps

How do you flatten a roasting chicken? How to butterfly a whole chicken?

Spatchcocking is so easy, anyone can do it. All you need is a good pair of kitchen shears.

  1. Cut out the backbone. Use strong kitchen shears to cut alongside the backbone, from one end of the bird to the other. Then cut along the other side of the backbone to remove it completely.
  2. Cut through the breastbone. Open the cavity of the chicken to find the breastbone. Now cut a shallow incision through the flexible bone, from one end to the other, yet not all the way through the breast meat and skin on the other side.  This allows the chicken to be flattened.
  3. Trim the wings. On some chickens, the tips of the wings have already been trimmed off. In this case, leave them as-is. However, on other whole chickens, the wing tips are intact and are likely to burn before the chicken is cooked through. You can either cut them off at the joint, or tuck them up and under the breasts.

Get the Full (Printable) Instructions Below + A Garlic Herb Oven Roasted Chicken Recipe

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How Long To Roast A Spatchcock Chicken

Generally speaking, a Spatchcock Chicken will cook through in 30-50% less time than a standard roasting chicken.

You can expect smaller chickens to cook in half the time, while larger chickens will cook in two-thirds the time.

That means if a 4 pound whole chicken would normally take about an hour to cook through, it will only take 35-40 minutes if spatchcocked!

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Garlic Herb Oven Roasted Chicken

Once you spatchcock your chicken, you can season it with anything you like!

One of our favorite to-go preparations is to slather it with garlic herb butter.

We’ve included the recipe in the instructions below!

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How To Spatchcock A Chicken In 3 Steps

Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
50 mins
 

How To Spatchcock A Chicken In 3 Steps! An easy way to prepare an elegant Garlic Herb Oven Roasted Spatchcock Chicken, cooked in less time than classic roasted chicken recipes.

Servings: 4
Nutrition Facts
How To Spatchcock A Chicken In 3 Steps
Amount Per Serving (0.25 chicken)
Calories 340 Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 27g 42%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 111mg 37%
Sodium 176mg 7%
Potassium 216mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 1g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 0g
Protein 20g 40%
Vitamin A 12%
Vitamin C 6.4%
Calcium 3.2%
Iron 8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Ingredients

  • 4-5 pound whole roasting chicken
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves, roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, roughly chopped
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Unwrap a whole roasting chicken and remove anything stuffed inside the front and back cavities, along with the plastic timer pop-up.

  2. Look and the bird carefully to determine where you see the breast meat. Then flip the chicken over and find the backbone.
  3. Use strong kitchen shears to cut alongside the backbone, from one end of the bird to the other. Then cut along the other side of the backbone to remove it completely. Keep the shears very close to the backbone as to not cut off any meat. 

  4. Open the cavity of the chicken to find the breastbone. Now cut a shallow incision through the flexible bone, from one end to the other, yet not all the way through the breast meat and skin on the other side. This allows the chicken to be flattened. (See photos for reference.) 

  5. Place the chicken breast-side-up on a rimmed baking sheet. Push the breasts down to flatten the chicken. Pull the drumsticks down and together to create the classic spatchcock shape. Then deal with the wings…

  6. On some chickens, the tips of the wings have already been trimmed off. In this case, leave them as-is. However, on other chickens, the wings tips are intact and are likely to burn before the chicken is cooked through. You can either cut them off at the joint or tuck them up and under the breasts.

  7. Pat the chicken dry with paper towels, including any excess juices on the baking sheet.
  8. In a small bowl mix the melted butter, lemon zest, minced garlic, fresh herbs, 1 teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon ground black pepper.
  9. Brush the mixture over the entire surface of the chicken. Roast for 35-40 minutes, until the interior temperature reaches 165 degrees F.

  10. Allow the chicken to rest for 7-10 minutes before cutting and serving.

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8 comments on “How To Spatchcock A Chicken (In 3 Steps)

  1. Sabrinaposted April 9, 2019 at 8:57 pm Reply

    great reminder of a forgotten technique or preparation, the bones are a nuisance anyway, thank you for this recipe and for the detailed walk-through

  2. Krystleposted April 9, 2019 at 11:00 am Reply

    This recipe is stunning! Tastes good too!

  3. Samposted April 9, 2019 at 7:46 am Reply

    Such a helpful and informative post. Step by step photos really helped.

  4. Cathy Pollakposted April 8, 2019 at 7:51 pm Reply

    The Best tutorial out there for this method…thank you!

  5. Lizposted April 8, 2019 at 2:06 pm Reply

    It’s been years since I’ve spatchcocked a chicken and Iwas looking for a refresher on the technique. Thanks for providing such an informative post—so helpful!

  6. Melissa Sperkaposted April 8, 2019 at 1:45 pm Reply

    This is a spectacular technique, it’s amazing how much more quickly the chicken cooks. Terrific!

  7. julieposted April 8, 2019 at 1:16 pm Reply

    Thanks for sharing this! It’s super easy to follow.

  8. alyssaposted April 8, 2019 at 12:57 pm Reply

    This tutorial was so easy to follow! We loved it and will be making again and again!