Spatchcock Roasted Chicken

Lisa Kotler
by Lisa Kotler
6 servings
50 min

One of the simplest dinners I make is a roasted spatchcock chicken. If you have never eaten this, you're missing out. Basically, spatchcocking is a method of preparing the chicken for cooking. The method involves removing the backbone from the tail to the neck so that the chicken can be opened out flat (also referred to as butterflying). When you prepare the chicken this way, it results in a shorter cooking time. It also allows for easier access to the cavity and exterior of the chicken for seasoning purposes. Once you add a meat thermometer and some seasoning, you're good to go. It is foolproof and you will have dinner ready in 50 minutes.

Spatchcock Roasted Chicken
Recipe details
  • 6  servings
  • Prep time: 10 Minutes Cook time: 40 Minutes Total time: 50 min
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  • 1 whole chicken butterflied
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin (optional)
  • 1 tsp pepper

Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees
Baste chicken in olive oil
Make a rub with all of the spices and sprinkle liberally over the entire chicken on both sides
Add a meat thermometer to the thickest part of the chicken
Put in a non-stick roasting pan
Roast uncovered for 45-50 minutes or until the oven thermometer reads 165 degrees.
Remove from the oven and let rest on a cutting board for 10 minutes uncovered before serving.
  • Secret tip, ask the butcher to spatchcock your chicken for you!
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  • Martha Martha on Jun 14, 2021

    Looks delicious - the skin looks nice and crispy! I just don't get crsipy skin on my roasted chickens anymore

    • Lisa Kotler Lisa Kotler on Jun 14, 2021

      If you baste the chicken with the juice and fat from the pan and put the chicken under the broiler for the last 5 minutes, it should crisp up the skin. Good luck.

  • Lon27049340 Lon27049340 on Jun 14, 2021

    Recipe missing the most important ingredient: THE CHICKEN!

    • Lisa Kotler Lisa Kotler on Jun 15, 2021

      That is hysterical! I've added the most important ingredient now. Serves me right for typing out the recipe late at night.