Spatchcock Chicken Recipe

Spatchcock Chicken

Spatchcock Chicken Recipe

This Spatchcock Chicken recipe is our favorite way to roast a whole chicken. Every part of the roasted chicken turns out juicy and so flavorful with that garlic herb butter (the same one we use on our roasted turkey!). This one-pan chicken dinner is easy and so delicious!

There is no marinating or lengthy prep required. This is simple enough for a busy weeknight but it’s also a crowd-pleaser and perfect for company!

The potatoes, carrots, and Brussels sprouts roast along with the chicken. This blend of vegetables bakes to perfection and every bite is supremely flavorful. The potatoes have a crisp salty skin with a creamy inside and these were some of the best tasting Brussels sprouts I’ve tried.

A whole roasted chicken can be tricky because the chicken breast can quickly dry out by the time the dark meat is cooked through, but when you butterfly a chicken (spatchcock), the chicken breast sits lower in the pan on the same level as the legs so it bakes more evenly and results in a juicy, moist and flavorful chicken.

Ingredients for Spatchcock Chicken Recipe:

For this recipe, you will need a 4 to 4 1/2 lb whole chicken. Allow the raw chicken to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes before using it for more even baking. The flavored butter is incredible and makes every bite memorable. We it in several of our recipes because it just works. See the full print-friendly list of ingredients in the recipe card below.

Ingredients for 1-Pan Chicken Dinner:

To make this a one-pan meal, we add potatoes, carrots, and Brussels sprouts. Everything roasts together and you don’t have to toss or flip anything while it is roasting in that amazing flavored butter.

How to Spatchcock Chicken:

  • (Preheat Oven to 425˚F after step 4) Place chicken breast-side down with the wings/ neck facing towards you. Use kitchen shears to cut through the ribs right next to the spine on both sides to remove the spine.** Open the rib cage and use a heavy chef’s knife to score down the sternum. This will help to pop out the breast bone and flatten the chicken. Season under the chicken with about 1/2 tsp salt and a pinch of black pepper.

    **Keep the spine and bones from the roasted chicken after it is carved and use them for the best homemade chicken bone broth!

  • Flip the chicken over with the breast side up and place on a parchment-lined, rimmed baking half sheet. Using the palm of your hand, push firmly over the breast bone so the chicken lays completely flat. You want it to lay flat so all parts of the chicken bake evenly. Separate the skin from the meat over the breast, thigh, and drumstick areas.
  • In a small mixing bowl, combine the flavored butter ingredients and mash together with a fork for a couple of minutes until most of the lemon juice is incorporated into the butter.
  • Spread 2/3 of it under the chicken skin and spread and dot the remaining butter all over the chicken.
  • Place prepared vegetables all around the chicken then drizzle all over with olive oil and sprinkle generously with salt and some black pepper to taste.
  • Bake uncovered at 425˚F for 45 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer registers 160˚F when inserted into the thickest part of the chicken breast. Don’t over-bake or the breast will be dry. Keep in mind the temperature will rise another 5-10 degrees after it comes out of the oven. Remove from oven and rest uncovered 10 minutes on a cutting board before serving.

 

Spatchcock Chicken Recipe

This Spatchcock Chicken recipe is our favorite way to roast a whole chicken. Every part of the roasted chicken turns out juicy and so flavorful with that garlic herb butter. This one pan chicken dinner is easy and so delicious!

Ingredients for Spatchcock Chicken Recipe:

  • 4 1/4 lb whole chicken 
  • 1/2 tsp salt (we used sea salt)
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper

Ingredients for Flavored Butter:

  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter softened
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil plus more to drizzle
  • 1 Tbsp parsley finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/2 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp salt plus more for vegetables
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper

Ingredients for 1-Pan Chicken Dinner:

  • 2 lbs medium red potatoes scrubbed and quartered
  • 3 medium carrots peeled and quartered
  • 8 oz Brussels sprouts trimmed and halved
  1. (Preheat oven to 425˚F after step 4). Place chicken breast-side down with the wings/ neck facing towards you. To remove the spine, use kitchen shears to cut through the ribs right next to the spine along both sides. Open rib cage and use a heavy knife to score down the sternum. This will help pop out the breast bone and flatten chicken. Season inside the chicken with 1/2 tsp salt and a pinch of black pepper.

  2. Flip the chicken over breast side up and set on parchment-lined, rimmed baking half sheet. Using the palm of your hand, push firmly over the breast bone forcing the chicken to lay completely flat. Use your thumbs to separate the skin from the meat over breast, thigh and drumstick areas.

  3. In a small mixing bowl, combine the flavored butter ingredients. Mash with fork for a couple of minutes until lemon juice is mostly incorporated into butter. 

  4. Spread 2/3 of mixture under the chicken skin and and dot/spread remaining butter all over chicken.

  5. Place prepared vegetables all around the chicken and drizzle everything with olive oil. Sprinkle chicken and vegetables generously with salt and some black pepper to taste.

  6. Bake uncovered at 425˚F for 45 min or until instant read thermometer reads 160˚F when inserted into thickest part of chicken breast**. Remove form oven and rest uncovered 10 minutes on a cutting board before serving.

*Allow the raw chicken to sit at room temp for 30 min before using for even baking.
**Don’t over-bake or the breast will be dry. Keep in mind internal temp will rise another 5-10 degrees after it comes out of the oven. 

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Spatchcock Chicken

 

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