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Spatchcock Chicken with potatoes and vegetables
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How to Spatchcock a Chicken

Spatchcock Chicken is also known as butterflying - a technique of removing the backbone for a faster roasting time that results in juicy and flavorful chicken
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
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Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 servings
Calories 461kcal
Author Yumna Jawad


  • 3-4 pound whole chicken
  • 1 teaspoon salt divided
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper divided
  • Assorted vegetables plus olive oil, salt and pepper as needed

Garlic Herb Butter

  • 3 tablespoons salted butter softened
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil plus more to drizzle
  • 1 tablespoon parsley finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice


  • Preheat oven to 425˚F, and line a rimmed baking half sheet with parchment paper
  • Prepare whole chicken by placing it breast side down. Use kitchen shears to cut through the ribs along the spine on both sides. Use a heavy knife to slightly cut into the sternum, then open rib cage, and pop out the breast bone to flatten the chicken. Season inside the chicken with half the salt and pepper.
  • Flip the chicken over breast side up and set on the prepared rimmed baking half sheet. Use the palm of your hands to push firmly over the breast bone to allow chicken to flatten. Use your thumbs to pull the skin from the meat.
  • In a small mixing bowl, combine the ingredients for the garlic herb butter until smooth and well incorporated. Spoon the butter mixture under the chicken skin, and spread any remainder over the chicken.
  • If you’re preparing vegetables with the chicken, place them around the chicken. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle the remaining salt and pepper.
  • Bake uncovered until instant read thermometer reads 160˚F when inserted into thickest part of chicken breast, about 45 minutes. Remove from oven and rest uncovered for 10 minutes before cutting and serving.



Recipe: This recipe was inspired by Natasha's Kitchen.
Storage: Store any leftovers in an airtight container. They will last up to 4 days.
Substitutes: For best results, follow the recipe as is. However you can switch out the spices, herbs and vegetables based on your preferences.
* Please note the nutrition label does not include the vegetables.


Calories: 461kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 145mg | Sodium: 772mg | Potassium: 309mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 575IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 2mg