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Grilled Spatchcock Chicken

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Grilled Spatchcock Chicken is the perfect summer time recipe. Grilled chicken garnished with a burst of freshness from herbs and lemon. You can’t go wrong with this one.

This whole summer time eating tab wouldn’t be complete without a few grill recipes. Now this one you can actually throw into an oven if need be however the grill is arguably one of the best ways to enhance meats flavor. It also seems unjust to not cook outside in such a season as this.

My little outdoor kitchen has been hard at work and is the hub for the many get togethers this time calls for. This recipe title might be a bit confusing to those who know that spatchcocking is simply referring to the way the chicken is cut open. However, instead of popping it straight into an oven. We are cooking it over a grill. The flavor of grilled chicken is combined with a blend of fresh herbs from the garden and lemon juice. With the use of olive oil, the skin is crisp and perfectly cooked. Once you make this recipe, it is sure to become one of your favorite ways to make a full bird.

Why I love to Make Grilled Spatchcock Chicken

In this post I mentioned summer quite a bit but truth be told spatchcocking a chicken is the hands down way to cook a whole bird. Not only does it take half the time but I find the chicken to be easier to cut up when ready. When you bake a chicken in the traditional fashion the meat underneath the bird is usually picked off for later use. At least in our home that seems to be the routine way to eat that portion of the bird. However when spatchcocking we seem to have access to the entire bird and all sides of the skin are able to crisp up when cooked. This is whether or not you bake it or make this grilled spatchcock chicken.

What You’ll Need To Make Grilled Spatchcock Chicken

1 whole chicken

1/4 (54g) cup olive oil

salt and pepper to taste

1 lemon

1 handle of your favorite fresh herbs (I like Italian Parsley and Basil)

Tools You May Need

Kitchen Scissors

Outdoor Grill

Directions

Line the counter top with parchment paper or a kitchen towel to catch the juices.

Begin by ensuring your chicken is defrosted. Clean the chicken and pat dry with a paper towel.

chicken on a piece of parchment paper


Take your kitchen scissors and begin at the top portion of the bird where back bone is located. Cut down each side and remove.

Open the chicken and turn over breast side up. Using your body weight, press down firmly to flatten the bird.

Salt and pepper each side. Drizzle the olive oil liberally top and bottom of bird.

a spatchcocked chicken being seasoned
drizzling olive oil on a spatchcock chicken

Heat your grill so that the middle burner is off and the sides are on.

When grilling you want to use indirect heating due to the longer grill time. If you have a two burner grill or using a charcoal grill, simply place the bird on the side away from the direct flame for the longer cook time. When the grill is about 375°F/191°C, place the bird breast side down and cook for approximately 18 minutes.

a spatchcocked chicken cooking on a grill

Either turn on the middle burner or slide the bird on to the flame for 5 more minutes before flipping. Flip the bird over on the off side of the grill to cook with indirect heat for another 20 minutes.

 a whole spatchcock chicken on the grill

The chicken is done when it has the internal temperature of 160°F and the juices run clear. Remove from the grill and place breast side up on a serving platter. Garnish with lemon juice and herbs.

grilled spatchcock chicken being drizzled with lemon juice
a grilled spatchcock chicken on a plate

Tips for Grilled Spatchcock Chicken

  • For easy clean up, be sure to place a piece of parchment paper underneath the chicken before cutting.
  • Wash and pat your chicken dry with paper towels. This allows the olive oil to best be distributed without the interference of water.
  • Use herbs like parsley, basil, dill, chives, rosemary (finely chopped)
  • You might notice that I left the back bone in after cutting. If you caught that you are observant. I leave the backbone in for making stock later. I just cut down one side to open the bird. Then, just like with any other meat with bones, I save the carcass for bone broth later. To store your carcass, pick the chicken off and place the carcass into a gallon sized freezer bag. Then pop it into your freezer for later.
  • To know if a chicken is ready, the juices will run clear when cut open at a joint area like between the leg and breast. Chicken should be at a temperature of 180℉.
  • Store the leftovers in a Tupperware or air tight container in the fridge.

What to Serve With Grilled Spatchcock Chicken

A few good options for serving alongside this dish is my Simple Tomato Confit, adding to the theme of the freshness and herbs of the grilled spatchcock chicken. Another great one to try is my Roasted Asparagus which are lightly seasoned and simple to pop into an oven or cook on a baking sheet on the grill while your chicken rests. Either way you can’t go wrong.

But don’t forget the dessert! Since I often make this grilled spatchcock chicken when entertaining in the summer, a specific dessert comes to mind when writing this. My recipe for Fresh Strawberry Pie is a beautiful whole berry pie that is fun to place on the summer table. It is as lovely as it is delicious.

If you try this recipe and love it, I would love it if you would come back and give it 5 stars!

a grilled spatchcock chicken on a plate

Grilled Spatchcock Chicken

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 8 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 53 minutes

a simple and delcious grilled chicken garnished with lemon and herbs

Ingredients

  • 1 whole chicken
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 handle full of your favorite herbs
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Begin by ensuring your chicken is defrosted.
  2. Wash and pat dry with a paper towel.
  3. Line the counter top with parchment paper or a kitchen towel to catch the juices.
  4. Take your kitchen scissors and begin at the top portion of the bird where back bone is located.
  5. Cut down each side and remove. (see note)
  6. Open the chicken and turn over breast side up.
  7. Using your body weight, press down firmly to flatten the bird. Salt and pepper each side.
  8. Drizzle the olive oil liberally top and bottom of bird.
  9. Heat your grill so that the middle burner is off and the sides are on. When grilling you want to use indirect heating due to the longer grill time. If you have a two burner grill or using a charcoal grill, simply place the bird on the side away from the direct flame for the longer cook time.
  10. When the grill is about 375°F, place the bird breast side down and cook for approximately 18 minutes.
  11. Either turn on the middle burner or slide the bird on to the flame for 5 more minutes before flipping.
  12. Flip bird over on to the grill that is off to with indirect heat cook for another 20 minutes. The chicken is done when it has the internal temperature of 160°F and the juices run clear. Remove from grill and place breast side up on a serving platter. Garnish with lemon juice and herbs. 

Notes

**I leave the backbone in for making stock later. I just cut down one side to open the bird.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 484Total Fat: 34gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 24gCholesterol: 132mgSodium: 198mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 41g

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