Lemon-Rosemary Spatchcocked Chicken


A whole chicken seems intimidating, but if you can get over the spatchcocking part, it's a breeze. And because you've increased the surface area, it cooks a lot quicker!

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
50 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 25 mins
1 whole chicken


  • 1 (4.5 pound) whole chicken, rinsed and patted dry

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 lemon, sliced into rounds, or more to taste

  • 6 sprigs fresh rosemary, or more to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  2. To spatchcock chicken: Place chicken spine-up and breast-down on a cutting board. Make a small 1/4- to 1/2-inch cut at the tip of the breast bone where the two breasts meet, using a very sharp and strong pair of kitchen shears. Flip the bird over, breast-side up. Press down on the bird so that it lays flat.

  3. Place chicken skin-side down on a sheet or roasting pan and season with salt and pepper.

  4. Lift skin away from the meat gently by sliding your fingers into the pockets at the end of the chicken breasts, thighs, or both, trying not to tear. Slide lemon slices gently under the skin, as far back as you can, having at least 2 slices for each thighs and each breast. Slide rosemary sprigs carefully under the skin, folding in half to avoid tough stems if necessary. Season chicken with additional salt and pepper, if desired.

  5. Roast in the preheated oven until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the dark meat near the bone reads at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C), about 50 minutes.

  6. Remove from the oven and let sit for 5 minutes to allow juices to settle before carving.

Cook's Notes:

I prefer using a whole chicken that has been brined. If using a brined chicken, make sure to rinse it well before preparing.

You can add fresh vegetables to this - add to the pan when 20 to 30 minutes are left of cooking time, so that they finish at the same time as the chicken.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

648 Calories
39g Fat
3g Carbs
69g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 648
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 39g 49%
Saturated Fat 11g 54%
Cholesterol 218mg 73%
Sodium 250mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 2g 5%
Protein 69g
Vitamin C 22mg 109%
Calcium 55mg 4%
Iron 4mg 22%
Potassium 654mg 14%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.