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!


Recipe Summary

30 mins
50 mins
5 mins
1 hr 25 mins
1 whole chicken


Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

648 calories; protein 69.2g 138% DV; carbohydrates 3.2g 1% DV; fat 38.6g 59% DV; cholesterol 218.3mg 73% DV; sodium 249.6mg 10% DV. Full Nutrition

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Nice way to speed up the cooking time. Read More