Spatchcock Chicken

Spatchcock Chicken How-to Video (scroll down for printable recipe)

How on earth spatchcocked chicken has escaped me so far in life I may never know, but now that we’ve been introduced I think I shall stay by spatchcock chicken’s side forevermore. Spatchcocking is not only a hilarious word to say aloud, it also produces a perfectly cooked bird every damn time.

I’ve shown you how to roast a whole chicken, as well as how to butterfly pork chops before cooking, and spatchcocking is kind of like those two things combined. By removing the backbone and some of the connective tissue, you are essentially “butterflying” a whole chicken. That means it cooks faster and more evenly than a whole bird, producing wonderfully juicy meat while still getting that great golden roasty-toasty skin!
Spatchcocked Chicken

Here I’ve seasoned the bird with a dry rub similar to Cajun blackening seasoning. You can use any rub you like, or even soak the prepared bird in a marinade of your choice before cooking. The sauce I made in the video is this creamy hatch chili sauce I posted a few days ago actually. Told ya it’s great on anything!

How To Spatchcock a Chicken

Oh my gawd, you know what else you could do I bet is grill this mofo. I just bet that would be really really great if you knew how to do that. (Update! Now you do: Pollo al Carbon recipe and video)

Spatchcock Chicken Recipe – Printable!


Spicy Spatchcocked Chicken

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  • Yield: 4 1x


  • 1 whole chicken (34 pounds)
  • 1 tablespoon sherry or white wine (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Dry rub:
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon ancho chili powder


  1. Get the chicken out of the fridge and let it sit out on the counter to get the chill off while you get some things ready.
  2. Line a baking sheet with foil if you like. You can skip this step, too. Lay a rack in the pan and set the contraption aside. The rack holds the chicken off the pan so that air can circulate under it as it cooks.
  3. Combine the dry rub ingredients together in a small dish. You will only need half the mixture for this recipe so you can set aside half now to avoid contamination. Or you could just halve the recipe to begin with, but it’s lovely on seafood too, so you might as well make the extra.
  4. Set your oven to 400º F.
  5. Place the chicken breast-side down on a cutting board. Use heavy-duty kitchen scissors to cut out the backbone by cutting down from neck to tail along each side. Remove and discard or save for homemade chicken stock.
  6. Open the bird up like a book. Use a sharp paring knife to cut down the center of the bird, just deep enough to incise the cartilage covering the breastbone.
  7. Press down on the chicken now to flatten it completely. You might hear a little “pop” – that is the wish bone.
  8. Pour the sherry all over the inside of the bird and sprinkle about 2 teaspoons of the spice mix over.
  9. Flip the bird and brush the skin with olive oil then sprinkle another 2 teaspoons or so of the spices over the skin.
  10. Lift the chicken onto the baking sheet/rack combo.
  11. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until the breast meat measures 150ºF and the thigh reaches 170ºF.
  12. Let rest 10 minutes before carving into quarters.


This dry rub is quite spicy. If you want it less so, reduce or omit the cayenne pepper.

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I wrote about making your own chicken stock before, at the bottom of the roasted chicken post. Check that out if you want. It’s an easy, budget-friendly thing to do if you make and freeze a few quarts at once to use in soups and stews later.


  1. Mandy on September 4, 2012 at 10:38 am

    Would tequila work instead of the sherry ? That’s all I got 😉

    • Hilah on September 4, 2012 at 10:55 am

      Yes! I think that should work just fine, Mandy. 🙂

      • Cheryl on August 27, 2019 at 2:05 pm

        Is the roasting time the same for a 6# spatchcock chicken ? Thanks

        • Hilah on August 29, 2019 at 7:59 pm

          It’ll be longer, but not sure how much longer. At least 30 mins I’d guess. Best to use a thermometer if you have one!

  2. Great Stone Face on September 4, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    Sherry? Very interesting! Definitely will try some alcohol-based liquid to adhere the spices to the undercarriage. Your method of cracking the breastbone cartilage seems much easier that others I’ve seen. They flipped the bird meatside-up and just pressed hard in the chest, almost like CPR. Giving it a little headstart, as you do, with a knife is much less work. Oh, yes — did you mention in the video that this is a great way to cook the bird in a covered grill, like a Weber kettle?

    (Stream of consciousness thought: Wouldn’t be cool to have a big enough oven or grill to spatchcock a turkey?)

    • Hilah on September 4, 2012 at 10:29 pm

      I don’t know that I mentioned it in the video, but I thought about it so perhaps you read my mind. Either way, yes, I think it would work great though I’ve never tried it. Anddddd… I saw a spatchcock (kinda rhymes with Sasquatch I just realized! 😉 turkey on the Martha Stewart website when I was trying to figure out where the word came from (no one knows, FYI). Looked like a pretty small turkey, though, honestly.

      • Wes on May 23, 2015 at 5:31 pm

        Spatchcock is an old English word meaning Butterfly.

        • Susi on June 4, 2015 at 2:54 am

          It does not mean butterfly….One definition of spatchcock comes from the Irish, ‘dispatching a cock’ straight from the coop, any fowl of course, splitting it down the backbone and putting it on the fire…. then it went to India with the Brits and in the UK was used for game birds… One English lady wrote, whilst in India in the 1800’s, that eating the spatchcock and salmon in India took her instantly home… she adds that spatchcocking was the favourite way of the local people to cook a whole fowl… Also, the word ‘spitchcock’ was used to describe a method of cooking eels – a staple of the UK culinary scene for centuries – and the word just became ‘spatchcock’… More to be believed possibly…

    • Nancy Quinn on April 23, 2015 at 7:21 pm

      I spatchcocked a Turkey last Thanksgiving in my oven for the first time. My oven is a conventional oven smallish by today’s standards and it worked fine. My main issue was getting it to fit in the roasting pan. It did hang over a bit so I just added more foil to fit around and under the leg tips. Best Turkey ever, and done in no time at all! Love this method, especially when you work and want to eat sometime before 8:00.

    • Jefferey Burnside on May 26, 2015 at 9:46 am

      hey I spatchcocked last years thanksgiving turkey in a normal sized oven it works great reduces cooking time to less than half

  3. Mark on September 4, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    Beautiful looking chicken Hilah. If you made the breast bone cut the opposite direction, I think you would find it easier. At the top of the breast bone (the end closest to the neck) there is a small piece of cartilage (white) attached to the dark piece of the breast bone. Cut through the white part (approx. 1/4-3/8 in. thick) until you hit the breast bone. The two breast pieces will now snap apart. At this point you could slip your index and middle fingers around the breast bone and pull it out. (makes it easier to cut after it’s cooked)

    • Hilah on September 4, 2012 at 10:23 pm

      Thank you Mark! I’ve done that once before when deboning a whole raw chicken, but never thought to try it before spatchcocking. Why not?! That is a great description you’ve given. Thanks for writing. 🙂

      • Karen on January 2, 2015 at 2:09 pm

        Love your videos! I spatchcock chickens all the time – talk about things that sound filthy…anyway, if you happen to misplace, or don’t have kitchen shears, you can use a sharp chef’s knife and a little pressure to dispatch your bird. Flip the chicken over so that the backbone sits on your cutting board -make sure it’s on a stable surface and not balanced on the edge of your sink or something (safety third and all). Slip your knife into the cavity of the chicken to one side of the backbone, until it pokes out of the neck. Take a good grip on the handle of the knife, place the edge of your palm on the end of the knife coming out of the neck…press down firmly and with a bit of pressure, you should be able to cut right through the bird. Repeat on the other side of the backbone and you’re golden…brown and delicious that is!

        • Hilah on January 3, 2015 at 9:21 am

          Thank you, Karen! This is a great tip, since many people don’t have heavy duty kitchen shears. At least, I didn’t until a couple years ago 😉

  4. Mother Effingby on September 4, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    I make spatchcocked chicken with an orange marmalade jam glaze that I brush on an almost finished chicken and turn off the oven. It finishes perfectly crispy and sticky all at once.

    • Hilah on September 4, 2012 at 10:15 pm

      You just rocked my world, Mother E. That sounds amazing and wonderful and I want it right now!

      • Mother Effingby on September 11, 2012 at 10:35 pm

        It really is. It’s one of those accidental things I did when I didn’t have orange juice to make a marinade! What I do is this: Brush a really well-dried spatch-cocked chicken with melted butter or olive oil. Season with garlic salt, pepper, paprika and Herbes de Provence (the best herbal blend in the world, I must say!) Bake according to weight and 20 minutes before it’s done, spoon over orange marmalade jam that you’ve melted in a sauce pot over a low heat.
        Take the drippings, orange bits and all, skim the fat, and make a gravy with a corn starch slurry and a spoonful of Dijon mustard. Keep the bird in the oven to keep warm, or put a tent of foil over it.
        Your people will worship you as the goddess you are. They are now malleable tools in your hand to do with as you please.

        • Hilah on September 13, 2012 at 3:56 pm

          Bwahaha! With our powers combined, we shall rule the… wait. what were we talking about?
          I bet that marmalade sauce would be delish on a pork tenderloin, too, maybe with some grated ginger mixed in!

    • Nancy Quinn on April 23, 2015 at 7:25 pm

      I make Jalapeno jelly, how awesome does that sound!

    • Cookinqueenmom on March 15, 2018 at 11:26 am

      My husband and I grow our own jalapeños and habanero peppers and fresh herbs. We make pepper jelly/jam with herbs and can it in the pretty diamond cut glass Ball jars!.
      It started as some for us and some for gifts. Then friends of friends started asking to buy it so when we have good yields in the garden we did eXtra and it never sat around long!
      Can NOT wait to try a jar on your chicken recipe and Effingby’s added idea. Bet it will be incredible!!

    • Kim J on January 4, 2019 at 6:15 am

      OMG. That sounds delicious.

  5. Ali on September 4, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    Mmmmmmmmmm tastes like chicken!

    • Hilah on September 5, 2012 at 1:27 pm

      Like the BEST chicken! 🙂

  6. Drew on September 5, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    Spatchcocking is the ONLY way to cook a whole chicken and it’s awesome over charcoal. And it’s fun to say. Spatchcock. Can’t wait for the new season, Hilah.

    • Hilah on September 5, 2012 at 4:57 pm

      Oh man! I HAVE GOT TO TRY this grilling over charcoal thing! You’re not the first person to mention it, Drew — it must be something amazing! But yeah, srsly this is the only way to do it anymore. Still can’t believe I’ve been roasting whole chickens all these years like a fool. 😉
      Thanks for writing!

  7. Mother Effingby on September 13, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    Yep, definitely spatch cock the chicken and roast it that way. You know that apricot jam is equally delicious on the wee bird, too! Jelly, it is the cure for what ails ya!

    Tonight, we are making shredded chicken tacos with YOUR TORTILLA recipe! I made tacos last week, and now the fambly won’t let me BUY tortillas anymore. My youngest came wandering in for a sample and thought she was at the fair.
    They are that good.

  8. larry kimball on September 21, 2012 at 9:26 am

    This is now my new favorite way to roast chicken! As I said before, I have always used vertical wire roaster cones and placed the whole uncut bird on the roaster. Now I cut out the backbone and even trim the wings and legs, and use those parts for chicken stock. And I pan-roast the flat bird in the oven, with spectacular results! Easier and faster. Sanctuary much Hilah!

    • Hilah on September 21, 2012 at 12:58 pm

      So glad about your success, Larry! Great idea to use the wings for stock, too. There’s so little meat anyway, but lots of great collagen for a good rich stock.

  9. Natalie on November 4, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    Just spatchcocked my first chicken and it was sort of a traumatic experience! Guess my bird had a very strong spine because I had to fight with it for a while. Guess it just feels a little weird hacking at the chicken like that. Nevertheless, just put it in the oven! Fingers-crossed!

    • Hilah on November 6, 2012 at 11:46 am

      Hi Natalie! I hope it turned out great and worth the cringe-factor of preparing the dang thing. 🙂

  10. Hugh on November 10, 2012 at 8:20 am

    Hi Hilah,
    I spatched, I co… well, you know the rest. After getting in touch with my caveman side, splitting the carcass and crunching bones, the only thing left was to cook over coals. It was amazing. I started hot…maybe too hot then slowed down and it was crispy and juicy. That is hard to do with chicken on the grill.

    • Hilah on November 12, 2012 at 10:21 am

      Thanks, Hugh! I’ve heard this is THE way to grill chicken, though I haven’t tried it myself. I really should.

  11. Byron on November 19, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    Hi Hilah,
    Please forgive the newbie question, but how do I cook the chicken so that the thigh reaches 170 and the breast reaches 150? When the thigh reaches 170 wouldn’t the breast be at 170 as well? Thanks and keep up the great vids!

    • Hilah on November 20, 2012 at 10:15 am

      Hey Byron! That is a great question, actually, and it’s one I’ve never even thought to ask!
      White meat cooks at a different rate than dark meat for reasons I’m not exactly sure of, but would guess that because dark meat has more fat and fat carries heat better than water, the dark meat heats faster than the white meat and therefore, the thighs and legs will reach a higher interior temperature than the white breast meat, though they are in the oven for the same amount of time and at the same temperature. OR maybe it’s just because the breast portions are so much larger than a thigh or leg, they take longer to reach the same temperature.
      Whatever the reason, at the end of the cooking time, the breast meat will be a lower temperature than the thighs and that is just great! If the breast were to reach 170, it would be dry and over cooked. Thanks to the extra fat in the dark meat, it’s still moist and juicy at 170.
      Thanks for writing!

  12. Caliban on November 21, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Huh. I “spatchcocked” a chicken a few months back without know that’s what it’s called. It does sound a little “dirty,” like maybe you should tell the chicken how naughty it’s been while you do it. FYI, a pair of those outdoor clippers for small branches works great for cutting through the bones. Of course I never use the same ones for cutting plants outside. Well, not unless I’ve looked *everywhere* for the outdoor pair and can’t find them! 😉

    The recipe I used was kind of a lime/curry-esque thing but REALLY good. Fair warning though, treat the marinade like nuclear waste because it stains EVERYTHING it touches bright yellow! And marinate in a ziplock bag instead of a glass dish because otherwise you’re just asking for a messy spill.

    • Hilah on November 21, 2012 at 3:57 pm

      Haha! We won’t tell. 😉

      That marinade you linked to looks DELICIOUS! I suspect it will be something I want to put on everything.

  13. Rod on December 22, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    Just Spatchcocked my first chicken tonight, used a different rub though, because I was in the mood for a different taste profile.
    Bird was quite fun to cook (It has to be fun and interesting or I get bored and won’t cook it), but the rub didn’t quite (read “at all”) make it through the skin to flavor the meat. Next time I will try rubbing it under the skin to see if that helps. Have you tried that?
    Also the skin was just on the edge of being burnt after 45 minutes at 400, but the chicken was still a little bloody at the joints. Should I maybe tinfoil the breast and cook it a little longer after about 40 minutes? or maybe adjust the temp/time? Sorry for the silly questions, just trying to learn how to do this without a whole bunch of experimentation. Thanks!
    Keep up the great work, you’re the one I turn to when I need a tip or starting point!

    • Dan Sexton on September 21, 2017 at 6:16 pm

      You have to let it (all meat) rest for 5-10 min after you remove it from the oven for the juices to redistribute, in this time the bird will continue to cook slightly and shouldn’t be so raw looking inside, hope this helps.

  14. Rod on January 11, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    OK, here we go…

    Spatchcocking my first turkey as I type this…

    wish me luck…

    • Hilah on January 11, 2013 at 8:31 pm

      My fingers and toes are crossed!

      • Rod on January 12, 2013 at 8:28 am

        Everything turned out great! I did cook the bird a tad long, but it was still delicious, and I can adjust the cook time next time out. I Was going to post before and after pictures, but don’t have a superphone and couldn’t figure out how.
        Besides, hash tags scare me, and dag nab it anyway, they’re just wrong!

  15. john mckenna on January 12, 2013 at 4:13 am

    Wow Hilha…You Knocked that one out of the park!!.Every cooking show..When someone is about to carve a chicken they just pulled out of the oven..It’s like ..wait for it comes…oh yes dark pink bloody chicken as the camera quickley pans away…That was perfect..Nice Job.

    • Hilah on January 13, 2013 at 9:46 am

      Ha! Thanks John. 🙂 hope you try it out.

  16. Jess on January 17, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    Made this tonight! It was easy, quick and delicious! Fiancee loved it!

    • Hilah on January 18, 2013 at 9:17 am

      Yay! Isn’t it the most wonderful recipe, ever?!

  17. retrobella on February 4, 2013 at 8:46 am

    Hilah, have prepared chicken this way before but look forward to making it with your rub. Sounds delish! Just found your site and can’t wait to explore and try more of your recipes.

    • Hilah on February 6, 2013 at 10:22 am

      Thank you, Retrobella! Enjoy. 🙂

  18. Ashley on February 7, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    Thank you for this! My family has been so bored with regular roasted chicken. This was easy and amazing, and you made me a hero. Thanks a bunch!: )

    • Hilah on February 8, 2013 at 11:22 am

      That’s great Ashley! So glad you and your family enjoyed it. 🙂

  19. Mats on March 25, 2013 at 10:57 am

    Trying it now. Used Smoky Whisky instead. used red chili pepper and turkish yoghurt. I cut the chicken from the wrong side, hopefully it wan´t matter. Cheers from Norway

    • Hilah on March 26, 2013 at 12:38 pm

      Cheers, Mats! Hope it turned out well. I’m sure it did. Love the idea of a smoky whiskey.

  20. MrsLawrence on March 28, 2013 at 10:01 am

    I’m with you, how I manage to miss this marvel is beyond me. I happened upon your website while looking for something else and saw this post. I decided to try this on Sunday and MY GOODNESS, the juiciest chicken EVER!!! No turning back.

    • Hilah on March 29, 2013 at 1:10 pm

      Thank you! So glad it turned out. I honestly don’t ever roast a bird whole anymore. It’s always spatched. 😉

  21. sarah on May 1, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    Hey! I made your spatch cock chicken! It tastes really good! Thank you!

    • Hilah on May 2, 2013 at 8:23 pm

      Thanks for writing Sarah! So glad you liked it!

  22. bkhuna on May 18, 2013 at 4:08 am

    This is the only way to do chicken on the grill. I start the skin side down over direct coals to get a bit of crispiness started and then move over to the side with no coals, skin side up to do the roast. Toss on a chunk of cherry or apple wood and let it smolder. It imparts a wonderful color and flavor.

    It works well on a full sized Weber with small turkeys also (12-14 lbs).

    • Hilah on May 19, 2013 at 9:20 am

      Thank you! I have yet to try it on a grill, though I’ve been meaning to. No time like the present. I even bought a bag of wood chips (hickory I think?) on a whim a couple weeks ago. Must be kismet. 🙂

  23. Brandon on June 12, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    Great Recipe and the video was so much fun and humorous!!! It was such a great find! the Creamy Hatch Sauce was a huge hit (and I even added the green onions!) i made some veggie pasta that it tasted great drizzled on! the only issue was I had to subsitute a high rack to hold the bird on with a lining underneath it i dont know if that was the reason that it did not crisp up underneath 🙂 either way great recipe to make again and would love to try other things underneath the chicken to add flavor (i did more garlic and onions)

    • Hilah on June 13, 2013 at 9:23 am

      Hi Brandon!
      So glad to hear you enjoyed the bird and found some more uses for the Hatch chili sauce! I love when that happens. Sounds awesome over pasta. 🙂
      One thing I love doing when roasting meats is to make a “rack” out of celery sticks and carrots and set the meat on that. Edible rack!

  24. Nayrb on July 28, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    This is probably my 3rd or 4th recipe that I’ve used from your site. They all have turned out amazing! This one is no exception, The skin was crisp and the chicken was juicy. No more wrangling beer can chicken anymore, I will be using this technique from now on. You’re a great teacher keep up the good work! Any word on when you Will be trying out for the next Food Network Star?

    • Hilah on July 29, 2013 at 8:34 am

      Thank you, Nayrb!
      Isn’t this a great way to make chicken? It’s perfect every time. I’m so happy to hear of your success in the kitchen. Thank you for writing. 🙂

  25. Christine on August 1, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    Oh, Hilah! Every video you produce is a gem! Can I spatchcock tofu? 🙂 I’ma vegan doncha know! I can spell, too….just not that sentence!

    Oh, yeah. Food Network Star. You ARE a star..and much more talented than so many on that network. Hmmmm, can you make a sandwich? Can you go into a restaurant kitchen and highlight what they’re famous for? Can you work a pressure cooker and order around a team of 3 chefs to get 5 meals finished in an hour? YOU can do all of this and MORE!

    • Hilah on August 2, 2013 at 11:34 am

      Ooh, you know what you CAN do is cook tofu in a waffle iron! It’s really good and fun. 🙂

  26. Jeff Ruyle on August 1, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    This is how I’ve always cooked my chicken except I split the breast instead of the back. I’ll try it your way next time because it might help keep the breast more juicy. It is a great way to grill or BBQ chicken, too.

    • Hilah on August 2, 2013 at 11:34 am

      Oh, interesting, Jeff. Now I want to try it your way! 🙂

  27. Richard on October 3, 2013 at 9:24 am

    Hay Hilah

    I’m a sad old guy from Essex, England and have just recently found your site. Its a great and refreshing change from some of the dour standard sites on the web.

    I have been cooking spatchcock chicken for a few years now both on the bbq and in the oven. The rub I use is made up with one tablespoon each of whole pepper corns, sugar, salt and paprika (either smoked or plain), grind all these up in a spice mill spread over the chicken and leave for a few hours to let the flavours permeate. Then cook as you did.

    Will definitely be trying you spice rub though.

    Thanks for some great recipes.


    • Hilah on October 3, 2013 at 10:08 am

      Hi Richard!
      Thank you for writing. And thank you for sharing your rub – I love recipes that are made of equal parts of everything because it makes them easy to remember. 🙂
      Let me know how you like this rub recipe!

  28. Megan Fuldauer on January 10, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    I make this all the time. I make a spiced mixture add a little water to it and spread it under the skin. It tastes great and you still get the crispy skin. I used to use olive oil instead of water but the oil seemed to burn and smoke in the oven=[ you right though perfectly cooked chicken every damn time! And the kids love it too! The only way to bake a whole bird!

  29. Wendy S. on April 4, 2014 at 1:27 am

    Hum, don’t have a grill but have an indoor smoker that I have been thinking about getting out again. This seems like a novel way of making the chicken fit in there so I don’t have to build the foil tent, then I can just sit it under the broiler to crisp up the skin at the end. Love all the different ideas for rubs. I have made an apricot one before. Thanks for the video!

    • Hilah on April 4, 2014 at 8:21 am

      I’ve never used an indoor smoker before, Wendy, but it sounds pretty great. Let me know how it goes!

  30. Allen Dodge on October 21, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    Just made the Spatchcock chicken and it was great, great, great. Thanks for the recipe. What else ya got?

    • Hilah on October 22, 2014 at 8:55 am


  31. Mark King on December 7, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    Just whipped up that jelapeno sauce from your vid and it is amazeballs. It’s my new mayo replacement.

    Have to cook your cajun spatchcock recipe tonight before the jelapeno sauce is all gone

    • Hilah on December 10, 2014 at 10:51 am

      I LOVE that sauce, Mark. It really goes on almost anything!

  32. Barbara Dorman on January 5, 2015 at 5:05 pm

    Hi Hilah! Love this recipe, and the creamy Hatch green chile sauce….when I made that, I omitted the salt, and used “Chicken Better Than Bouillon” instead. Turned out great!

    • Hilah on January 6, 2015 at 8:09 am

      That sounds yummy, Barbara! I love that brand of bouillon.

  33. Charlie on January 7, 2015 at 7:46 am

    I really like the spatchcock cooking method. I use Cornish Game Hens and cook them on a Gas grill. I wrap a brick in tin-foil and place it on top of the chicken. Meat cooks more evenly and the grill marks are enhanced. Try it.

    • Hilah on January 8, 2015 at 8:48 am

      Thanks, Charlie! I haven’t cooked game hens in over a decade. This is inspiring!

  34. Jessica on January 24, 2015 at 7:15 pm

    Mmmm this turned out perfectly, and the creamy sauce was absolute heaven! I want to put it on everything. I used the rest of the spices on your whole roasted cauliflower recipe before baking instead of putting on a vinaigrette. I used a purple cauliflower so it was extra beautiful.

  35. Rachel Horn on January 25, 2015 at 4:03 pm

    This has been the best discovery for me ever!! I make it every Sunday night now and my 3 year old eats most of if. She called it “spicy chicken with da bone”. I then make stock and make me some random jazzy soup for my work lunches. It’s the bomb!!! Thanks!

    • Hilah on January 26, 2015 at 12:22 pm

      That’s fantastic, Rachel! 🙂 I love the double-use of the whole chicken and the delicious homemade stock that comes later.

      • Pam on March 8, 2015 at 3:28 pm

        How long would you cook a 9lb. spatchcock chicken?

        • Hilah on March 8, 2015 at 5:45 pm

          Hi Pam!
          I’ve never cooked a 9 pound chicken, but I would start with 70 minutes then check the temp in the thigh to see if it’s done.

  36. Mary Anne on August 18, 2015 at 11:30 am

    Great recipe that meets my criteria: good, fast, cheap! The addition of the Sherry or wine is a good tip for infusing moisture. (I used white wine vinegar with good results) But the piece de resistance is the spice rub. I did not find it too spicy at all, and always make at least a double batch, store in airtight jars just to have around. I might try it in a compound butter one day…
    Thanks again for this delicious, go-to recipe.

  37. Catherine Abercrombie on February 4, 2016 at 2:49 am

    Hi, can you tell me which Sherry you used? thanks

    • Hilah on February 4, 2016 at 7:36 am

      I don’t remember, but it was probably the cheapest one I could find 😉

  38. Randy Bain on May 4, 2016 at 8:29 am

    Thanks for sharing this great technique and demystifying simple roasting. Everyone can use and relate. Just a quick concern while watching your video, PLEASE make a bigger deal out of washing hands and being aware of cross contamination. Not everyone knows enough about that and the opportunity to get our family and friends sick.

    Thanks again for the awesome video!

  39. thomas pressly on September 17, 2016 at 8:49 am

    great video, will try it tonight, if it’s through printing. I pushed the print button and got 40 pages,
    recipe plus comments, not your fault, but thought you might want to know

    • Hilah on September 17, 2016 at 9:16 am

      Oh dear! That’s not good. 🙁 I’ll look into that issue, Thomas. Hopefully the deliciousness will make up for the paper and ink!

  40. Connie on September 29, 2017 at 6:32 pm

    I just did first Spatchcock chicken and it turned out great! Thank you for the recipe!
    I didn’t have any problems in handling the bird. If you haven’t tried it, please do. I’ll use this method for oven roasting, doing it in the skillet or on the grill!

    • Hilah on September 30, 2017 at 6:47 am

      Thanks, Connie! Super happy you enjoyed this!

  41. Tom Kalivoda on November 26, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    Perfect for 2 game hens without the alcohol. Just used a little spay of olive oil on the back side as well as top. Time was about the same. 50 minutes. This time on a rack inside a pan, but also did this in the Treager Pellet Smoker. A little longer cook time.

    • Hilah on December 1, 2017 at 8:32 am

      That’s great to hear, Tom! Thanks for the tips on game hens 🙂

  42. Cookinqueenmom on March 15, 2018 at 11:27 am

    My husband and I grow our own jalapeños and habanero peppers and fresh herbs. We make pepper jelly/jam with herbs and can it in the pretty diamond cut glass Ball jars!.
    It started as some for us and some for gifts. Then friends of friends started asking to buy it so when we have good yields in the garden we did eXtra and it never sat around long!
    Can NOT wait to try a jar on your chicken recipe and Effingby’s added idea. Bet it will be incredible!!

    • Hilah on March 15, 2018 at 11:46 am

      That sounds delicious! Let me know how you like it!

  43. donna on September 10, 2018 at 6:57 am

    can I substitute bone in chicken breast for the whole chicken?

    • Hilah on September 10, 2018 at 7:34 am

      I don’t know how you would spatchcock a chicken breast, but you can certainly use the same seasonings and roasting guidelines. They will probably only need 25-30 minutes in the oven

  44. Cindy on February 1, 2019 at 10:53 am

    Just found your recipe and we loved it!!! Thank you! Company tonight so making it again. Great
    directions on your video on how to cut the chicken and cooking it on a rack. Followed all directions and came
    out perfect!

    • Hilah on February 1, 2019 at 6:45 pm

      Wonderful to hear, Cindy!

  45. Linda Biggs on March 1, 2021 at 9:23 am

    This is the only way to roast a whole chicken! Fast and superior

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