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    How to Spatchcock a Chicken

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    Dawnab's Note:

    This is a method to take the backbone out of a whole chicken so that it lays flat and is easy to grill

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    1. 1
      Place chicken on a flat surface breast side down, legs facing away from you.
    2. 2
      With kitchen shears or a very sharp knife, cut out the neck bone all the way to the butt by cutting down one side of the neck bone and then repeat on the other side.
    3. 3
      Turn chicken over and press flat, season and grill or bake as desired.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on February 24, 2009


      I made this for mine and SO's dinner on Feb.23. And OMGoodness !!! this is some of the moistest chicken that I have ever eaten.Before baking I brushed both sides with some olive oil and sprinkled both sides with some smokey style seasoned salt. The chicken that was used weighed close to 6lbs., so it was baked at 350 degrees for 1 hour and 15 minutes. I was making mashed potatoes, so a bit of the chicken drippings were used to make a very good gravy.Usually when you make a roasted chicken the breast meat turns out some what dry, but not with this method of baking. Thanks so much for posting this wonderful recipe. This " WILL" be made again and again. "Keep Smiling :)"

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    • on April 23, 2008


      Great instructions!!! I have been doing this for years and I love how you broke it down so even the newest cook could follow along. I love roasting a chicken after preparing this way... cooks so evenly and makes for easy carving.

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    • on July 07, 2008


      This is very easy and fun to do. Very good presentation and grilling is easy. I will definitely do this many times. Thanks for sharing.

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    Nutritional Facts for How to Spatchcock a Chicken

    Serving Size: 1 (167 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 8

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 360.7
    Calories from Fat 238
    Total Fat 26.4 g
    Saturated Fat 7.5 g
    Cholesterol 121.9 mg
    Sodium 113.5 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 0.0 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.0 g
    Sugars 0.0 g
    Protein 28.6 g

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