How to Spatchcock a Chicken

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 0 mins

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


  1. Place chicken on a flat surface breast side down, legs facing away from you.
  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. Turn chicken over and press flat, season and grill or bake as desired.
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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 :)"

Chef shapeweaver � February 24, 2009

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.

atlfitgirl April 23, 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.

brian48195 July 07, 2008