Grilled Spatchcocked Chicken (Butterfly)

Grilled Spatchcocked Chicken 

grilled-spatchcock-chickenHow to spatchcock a chicken


Parson’s tip faces you, skin near closest to you from thigh, aka the rear.

How to butterfly a chicken

Step 1: Place 1 whole chicken, (rinsed and patted dry) breast side down with legs facing you on your work surface (baking sheet, cutting board, etc.)  

Step 2: Remove the back bone.  Using kitchen shears start at the thigh end, and cut through the rib bones as you go all the way through.  Do the same on the other side.   

Step 3: Remove the other side of the back bone.  Turn chicken around and cut into it again cutting through the rib bones as you go.  Put backbone aside for chicken stock or  broth.

Step 4: Flip the chicken over, open it.  Use your palm to flatten down the breast making the chicken evenly flat. 

Optional: Use two skewers to secure the bird when grilling.  Insert the skewers through the thigh meat and cross diagonally to the breast, so that skewers end up in X shape.

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Spatchcock Chicken 

It takes less time to cook a butterflied whole chicken on the grill.  Usually, people stay away from grilled chicken because of fear to have it either too undercooked or charred!  If you’re not quite sure when the chicken is ready you can pierce the chicken thigh meat, if the juices run clear then its ready.  Also, a trusty meat thermometer poked into the thickest part of the thigh that  that reads 165F and the juices the come out when you take the temperature are a green light.  Take your chicken off the grill and let it rest a few minutes before cutting into it to let it finish cooking through perfectly for a crispy skin.



Grilled Spatchcock Chicken
Serves 4
Save time at the grill with this easy grilled spatchcock chicken recipe! See how to spatchcock a chicken or butterfly it easily!
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
50 min
Total Time
55 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
50 min
Total Time
55 min
  1. 1 whole chicken
  2. 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  3. 1/4 tsp salt and black pepper
  4. 1/4 tsp italian herbs
  5. 4 tablespoons butter or olive oil to rub the chicken
  1. Heat your grill.
  2. Rinse and pat dry the chicken, don't forget to remove bag of giblets if included!
  3. Spatchcock the chicken.
  4. Season the chicken and generously rub with butter.
  5. Place the chicken breast side down on the grill for 10-15 minutes. Carefully flip and cook for 30-40 mins. Flip again to finish to finish cooking, about 5-10 more minutes. Remove from grill and let rest then serve.
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  1. […] cook a whole chicken? You can also grill a spatchcock chicken, grab the recipe for that here.  Also, you can always go with a classic roasted […]

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