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How to Spatchcock Chicken

This delicious Spatchcock Chicken One Pan Meal is simple enough for weeknight dinners but also a crowd pleaser for company or date night.

To spatchcock a chicken means to butterfly the chicken and remove the backbone. Because it’s flattened out, the chicken cooks in half the time of a whole chicken. It also cooks more evenly, which results in a juicy and perfectly cooked chicken every time with no marinating required!

A good pair kitchen shears is needed and you can use this method for Cornish game hens or turkey.

The potatoes and carrots are cooked with the chicken. The chicken will roast for 45-50 minutes so choose vegetables that will cook in the same amount of time. If using soft vegetables such as zucchini, add the vegetables about halfway.

I added garlic herb butter under the chicken skins and on top, along with lemon slices. If you prefer not to use butter, rub chicken with oil. For crispy skin, broil for a few minutes before serving.