Recipes for Chicken Breasts and Whole or Spatchcocked Chicken

​How to Spatchcock or Butterfly a Chicken

Be careful, raw chicken juices may ooze from the bird during this process.

  • Place the chicken on a chopping board breast side down (ie meaty side down) with its legs facing towards you.

  • Using sturdy kitchen scissors, cut close to the backbone all the way along it, from the tail end to the neck.

  • Repeat with the other side of the backbone, also cutting from front to back

  • The breastbone has to be broken in order to flatten the bird, so press down firmly on both wings until you hear the bone crack

  • Turn the bird over to meaty side up and press down hard to flatten it further if necessary

  • Remove the wing tips.