Spatchcock Chicken

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Spatchcock Chicken.

The name of this dish alone brings fits of giggles to most men and some women (like me) under the age of 46 96.

It is just one of those things where you have to ask – WHYYYYYY is the name of this dish Spatchcock?

SO I Googled it

And found this, which didn’t help my pre-pubescent behavior:

“Think of it as butterflying the chicken. The real term is to “spatchcock.” Alan Davidson explains in The Oxford Companion to Food: “The theory is that the word is an abbreviation of ‘dispatch the cock,’ a phrase used to indicate a summary way of grilling a bird after splitting it open down the back and spreading the two halves out flat.” Davidson speculates that spatchcocked birds originated in Ireland. He has noticed them in Irish cookbooks that date to the 18th century.”

To long didn’t read? Split a chicknen. Grill. Eat. Giggle about the name.

Hardly seems right that a 43 year old is giggling about this but I can’t help it. I am 13 somewhere. Regardless of the fits of giggling the child in me has this chicken is amazingly tasty and also quick and easy. Perfect on days where time is limited.

Spatchcock Chicken

Spatchcock Chicken on the Grill

For the dry rub you will need:
2 tablespoon paprika
2 teaspoon granulated garlic
2 teaspoon granulated onion
1 teaspoon oregano
2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
2 teaspoon brown sugar
2 teaspoon honey powder

Preheat oven to 400° or set your grill to medium.

Place chicken, breast side down, on a work surface. Starting at thigh end, cut along 1 side of backbone with kitchen shears.

Removing Chicken Backbone

Turn chicken around; cut along other side.

Chicken with Backbone Removed

Save the backbone and save for stock.

Flip chicken, and open it like a face-down book. Press firmly on breastbone to flatten.

Flattened Chicken

Rub the chicken with the rub mixture.

Chicken with Rub

Put the chicken in the oven or grill until the breasts are 165° (about an hour).

Spatchcock Chicken




Meet Jeff & Heather. The dysfunctional duo that make up the cooking team of He Cooks She Cooks. They have a weakness for feel good, down to earth, amazingly tasty eats that almost always include the addition of beer. From growing their own tomatoes to brewing their own beer, they like to cook from scratch as much as possible. When they aren't feeding their friends they are geeks of the computer kind. They share their home with Bacon the lovebird, the insane kitten duo of Voodoo & Hops, and a motley bunch of friends who won't stop drinking all their good beer. They know what's important. Love. Food. Beer.
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