How to spatchcock a chicken

Spatchcocking a bird ensures even cooking in less time than cooking it in the usual way. It creates a greater surface area for marinades to soak in and a bigger area to crisp up.

How to spatchcock a chicken
  1. With good kitchen scissors, snip off the wing tips and leg knuckles at the joint.

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  2. Turn the chicken breast-down and, starting at the parson’s nose (the arrowhead-shaped tail-end), cut along the backbone to the neck on one side. Repeat down the other side, then remove the backbone.

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  3. Turn the chicken over and, with the heel of your hand, press down firmly on the centre. You’ll hear the wishbone snap and the chicken will flatten out.

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  4. If you need to, point the thighs inwards (so the chicken is doing a Charleston), then roast at 200°C/180°C fan/gas 6 for about 45 minutes or until the juices run clear when you pierce the thickest part of the thigh with a skewer.

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See recipe for spatchcocked chicken here

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