Roasted spatchcock chicken

(6 ratings)
Roasted spatchcock chicken
Roasted spatchcock chicken
  • Serves: 3-4

  • Prep time:

  • Cooking time:

  • Total time:

    plus resting
  • Skill level: Easy peasy

  • Costs: Mid-price

Woman's Weekly recipe Shake up your usual Sunday dinner with this tasty roasted spatchcock chicken recipe. Spatchcocked chicken cooks quicker than a whole bird and the exposed surface means you get more of that yummy, crispy skin. Serve it with a pile of potatoes and your favourite veggies for a delicious dinnertime treat.


  • 1kg whole chicken, spatchcocked
  • 1 lemon, halved lengthways and sliced
  • 6 garlic cloves, unpeeled, squashed
  • A few sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 1-2tbsp olive oil
  • About 15g soft butter

This is a quick way to cook chicken and to keep it juicy. A butcher can spatchcock a chicken for you, but its quick and easy to do yourself.


  1. Set the oven to 240C/475F/Gas Mark 9. Put the chicken in a roasting tin with the backbone (it adds flavour), the lemon slices, cloves of garlic and thyme sprigs, then drizzle with the oil, season well with coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper and dot butter over the bird.
  2. Put the chicken in the oven then turn the heat down to 200C/400F/Gas Mark 6. Roast for 40-45 mins, basting a couple of times, until its golden. Push a skewer in the leg; if the juices run clear, its cooked, if theyre still pink, cook for another 5-10 minutes.
  3. Transfer the chicken, garlic, lemon slices and thyme to a board, cover loosely with foil and leave to rest for 10 mins before carving. Discard the backbone. Serve the cooking juices as they are, or make gravy, heating them in a pan (skimming off the fat if you prefer), adding a splash of white wine and 200ml chicken stock. Thicken with cornflour, if you like. Serve with roast or new potatoes and greens.

Nutritional information per portion

  • Low
  • Med
  • High
  • Calories 245(kcal)
  • Fat 10.5g
  • Saturates 4.0g

This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.

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