How to Butterfly a whole chicken (The Spatchcock Method)

Simply put, a Spatchcock Chicken is a chicken that has been butterflied. This cooking method allows a whole chicken to cook evenly and usually quicker than it would if you were to leave it whole. If you are someone who is intimidated by purchasing a whole chicken, then this method is for you ! Years ago, I would always buy the cut up pieces of chicken because I thought it was easier, but now I rarely do. When you purchase a whole chicken, you are usually getting a better price! I recommend investing in a pair of kitchen shears to add to your kitchen tools. Most knife sets come with a pair , but if yours did not I purchased mine from HomeGoods for less than $5. They are a lifesaver when it comes to cutting up chicken, and I definitely recommend them for millennial women who are not very crafty with using knives to cut bones and meat. Before you start this , please make sure that you have removed the chicken guts and the neck of your whole chicken if they have not already been removed.

Instructions

1. Place chicken breast-side down, with the legs towards you

2. Using kitchen shears/scissors, cut up along each side of the backbone to remove it

3.Open the chicken out and turn it over. Flatten the breastbone with the heel of your hand so that it lays flat. Optional-cut the wing tips off

Glam Kitchen Tips

  • Make sure that your chicken is clean. I clean my chicken after I butterfly it but you can also clean it before. I use vinegar and a citrus to clean my chicken (lemon or lime juice)

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