I learned a new word. Spatchcock. As in, “Do you know how to spatchcock a chicken?”

Well, I’ve recently been spatchcocking chickens. It sounds a little disgusting, if not downright perverse but I promise you this is all on the up and up.

Spatchcocked chicken

The funny thing is that I’ve been cooking since I was 15 and have never heard the term. In case you don’t know either, it’s a way of cutting a chicken so you end up with a splayed or “butterflied” bird that bakes pretty quickly. It’s also a popular method of preparing a chicken for the BBQ but I haven’t tried that yet.

In a nutshell, you remove the backbone and sternum or keel of the bird, spread its legs, flip it over and flatten the thing out. Then you gussy it up with herbs like rosemary or summer savoury, add a little oil and lemon juice then bake for an hour. There are loads of recipes floating around but this one is simple and delicious. I also added some chunked up potatoes and carrots during the cooking process.

I learned about this from my friend Donna Lee Cain. She brought a spatchcocked chicken graced with veggies to my home one night. I had just been home a few days after being in the hospital for a hip replacement. So getting this was a treat. And I was so impressed with this meal that I vowed to take up the sport of spatchcocking as soon as I was mobile.

I’m now a convert.

There are lots of “how-to” videos on the internet like the one below. Let me know how you make out!

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11 Responses to Spatchcock what?

  1. Darlene Surette says:

    Sounds yummy Sandra!!Must give this a Try!!

  2. Marjorie Kildare says:

    I’m a great cook…so I’ll spatchcock a chicken next week, for sure!

  3. Hi Sandra,
    I love funny and perverse, and I love your new blog. Very clean. Great idea. I need
    to update my static web site too, but haven’t found the time because
    my blog gets so much traffic and work. So, keep in touch in bloggyland.
    All the best Sandra!

  4. Sounds yummy, Sandra. Thanks for sharing.

    And congrats on the new blog. It looks great!


  5. margo says:

    I was all set to try this and then I looked at the video and got a little wary… I mean I’ve only been eating meat for about 2 months so maybe this was a little over ambitious. The chicken is in the sink and your not home to call for a new game plan or a pep talk to go for it. Poor little chicken. Scared little Margo.

  6. Sandra says:

    Margo you are so funny. Just close your eyes and do it (just don’t get your fingers in the way.) Although spatchcocking a chicken is a lot easier than cutting and peeling a squash … and not half as dangerous.

  7. margo says:

    Done! And delicious… will make tasty lunches for me this week. Great post, can’t wait to read the next cooking item!

  8. Sandra says:

    Good news about your successful spatchcock Margo! Hope the others who posted also tried it?

    Thanks everyone for your positive comments. Starting to get the hang of this and enjoying it a lot!

    By the way, you can find more of my recipe columns at Life As A Human.http://lifeasahuman.com/author/sandraphinney/

  9. Sharon says:

    Hi, Sandra! Great blog… I’ll visit often… Spatchcocking is a great way to BBQ a chicken… sometimes it’s called ‘Chicken Under a Brick’ as some recipes call for a foil wrapped brick to go on top (or sometimes a cast iron pan). It helps the chicken cook all the way through without being dry. :)

  10. Sandra says:

    Thanks Sharon. I didn’t know about the brick … makes sense!

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