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Spatchcock Chicken on the Grill

by | Published Feb 19, 2016 | Last updated Apr 9, 2021 | 0 comments

Prep Time10 minsCook Time1 hrTotal Time1 hr 10 minsYields6 Servings
Spatchcock Chicken has become our favorite way to grill chicken. Spatchcocking involves grilling the whole bird after cutting out the backbone and removing the breastplate. Everything grills even and juicy to its appropriate temperature. The thighs and wings are just as juicy as the breast meat. Technical note: Spatchcocking is different from butterflying. Butterflying involves splitting the bird from the breast (front) rather than from the back.
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Nutrition Facts

Servings 6

Amount Per Serving
Calories 660
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 48g74%
Saturated Fat 12g60%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 267mg89%
Sodium 238mg10%
Potassium 0mg
Total Carbohydrate 0g
Dietary Fiber 0g
Sugars 0g
Protein 56g113%

Vitamin A 40%
Vitamin C 11%
Calcium 0%
Iron 21%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


Chicken Prep:

Cut backbone completely out of the bird.


Cut up one side, cutting through the ribs close to the backbone and back down the other side. Kitchen shears work really well for this.


Using a paring knife, Pop out the breastplate by cutting underneath it on both sides and lift to remove.


Cut away any excess skin, wash clean and dry.


Rub chicken with vegetable oil and season with seasoning blend

Grilling Instructions:

My preference is low and slow. I like for the temperature to be 350F at the GrillGrate. Grilling time should be just over one hour.


Final internal temperature at breast and thigh should be 165F with juices running clear.


Preheat grill to 350F at the GrillGrate surface. Start grilling skin side down because GrillGrates protects so well and avoids grease fires, the skin will get golden brown and seared.


After 10 minutes, lift and twist while the chicken is still skin down on the GrillGrate. Let cook for 10 more minutes and lift with the GrateTool and gently turn the bird over.


Cook additional 10 minutes and reposition or twist the chicken again. Check internal temperature- once you reach 165F in the breast the chicken is ready. The thighs and legs can handle hotter temps and still be juicy.


Remove chicken from grill to cutting board. Carve the breasts from the carcass. Remove the thighs and legs for serving.


Check out this how to video done by our buddy Ken Hess of Big Bob Gibson BBQ


 1 large whole fresh chicken
 4 T your favorite chicken seasoning blend
 1T vegetable oil


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