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Spatchcock Chicken for Garlic Lovers

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Spatchcock Chicken for Garlic Lovers

What the Heck is Spatchcock Chicken I hear you say?

Spatchcock essentially means to split open and flatten. The Oxford Companion to Food: “The theory is that the word is an abbreviation of ‘dispatch the cock,’ a phrase used to indicate a summary way of grilling a bird after splitting it open down the back and spreading the two halves out flat.”

Great presentation prepared and served in a well deserved pottery dish.


  • 1 large lemon, zested and juiced
  • 3 cloves Noble Organic garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp minced fresh rosemary
  • 2 tsp minced fresh thyme
  • 2 tsp minced fresh sage
  • 2 tsp.minced fresh basil
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 3 lb whole chicken
  • 1.5 lbs fresh Ontario brussels sprouts, ends trimmed and halved
  • 1.5 lbs fresh Ontario petite red potatoes, halved


  • In a bowl, combine the olive oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, garlic, rosemary, thyme, basil. sage, and salt. Whisk until well combined. Set aside
  • Spatchcock the Chicken: Place a whole chicken breast-side down, with the legs towards you
  • Using kitchen shears, cut up along each side of the backbone from end-to-end to remove it, cutting through the rib bones as you go
  • Spread the chicken open and turn over. Flatten the breastbone with the heel of your hand so that the meat is all one thickness
  • Using a basting brush, brush the chicken front and back
  • Place chicken breast side up flat on a large rimmed baking sheet or oven safe pottery dish
  • Toss the potatoes and Brussels sprouts in the remaining marinade
  • Spread around the chicken in the baking dish
  • Bake at 425F until the meat thermometer reads 165F, about 35-40 minutes

NOTE: A couple of whole bulbs of Noble Organic garlic can be added to the dish for a great presentation. Cut the top off of the bulbs exposing the flesh of the cloves, place among the vegetables and drizzle with a tablespoon of oil. The roasted garlic is delicious used as a spread on accompanying bread or desired side dish. Bon appetit!

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