Poultry Essentials: Oven Baked Spatchcock Chicken

Andy Anderson !


This is an insanely easy meal to put together on the fly. All you need is a cooperative chicken, a few veggies, of your choice, and a couple of spices.

Throw it in in the oven, and you have a comfy meal in an hour. So yummy.

So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.


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20 Min
1 Hr



  • 3 - 4 lb
    whole chicken
  • 2 large
    russet potatoes
  • 3 - 4 medium
  • ·
    grapeseed oil, for the pan

  • 1 1/2 Tbsp
    coconut sugar
  • 2 tsp
    salt, kosher variety
  • 1 tsp
    chili powder, mild or hot, your choice
  • 1 tsp
    paprika, sweet or hot, your choice
  • 1 tsp
    mustard powder
  • 1 tsp
    dried basil
  • 1 tsp
    white pepper, freshly ground

How to Make Poultry Essentials: Oven Baked Spatchcock Chicken


  2. Gather your Ingredients (mise en place).
  3. Mix all the rub ingredients together in a bowl, and reserve.
  4. Place a rack in the middle position, and preheat the oven to 425f (220c).
  5. Chef’s Note: If you have the time, brine the chicken in a salt solution, for about 2 hours.
  6. Spatchcock the chicken by first using some kitchen shears, or a sharp knife, and cut out the backbone.
  7. Freeze the backbone for making a good stock.
  8. Turn the chicken over, spread open, and push down until you hear a snap.
  9. Chef’s Note: Both sides of the chicken should be lying nice and flat.
  10. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper, and coat with grapeseed oil.
  11. Cut the potatoes and carrots into 1/2-inch (1.3cm) slices.
    Lay the veggies in the rimmed baking sheet.
  12. Chef's Note: I am using some carrots from my Winter greenhouse, but if you are using regular carrots, cut them to the same thickness as the potatoes.
  13. Lay the chicken, skin side up onto the veggies, and press down. Pat the chicken dry with paper towels, and evenly sprinkle the rub on the chicken.
  14. Place in the preheated oven, and allow to bake until the breast reads 150f (65c) on an instant-read thermometer, about 35 to 45 minutes.
  16. Serve with the veggies, and maybe some nice crusty bread. Enjoy.
  17. Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

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About Poultry Essentials: Oven Baked Spatchcock Chicken

Course/Dish: Chicken
Main Ingredient: Chicken
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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