Struggling to cook a whole chicken? Some things are much easier to cook than others! You need to learn how to butterfly your chicken!
Like steaks and burgers for example, they are flat, solid and generally uniform in thickness. This allows for even heat distribution and relatively easy cooking.
Have you ever tried cooking chicken and turkey? They are a whole different ballgame. They are hollow on the inside, they have thin parts, thick parts and all types of different bones. Don't even get started on the skin, which is completely different again!
All these different parts, cook times & the risk of salmonella can be a real turn off for a lot of people. Especially those who do not have a lot of experience with cooking chicken.
So, for this type of meat, one solution is to cook each part individually. This guarantees each part gets the love it needs. However, sometimes you need to have the bird in one piece and look presentable. To achieve this you want to use a method known as spatchcocking or to butterfly chicken.
We recommend ditching the oven and using a grill or use one of best electric smokers (our favorite) to cook your butterflied chicken or turkey. A good quality smoker will allow you to get beautiful browning on both sides of the bird.
I also recommend grabbing a meat carving knife. This is an investment that will save you time, money and fingers!
How to Butterfly Chicken 101
Preparing Your Chicken to Butterfly or Spatchcock
Let's get on how to butterfly your chicken! If you are using frozen chicken you want to know how to safely defrost your meat. You have your friends and families health in your hands!
How to Cook Your Butterfly Chicken
Spatchcock Chicken on Pellet Grill?
I still always think that a chicken tastes better on a pellet grill! I love to use hickory or cherry pellets, I find these flavours pair well with chicken. Traegar Grills have a great guide to picking the right pellets for your protein!
As much as we love smoking spatchcock or butterflied chicken, however our favorite bird would have to be the turkey.
Check out step by step guide to smoking a turkey, This one is a winner with the kids every time. Whats your families favorite bird? Let me know down below I am always after a new recipe to try with the kids!