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How To Butterfly A Chicken

Butterflying or spatchcocking chicken is a great way to took a whole chicken while saving time and keeping it tender and moist! Butterflying a chicken is not as difficult as you may think.
Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: main
Cuisine: Barbecue
Servings: 1 Chicken
Author: Charlie
Cost: 10

Equipment

  • Cutting board
  • Knife
  • Kitchen scissors

Ingredients

  • 1 whole chicken

Instructions

  • First, you need to identify what side of the bird you are looking at. You know it is the breast side up when the drumsticks and wing tips are pointing upwards. Get the bird into the breast side down position, the drumstick and wing tips will be pointing down.
    How to butterfly a chicken for grilling step 1
  • In the centre of the bird you will feel a spine running down the full way down the length. Make a cut the full length down one side of the spine, leaving ½ – 1 inch to the spine.
    How to butterfly a chicken for grilling step 2
  • Make the same cut on the other side of the spine.
    cutting chicken in half
  • Remove the spine from the bird and spread open the cavity. Clean out any muck off the spine and set aside for making gravy or stocks.
    How to butterfly a chicken for grilling
  • Flip the bird so the breast side is facing upwards. With both hands or a sharp knife firmly press down on the bird’s breastbone until you hear a crack.
    How to butterfly a chicken for grilling
  • With both hands or a sharp knife firmly press down on the bird’s breastbone until you hear a crack.
    How to butterfly a chicken for grilling
  • Congratulations you have just butterflied your first chicken! The bird is now ready for your choice of seasoning or marinade. Remember if you are using chicken to always wash all utensils, surfaces and your hands!
    butterflied a chicken on a plate