Grilling chicken just got even more fun, and grilling a spatchcock chicken will be your new favorite way to grill or smoke chicken. It is juicy and delicious!
Ya'll know I love my Big Green Egg, right? We've had it for close to a year, and have been planning on cooking a beer can chicken forever, but a friend told us to try a spatchcock chicken instead. That sounded great and all, but I thought, "What in the world is a spatchcock chicken?" He explained that it's a chicken with the backbone cut out, that lays flat on the grill and tastes amazing and juicy...even better than beer can chicken. So, we thought, why not? Let me tell you guys...it turned out soooo much better than we thought...it truly is the juciest, most delicious chicken I've ever had. You don't have to own a BGE to cook a spatchcock chicken either (although I love mine so much)...you can definitely use a charcoal grill or electric grill. Here is what you will need...
Start with a 3-4 lb. whole chicken. Feel free to cook more than one for sure. In fact, you could always use a bigger chicken, you will just have to grill it longer.
You will need to use either a pair of kitchen shears or a really sharp knife to cut the backbone out. Simply place your chicken breast side down, and cut along one side of the backbone. BE CAREFUL!
Once you have one side cut away, cut down the other side of the backbone and remove.
Turn your chicken over and push down on the middle until it lays flat. You have just spatchcocked your chicken...whoop!
Now you will want to season your chicken. This time I used my Dizzy Pig Dry Rub, but I can see using so many different rubs, like lemon pepper, sea salt and rosemary and so many more!
You will need to get your grill or smoker up to about 375 degrees Farenheit. Place the spatchcocked chicken flat on the grill grate and cook for one hour or until a meat thermometer registers 160 degrees Farenheit when stuck in the thickest part of the breast.
Once your chicken is finished, pull it off of the grill and let it rest for a few minutes so it will retain its juices.
You can use your poultry shears to cut the chicken into quarters or cut the pieces apart. I'm telling you...this will be your go to way to cook chicken from now on. I'm going to make a couple to shred and cut up for salads, sandwiches and soup! No more store bought rotisserie chickens for this girl!
p.s. The kiddos loved it too!!!