Spatchcock barbecue chicken

Spatchcock barbecue chicken

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Cooking time

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 1 hr Plus marinating

Skill level

For the keen cook


Serves 2 - 4

An ultra-tasty addition to your barbecue meal

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  • 1.3kg chicken, spatchcocked
  • little beer or water, to taste
  • 2 lemons, quartered, to serve

For the marinade

  • 3 tbsp olive oil, plus extra to serve
  • 1 tsp paprika, plus extra to serve
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed zest and juice 1 lemon
  • the zest and juice of 1 lemon

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  1. Mix together the oil, paprika, garlic, lemon zest and salt and pepper. Brush this all over the skin of the spatchcock chicken and leave in the fridge for 30 mins to marinate.
  2. To cook on a barbecue: cook for 5 mins each side in the centre, then draw aside to the edges to cook on a gentler heat. Turn regularly. Baste in between with beer or water. To check that it’s cooked through, pierce with a knife between the thighs and breast bone: the flesh should be white and firm.
  3. Remove from the heat and leave to rest, covered with foil, for 10-15 mins. Cut into portions, drizzle over lemon juice and seasoning, plus a little oil and pinches of paprika. Serve with the lemon quarters.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, July 2005

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klynched's picture

Pretty keen to try this, but I'm worried that my BBQ will cool down too quickly (it's charcoal not gas). How long did you guys find that it cooked for?


prestonakon's picture

I love the way to cook this

neezy1911's picture

For instruction how to spatchcock, click on 'How to Cook' tab at the top of this page - haven't tried but actually looks pretty straight forward. Will have a go myself later!

teresal's picture
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Lovely change from the ususal burgers & sausages. Agree that it is not for Keen Cook as never cooked it before last night and it was simple to prepare and the bbq did the rest.

bella121181's picture

Very yummy indeed and easy to do. I found the video very useful.

feeney567@googlemail's picture

I've made this a couple of times with spatchcocked poussin and it's lovely. A tasty meal

sallyfillieul's picture

I love this recipe, I don't think it is only for keen cooks. I found this incredibly easy. A little instruction for spatchcocking would be good for those people not having done it before. Although even that is very easy with a good pair of sharp scissors.
I roast the marinated bird in the oven, Fan 190c for about 45-60 minutes.

lyndasykes's picture
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We often cook this for our family bbq's, it is an easy way to cook the chicken, and leaves it delicious and moist.
It is one of our favourites



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