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How to spatchcock a chicken

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The Good Food team show you how to easily spatchcock a chicken for grilling or barbecuing.

Points to remember

  • Place chicken breast-side down, with the legs towards you.
  • Using sturdy scissors or poultry shears, cut up along each side of the parson's nose and backbone to remove it, cutting through the rib bones as you go.
  • Open the chicken out and turn over. Flatten the breastbone with the heel of your hand so that the meat is all one thickness.
  • Use two skewers to secure the legs and keep the bird flat. Run the skewers diagonally through the breast and thigh meat.
  • Griddle, grill or barbecue for 15-20 mins per side or roast for 40 mins (depending on size of bird).
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TIPS
SPATCHCOCKING A CHICKEN
Always wash hands and equipment thoroughly after handling raw chicken to avoid contaminating surfaces and food.
SPATCHCOCKING A CHICKEN
Ensure the meat is cooked all the way through the chicken - you can test by poking in a skewer in the thickest part to see if the juices run clear.

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