Its been a very busy couple of weeks. With vacations, paintball weekends, parties, kids, and everything else we had, the wife and I decided it would be a good time to redo our kitchen. Which means when I am done working each day I get to work each night ripping out cabinets, moving walls, spackling, painting, and installing new kitchen cabinets. WooHoo! But I could not slack off on the cooking, so I looked for something easy. And spatchcock chicken is about as easy as it gets. Plus there is the added bonus of grilled chicken just tastes great!
Now Spatchcocking is just a fancy way of saying butterflying. I looked it up and found one story stating that “spatchcock” was an old English Navy term used when they “dispatched a cock” or killed a chicken. English Navy term? So that almost means its like a Pirate term. So basically Spatchcock Chicken is Pirate food! How awesome is that?
Plus it sounds way cooler than “butterfly chicken” which sounds too soft. “Spatchcock Chicken” sounds dangerous. Which would make sense, because it is Pirate food afterall.
Preparation takes about a minute. You take a pair of poultry shears and remove the backbone by trimming up both sides along the bone. Then you flatten it out and add seasoning. I wrapped the wing tips in foil to keep them from burning. I cooked it over low-medium heat until the breast temp hit 160 degrees. Flip it every now and then so it cooks evenly. You will end up with a good looking chicken with nice grill marks. This is a great tasting meal that is pretty easy to cook.
Ok, gotta get back to installing kitchen cabinets…