The first time I tried spatchcocked chicken it was from Trader Joe's. Have you tried that one? It's rosemary lemon garlic and to.die.for. After that, I kept seeing spatchcocked chicken everywhere. It's such a great way to cook a whole chicken so it cooks evenly and takes less time to cook as well. So I give you my spatchcocked smoked paprika chicken with roasted garlic and onions.
Easy Spatchcocked Chicken With Lots of Side Options
Once you summon the courage to spatchcock the chicken, the rest is super easy. We're seasoning with salt, pepper and smoked paprika. We'll chop an onion into chunks and smash some garlic. After that, the world is your oyster. You can make whatever side dishes you want. Keep it simple with a light salad or try my roasted sweet potatoes with hazelnuts or roasted carrots with herbs de provence & goat cheese. I also have a great asparagus two ways option if you want some greens.
The chicken itself is packed with flavor and is so tender and juicy. The smoked paprika is easy to find in the spice aisle of your grocery store. The combination of the roasted garlic, onion and smoked paprika is one of my new favorite flavor profiles. And if you're a garlic lover like me you will adore the soft, mushy roasted garlic mixed with those onions.
How to Spatchcock a Chicken
In order to lay the chicken flat, you will need to spatchcock the chicken. Here are the steps to do so, but I highly recommend you watch along with my video as well.
- You will need a good pair of kitchen shears for cutting the spine out so keep that in mind. It really can't be done with a knife unless you are a trained professional chef with excellent knife skills.
- Remove the spine of the chicken.
- Cut the cartilage with a sharp knife. One or two good whacks and it will crack open. You will probably hear it crack.
- Press down gently to widen the crack.
I realize, for the uninitiated, spatchcocking a whole chicken seems like a daunting task. But don't be deterred, this is a delicious way to enjoy a chicken. It's not for everyone, I understand that. And there are at least two camps of people when it comes to spatchcocking. The lovers and the haters... just like pretty much everything else in life. I am a believer that it does, in fact, cook the chicken more evenly and produces a more succulent end result. And guess what? I also love whole, roasted chicken too! It's all good and it's fun to try new ways of cooking things.
Oh, So You Want More Chicken? I Totally Understand:
- Crispy Brick Chicken w/Pan Sauce & Veggies (ANOTHER way to enjoy spatchcocked chicken)
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- Harissa Chicken Thighs w/Yogurt
- Cheap and Easy: Extra Crispy Shake-n-Bake Drumsticks
- Creamy Chicken Bacon Pasta
- Grilled Chicken w/Marinated Tomatoes
- Easy One-Pot Chicken & Dumplings