This easy butterfly chicken trick will help you cut in half the time it takes to roast a chicken. It also works for turkey. Your bird will emerge from the oven golden – and your kitchen will smell amazing!
It’s Healthy Kitchen Hacks Wednesday – the day we share our favorite time-saving kitchen tricks and cooking shortcuts to help you make healthy and delicious meals.
Now…onto today’s featured Healthy Kitchen Hack:
A QUICKER WAY TO ROAST CHICKEN (VIDEO)
This recipe is so good (and QUICK!) I promise you’ll use it all year round.
Note: This is also the fastest way to cook a turkey. I’ve done it on MORE than one occasion when I suddenly realized it didn’t have time to cook my turkey ‘whole.’ Adjust your cooking times accordingly.
The trick is to butterfly your chicken. This is also known as to “spatchcock” a chicken. By opening up the chicken to lay flat on the baking sheet, you cut the roasting time of about 90 minutes for a whole chicken, to about 45 minutes with this butterflied chicken. And, by the end, of this quick process, you can even call yourself a hipster butcher!
Here are the easy steps:
1. Place a chicken on a baking sheet. (I prepare the bird on a baking sheet to contain the chicken juices which tend to run out.) Remove the giblets from the interior of the chicken. The giblets are often contained in a small paper bag (see above). Use them in giblet recipes, or discard.
2. Turn the chicken so the backbone is facing up. (You will be able to feel the line of knobby backbones.) Cut the time in half that it takes to roast a chicken with this #HealthyKitchenHack - A QUICKER WAY TO ROAST CHICKEN via @TspCurry Click To Tweet
3. Using a pair of kitchen shears or sharp knife, cut out the backbone. This is not as tricky as it sounds. You really cannot mess it up! You will end up with a strip of backbone about 1 1/2-inches wide.
4. Flip the chicken over so the skin is up and the interior is down (see below.) Press down and flatten with the heals of your hand. (You want to hear the snapping of a few bones.) That’s it!
5. Now, to season the chicken, simply slip your fingers inside the skin of the breast and thighs to loosen. Smooth the herb/garlic mixture over the breast and thigh meat, beneath the skin. Good job! You’re now a hipster butcher, or close enough!
Quick roast the chicken as directed in the recipe below.
Would you ever try this? How can I convince you to do so? It’s so easy – really.