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Spatchcock Lemon Herb Chicken
Since we live such busy lives, it’s hard to eat healthy as often as we should. While I know how important making the right food choices is, sometimes it feels more convenient to grab and go, even if it’s an unhealthy grab. Prior to the other day, I had never heard of Spatchcock Chicken. Spatchcock is the process of splitting a chicken open and cooking it (think butterflying a shrimp). Since the chicken is normally grilled or roasted, it can add to a pretty healthy meal.
Last night my husband cooked Spatchcock Lemon Herb Chicken. The chicken was melt-in-your-mouth delicious. Paired with mashed (and roasted) cauliflower and green beans, everything tasted like heaven. One of the best things about it was there was plenty left over for us to eat for lunch today. (Double win) Although the name sounds funny, cooking chicken this way is a time-saver because the chicken cooks much faster than normal without sacrificing any tenderness or moisture.
- Whole chicken
- 4 lemons
- Salt and Pepper
- Half of a stick of butter cut down into smaller slices
- Fresh thyme
- 2 teaspoons of Italian seasoning
- 2 teaspoons of garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Cut the backbone from the chicken (by going through the ribs) and flatten the breastbone. This ensures that the chicken will cook evenly.
- Create a marinade of olive oil, lemon juice (from 2 squeezed lemons), salt and pepper, garlic powder and Italian seasoning. Let the chicken marinade overnight.
- Insert a few slices of butter under the chicken’s skin at the breast and the thighs.
- Place 2 slices of lemon under the skin at each breast and 1 under the skin at each thigh.
- Put fresh thyme under the skin at each breast and under the skin at each thigh.
- Melt remaining butter and coat the chicken in it.
- Sprinkle the outside of the chicken with remaining salt and pepper, garlic powder and Italian seasoning.
- Place chicken in oven roasting pan for 45 minutes on 400 degrees (or until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees).
- Rest for 10 minutes before carving.
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