Now that we have our spatchcocked chicken prepared, let’s cook and carve it.
We all know the advantages of a spatchcocked chicken as well as how to prepare it, but exactly how do you cook and carve it? If you’re unsure about what spatchcocking is all about, you can quickly be brought up tp speed by reading this article: How to Spatchcock (Butterfly) a Chicken.
The grill is my preferred choice of cooking a spatchcocked chicken. As a matter of fact, I’ve never cooked one any other way. I really should try an oven version just to say I have. Sort of an expanding my horizons sort of thing. Maybe someday…I do cherish my smoke.
While the grill may be my preferred method of cooking a spatchcocked chicken, I know not all of you are comfortable at the grill and who am I to judge. You have the same right to enjoy this wonderfully prepared bird as us grillmasters. So, I’ve included an oven roasted version just for you. For you crock pot fanatics, I’m sorry. I think that would be a crock pot way to cook a spatchcocked chicken and I wouldn’t even want to attempt it.
I suppose I could have rambled on with this post and detailed each and every move in the cooking process, but I would have probably had to type my fingers to the bone and you would have to read until your eyes started bleeding. Nope, ain’t doin’ it! Let’s use the magic of video, shall we?
One of the great things about food blogging is meeting and studying great food minds. Therefore, I feel comfortable in handing you over to two of them. I think they’ve done an excellent job showing us how to cook and carve a spatchcocked chicken.
How to Cook a Spatchcocked Chicken in the Oven
Meet Hilah. She’s bitchin’ at all things kitchen. If she’s not on your watch list, then you’re cooking from behind the eight ball. Hilah’s going to show us how she cooks her spatchcocked chicken. She conveys how easy it is and her finished bird looks simply marvelous.
My Comments: Notice how Hilah removed the breastbone? Read my comments about that at How to Spatchcock (Butterfly) a Chicken.
How to Grill a Spatchcocked Chicken
Meet the BBQ Pit Boys. These dudes are killer grillers. If it can be grilled, they’ve grilled it. I’ll hand it over to them to show us how they grill their spatchcocked chicken. I guarantee you, it’ll be guudd!
My Comments: One of the great advantages of a spatchcocked chicken is the speed at which it cooks. The Pit Boys did it in 45 minutes to an hour. Unless in a hurry, I tend to employ the low-and-slow method, especially when I’m smoking it. It typically takes about 3 hours at 325°F (165°C), but it does produce a great bird with nice color and a chance to really make a glaze happen.
The Chicken L’Orange pictured above utilizes that method. It allowed for an even, balanced and subtle smoke flavor as well as plenty of time to build up a nice glaze. If you want to give that recipe a go, you can get it here.
As you can see, when it comes to barbeque and grilling, there are no set rules. Everyone has their own methods. Do what works for you.