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Roasted Spatchcock Chicken recipe

Your holiday table deserves the best. Roasted Spatchcock Chicken with Citrus Marinade comes out delicious, tender, and juicy every time.

  • Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 portions 1x


  • 1 whole chicken
  • 1 C fresh orange juice
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 1 onion quartered
  • 4 tbsp butter softened
  • 1/2 C Olive oil
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 2 tsp fresh black pepper crushed
  • 2 tbsp kosher salt


  1. Start by cutting the backbone out of the chicken. To do this, turn chicken breast side down on cutting board. Find center and make two long cuts, 1/2" on both sides of back bone. Using kitchen shears, cut down both knife cuts making sure to cut through all the bones.
  2. Remove bone and place chicken in shallow baking pan.
  3. To make Citrus Marinade: combine orange juice, olive oil, spices, crushed garlic and salt and pepper into a small mixing bowl.
  4. Pour over chicken and cover and allow to marinate for a few hours or overnight.
  5. When ready to cook chicken, remove the chicken from marinade and place bone side down. Pat chicken dry with a paper towel.
  6. Remove the herbs and garlic from the marinade and chop them. Set aside.
  7. Rub the butter all over the skin of the chicken and salt and pepper to taste. 
  8. Place quartered onion on baking sheet with chicken and then rub reserved garlic and herbs over chicken.
  9. Place in preheated 400° oven for 15 minutes.
  10. Reduce heat to 350° and cover with foil. Roast approximately for 1 hour (or until internal temperature reaches 165°).
  11. When chicken is done, remove from oven and allow to rest for 15 minutes.
  12. Cut chicken into pieces and serve with oranges, pomegranate, herbs and your favorite garnishes.
  • Author: Superman Cooks
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 75 minutes


  • Serving Size: 1/4 chicken
  • Calories: 616
  • Sugar: 7 g
  • Sodium: 1969.3 mg
  • Fat: 38.9 g
  • Carbohydrates: 12.9 g
  • Protein: 53.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 199.5 mg

Keywords: spatchcock, chicken, roasted, citrus, marinade, easy, holiday,

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