Juicy meat, crispy skin, and delicious tender vegetables basting in the drippings. This roasted spatchcocked chicken has it all going on! Perfect for Sunday dinner, holidays (like Christmas or Easter), or any time you want an AMAZING dinner.
Right now I am hurtling towards Christmas and New Years and watching the snow come down (early storm this year!) and thinking about awesome holiday foods I can make for the people I love.
I’ve shared a few so far this year and I have more to come! Today is all about whole roasted chicken, which is something I love to make on Sunday and holiday dinners but haven’t written a post about until now.
What do you need?
- Chicken – A whole chicken about 3 1/2 – 4 lbs. You can use one that is larger or smaller, but note that the cooking time will change.
- Rub – Rub the skin with a mix of fresh sage, salt, pepper, and baking powder.
- Root Vegetables – I used a mix of sweet potatoes, carrots, and delicata squash (no peeling needed!), but you can mix it up with other winter squashes, potatoes, parsnips, or turnips. Or move a little away from root vegetables and add broccoli or cauliflower.
Why baking powder? Baking powder lowers the pH of the skin and creates bubbles of carbon dioxide which together gives you the crispiest skin.
How to make this
To make roasted spatchcocked chicken first butterfly the chicken by cutting out the backbone and it flattening out. Then sprinkle it with the rub and put it in the oven to roast. After 15 minutes add the root vegetables and roast until the meat is cooked.
1. First up – spatchcocking
Which is a weird word, but makes a great roast chicken! 😉
To spatchcock you are going to find the backbone and then cut along it on either side with some kitchen shears. (Not regular scissors! They are not strong enough for the task!) Once you’ve cut out the backbone, flatten the chicken. And you’re done. You have spatchcocked, congratulations.
Need a visual? This video shows quite clearly what you need to do.
2. Now a Rub
Mix together chopped sage, kosher salt, pepper, and baking powder. Noting that if you use table salt here this recipe is going to be Way Too Salty! Stick with kosher salt please.
Drizzle the skin with olive oil (helps the rub stick and good for crisping the skin) and rub the rub right in, making sure you get it over as much of the skin as possible.
3. Roast it up
To start you are going to roast the chicken alone for a while (about 15 minutes) since that takes longer than the veggies. So put it in your preheated oven and let it roast.
After you have things going, cut up the veggies and toss them with some salt and a little olive oil.
Then take out the roasting pan and put the veggies underneath. (Make sure you have a landing spot for the roasting rack! I use a baking sheet.) Spread them out and back into the oven until everything is done.
4. What about gravy?
Sorry, no gravy since your drippings are occupied. However I do have a few tasty sauces listed in the recipe, so check that out.
If you try my recipe for Roasted Spatchcocked Chicken, I would love to hear from you in the comments with your experience and rating! And I’m happy to answer any questions you might have.
– Happy Roasting, Annemarie
Roasted Spatchcocked Chicken with Root Vegetables
- 4 lb whole chicken
Rub for Chicken
- 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh sage
- 2 tsp kosher salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into wedges
- 4 medium carrots, cut into sticks
- 2 cups chopped winter squash, such as (peeled) butternut or delicata
- 6 medium cloves garlic, left whole
- 3-4 sprigs fresh herbs, like thyme, rosemary, and sage
- 1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley, optional
Heat the Oven
- Place oven rack in the upper middle position. Heat oven to 500F.
Prepare the Chicken
- Place the chicken spine side up (and breast side down) on a cutting board. Use sharp kitchen shears to cut along each side on the spine and remove it.
- Flatten the chicken either by cutting it just a little at the end of the breastbone or by turning it over and flattening it down by pressing firmly in its center.
- In a small bowl mix together the sage, salt, pepper, and baking powder.
- Drizzle the olive oil over the skin and then sprinkle with the rub, using your hands to spread the rub evenly over the skin.
Roast the Chicken
- Place the chicken on a roasting rack set over a roasting pan or deep sheet pan. Arrange it so that the breast is in the middle of the roasting rack and the legs are near the edge.
- Put it in the oven and reduce the heat to 450F.
- Roast for 15 minutes.
Add the Vegetables
- While the chicken is roasting peel and slice the vegetables. Then toss them with olive oil and kosher salt.
- At the 15 minute mark, take the roasting pan out of the oven and move the roasting rack off of the pan. Add the vegetables to the pan and spread them out. Scatter the sprigs of herbs about.
- Replace the chicken over the top and put everything in the oven. Roast for 20-30 minutes more, or until the breast meat is 150F and the thighs are 175F.
- Transfer the chicken to a cutting board and let rest for 5-10 minutes before carving. Sprinkle the parsley over the roasted vegetables and transfer them to a serving bowl.
- Spatchcocking: Here is a video I like showing how to spatchcock (or butterfly) a chicken.
- Vegetables: You can switch up the types of vegetables used in the recipe. Other choices include potatoes (instead of or in addition to sweet potatoes), parsnips, broccoli, cauliflower, and turnips. You want 6-8 cups of total vegetables. Just be sure to pick ones which are fine with being cooked a little longer (as in no asparagus since it gets mushy).
- Chicken: I use a bird which is about 3 1/2 - 4 lbs. A larger one will take longer so keep that in mind when adding the vegetables. (For instance 5 - 5 1/2 lb chicken will take 50-55 minutes so add the veggies at the 25 minute mark.)
- Sauce: Since the drippings are being used to flavor the vegetables you can't make a gravy with this recipe. Instead I like to make a separate sauce. Some options include Yogurt Sriracha Sauce (in my sheet pan chicken recipe), Blue Cheese Dressing, or Spicy Green Goddess Dressing.