I wanted roasted chicken and I wanted it fast. So I began by removing the back bone and flattening it out to make it cook quicker. This is called Spatchcock. For the marinade I used lemon zest and juice, fresh Oregano and Rosemary, lots of garlic and some dried thyme. I added green onions for a little onion flavor and some color and then sprinkled red pepper flakes over the top before it went into the oven. My kitchen, actually the whole house, smells fantastic! I kept peeking, saw the skin browning beautifully, and it was finally time! well, after letting it rest for 10 minutes.
Tuscan Spatchcock Roasted Chicken
By cutting out the back bone and flattening the chicken out it helps it to cook quicker and more evenly. Add a few Tuscan ingredients and your whole house will smell wonderful while your dinner is roasting.
- 4 lb Chicken ”Spatchcocked” Back bone removed and flattened
- 1 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 2 green onions chopped
- 3 cloves garlic grated
- 1 tbsp fresh oregano
- 1 tbsp fresh rosemary minced
- 2 tbsp lemon zest
- 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1 tsp dried thyme
- salt & pepper to taste
- red chili flakes to taste
If you do not feel comfortable “spatchcocking” your chicken, ask your butcher to do it for you.
Make sure your chicken is completely thawed. Place it in an 11 x 13 roasting pan.
Preheat the oven to the highest temperature your oven goes. Mine went to 480°.
Combine all of the marinade ingredients and pour over the chicken. Flip and rotate making sure everything is covered. Top with salt and pepper and red pepper flakes if desired.
Marinate for at least 30 minutes or up to three hours.
Once your oven is preheated, place the chicken into the oven and turn the temperature down to 400°. Roast for approximately 45 minutes to an hour. Use a meat thermometer to make sure your chicken is 175° before removing from the oven.
Let the chicken rest, covered with aluminum foil, for at least 10 minutes.
Serve as is and carve at the table. Or you can cut into pieces answer that way as well.
Leftovers make great sandwiches! Enjoy!