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Spatchcocked Deviled Chicken

No recipe image available.Spatchcocked is a process of preparing poultry (or game) for roasting or grilling by removing the backbone and sternum of the bird and flattening it out before cooking.

Recipe Ingredients:

1 (3 1/2-pound) whole chicken*

Deviled Marinade:
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Warm Orange-Thyme Vinaigrette:
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup orange juice
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons white wine vinegar
1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Cooking Directions:

  1. Using poultry shears or sharp knife, split the chicken along the backbone, leaving the breastbone intact. Flatten the chicken by pressing down on it firmly.
  2. In a shallow, glass baking dish, mix together all ingredients for the marinade. Add chicken, rubbing marinade over entire surface. Cover the dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 20 minutes or up to 1 hour.
  3. While chicken is marinating, prepare coals for the grill.
  4. Grill chicken over medium-hot coals for 30 to 35 minutes, until a thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the thigh registers 170°F (80°C). Discard remaining marinade.
  5. While chicken is grilling, whisk together all ingredients for vinaigrette in a small saucepan. Over low heat, warm vinaigrette, whisking well.
  6. Transfer the grilled chicken to a cutting board and let cool for 5 minutes.
  7. Carve the chicken and pour vinaigrette into a gravy pitcher. Serve chicken warm and pass vinaigrette separately.

Makes 4 to 6 servings.

*Or, cut whole chicken into parts, if desired.

Recipe provided courtesy of the National Chicken Council. Used with permission.