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Rarely post here, but have to tell you about my whole chicken. I've always asked behind the counter person to take the back out of my chickens, so I press them flat and they roast in the same time as chicken pieces. Well, to my dismay it's called "spatchcocking".


I cook it in a lg.cast iron skillet preheated and brown the top of the chicken on the stove top with a bit of olive oil. Then flip it back over to cook in the oven. It's ready in 50-60 minutes.


Anyone else heard this term?

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Yes. I once bought a spatchcocked (flattened) chicken at Aldi's. Flat, but still tastes like chicken. Smiley Happy

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Never have.

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Never did a lot of cooking, but have read many recipes, esp. at holiday time.  Read the word but no article ever explained it or I just blithely skipped over it.


Thanks for 'splaining it !  Makes a lot of sense too !

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Many many times

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Yes. I have an interest in cooking and have many interesting cookbooks.

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Always, but never liked the way it looks in presentation.... a flat chicken all splayed out like that....not for me.

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When Curtis Stone is on hsn, he often will do a "spatchcocked" chcken.

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@Shanus  I first heard the term while watching Food Network shows a couple of years ago. I've also seen shows where they spatchcock (butterfly) a turkey on Thanksgiving.


I looked it up when I first heard the term because i made me chuckle.


If I remember correctly, it was found in a 18th century cookbook.  I guess it an Irish phrase for "dispatch the c*ck" or kill the chicken.