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Lemon Spatchcock Chicken

 A whole chicken is baked with lemon and onions, for a delicious simple and comforting meal.


Spatchcock is a term used when the backbone of a whole chicken is removed and the chicken is flattened or butterflied before cooking. The result exposes more skin, which becomes deliciously crisp, when cooking. I found two whole chicken halves, when shopping the other day, and figured they could be used in the same method as a spatchcocked chicken. I found a super simple recipe from Martha Stewart which cooked the chicken atop of lemons and shallots. I took that basic idea and came up with this recipe.

The chicken was so deliciously flavoured, with a nice slight lemon flavour which mingled nicely with earthy sage and thyme, The kids really loved the lemons and the crispy skin. I used the bones and remaining meat to make chicken soup and the subtle lemon flavour gave it a wonderful burst of freshness. This is perfect for a cold weather Sunday supper.



Lemon Spatchcock Chicken

1 whole chicken, backbone removed, or two chicken halves
3 lemons, thinly slice
2 yellow onions, sliced
2 Tbs butter, softened
1 tsp dried sage
1/2 tsp dried thyme
salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

In a small bowl, combine the butter with the sage and thyme. Gently loosed the skin on the breast and thighs/legs of the chicken. Spread 1/4 of the butter mixture under the skin on one breast. Repeat with remaining butter, spreading even amounts under the skin of the 2nd breast and each thigh/leg. Gently place lemon slices under the loosened skin, on the breasts and thighs/legs. Season the skin with salt and pepper and set the chicken aside.

Place onions on the bottom of a roasting pan. Top with remaining lemon slices. Place chicken on top of onions and lemons and roast for 45 minutes to 1 hr; until internal temperature taken in the thickest part of the breast, reads 165 degrees. Remove chicken from the oven and let rest 10 minutes before serving.

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Comments

  1. This looks so delicious! Seems easy, too. Need to pick me up some lemons. :)

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  2. Love lemon with chicken, such a great combination! I look forward to trying this one next week!

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  3. This is great! The flavors are simple and combine perfectly together. :)

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  4. I am definitely cooking this for dinner soon. I love crispy chicken skin..yum!

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