Barbecue Spatchcock Chicken Recipe | Abel & Cole

Barbecue Spatchcock Chicken

Serves4-6 people

We’ll guide you through spatchcocking your chicken. This gives your Devonshire chook an intense flavour. For maximum smokiness, finish cooking your chicken on the barbecue.


  • 1.7 kg whole free range chicken
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp cayenne or chilli pepper
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds
  • A glug of olive oil
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
  • A splash of beer for basting (optional)

Need a hand? For our Spatchcock Chicken video on our website click here. Any leftovers? For our Open Chicken Chilli Jam Sandwiches click here.

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1. Heat your oven to 180°C/Fan 160°C/Gas 4. Fire up the barbecue if you’re using it. Take the chicken from its wrapping. Pat dry. Let it get to room temperature.
2. Grate or pare the zest from the lemon. Juice it. Tip into a pestle and mortar. Peel and grate or crush the garlic. Add to the lemon zest and juice along with the spices, a glug of oil and 1 tsp salt. Bash to form a paste.
3. To spatchcock your chicken, stand it up. Gently pop out the shoulder joints. Use a sharp knife or scissors to cut either side of the backbone along through the ribs. Remove the backbone and save for adding to stock with the giblets and the carcass.
4. Flip the bird over and press down to flatten it. Thread a skewer diagonally through the thigh, breast and wing. Repeat on the other side. Using wooden skewers? Soak in water first to stop them burning.
5. Pop the chicken, skin side up, into a roasting dish. Rub the marinade all over the chicken.
6. Place in the oven for 20 mins.
7. Remove from the oven. Pour any juices and spices that have run from the chicken into a small jug.
8. Place the chicken on a hot barbecue. Cook for 15-20 mins on each side till cooked through. Insert a skewer into the thigh. The juices should run clear. If not, cook till they do. Baste the chicken regularly with the saved juices, topped up with a little beer if you like. Or cook for 30-40 mins in the oven, basting regularly.
9. Leave to rest, covered, for 20 mins before serving.
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