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Spatchcock BBQ Chicken

Once you learn how to spatchcock a chicken you won't cook it any other way. It's quick and so delicious.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: BBQ chicken recipe, how to spatchcock a chicken, whole BBQ chicken
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Renee - www.raisinggenerationnourished.com


  • 1 whole pastured chicken split down the back (mine are anywhere from 4-6 pounds)
  • 3-4 TB butter (or olive oil or avocado oil for the bottom of the pan and surface of the chicken
  • 1 cup or so of BBQ sauce This 5 minute BBQ sauce is so good and no junk ingredients! If you purchase store bought just check those labels for corn syrup, preservatives, etc
  • 1 onion sliced into rounds
  • 2 cloves of garlic chopped


  • Butter the bottom of a large baking sheet or jelly roll pan, lay slices of onion on top, and garlic on top of the onions.
  • Put the butterflied chicken on top of the onion rounds, and butter the surface of the chicken.
  • Cook at 425 degrees for 40 minutes, take it out and brush the surface of the chicken with BBQ sauce.
  • Place the chicken back in the oven and cook another 5-10 minutes, take it back out and brush it with more BBQ sauce. Cook another 5 minutes until the chicken is fully cooked and juices run clear.
  • You can use more BBQ sauce for dipping if you wish!