How to spatchcock a chicken

In just three simple steps, you too can butterfly a whole chicken with kitchen shears.

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In this short video, our associate food editor, Irene Ngo, shows us how to spatchcock a chicken in three easy steps. What does it mean to spatchcock (or butterfly) a chicken? You’re simply removing the backbone, so that your chicken lays flat when cooking.

The next time you’re roasting chicken, try this easy trick with one of these recipes:

Spatchcock roast chicken with grapes
Apple butter chicken
Perfect roast chicken