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Grilled Spatchcock Chicken With Jerky Seasoning

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Spatchcocked is really just a funny way of saying grilled butterflied chicken. Pair the chicken with an easy to make Jerk Seasoning paste, and you have a succulent chicken bursting with fruity Jamaican flavors.
  Whole chicken 1 , butterflied
  Chopped onion 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Scallions 4
  Allspice berries 1 Tablespoon (Ground Is Okay Too)
  Black pepper corns 1 Tablespoon
  Dried thyme 2 Teaspoon (Fresh Is Even Better)
  Cinnamon 2 Teaspoon
  Sea salt 1 Teaspoon
  Sugar 1 Teaspoon
  Habanero hot sauce 1 Dash
  Olive oil 3 Tablespoon

1) Butterflying the chicken: Id recommend buying the chicken at a butcher where you can ask them to do this for you! If you don’t have them do it, you will need to use kitchen shears to cut out the backbone and then press down on the chicken with the palm of your hand to help flatten the bird.
2) Use your finger and loosen the skin on the bird, but be careful not to tear it. Rub the seasoning paste under the skin all over the chicken and then repeat on the outside of the skin. Cover the bird or put in a ziplock and let it marinate in the fridge for at least 24 hours.
3) GRILLING: Preheat your grill to medium, about 350 degrees. Grill the bird, pressing it as flat as possible and flipping/arranging every so often so no side gets too charred (at least every 10 minutes). Total cooking time should be between 35-40 minutes. After the bird reaches an interal temp of 170 at its thickest point, remove from the grill and cover with foil. Let the bird rest for at least 10 minutes before cutting so it has time to reabsorb juices.
Serve with your favorite coleslaw, grilled romaine or favorite grilled veggies and texas toast. If you make this for your family, they will think you are a grilling Goddess!

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Main Dish
Preparation Time: 
15 Minutes
Cook Time: 
25 Minutes
Ready In: 
40 Minutes
This webisode shows how to butterfly a whole chicken, make a spicy jerk marinade, and then grill the whole chicken using a brick to flatten the chicken on the grill for ultimate crispiness.
Jamaican Jerk Spatchcocked Chicken

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 963 Calories from Fat 614

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 68 g105.1%

Saturated Fat 17.9 g89.5%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 281.2 mg93.7%

Sodium 656 mg27.3%

Total Carbohydrates 14 g4.6%

Dietary Fiber 3.8 g15.2%

Sugars 2.5 g

Protein 71 g141.6%

Vitamin A 16% Vitamin C 21.9%

Calcium 15.4% Iron 40.4%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

Grilled Spatchcock Chicken With Jerky Seasoning Recipe, Jamaican Jerk Spatchcocked Chicken