Learn how to spatchcock in three simple steps.

A quick and efficient way to cook a whole chicken on the grill or in the oven is to butterfly it. This method-also known as spatchcock-is so popular, especially in Southern California, that large restaurant chains have thrived selling chile-rubbed, grilled butterflied chicken to happy patrons.

Follow these 3 easy steps to learn how to spatchcock your own chicken before grilling or roasting.

Step 1

Using a pair of kitchen shears, cut the chicken down one side of the backbone and through the ribs.

Step 2

Make an identical cut on the opposite side to remove the backbone completely; discard (or reserve it for stock).

Step 3

Place the bird cut-side down (skin-side up) and flatten it with the heel of your hand; use both hands if you need to apply extra pressure.

Recipe to Try: Butterflied Grilled Chicken with a Chile-Lime Rub

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