Recipe: lemon and thyme spatchcock chicken

Quick and easy juicy chicken recipe

Once you spatchcock a chicken, you’ll never roast a whole one again. They are not only juicier in taste, but it cooks a lot quicker as well. Lemon and thyme work together as a team to give the chicken a fresh herby taste.

If you’re unsure how to spatchcock a chicken, see our guide here for details:How to Spatchcock a chicken.

Lemon and thyme spatchcock chicken

Ingredients

1.35 kg whole chicken.
2 cloves garlic, peeled
Grated zest of 2 lemons
4 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves stripped
1 tbsp olive oil

Method

Preheat the oven to 200°C, fan 180°C, gas 6.
Using a pestle and mortar or a mini processor, mash or blitz the garlic, lemon zest and thyme leaves to a coarse paste, stirring in the olive oil to loosen.
With a sharp knife make slashes over the flesh of the chicken and rub the mixture in with your hands, pushing it into the slashes all over the chicken.
Carve the chicken into pieces and serve.

Lemon and thyme spatchcock chicken
Serving suggestion: ideal alongside roast potatoes and Yorkshire puddings

Recipe: Lemon and Thyme Spatchcock Chicken

Ingredients

  • 1.35 kg whole chicken
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • Grated zest of 2 lemons
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves stripped
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C, fan 180°C, gas 6.
  2. Using a pestle and mortar or a mini processor, mash or blitz the garlic, lemon zest and thyme leaves to a coarse paste, stirring in the olive oil to loosen.
  3. With a sharp knife make slashes over the flesh of the chicken and rub the mixture in with your hands, pushing it into the slashes all over the chicken.
  4. Carve the chicken into pieces and serve.
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