How to Spatchcock a Peri-Peri Chicken

Spatchcock Peri-Peri Chicken

Spatchcocked Peri-Peri Chicken

Step 1:  Cut out the backbone.
Cut out the backbone of the chicken by cutting along both sides of the spine using a pair of sturdy poultry shears.
Step 2:  Spread the legs
Set the backbone aside for now, then spread the chicken's legs apart and flip it over so it is skin side up.
Step 3:  Press and crack the backbone.
Press down firmly on the chicken's breastbone until you hear a crack—that's the wishbone breaking—and the chicken lies quite flat. If you'd like, you can also remove the wishbone by cutting it out with a paring knife..
Step 5:  Roast or Smoke
We prefer smoking the Peri-Peri chicken in our RecTeq smoker.