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Spatch question

Is there any difference in cooking the whole chicken without the backbone versus cooking the whole chicken, the same way, but already cut into pieces?
Born and raised in NOLA. Now live in East TN.


  • PjoePjoe Posts: 224
    If you mean chicken quarters, I see no difference in this way versus spatchcocked. It allows you pull the parts at the right temp for each. I cooked a turkey for a christmas lunch and did the breast whole with wings attached and sepaerated the leg/thigh combo. It was the bomb! I plan on doing the same with a whole chicken.
  • Not that i've noticed but cooking piesces makes it easier to cook legs without overcooking the breasts. I always chop shop chicken part them out, it is much easier to fit two big birds on my medium egg. 
    I put legs and thighs on first, ten minutes later the breasts and then 5 minutes later the wings. Everything cooks indirect 400 in less than 1 hour. thighs at 175, breasts at 160. 
    Delta B.C. - Vee-Gan: old Indian word for poor hunter. 
  • mimaulermimauler Posts: 119
    It would probably be easier to manage the cook with the chicken cut into pieces...I perfer to do it with the backbone cut out.
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