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Spatchcocking Question

JKJK Posts: 93
edited 9:26AM in EggHead Forum
When you spatchcock chicken, should you take out the chicken breastbone?


  • JethroJethro Posts: 495
    JK,[p]I've never done one, but I believe I understand the procedure.[p]It is my understanding that the breastbone is left in. However, with the breastbone facing up, press down on the breast bone with the palm of your hand until the breastbone breaks. This cause the bird to lay much flatter.[p]Keep em Smokin,

  • nikkignikkig Posts: 514
    You can take it out if you want to, but there really is no need. Just flatten it after you remove the backbone. I read somewhere that taking out the breast bone will let the juices out of the breast anyways.[p]~nikki

  • bbqbethbbqbeth Posts: 178

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  • JK,
    A lot of places that I've seen recommend taking out the keel bone. Is that what you mean by breast bone? (I don't know if they are the same or not.) Alton Brown removed it on his show where he butterflied a chicken and broiled it. It makes serving a little easier since you don't have to cut through the breast bone to separate the two halves, so I imagine it is more a personal preference than anything else.[p]TNW

    The Naked Whiz
  • GloriaGloria Posts: 161
    You need to cut out the backbone> I use kitchen shears and start cutting at the tail end and on up to the neck opening. Do this on both sides of the backbone which will remove it. Turn the chicken over and press down on the breat and it will flatten the chicken. This is a great way to cook a chicken.

  • Gloria,
    I think he knows about taking out the backbone. I think his question is about removing the keel bone too. Or I could be wrong... :-)[p]TNW

    The Naked Whiz
  • JKJK Posts: 93
    The Naked Whiz,[p]Yep. I got the backbone out with no problem. I was following Raichlen's book "How to Grill" and couldn't tell whether he took out the breastbone or not. So I took it out. Bit floppy as a result, as you can imagine. Followed his pesto paste recipe; cooked the bird at 350* direct on a raised grill for about 50 min. to an internal temp of 180*. Tasted great. Next time I'll do it with the breastbone in. Thanks for the info. everyone!
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