Quick Butterflied Roast Chicken

Quick Butterflied Roast Chicken

Serves 4-6


  • 1 whole chicken
  • 4 bulbs garlic, halved horizontally
  • 3 lemons, sliced into 2cm rounds
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt and cracked black pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 220°C.
  2. Place the chicken, breast-side down, on a board so the back is facing up and the drumsticks are pointing towards you.
  3. Using sharp kitchen scissors or chicken shears, cut closely along each side of the backbone. Remove and discard the backbone.
  4. Turn the chicken, breast-side up, and press down firmly on the breastbone to flatten the chicken.
  5. Arrange the garlic and lemon on an oven tray lined with non-stick baking paper. Top with the chicken, breast-side up, tucking in the wingtips.
  6. Brush the chicken with the oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  7. Roast for 35–40 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through.

Recipe from donnahay.com.au

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