Orange Cranberry Spatchcock Chicken

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orange cranberry spatchcock chicken | Reclaiming Yesterday

Sometimes you do things for the first time and you just think WHY? WHY did it take me so long to stumble across this magic??

That discovery moment came for me recently when I decided to finally make a spatchcock chicken. 

I’d already discovered that roasting a chicken was the most rewarding kitchen adventure there is. I knew that nothing on Earth compared to that first pinch of glistening, golden brown skin straight out of a hot oven. 

And that is why the spatchcock technique won me over straight away!

By butterflying the bird and flattening it out, you reduce the time it takes to cook, and (more importantly) you give every inch of skin optimum crisping conditions. 

And we all know that salty, crispy skin is the best part!

Orange Cranberry Spatchcock Chicken

I made this Orange Cranberry Spatchcock chicken back in November for US Wellness Meats. I’m a big believer in eating things like crispy chicken skin, but I feel just as strongly that animals should be raised humanely, and in the way nature intended. So I was beyond excited when the folks at USWM asked me to be their December Chef of the Month

You guys, I would never for one second describe myself as a chef. Just a girl with a cast iron pan on a quest for food that makes me do a happy dance (and also serves my body in the best way possible).  

A pasture raised chicken roasted to golden brown perfection over a festive bed of orange and cranberries? That was definitely gonna take me to my happy place.  

Orange Cranberry Spatchcock Chicken

Spatchcocking a chicken is simply the method of removing the backbone and flattening it out. The flavors you choose to rest your chicken atop are 100% up to you and your taste buds. I was feeling especially festive, so I went the orange cranberry route, but you could easily switch up the flavorings. 

Some other suggestions: 

  • Sliced lemons, red onion, and potato wedges  
  • Green beans and garlic (Yum! Thought of this right now but officially making it tomorrow) 
  • Onions, bell peppers, mushrooms, and thyme. 

The point is all those succulent chicken juices are going to drip right on down and make whatever happens to be underneath *ridiculously* delicious. 

One recommendation I would make is, when you remove the backbone from the bird, roast it right along with the chicken (in the same pan or in another pan to the side). Use it along with the other bones afterwards to make a healing bone broth!

Orange Cranberry Spatchcock Chicken

While I had a hot oven going, I roasted off some Brussels sprouts, which made a happy addition to our plates. The oranges give off their citrus magic, and the tart cranberries sweeten up with some coconut sugar and balsamic vinegar.

We spooned the goodness over some sprouted quinoa and rice. 

Orange Cranberry Spatchcock Chicken

Orange Cranberry Spatchcock Chicken

Orange Cranberry Spatchcock Chicken

Once you go spatchcock chicken, you never go back! If you love yourself and decide to try out this chicken, you better snap a pic and tag me on Instagram! 😊


2 responses to “Orange Cranberry Spatchcock Chicken”

  1. Fantastic! We did the “sliced lemons, red onion, and (baby red) potato wedges” option (wife doesn’t like cranberries). It turned out perfectly. You’re right. I love crispy skin, so I’m probably stuck with this spatchcock version all winter. This is the first time I’d roasted a chicken. I love that the whole dinner cooked together in one skillet. The only add was a few bits of a toasted baguette to soak up the pan sauce. I like to stuff them and indirect cook them on the weber in the summer. Sorry…no pix…we were hungry!

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