Crispy Low-Carb Spatchcock Chicken with Lemon Herb Marinade


Step 1Preheat the oven to 200 °C/ 400 °F (fan assisted), or 220 °C/ 425 °F (conventional). To make the lemon herb marinade (parsley oil), simply place all the ingredients in a high speed food processor and blitz until fine.

Step 2Remove the giblets and string from the chicken. Splay open the chicken, breast side down with the drumsticks facing towards you.

Step 3Remove the back bone. Run your finger down the spine of the chicken to identify the soft outside of the ribcage. Using strong scissors cut up one side of the spine.

Step 4Repeat on the other side of the spine and remove the backbone (reserve the meaty back bone for making keto bone broth or chicken stock).

Step 5Flip the chicken over, splay the legs and using the palm of your hand press down firmly to flatten the chicken.

Step 6Place the chicken opened up on a baking tray and rub half of the parsley oil marinade over and under the skin. Peel the onions and slice into quarters. Slice the garlic in half horizontally and arrange both around the chicken. Fill the base with a little water.

Step 7Push the tips of the wings behind the breastbone where the neck is. Make a hat for the chicken by twisting the corners of a grease proof sheet of paper (my top tip to help tenderise the meat to make it moist). Cover the top of the baking tray with tin foil so there are no gaps and roast in the oven for 40 minutes.

Step 8After the initial cooking time, remove the tin foil and greaseproof paper, drain the juices into a glass but save these as you’ll need them later. Place the chicken back in the oven for 30 more minutes for the skin to crisp up.

Step 9Add the juices back in after 20 minutes (of the extra 40 minutes) and give the onions and garlic a stir. Cooking times vary based on the size of the chicken so please adjust accordingly. The bird is cooked when the juices of the meat run clear and there is no pink flesh.

Step 10Once cooked, remove from the oven and allow to stand for 10 minutes before carving. Serve with the remainder of the parsley oil on top.