The Story

Spatchcock just means to split open and remove the backbone from the chicken, leaving the chicken halves together. The word comes from the phrase “dispatch the cock,” but I like the word “spatchcock” better; it sounds (and looks!) fancy, but is very simple and cooks fast.

Servings: 4


  • 2 1/2 lbs. Chicken

  • Salt & Pepper

Accompaniment & Sides:

Wonderful with roasted potatoes (sweet or white) and roasted whole sweet onions.

Mixed green salad served alongside is the perfect accompaniment.

Quad Setup:

Medium heat, half chimney of coal, hot pizza stone.



  • Cut backbone out of the chicken, but leave the two halves connected.

  • Splay the chicken open.

  • Generously salt and pepper both sides.

  • Heat pizza stone on grill.

  • Place chicken breast-side up on stone, then place another pizza stone or heavy pan (cast iron works well) on top of chicken breast.

  • Grill for 7 minutes.

  • Remove the top stone and turn to breast-side down. Place the stone on top of the chicken and grill for another 7 minutes.