Barefoot Bloggers – Butterflied Chicken

This week’s Barefoot Blogger recipe is Butterflied Chicken and was chosen by Stefany of Proceed with Caution.

We eat a lot of chicken at our house so this was a popular dish.  The recipe calls for using  whole chickens, deboned and butterflied.  Since I was under a bit of a time crunch – too much “getting ready for college” going on around here – I just used chicken breasts with the bone and skin.  They worked great and a lot easier!

I also chose to bake the chicken in the oven – about 45 minutes at 350 instead of grilling it as our gas grill cooks a little hot and fast.

The chicken came out nice and moist and I love the crispy skin!  The combination of rosemary and lemon is a favorite of mine.   Thanks Stefany!

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Barefoot Bloggers – Butterflied Chicken
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh rosemary leaves, plus 2 sprigs
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 tsp. lemon zest
  • 1½ Tbsp lemon juice
  • good olive oil
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 roasting chickens (2½ to 3 lbs. each), deboned and butterflied
  • ½ lemon, thinly sliced
  1. Mix the chopped rosemary, garlic, lemon zest, lemon juice, 1 tablespoon olive oil, 2 teaspoons salt and ½ teaspoon pepper together in a small bowl to make a paste.
  2. Place the chickens on a sheet pan, skin side up, and loosen the skin from the meat with your fingers.
  3. Place ½ of the paste under the skin of each chicken.
  4. Rub any remaining paste on the outside and underside of the chickens.
  5. Turn the chicken skin side down and scatter the lemon slices and sprigs of rosemary over each chicken
  6. Season with salt and pepper
  7. Roll each chicken up, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  8. Heat a grill with coals
  9. Spread the coals out in 1 dense layer and brush the grill with oil
  10. Unroll the chickens, place them on the grill and cook for 12 minutes on each side
Leigh Anne
Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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  1. Tamara Reber says

    Thanks for this wonderful recipe. . . .My mouth is already watering. YUM! YUM! Glad you arrived home safely and appreciate all you do! Smiles! Tamara

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