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


  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh rosemary leaves, plus 2 sprigs
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 tsp. lemon zest
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • good olive oil
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 roasting chickens (2 1/2 to 3 lbs. each), deboned and butterflied
  • 1/2 lemon, thinly sliced


  • Mix the chopped rosemary, garlic, lemon zest, lemon juice, 1 tablespoon olive oil, 2 teaspoons salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper together in a small bowl to make a paste.
  • Place the chickens on a sheet pan, skin side up, and loosen the skin from the meat with your fingers.
  • Place 1/2 of the paste under the skin of each chicken.
  • Rub any remaining paste on the outside and underside of the chickens.
  • Turn the chicken skin side down and scatter the lemon slices and sprigs of rosemary over each chicken
  • Season with salt and pepper
  • Roll each chicken up, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  • Heat a grill with coals
  • Spread the coals out in 1 dense layer and brush the grill with oil
  • Unroll the chickens, place them on the grill and cook for 12 minutes on each side


  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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