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Cranberry Orange Spatchcock Chicken

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  • Author: KJ & Company - Kate Poskochil
  • Total Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


Cranberry Orange Spatchcock Chicken is sure to be a holiday favorite! With step-by-step instructions on how to spatchcock a chicken, this chicken recipe is easier than you think. Basted in a cranberry orange glaze, the chicken is juicy, loaded with flavor and perfect for the holidays!


  • 46 pound Smart Chicken Whole Chicken
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 cup cranberry sauce
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 oranges, sliced into 1/4 inch slices
  • 1 large onion, quartered
  • 12 oz fresh cranberries


  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Unwrap the Smart Chicken Whole Chicken and pat dry with a paper towel and place on a cutting board. Flip the chicken over so that the back-side is up and the breast-side is down on the cutting board. Run your finger down the middle of the chicken to locate the back bone. Use a pair of sharp kitchen scissors to cut alongside both sides of the backbone to remove it completely. It can be discarded or saved and used to make homemade chicken stock if desired. 
  2. Flip the chicken back over and try to lay as flat as possible. Use both hands to press down in the center of the chicken breasts to flatten the breast bone. You should hear a pop. This will allow the chicken to lay even more flat and butterflied.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the cranberry sauce, orange zest, rosemary and thyme. Set aside 1/4 cup of the glaze for later use (not to be contaminated by raw chicken). Arrange the orange slices, onion and fresh cranberries on a baking sheet and drizzle with the olive oil.
  4. Place the spatchcocked chicken on top of the prepared baking sheet, season with salt and pepper and glaze with the prepared glaze, saving the 1/4 cup for later. Roast the chicken for 1 hour, 15 minutes, or until a thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the meat reads 165 degrees.
  5. Use a clean baster to baste the chicken with the saved 1/4 cup glaze that was set aside. Carve and serve.


  • If the chicken skin starts to cook too quickly, gently tent with foil to continue baking.
  • Nutritional information for this recipe is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes
  • Category: Dinner


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 610

Keywords: Cranberry Orange Spatchcock Chicken

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