Cook Whole Chicken Faster – Spatchcock Chicken For Dinner

When I get stuck what to cook next, I usually check the big supermarkets’ food and cooking pages to get some ideas and inspiration. And this is how I found out this very nice recipe I am presenting today.

I was going through Asda’s Good Living recipes, when I stumbled upon this chicken recipe – chef James Martin’s Spatchcock Chicken with Caesar Salad.

This recipe is easy to prepare, doesn’t need a lot of ingredients, you can customise it by omitting or adding something else you love and like with chicken, and the recipe makes roasted chicken served with salad – what better combination for these very hot days. Best part, chef Martin says that cutting the chicken open will help you prepare the whole bird faster.

I like the recipes James Martin cooks as they always seem so easy to do, even at home and even when you are not a very experienced cook and having all the appliances in the world at your disposal. And because my family, including my little ones, they all love chicken, I decided to give this recipe a try. See my take on it below. I haven’t followed everything like chef James Martin says or does, as I interpreted it in accordance with my loved ones’ taste.

See the video and get inspiration to try this delicious recipe the way you like it.

Try it yourself!

Spatchcock chicken

Spatchcock chicken with salad

Spatchcock Chicken with Salad


  • 1 whole chicken, about 1,5kg

  • 2-3 tbsp maple syrup

  • 1 lemon

  • 2 tbsp wholegrain mustard

  • 4 tbsp Italian seasoning – mix of thyme, oregano, basil, paprika, rosemary, sage, parsley

  • salt and black pepper

For the Caesar salad:

  • 4-5 cloves of garlic

  • 2 egg yolks

  • 2-3tbsp white wine vinegar

  • 2tsp mustard

  • 1tbsp sweet chilli sauce

  • 5-6tbsp olive oil

  • 1 romaine lettuce

  • Parmesan cheese, grated

  • croutons


  1. With sharp scissors, cut the chicken both sides along the backbone, remove it. Press the chicken to flatten it. You can make some cuts on the skin of the chicken to allow the marinade to flavour the meat, cut into the flesh as well (not too deep)

  2. Make the marinade by mixing the maple syrup, lemon juice, mustard and seasoning

  3. Place the chicken into a roasting tray, with cut facing down. Season with salt and pepper. Then add the marinade and rub it well all over the chicken

  4. Bake in a pre-heated to 200°C oven for 45-50 minutes or until roasted on top and the chicken well cooked

  5. Make the side dish Caesar salad

Caesar salad:

  1. Put the garlic gloves in a small tray and bake in the oven until soft

  2. Prepare the dressing in a kitchen blender: blend the garlic, egg yolks, vinegar, mustard, sweet chilli sauce. Add the oil, little by little, and continue blending until you have a nice smooth dressing for your salad

  3. In a salad bowl, add the chopped lettuce, pour from the dressing, sprinkle grated Parmesan cheese and some croutons

Enjoy this delicious spatchcock chicken served with the Caesar salad.

Have you tried cooking spatchcock chicken before? Did you find it easy? Did you find it cooks faster when you open the bird? What side dishes have you usually served chicken with?

Share with me your ideas, suggestions and recommendations, just leave a comment below.


  1. Rosanne Hunze

    I loved how you brought your experience and family into your reviews. I didn’t know what an English Breakfast entailed until I visited your site. I found your recipes very easy to follow and you make it easy to substitute my families favorite ingredients in each.
    Your review of the divided frying pan was wonderful. I didn’t know such a thing was even available. I noticed your site referral was for the UK. Is there a site for this frying pan available in the USA? I have so many ideas on what to use it for. We have a couple of food allergies that require me to cook some foods separately, but with this pan I would have one to clean instead of two. Is it easy to clean with the divided sections? I will definitely be visiting your site again for inspiration for many suppers to come.

    1. Ellie

      Hi Rosanne, glad you found something useful on my site 🙂

      The Divided Frying Pan is very easy to clean, I like that I don’t need to scrub any burnt parts.

      As I live in the UK, the reference I give are for this country. But you can find the same pan on Amazon.comclick here to see it.

      Wish you all the best,



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