Does cooking a whole chicken intimidate you? Or do you want to, but don't have time to roast it for 2 hours? You don't need an Instant Pot! Spatchock it. From #wholechicken #healthycooking #realfood #paleo #frugalliving #cookawholechicken #quickcooking


Let’s make dinner! Does cooking a whole chicken intimidate you? Or do you want to cook one, but you don’t have time to roast it for 2 hours?

Also, let’s agree that slow cooker (and Instant Pot) chicken is great, but never tastes as good a golden brown, crispy skinned, oven roasted chicken.

You don’t need an Instant Pot or any special appliance to cook this chicken.

(But here is how the Instant Pot DOES save us money on real food!)

Cook A Whole Chicken in Under One Hour

All you need is:

  • 1 whole chicken, thawed (4-6 lbs)
  • Spices (garlic, paprika, salt, pepper)
  • A sharp knife



spatchcock chicken


Spatchcock Chicken

The secret is to spatchock the chicken – a sentence I can’t say without snickering like a fourteen-year-old boy. 

Spatchcocking sounds intimidating – or possibly horrifying – but it is almost as easy as slicing a pizza. 1-2 quick cuts, a sprinkle of seasoning, and you’re ready for the oven. 



Dinner for a Dollar

Get the full recipe for Spatchcock Chicken in my cookbook, Dinner for a Dollar: Real food recipes for less than $1 a serving. It’s only $2.99 cents in the Kindle store!


The Perfect Drinking Game

Side note: this video makes the perfect drinking game. Count how many times I ask, “Okay?” ;D
It’s totally embarrassing. Extra points if you leave a comment telling me the number.

Also, I DID wash my hands before touching the Greek Seasoning :-). And I did NOT get chicken guts all over my white shirt. This is a splash-free recipe. I thought you should know.

Get the Greek seasoning recipe here. 

My kids interrupted the video, so there are some weird breaks, but as always – despite my failings – I hope this video helps you save money and eat healthy. Thanks for visiting my kitchen!


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The Only Chicken You Need to Make (Easy, Make-Ahead Recipe)


Easy Real Food Chinese Chicken & Veggies