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Rosemary Chicken

I found a small frying chicken on sale so I made Barbecue Rosemary Chicken. This is an easy barbecue recipe with few ingredients and gives a great result. Once you spatchcock your chicken you won’t want to go back to cooking it any other way! There’s also a how-to video available at:

Serves: 4

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2 to 3 pound fryer chicken
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
1 teaspoon dried rosemary, crumbled


1. I started by spatchcocking the chicken. This is a procedure that removes the backbone and breast bone so that the chicken lays flat. You cut down each side of the backbone with poultry shears. Then you work a knife under the breast bone and cut it from the ribs with the shears. I demonstrate the method in a video at

2. I then slowly worked my fingers under the skin on the breast of the bird being careful not to rip the skin. I then mixed the seasonings together and rubbed them over both sides and under the breast skin.

3. I then set up my barbecue for indirect cooking . That means I had some burners turned on and others turned off and I will cook over the burner that is turned off. I adjusted my burners until the temperature inside my barbecue was 300 to 350 F. I put the chicken on the barbecue breast side up, closed the lid and cooked for 40 minutes.

4. Then I turned the breast side down for 20 minutes. I turned the bird over and made sure the internal temperature of the breast and thighs was at least 165 F. If not, continue cooking until it is.

5. I then covered the chicken with foil and let it sit for 10 minutes. I cut the chicken into pieces and ate. It was so juicy that it sprayed on my sweater as I bit into the drumstick!