Moist & Flavorful Butterflied Chicken Recipe Has a Secret Ingredient by 30Seconds Food

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Moist & Flavorful Butterflied Chicken Recipe Has a Secret Ingredient

To butterfly a chicken simply means you are removing the backbone and flattening it. The technique helps create uniform thickness so it cooks evenly and more quickly. Here's the three simple steps to butterfly a chicken:

  1. Put the chicken on a cutting board, breast side down.
  2. Using kitchen shears, cut out the chicken's backbone.
  3. Turn the chicken over and use your hands to flatten it.

Done! Now you're ready to make this moist and flavorful butterflied chicken recipe. You could bake two chickens and use the second one for other recipes calling for cooked chicken meat. Or make chicken salad! The secret ingredient in this baked chicken recipe? The mayonnaise. Mayonnaise helps keep the chicken moist and delicious.

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Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 4


  • 1 whole chicken, butterflied
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon poultry seasoning
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme or parsley
  • 4 tablespoons lemon juice

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Place the chicken into a roasting pan.
  2. Combine the mayonnaise, butter, poultry seasoning, garlic, herbs and lemon juice. Rub the mixture all over the chicken.
  3. Cover the chicken with the lid or aluminum foil. Bake in a preheated 350-degree F oven for about 40 minutes. Uncover and bake about 10 minutes more to brown the skin. (Internal temperature should be 165 degrees F.)

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Roasting Pans $10 & Up
Mayonnaise $3 & Up
Kitchen Shears $7 & Up

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Donna John
I love butterflying whole chickens and even chicken breasts. It cooks so much faster. This is a great recipe! Mayonnaise is for more than just sandwiches! :-)
Is this kind of the same as spatchcock chicken? Love the idea of using mayo.

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