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Fall is around the corner and I’m excited to partner with Evite® and share tips on how to entertain with ease as part of a virtual dinner party. Head on over to Evite for more dinner party ideas and keep reading for my Spatchcock Herb Roasted Chicken that’s perfect for entertaining.

Entertaining friends and family is always delightful but can be stressful as well.  The key to a successful dinner party is to choose simple dishes as well as dishes that can be made ahead of time.  This is the time to serve your tried and true recipes – if you’re thinking of trying a new recipe, be sure to make it at least once before the big day!

Another important part of entertaining is budget.  Inexpensive dishes can be just as impressive as a more costly meal.  The key is in the preparation.   Roasting a whole chicken is cost effective and a crowd pleaser so it makes a great main dish!  Adding an herb butter compound under the skin of the chicken elevates it beyond the ordinary everyday chicken meal.   Making a spatchcock chicken saves on time Spatchcock is a method where the chicken is flattened so that it cooks quickly and the skin is evenly browned. This may seem intimidating but its super easy and I will show you how it’s done.



Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 6


  • 4-5 lb whole chicken
  • 3 oz butter, softened
  • 1 tsp chopped parsley
  • 2 tsp chopped thyme
  • 1 tbsp chopped chives
  • 1 tsp grated garlic
  • 1 ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp five spice powder


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • To prepare the chicken, place the chicken breast side down. Using kitchen shears cut along the backbone to remove on both sides to remove it.
  • Turn the chicken over, with the breast side facing up and press firmly on the breast bone to flatten chicken.
  • Pat the chicken with a paper towel to remove moisture.
  • Mix finely 2 oz of softened butter with finely chopped parsley, thyme, chives, garlic and ½ tsp salt.
  • Use your hand to loosen skin from the breast to create a pocket. Place herb butter under the skin and spread to cover the meat. Place chicken on a baking pan.
  • Spread additional 1 oz of butter on the skin of chicken then sprinkle with remaining salt, black pepper and five spice powder then place into preheated oven.
  • Roast for 45-50 minutes or until the juices run clear (internal temperature of 165 degrees).
Author: Jehan Powell