Spatchcocked Grilled Chicken with Orange and Ginger Recipe

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Irene Published: March 26, 2021 Modified: May 31, 2021

How To Make Spatchcocked Grilled Chicken with Orange and Ginger

Steeped in the warm and aromatic flavors of ginger, orange, and lemon, this grilled chicken is spatchcocked or butterflied for maximum flavor absorption.

Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking: 45 minutes
Marinate Time: 2 hours
Total: 2 hours 55 minutes



For Chicken:

  • 4lbschicken
  • salt and pepper,to taste
  • oil,for the grill

For Marinade:

  • ½tbsporange zest and juice,(about ½ tbsp zest and ⅓ cup juice)
  • 1lemon,(about 2 tbsp), juiced
  • 3tbspfresh ginger,finely chopped
  • 2tbspolive oil
  • 1tbsphoney
  • 1tbspwhole coriander seeds,crushed, or ½ tsp ground coriander
  • 2tsppaprika
  • ¼tspsalt


  1. With kitchen shears or a sharp knife, cut along each side of the backbone (cutting through the rib bones) and remove it. Save it for stock, if desired.

  2. Turn the chicken over so it is lying breast side up on the cutting board. Press firmly on the breastbone to flatten it. Pat the chicken dry, and sprinkle with salt and pepper on both sides. Place it in a baking dish.

  3. In a small bowl, stir together the orange zest, orange juice, lemon juice, ginger, olive oil, honey, coriander, paprika and salt. Pour the marinade over the chicken, turning to coat.

  4. Cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or up to overnight, turning occasionally in the marinade.

  5. If using a gas grill, set one side to high temperature and the other side to low temperature. Heat the grill to at least 450 degrees F. If using a charcoal grill, prepare a two-level fire. Arrange two-thirds of the charcoal on one side of the grill and spread the remaining one-third on the other side.

  6. When the gas or charcoal grill is hot, use tongs to oil the grill grates with a small folded piece of paper towel dipped in oil.

  7. Set the chicken on the cool side of the grill with the skin side up and legs facing the hot side. Cover with the lid and cook for 20 minutes.

  8. Rotate the chicken, still skin-side up, so that the breast side is closer to the hot side. Continue to cook for another 10 to 20 minutes, or until an instant-read thermometer registers at least 165 degrees F when inserted into both the thigh and breast.

  9. Once the chicken has cooked through, carefully flip the chicken over onto the hot side of the grill. Cook for an additional 1 to 3 minutes, or until the skin is brown and crisp.

  10. Transfer the chicken to a cutting board and let rest for 10 minutes. Cut into pieces and serve.


  • Calories: 752.48kcal
  • Fat: 54.80g
  • Saturated Fat: 14.03g
  • Trans Fat: 0.31g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 25.09g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 11.58g
  • Carbohydrates: 5.94g
  • Fiber: 1.25g
  • Sugar: 3.25g
  • Protein: 56.74g
  • Cholesterol: 226.80mg
  • Sodium: 768.72mg
  • Calcium: 49.65mg
  • Potassium: 641.37mg
  • Iron: 3.24mg
  • Vitamin A: 143.33µg
  • Vitamin C: 10.99mg
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