Spatchcock Smoked Chicken

Spatchcock smoked chicken is a simple but tasty meal that can be cooked on a smoker. However, it can just as easily be cooked on a grill or in the oven.

You can change the herbs to whatever you have on hand, or your favorite combination. The herb butter is also a good accompaniment when sliced and placed on top of a cooked steak or baked potato.

Any leftover chicken is fantastic in sandwiches, baked into casseroles, or used as a filling for enchiladas or tacos. If there are any leftovers, that is!

Spatchcock Smoked Chicken Recipe

Spatchcock Smoked Chicken is a simple but tasty meal that can be cooked on a smoker. However, it can just as easily be cooked on a grill or in the oven.
Preparation 20 minutes
Cook 45 minutes
Ready in 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 6 Servings


  • 2 sprigs rosemary
  • 2 sprigs thyme
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1 whole chicken butterflied


  • smoker
  • cherry wood


  • Preheat a smoker to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Add a chunk of cherry wood, if you like.
  • Massage the rosemary, thyme, salt, garlic powder, and pepper into the butter until evenly distributed.
  • Lay the chicken flat on the cooking rack, skin side-up. Loosen the skin from the chicken.
  • Rub ¾ of the seasoned butter under the skin, and the remaining butter on top of the skin.
  • Place the chicken in the smoker and cook for 45 minutes, or until the juices run clear and the internal temperature is 165 degrees F (75 degrees C).
  • Let the chicken rest for 10 minutes before serving.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 139kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 1gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 1285mgPotassium: 18mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 492IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 9mgIron: 1mg

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