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Spatchcocked Chicken with Chickpeas

Spatchcocking -- splitting, then flattening a chicken -- yields a perfect roasted chicken in less time than a whole one takes. It also exposes more skin, which crisps up nicely at higher temperatures. Click here to learn how. Feel free to use a roasting pan or a large cast-iron or other heavy skillet.

  • Servings: 4
Spatchcocked Chicken with Chickpeas

Source: Everyday Food, May 2010

Ingredients

  • 1 spatchcocked chicken
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 can (15.5 ounces) chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • Fresh lime juice (for serving)
  • Fresh cilantro leaves (for serving)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 500 degrees. Season chicken with coarse salt and ground pepper and place, breast side up, in a pan. Roast 15 minutes. Remove from oven and add chickpeas, rinsed and drained, to pan.

  2. Roast chicken until juices run clear when pierced between breast and leg (an instant-read thermometer should read 165 degrees when inserted in thickest part of a thigh, avoiding bone), about 15 minutes. Let rest 5 minutes. Drizzle with fresh lime juice and sprinkle with fresh cilantro leaves before carving.

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