Flattening a whole chicken (a technique called spatchcocking) helps to put this roasted chicken dinner on the table in a hour, while wrapping the bird in salty prosciutto imparts irresistible flavor.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Remove backbone from chicken. Flip chicken breast side up. Press firmly on the breastbone to flatten. Season both sides with salt and pepper.

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  • Place chicken on a rimmed baking sheet. Toss together apple, fennel, leeks, and 2 tablespoons oil. Season with salt and pepper. Scatter around chicken. Cover chicken with prosciutto, overlapping slices and tucking edges underneath. Toss sage leaves with remaining 1 teaspoon oil and scatter on top. Roast until prosciutto is crisp, chicken is cooked through (an instant-read thermometer registers 165 degrees), and vegetables are tender and golden, 30 to 40 minutes. Loosely tent chicken with foil, and let rest 10 minutes before cutting into pieces.

Cook's Notes

This chicken is spatchcocked, a funny-sounding term that means removing the backbone and flattening the bird. This way, it cooks in about half the time!

Here's how to do it: Use kitchen shears to remove backbone (save for stock). Flip the chicken over. Press firmly on the breastbone, cracking it, to flatten.

Reviews (2)

21 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 5
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 7
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: Unrated
03/05/2013
The concept was good, the blend of flavors very good. Unfortunately, the skin on the chicken did not brown and was greasy. Do the same recipe, use boneless, skinless chicken breasts, and cook for only 25 minutes. The vegetables come out better because they don't overcook, and the chicken and proscuitto is flavorful and moist. Also, omit the fresh sage, just season the chicken breats with poultry seasoning, and season everything with powdered sage on top.
Rating: 5 stars
03/03/2013
I absolutely loved this recipe. The tastes blended beautifully together with the chicken being very mosit. Well definitely make again!