Braaied Spatchcock Chicken with Spekboom Salsa

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Spatchcock Chicken
Spatchcock Chicken
Prep Time: 30 min
Servings: 4 - 6
Cooking Time: 35 - 40 min
  • 750ml - water
  • 80ml - olive oil
  • 60ml - spekboom leaves OR the juice and grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 30ml - coriander seeds, toasted and ground
  • 4 - garlic cloves, bruised
  • 2 - bay leaves
  • 1 - whole chicken
  • bunch - handful each of fresh parsley and coriander, chopped
  • 1-2 - red chillies, chopped
  • 60ml - salt
  • 2 - onions, quartered
  • 60ml - sugar
  • 15ml - cumin seeds, toasted and ground
  • 15ml - chicken spice mix
  • 10ml - ground pepper
  • 5ml - sea salt


 1. Chicken Using kitchen scissors, remove the backbone of the chicken. Turn the chicken over (breast-side upward) and press down with the heel of your hand to break the breastbone.

 2. Put the salt, sugar, bay leaves, garlic and onions in a large glass bowl. Add the water and stir until the salt has dissolved. Put the chicken in the brine – if the chicken isn’t completely covered, add more water. Put in the fridge for 2 hours or overnight. 

 3. Prepare a fire with enough coals to braai the chicken. Put a stand in the coals and keep a folding braai grid handy. Remove the chicken from the brine and pat dry with paper towels.

 4. Season the chicken with the pepper and spice. Put in the grid and braai over medium coals for 35-40 minutes until golden brown and done.

 5. Spekboom salsa Mix the ingredients well.

 6. When the chicken is done, remove from the fire. Cut into portions and serve with the salsa.

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