Berbere Spiced Spatchcock Chicken

Prep Time
Cook Time
1h 30m
Ready In

"Delicious grilled (indoor or outdoor) Ethiopian-inspired spicy chicken."

Original is 6 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (341.3 g)
  • Calories 355.3
  • Total Fat - 13.2 g
  • Saturated Fat - 2.6 g
  • Cholesterol - 615.4 mg
  • Sodium - 439.1 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 7.5 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 2.4 g
  • Sugars - 0.6 g
  • Protein - 50.2 g
  • Calcium - 53 mg
  • Iron - 7.3 mg
  • Vitamin C - 86.5 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.1 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Place the chicken breast side down on a chopping board. Using a good pair of kitchen scissors or poultry shears, cut along both sides of the backbone and down the sides of it, then cut along the bottom to remove this completely.

Step 2

Turn the chicken over and press hard to flatten it as much as possible (this will make it easier and faster to cook).

Step 3

Mix all the spices with the oil until it makes a smooth paste, then rub this all over the chicken.

Step 4

Cover and leave this to marinade in the fridge for at least 1 hour or overnight.

Step 5

Heat a barbecue or a griddle pan over a medium/low heat.

Step 6

Season the chicken and place it skin side down. Cook over a low heat for 15 -20 minutes until deep golden, then turn over and repeat on the other side. (You want this to be over a low heat but to be lightly sizzling – if it is too hot it will burn on the outside.) Add a splash of water, then cover with a barbecue lid or a roasting pan to completely cover it.

Step 7

Continue to cook like this for 30-40 minutes depending on the size and thickness of the chicken, turning the chicken over every 10 minutes to make sure it doesn’t burn.

Step 8

The chicken will may take 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes to cook depending on its size. Check the chicken by inserting a skewer into the middle – if clear juices run out, it is ready.

Step 9

Transfer to a chopping board and leave to rest for around 10 minutes before serving. Sprinkle with the chillies to serve.


No special items needed.

3 Reviews


Another ForeverMama winner! Delicious, flaovorful and tender! I marinated about six hours, other than rubbing some of the spice mix under the skin I followed through as posted. Made mine in the oven and am sure it would be great on the bbq as well. Will give that a go next summer. Happy to add another great chicken recipe to my Favourites Cookbook!


review by:
(24 Oct 2017)


Delicious chicken. I loved the grilling method (rub/marinade and spatchcock). The chicken was very flavorful and tender. Thank you!


review by:
(3 Aug 2017)


This is an excellent recipe! The chicken was nicely spiced even though I could only marinate for an hour (I'll try 2-3 next time). I currently can't drive and my husband came home late with the spices and an almost 5 lb chicken so it took considerably longer to cook and we didn't eat dinner until almost 11 pm, but it was worth the wait! The chicken was moist and flavorful . I cooked this on a gas grill I seared both sides well then moved the chicken to one side with the heat turned off which grill roasted it the rest of the way. Made for Culinary Quest 4 by one of the Spice Girls


review by:
(29 Jul 2017)

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