butterflied grilled chicken

butterflied grilled chicken

prep time: 20 minutes
cook time: 30 minutes + 10 minutes rest time
ready in: 18 minutes

makes: 6 servings, 5 oz. each


  • 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and finely chopped*
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh sage
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh oregano
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (4 lb) whole chicken

The nutritional content of recipes is calculated by a registered dietitian. Because ingredients and measurements may vary, the values we give are close approximations.


  1. For the herb butter, in a small bowl combine butter, jalapeño, sage, oregano, garlic, and salt and pepper to taste; mix well. Cover and set aside.
  2. To butterfly the chicken, place chicken, breast side down, on a cutting board. With kitchen shears, cut along either side of the backbone and remove; discard backbone. Pry chicken open and place bone side down. Flatten the chicken by pressing hard down the middle. Using the kitchen shears, cut along the middle (where the backbone was removed) to separate the chicken into halves.
  3. Coat grill rack with nonstick cooking spray. Preheat grill to medium-high indirect heat (350°F to 400°F). Gently loosen and lift the skin from each chicken breast; spread half of the herb butter under the skin, being careful not to tear the skin.
  4. Place chicken halves, skin side down, on grill rack over direct heat. Grill, covered, 10 minutes. Carefully turn chicken; grill, covered, 5 minutes more.
  5. Move chicken to indirect heat, leaving skin side up. Baste with remaining herb butter. Grill, covered, 15 to 25 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer inserted in thigh registers 165°F. Transfer chicken to a serving platter; let stand 10 minutes before carving.
  6. *Use caution when handling hot peppers. Wear disposable gloves or wash hands in hot, soapy water afterward.
  7. If preparing for a gluten-free diet, make sure all ingredients are labeled gluten-free

per serving: 400 calories, 25g fat, 9g saturated fat, 140mg cholesterol, 120mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate, 0g fiber, 0g sugars, 39g protein