Rosemary Lemon Spatchcock Smoked Chicken

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Cooking a whole chicken can be dauting to some, mostly because of the time it can take to cook. Spatchcock might be a term you are not familiar with, it’s basically a fancy way to say butterflying of a whole bird. By marinating the chicken in a delicious lemon and rosemary flavors you can get the taste classic comfort food taste in less than half the time. Rosemary Lemon Spatchcock Smoked Chicken sounds as scrumptious as it tastes.

Rosemary Lemon Spatchcock Smoked Chicken

I have a Traeger Grill that I use for smoking meats. You can use a charcoal or propane grill with a smoker box, if you don not have a smoker. I also have an extra large Lodge Cast Iron skillet to allows the chicken to lay completely flat. You will need a good pair of kitchen shears to cut through the rib bones connected to the spine. It can be done with a knife but it can be easy to go through the front of the chicken once you get through the ribs.

Rosemary Lemon Spatchcock Smoked Chicken

To keep with the classic, almost old-fashioned flavors, I served this with a Three Cheese Broccoli Mac and it was amazing! The chicken was so tender and scrumptious. The gooey cheesy pasta side was a perfect match. You could also cook this chicken and then use it to make meal prepped chicken dishes all week long!

Three Cheese Broccoli Mac

Now Let’s Get Cookin’!


Rosemary Lemon Spatchcock Smoked Chicken

A flavorful classic whole chicken completed in cast iron on a smoker.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword cast iron, Chicken, citrus, lemon, rosemary, smoked chicken
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Marinating Time 1 hour
Servings 6


  • Smoker
  • Cast Iron Skillet


  • 1 whole Chicken
  • 1 cup Chicken Broth
  • ½ cup Lemon Juice
  • 1 tbsp Rosemary
  • 3 Garlic Cloves minced
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Pepper
  • 1 tsp Parsley
  • 1 tsp Thyme
  • 4 tbsp Avocado Oil divided.


  • Butterfly or "Spatchcock" chicken by removing the spine and rib bones and laying the chicken flat.
  • In a large gallon sized zippered bag, add all remaining ingredients less 2 tbsp oil. Add whole chicken to bag and allow to marinate in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour (up to 24 hours). Flip bag a few times to evenly marinate.
  • Preheat smoker to medium-high (around 325deg).
  • Add remaining oil to cast iron skillet over medium high heat. Place chicken (Reserve marinade), breast down, in skillet and cook for 7 minutes. Flip chicken and cook another 7 minutes. Add reserved marinade to skillet.
  • Cover skillet with foil and place in smoker for 1 hour. Remove from heat and let sit, covered, for about 10 minutes before removing to serve.

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10 thoughts on “Rosemary Lemon Spatchcock Smoked Chicken

  1. Donna Reidland – I'm a wife, mother, grandmother, writer, and Biblical counselor. I love sharing God's truth, hopefully in ways that will help you in your walk with God. I'm certified through the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors, but mostly I'm just a sister in Christ. To read more about me visit my "about me" page. My story may surprise you.
    Donna Reidland says:

    This looks and sounds delicious. I love how the skin looks so brown and crispy.

  2. Michele Morin – Warren, Maine – Michele Morin is a Bible teacher, writer, reader, and gardener committed to the truth that women can become confident Christ-followers and students of God's Word. She has been married to an unreasonably patient husband for thirty-plus years, and together they have four sons, four daughters-in-love, and five adorable grandchildren. Michele loves hot tea and well-crafted sentences, poems that stop her in her tracks, and days at the ocean with the whole family. She laments biblical illiteracy and advocates for the prudent use of “little minutes.” She blogs at Living Our Days, and you can connect with her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter.
    Michele Morin says:

    Love rosemary and chicken!

  3. Looks good! Thanks so much for linking up at the Unlimited Link Party 32. Pinned!

  4. we just got a new smoker – guess it’s time to test it out! Thanks for sharing at the What’s for Dinner party. Hope the rest of your week is amazing!

  5. We sure enjoyed featuring your awesome post this week on Full Plate Thursday,550!Thanks so much for sharing with us and come back to see us soon!
    Miz Helen

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