The seasoning I use in my house the most, after salt, is Trader Joe’s onion salt spice. Something about the blend of alliums works incredibly on fish, chicken, veggies, and meat, and I use it daily. So I really had no choice but to create my own Pesach version! Once you have the mix on hand, this recipe and the other recipes in this set take no time to prep.
Spatchcock Onion-Salt Chicken
- Cooking and Prep: 2 h 10 m
- Serves: 4
Homemade Onion Salt
Prepare the Onion Salt
Combine all ingredients for the onion salt and store in an airtight container.
Prepare the Chicken
Place the chicken on your work station with the legs down on a cutting board and the neck facing you. Using a sharp pair of kitchen shears, cut along the spine, using the neck as a guide for thickness. It should be fairly easy to cut. Cut along both sides of the spine until it is fully detached. Reserve the spine for chicken broth or stock.
With the skin side up, flatten the chicken on your work station, using the palm of your hand to break the breastbone (the bone between the two chicken breasts). If you don’t hear or feel it crack, flip the chicken over and cut the breastbone with the kitchen shears. Lay the chicken on a baking sheet lined with Gefen Parchment Paper, pat dry, and allow to rest in the fridge for one hour, or up to eight hours.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit (220 degrees Celsius).
Remove chicken from fridge and pat dry again. Take three tablespoons of onion salt and mix with olive oil until you have the texture of wet sand. Liberally rub all over the chicken – under the wings, all around the legs, etc. – making sure all exposed skin and meat is covered.
Bake 45 minutes, then allow to rest for five minutes. Serve.
1. Make the onion salt.
2. Spatchcock the chicken, season it, and freeze until ready to use.
Photography by Moishe Wulliger
Food Styling by Renee Muller