Using the BSR Multi Use Basket Large to cook two chickens on a Jumbuck

This image shows two whole chickens on a multi-use basket

Today we will be cooking two butterflied chickens in the new large BSR multi-use basket, however, this basket is great for cooking anything you can’t cook on a skewer such as chicken wings, fish, sausages and vegetables.

 

Equipment used in this cook: 

Flaming Coals Greek Gyro Seasoning

Multi-use basket-Large

Jumbuck Mini Spit Roaster

Mallee Root Lump Charcoal

 

This image shows a Greek Gyros Seasoning and butterflied chicken on multi-use basket

 

There are two main benefits to cooking the chicken this way. The first is that it will cook more quickly and evenly. The second and much better reason is that you get more of the chicken exposed to the flame and (if you choose to use it) covered with a great rub like the Flaming Coals Greek Gyro Seasoning. More flame exposure and more rub mean more crispy, crusty delicious chicken to eat!

Butterflying chicken is pretty straightforward.

Here are the steps you need to take to get it ready to lay flat.

 

  • First, prepare a clean dry surface to work on and pat your chicken dry.
  • Lay your chicken with the breast side down and locate the spine - it runs down the middle of the back. You can use a knife, but kitchen shears are easier for this step. From the bottom of the chicken, cut along each side of the spine completely through to the top of the chicken. When you have cut all the way through to the front on both sides, the spine should come away from the rest of the chicken. You can discard the spine piece or save the bones for stock.

 

This image shows two butterflied chickens

 

 

 

  • When the spine has been removed the chicken should start to lay out flat, but not flat enough yet. The next step is locating the white piece of cartilage that comes from the breastbone near the neck end of the chicken. With the chicken breast side down, use a sharp knife to cut around 1cm (depending on the size of the chicken) into that cartilage.
  • When that cartilage is cut, the chicken should lay much flatter and allow you to see the top of the breastbone just below it. If you wish to, you can trim down the sides of the breastbone to remove it, but I have also seen them left in for cooking.

 

 

This image shows butterflied chickens with seasoning

 

 

 

  • With that done, add your rub to the inside of the chicken then turn it over to add the rub to the outside as well.

This image shows a butterflied chicken on Jumbuck

 

Next load your chickens into the multi use basket and push the lid closed to lock them in place. Insert the skewer and place onto the jumbuck which has been loaded with your mallee root charcoal. 

 

Turn on your motor and begin spinning! You can spritz your chicken as regularly as you need to stop it from drying out. Continue cooking until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 170f. Enjoy your crispy skin chickens! 

 

This image shows butterflied chicken on Jumbuck

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

by: Michael Wilkie