Watch and learn how to butterfly, or spatchcock, a chicken. Butterflying a chicken is a great technique for grilling or oven-roasting as it will cook faster and more evenly. Begin by patting your chicken dry. Turn over the chicken so its back is facing up. Using poultry or kitchen shears, cut along either side of the spine and remove it. Lay the chicken flat and use a knife to make a notch in the white cartilage in the breast bone at the neck end. Cut a slit on either side of the cartilage. Pop out the breast bone and remove it entirely. Turn over the chicken and tuck the wings under to keep it neat. You're now ready to cook your chicken.
Roast chicken with vegetables can work equally well in a casual meal or an elegant affair. Food Network's Ina Garten shares an easy recipe for the perfect roast chicken with vegetables. Start by cleaning off any remaining pin feathers, pat the bird dry, then stand it with the open end facing up. Salt and pepper the inside, then insert one quartered lemon, a whole head of garlic (halved), and some stalks of fresh thyme. Melt about 2 tbsp of butter in a sauce pan, being careful not to burn it. Butter is better than olive oil for this recipe because butter has milk solids that burn slightly for added flavor. Truss the bird by tying the leg ends together, then tuck the wings underneath the bird. Place chopped vegetables of your choice (carrots, onions, potatoes, etc.) in a roasting pan and then place the chicken on top so its juices can blend with the vegetables. Bake at 425 degrees for about an hour and a half.