Original recipe by David Lebovitz, taken from his book, My Paris Kitchen.

You’ll note that the recipe as David has outlined it calls for a whole chicken, spatchcocked, but the image below shows only half a chicken… Well, choose your own adventure. If you want to serve up to 4 people, do the whole bird, and use a 12in Braising Pan. If it’s just one or two people, half a bird will be sufficient and fit perfectly in the 9in Skillet.


  • 1 (3-pound, 1 1/2 kg) chicken

  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced

  • 1 1/2 tsp sea salt or Kosher salt

  • 2 tbsp olive oil

  • 2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice

  • 2 tbsp white wine

  • 1 tbsp soy sauce

  • 2 1/2 tsp harissa, Sriracha, or Asian chile paste

  • 2 tsp Dijon or yellow mustard

  • 2 tsp honey

Optional Extras:

  • Avocado

  • Lime wedges

  • Fresh greens

  • Tortillas


  1. Put the minced garlic and salt in a resealable plastic bag and crush it with the heel of your hand until it’s a paste. Add the olive oil, lemon juice, white wine, soy sauce, harissa, mustard, and honey to the bag, combining the ingredients well.

  2. Remove the backbone of the chicken by snipping down both sides of the spine with poultry shears, or taking a chef’s knife and cutting along both sides of it, and pulling it off. With the breast side down on the cutting board, take a knife and crack the bone between the breasts, then push the chicken down with your hands so it spreads out and lies flat. Flip the chicken over so it’s skin side up and press down with the heels of your hands on the chicken very firmly -- like you’re giving it a shiatsu massage -- to flatten it as much as you possibly can. Don’t go easy on it.

  3. Loosen the skin from the breast and thigh meat and spoon some of the marinade under the skin. Put the chicken in the bag, close it securely, and use your hands to rub the ingredients into the chicken. Refrigerate it for 1 to 2 days, flipping the bag over a few times as it marinates.

  4. To cook the chicken, preheat the oven to 400ºF (200ºC). Heat your cast iron skillet or grill pan over medium-high heat on the stovetop and place the chicken in it, breast side down. Drape a sheet of heavy-duty aluminum foil over the top and set a heavy weight on top of it. A good option is a brick or a large saucepan filled with water. (I used a leftover weight from the boot camp I quit.)

  5. Cook the chicken until the skin is a deep golden brown, which usually takes about 10 minutes or so -- check it often. Once it’s browned, flip the chicken over, replace the weight, and let it cook for about 5 more minutes.

  6. Remove the weight and the foil and place the chicken in the oven for 25 minutes, until it’s cooked through. To serve it French-style, cut the chicken into six pieces: two legs, two thighs, and cut each breast in half crosswise, leaving the wings attached.

May 05, 2021 — Matt Cavallaro