Trader Joe’s Spatchcocked Lemon Rosemary Chicken

Trader Joe’s Spatchcocked Lemon Rosemary Chicken

Sunday night Miss Bee and I made a trip to Trader Joe’s to do our meal planning for this week.  I saw this chicken in the meat department and thought it sounded good and would be perfect with the bag of fingerling sweet potatoes I picked up in produce.  It’s $4.49 a pound, so this chicken was $12.99.

Oh. My. Goodness.  Do yourself a favor and visit TJ’s this week and get this Spatchcocked Lemon Rosemary chicken.  Here’s why:

  1. It’s super easy to cook.  You open the package, place the chicken in a pan and bake for about 75 minutes.  That’s it.
  2. It will make your house smell like you have been cooking in the kitchen all day.  Literally, your family will walk in and love you.
  3. It’s delicious.  I have a problem with rotisserie chickens, and the like, because they are so darn saltly.  The ingredients in this chicken are simple:

    Whole Split Chicken with Bone and Skin, Mojo Brine (Water, Orange Juice, Brown Sugar, Salt, Lime Juice), Marinade (Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Garlic, Buffered Vinegar, Rosemary, Parsley, Rosemary Extract), Lemon Slices.

    I placed diced sweet potatoes in the pan with the chicken and roasted them all together.  The juices from the chicken were yummy and coated the potatoes perfectly.  I served it with a side of TJ’s fresh green beans.

    If you are wondering what “Spatchcocked” means — it’s just a term used to describe the technique in which the meat has been prepared for roasting or grilling.

    So, you’ve learned something new and you’ll eat a tasty meal this week.  Enjoy!

34 thoughts on “Trader Joe’s Spatchcocked Lemon Rosemary Chicken”

  1. Glad to know the definition. I thought it might have been what happened to the boys when they were little and got in trouble with Mama.

    1. I don’t see any reason why you couldn’t grill it. Just make sure to use a meat thermometer so you know when it’s done. Let me know how it turns out! Thanks for reading my blog.

    1. Hi Darcie, I would say 4 people, but since it’s both dark and white meat it depends on the preferences of your guests. Thanks for reading my post!

  2. This in one of my all-time go-tos at Trader Joe’s (when it isn’t sold out).

    Has anyone tried cooking these in an air fryer? I did so this evening and although I had to cut the chicken in half, and then into breast and thighs, it was BY FAR the best way I’ve found to cook this chicken. It’s the best way I’ve found to achieve the crispiest skin and moistest meat by far. If you haven’t tried to do so by now, you need to ASAP!

    SIDE NOTE: Sometimes, I find it’s best to buy 2-3 of these chickens a time bc I often find that they’re sold out

    1. Thank you so much Mattie for leaving a comment. I don’t have an air fryer, but I know alot of people like theirs for just the reason you mentioned — crispy results. I want to also get an Instant Pot because people are raving about them. Take care!

    2. Hello Mattie,
      What temperature did you set your air fryer at and for how many minutes to cook this chicken?

      1. Hello Andrew. Thank you for reading my blog and leaving a comment. The package gives all the directions. I know you cook it for 75 minutes and I believe it’s at 350 degrees. Let me know how it turns out for you! Melissa

    1. Hello Salina, I am not sure because I always roast mine in the oven. But, I have made chicken in the crockpot and it’s usually pretty good. I tend to like my chicken roasted so you get the nice, brown, crispy skin. It’s worth a try. Thanks for reading my blog. Melissa

      1. Hello Kristin, thanks for leaving a comment! I haven’t tried the crock pot method because, personally, I like the crispy results that come from roasting the chicken. If I try it, I will be sure to update the post on my blog. Melissa

      2. Since there is zero prep and a 75 minute cook time, I don’t see why you would want to crockpot this chicken. It’s tender and juicy and fast.

        1. Hi William, thanks for visiting Home with a Twist. I love roasted chicken, but I can see for a busy family 75 minutes might not be feasible. Crockpot might be a good way to cook during the day and have ready at dinnertime. I’m willing to try it to see which cooking method tastes best. I’ll let you know.

    1. Hi! Thank you for reading my blog post. According to the package directions, you discard the package juices, but do not rinse off the marinade from the chicken. Hope you enjoy it! Melissa

  3. I baked this while sweating and then simmering some veg and broth…..add noodles while the chicken rests….shred chicken and add to pot
    Delicious chicken noodle soup!
    (I also cheated by using the low sodium TJ chicken broth, the TJ prepped mirepoix- some leftover corn on the cob and some fresh TJ baby bok choy! Splash of red wine vinegar – so good

    1. Lori, this recipe suggestion sounds delicious, thank you for sharing! I appreciate you taking the time to comment. Melissa

  4. Cooked this in the instant pot and it came out great! I used the saute function and added about 1 tbsp oil to sear skin side down first, then the other side, then seared the sides. I added about 1 cup of broth and pressure cooked it (Manual) for 10 minutes. I let it release naturally, which took about 10 minutes. I removed the chicken and made a gravy with the drippings by turning it back to saute, mixing about 1/4 cup of water with 1 tbsp cornstarch and added that to the pot until it boiled. Then I turned it off, cut up the chicken and served it over brown rice and quinoa, wilted tuscan Kale, also from TJs, and poured some gravy sauce over it all. Delish!

    1. This sounds delicious! I will definitely have to try it. Thank you for taking the time to comment. Melissa

      1. Thank you for replying Melissa. I hope you enjoyed it and had a very merry Christmas. Happy New Year! I appreciate you reading my blog.

  5. Again, in this age of so much diabetes, another TJ’s savory dish with large amounts of sugar! WHY????? It is not necessary to have sugar in savory dishes. So very disappointed. I failed to check the ingredients prior to purchasing. By now I should know better. I’m going to try my best to resist the temptation by drop by TJs for the quick dinner options going forward.

    1. Hi Karen, who knew there was a high content of sugar? That’s good to know. I wonder if it’s from the brine the chicken is soaked in the packaging until ready to cook. Thank you for reading my blog. Melissa

  6. I don’t live near a TJ and have to drive about an hour. When I do go I buy several of these. I would love a recipe so I can make it at home.

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