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Curtis Stone's Spatchcock chicken with romesco sauce

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Throw the ultimate dinner party with Curtis Stone's Spatchcock chicken with romesco sauce recipe. Ideal as a main, your guests will love the sweet and smoky flavours. Delicious!

  • Serves4
  • Cook time1 hour 10 minutes
  • Prep time20 minutes, + resting time
Curtis Stone's Spatchcock chicken with romesco sauce


  • 2kg Coles RSPCA Approved Australian Whole Medium Chicken, backbone removed with kitchen scissors
  • 3 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp dried garlic granules
  • 140ml extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 5 x 2cm-thick slices day-old Coles Finest Stone Baked by Laurent Sourdough
  • 2 red capsicums, seeded, cut into 3cm pieces
  • 1 garlic clove
  • ¼ cup (40g) dry-roasted almonds
  • 2 tbs flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 1 tbs sherry vinegar
  • 1 large shallot, sliced into rings
  • 1 bunch green kale, ribs and stems removed, leaves coarsely chopped
  • 2 tbs dry white wine or water

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  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 200°C (180°C fan-forced). Place chicken skin-side up on a chopping board. Put your hand on breastbone and press hard to flatten. In a small bowl, combine paprika, dried garlic, 1 tsp sea salt flakes and ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper. Rub the chicken with 1 tbs of the oil. Coat with spice mixture, rubbing it into chicken.
  2. Step 2

    In a large heavy ovenproof frying pan over medium heat, heat another 1 tbs oil. Add chicken, skin-side down, to the pan. Cook for 2 mins or until skin is pale golden (it will continue to brown in the oven). Transfer chicken to a plate.
  3. Step 3

    Arrange bread slices over frying pan. Sprinkle capsicums over bread. Top with the garlic, then top with the chicken, skin-side up. Roast for 50-55 mins or until an instant-read meat thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the thigh registers 75°C and chicken shows no sign of pink when pierced in thickest part. Carefully transfer the chicken to a carving board and set aside to rest.
  4. Step 4

    Transfer the capsicums, garlic and 1 toasted bread slice to a food processor with the almonds, parsley and vinegar. Pulse until finely chopped. With the machine running, gradually add ¼ cup (60ml) of the remaining oil until smooth. Season with salt.
  5. Step 5

    Heat the remaining 2 tbs oil in a frying pan over medium-low heat. Add the shallot. Cook, stirring, for 4 mins or until light golden. Add the kale and wine or water, in batches, tossing and letting the kale cook down slightly after each addition. Cook, stirring, for 5-8 mins or until the kale is tender. Season with salt and pepper.
  6. Step 6

    Serve chicken with romesco sauce, kale and remaining bread slices.

Recipe tip

Serve with chopped flat-leaf parsley leaves.