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Poulet Papillon Provencal

Poulet Papillon Provencal

Lisa Kamolnick
Escape to Provence with Poulet Papillon Provencal: an elegant, yet rustic take on chicken.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Brine and Rest (best overnight) 6 hrs
Course Main Course
Cuisine French
Servings 10 people


  • kitchen shears


  • 1 whole roaster chicken ingredients assume 6-8 lb bird
  • 1 ¼ tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 1 ½ tsp herbs de Provence



  • Remove organ meats from inside bird and trim fat. Rinse and pat dry.
  • Mix dry brine and set aside.
  • Locate spine of chicken and cut one side from leg end of chicken using shears. Cut the other side and remove spine.
  • Press rib cage and flatten out bird. Pat dry.
  • TIP: if you cannot break the rib cage, snip the breast bone to help flatten bird.


  • Dry brine and place on baking pan or platter. Let sit for at least four hours, preferably overnight.


  • Preheat oven to 425° F.
  • Cook until exterior is browned, about 20 minutes or so.
  • Reduce temperature to 375-400° F (for larger birds, lean toward higher temp) and cook until internal temperature of the thickest part of the breast reaches 150° F and internal temperature of thigh is 165° F. Cover with foil to prevent overbrowning if needed.
  • Let sit 10 minutes before slicing and serving.


Serving Suggestions

Serve with a salad, steamed broccoli, mashed potatoes or other vegetable side. Add to the rustic elegance of the meal with artisan dinner rolls. 


Save the organ meat and spine for chicken stock. 

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Keyword butterfly, poultry, roasted, simple ingredients, spatchcock