Jacques Pepin's Oven Roasted Barbecue Chicken

For this delicious barbecue chicken, Jacques Pepin splits the chicken and cuts between the leg and shoulder joints to halve the cooking time.
Prep Time : 20 minutes
Cook Time : 35 minutes
Servings : 4

Jacques Pepin's Oven Roasted Barbecue Chicken

April and  I’m  hungry for barbecue! 

Let’s GRILL! 

But STOP!  I’m forgetting about April showers!  


Jacques Pepin’s recipe for oven-roasted Barbecue Chicken brings the outdoors to the indoors and  delivers superb  barbecue in the rain, snow and wind – typical  Nebraska weather in April.

The  Pepin process requires little time, oven roasting 30 minutes, and a gorgeous bird emerges, tasting  sweet/salty/spicy and moist. 


Tasting Pepin’s take on Carolina Barbecue   reminds me of my favorite summer festival  in Nebraska -Swedish Days Rib Fest where  I meet the Pit Bosses from across the Midwest who are  competing for awards and eat award-winning barbecue.


The Rib Fest is sanctioned by the  Kansas City Barbecue Society, and attracts serious and talented Pit Bosses.

The 2021 Kansas City sanctioned Ribfest is scheduled for June 18-20 in Holdrege, NE. See Holdrege Chamber for  dates and entry forms.

If you are singing  the “Barbecue Blues,”  this week in April,  set aside 45 minutes to prepare and roast a Jacques Pepin’s Barbecued Chicken.

Delicious oven-roasted barbecue chicken to please the pit masters in your home.

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Jacques Pepin's Oven Roasted Barbecue Chicken

For this delicious barbecue chicken, Jacques Pepin splits the chicken and cuts between the leg and shoulder joints to halve the cooking time.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings 4


  • heavy bottomed skillet

What You'll Need:

  • 1 4-4½ Lb chicken remove giblets
  • 4 large garlic cloves, chopped fine
  • 2 Tbs. Buzz Savories Spicy Beer Mustard
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 2 Tbs. White Wine or fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 Tbs. Soy Sauce
  • ½ tsp. salt

How To Prepare:

  • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees

Spatchcock the chicken

  • Using poultry shears or any sturdy pair of scissors, cut along each side of the backbone. Remove it. Using a sharp knife, cut partway through the joint between the wings and the breast and do the same between the thighs and also the drumsticks.
  • Press down on the breastbone to further flatten the chicken. The breast bone will crack.

Mustard mixture

  • In a bowl, mix all of the remaining ingredients.
  • Turn the chicken breast down and spread it with half of the mustard mixture. I use a pastry brush.
  • Set the chicken in a large skillet skin side up. Then spread the breast with the remaining mixture.


  • Spray or glaze the skillet with oil and set the skillet over high heat. Cook the underside of the chicken until it begins to brown, 5-6 minutes.
  • Transfer the skillet to the hot oven and roast the chicken for 30 minutes until the skin is browned and the chicken is cooked through. Temperature at the thickest part of the thigh needs to reach 165 degrees F. on your instant thermometer
  • Let the chicken rest for 5 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a cutting board, cut it into 8 pieces and/or carve the breast for easy serving.

Make Ahead

  • The chicken can be prepared by following the Spatchcock method, spreading the mustard mixture on both underside and skin side and set the chicken in a skillet. Cover lightly and chill in the refrigerator for several hours or overnight.

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