Spatchcock Chicken has become our favorite way to grill chicken. Spatchcocking involves grilling the whole bird after cutting out the backbone and removing the breastplate. Everything grills even and juicy to its appropriate temperature. The thighs and wings are just as juicy as the breast meat. Technical note: Spatchcocking is different from butterflying. Butterflying involves splitting the bird from the breast (front) rather than from the back.