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Spatchcock with cracked wheat pilaf

Australian Gourmet Traveller recipe for spatchcock with cracked wheat pilaf by Ottoman Cuisine in Canberra.

  • Serves 4
  • 20 mins preparation
  • 30 mins cooking plus marinating
Spatchcock with cracked wheat pilaf
Spatchcock with cracked wheat pilaf

“At Ottoman Cuisine in Canberra recently, I really enjoyed a meal of piliç, or marinated spatchcock with cracked wheat pilaf. Would you please request the recipe on my behalf?”
George Pappas, Sydney, NSW

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You’ll need to begin this recipe a day ahead.


  • 4 spatchcock (500gm each), butterflied
  • 200 ml vegetable oil
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 2 tbsp biber salçasi (see note)
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 tsp each ground cumin and black pepper
  • To serve: lemon wedges
Cracked wheat pilaf
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 2 tbsp pine nuts
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 vine-ripened tomatoes, coarsely chopped
  • 350 gm fine cracked wheat
  • 2 tbsp currants
  • 500 ml chicken stock (2 cups)
  • ¼ cup flat-leaf parsley, coarsely chopped (loosely packed)


  • 1
    Place spatchcock in a single layer in a non-reactive container large enough to fit them snugly and set aside. Combine remaining ingredients in a bowl, pour over spatchcock, turn to coat and refrigerate to marinate, turning occasionally (8 hours-overnight).
  • 2
    For cracked wheat pilaf, heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat, add onion, sauté until tender (5-7 minutes). Add pine nuts, stir until light golden (1-2 minutes), add tomato paste and stir occasionally until paste darkens (1-2 minutes). Add tomato, stir occasionally until it starts to break down (1-2 minutes), then add cracked wheat and currants and stir to combine. Add chicken stock, bring to the simmer, reduce heat to low, cover and cook until liquid is absorbed (5-7 minutes). Set aside and keep warm. Just before serving, add parsley, season to taste and fluff with a fork.
  • 3
    Meanwhile, heat a char-grill pan over medium heat, cook spatchcock skin-side down until golden (3-5 minutes), turn and grill until cooked through (5-7 minutes). Halve lengthways and serve hot with cracked wheat pilaf and lemon wedges.


Biber salçasi is a Turkish chilli paste available from select delicatessens and Middle Eastern grocers. If unavailable, substitute another chilli paste, such as harissa.
This recipe is from the September 2010 issue of