As I lamented on Monday, I am often deterred from making roasted chicken (a dish we all love) because it takes just a little too long. I have seen many recipes that call for flattening the bird but never got around to trying any of them. I finally decided to give it a go and I must admit it is sort of a miraculous way to make a whole roasted chicken. You just need a really sharp pair of kitchen scissors to remove the back bone. In addition to cutting the cooking time down dramatically it also evens out the browning so you get a beautiful evenly browned crisp skin. If you want to see how to cut the backbone out of the chicken, momfilter just posted Gwyneth Paltrow's chicken recipe - she does a demo on her blog GOOP.