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South American Spatchcock Butterflied Turkey

South American Spatchcock Butterflied Turkey sitting on a baking rack.
South American Spatchcock Butterflied Turkey

This South American inspired spatchcock butterflied turkey came to me after having a similar recipe for chicken recently. I must admit that the sauce of my fellow food blogger was amazing and I really suggest you make that sauce. I will include the link below. But if you want to go the more traditional American way, I also have a recipe for you to make gravy from the juice of the turkey. In reality, there is no best way to go because they are so different. My fellow bloggers sauce is nice and spicy and my gravy is more on the traditional side and not spicy at all.

I have always loved to butterfly (spatchcock) chicken because it’s so quick to cook so with this turkey, I took that same approach. An almost 11 pound turkey took just about 1 hour to cook! Amazing!!! This is perfect for when you have to quickly put together a Thanksgiving meal.

Now, how do I butterfly (spatchcock) a turkey?

It’s super simple! Watch me do it here!

What sides can I serve with this turkey?

Here are some great options. you cannot go wrong with any of these!

Dominican White Rice and Beans
Arroz con Gandules
Latin Bean Vegetable Rice
Black Bean Cilantro Saffron Rice
Dominican Moro Rice
Dominican Potato Egg Salad
Spicy Chorizo Stuffing

How can I use or re-purpose my Thanksgiving turkey leftovers?

I’ve got some great options right here, so stock up so you are ready for the next day!

Loaded Leftover Thanksgiving Lettuce Wraps
Leftover Thanksgiving Baked Taquitos

Check out my other turkey recipes!

Latin Style Roasted Turkey
Oven Bag Dominican Turkey

South American Spatchcock Butterflied Turkey

South American Spatchcock Butterflied Turkey sitting on a baking rack.

South American Spatchcock Butterflied Turkey

South American inspired spatchcock butterflied turkey that cooks in under an hour and 20 minutes! It doesn't get easier than this!
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Course: dinner, How to, Main Course
Cuisine: Latin, Latin Fusion
Keyword: butterflied turkey, easy turkey recipe, fast turkey recipe, latin turkey, leftover thanksgiving turkey taquitos, quick turkey recipe, south american turkey, spatchcock turkey, thanksgiving, thanksgiving oven roasted turkey, thanksgiving recipe, thanksgiving recipes, turkey recipe
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 6 people


  • 1 whole turkey this recipe uses 10 to 11 lb turkey
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1 tbs garlic powder
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp annatto
  • 2 tbs dried cilantro or semi-dried by Gourmet Garden


Butterfly the turkey

  • Clean out the giblets from inside the turkey and rinse out well.
  • Cut any excess fat or skin. I use a sharp kitchen shear.
  • Lay the turkey breast side down. Remove the spine by cutting along the sides of the spine. You may need to use a bit of strength to get it done. Please be careful.
    Tip: keep the spine to make some turkey broth!
  • Place turkey breast side up and press down with force on the breast bone to flatten the chicken as much as possible.
  • Place turkey on baking sheet with a wire rack. The drippings you can use to make gravy!

Season the turkey

  • If cooking the turkey right after seasoning, heat oven to 325º degrees.
  • Soften butter in the microwave for about 10 to 15 seconds. Stir to distribute heat.
  • Add garlic powder, sea salt, black pepper, oregano, paprika, cumin, annatto, and cilantro to the butter and mix well.
  • Slather all over the turkey and under the skin in the breast area. This will make sure that the breasts are full of flavor.

Cooking the turkey

  • Cook turkey for 1 hour. Turn the baking pan around after 30 minutes to make sure there is even cooking.
  • Once done. Let it rest for 15 minutes before carving.


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