Hocus Pocus Chicken

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Hocus Pocus Buried Chicken

Let’s get in the Halloween mood… call me creepy if you want to… but now and only because death is like “the thing”  these coming days, I have prepared for you all kind of dreadful ways to die and this poor chicken served my purposes. Some of these methods were considered (and still are) a Capital Punishment during some periods of time and history in different countries.

BEHEADED - A fashionable method to kill people, mostly in France using the Guillotine, during the French Revolution; but also in many many other countries using an axe or a sword. Nowadays it’s still used in countries such as: Yemen, China, Japan, Vietnam, Russia (among others). Check the link for more info.

Hocus Pocus Chicken

HANGING - to put to death by suspension by the neck. There’s 4 different ways to do it: Suspension, Short drop, Standard drop and Long drop. This is a method used since Medieval times and still nowadays there’s some countries that use the Hanging as a Capital Punishment such as: Malaysia, United States, Somalia and Egypt among others. Follow the link for more info.

Hocus Pocus Chicken

STABBED – And beside Capital Punishments, humans have always been so creative when death is involved… Aggghhh… think about serial killers like the famous Jack the Ripper, a real character. Or think about Dexter, a fiction character. Stabbing the chest of the victims seems to be so effective. The Ripper went  even further… he cut their throats and removed the vital organs of his victims too. Oh my… just like I did with this chicken!!!

Hocus Pocus Chicken

BURIED ALIVE – And finally, one of my worst nightmares: get buried alive! Can you imagine that? Can’t think of a more horrifying death. Also, there’s been people along history who has been buried alive, either by error or on purpose… who could be that evil to do so? Movies have also been inspired by that fact, take the film Buried by Rodrigo Cortés as an example. A movie I’ll never watch! I’m so sure of that!

Well, this poor chicken was lucky enough… he was already dead when I buried it in salt to have it baked. A fantastic way to cook your poultry, meat, fish when you don’t want to get your kitchen too messy.


This Hocus Pocus Buried Chicken recipe goes to the Creative Cooking Crew for the Halloween inspired dishes. Have a Spooky Holiday :-). Check out the dishes at Pinterest, clicking the link in the right column.


Ingredients for 4 servings: 1 chicken of 1 1/2 kilos, 3/4 of a cup of Jerez white dry wine, 4 kilos of thick baking sea salt, 1 lemon.

  • Clean the chicken: cut the head of and remove internal organs or ask your butcher to do so. Puncture the lemon with a fork and place inside.
  • Close all the holes with kitchen string.
  • Prepare a tray with part of the salt in its surface.
  • Sprinkle the chicken with salt and pepper and place on the salt.
  • Pour the Jerez over the bird and cover with the rest of the salt and press.
  • Bake at 200ºC for 1:30 minutes to 1:45 minutes.
  • Take off all the salt and serve right away.
  • Enjoy!


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10/17/2014 · 14:10 h by Hocus Pocus Buried Chicken | My Blog

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10/17/2014 · 23:49 h by Joan Nova

Funny — and creative approach to the challenge!!

I first had lubino baked in sal in the south of Spain many years ago. I remember thinking it would be too salty but it wasn’t. I’ve never had chicken prepared that way but I imagine it was juicy and delicious. Muy bien hecho!

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10/28/2014 · 22:18 h by Evelyne@cheapethniceatz

Truly creepy, loving it. I would not even know where to get a chicken WITH a head!

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