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April 8, 2019 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Ever wondered how to spatchcock a chicken

Have you ever wondered how to spatchcock a chicken? Here is one of Apley Farm Shop’s butchers showing you how it’s done. This is the first in a series of ‘How to’ films we are compiling to help our customers know how to make the most of the meats they buy from us. If you can’t make it to our farm shop in Shropshire TF11 9EF, just visit

And the new thing you may now be wondering is the origin of this funny word. It goes back to 1775–85 & is apparently an alteration of spitchcock, which is itself perhaps a plausible but incorrect shortening of dispatch cock. Spatchcock chicken would make a delicious alternative to lamb on Easter Sunday & is very easy to cook on a barbecue, when the sun’s out!

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