Chicken Dinner

Chicken Dinner is an old urban legend about a married couple who trust a babysitter to take care of their young son. Instead of being scary, it ends up being rather horrifying.

Chicken Dinner

One evening, a mother and father were invited to a party. They couldn’t get in contact with their usual babysitter, so they decided to ask their next door neighbor, an old lady, to take care of their six-month old baby son. The old woman said she would be delighted to help them out.

They told her they needed to leave by 8pm, but when the time came, the old woman had still not shown up. The husband gave her a phone call and asked her what was taking her so long.

“Oh, I’m sorry”, said the old woman. “I forgot all about it. I’ll come over right now.”

When the old woman came to the door, the mother and father were already making their way to the car. They gave the old woman instructions to put the baby to bed at 9pm and put a chicken in the oven so it would be cooked for the next day’s dinner.

While the couple were at the party, the mother decided to phone home and check on the babysitter. When the old woman answered the phone, the mother asked if she had put the baby to bed yet.

“Oh, I’m sorry”, said the old woman. “I forgot all about it. I’ll do it right now.”

“And have you put the chicken in the oven?” asked the mother.

“Oh, I’m sorry”, said the old woman again. “I forgot all about that too. I’ll do it right now.”

The mother just rolled her eyes and hung up the phone. She couldn’t really complain because the old lady was babysitting for free.

After the party, the mother and father drove home and when they opened the front door, the old lady was there to greet them. They thanked the old lady for taking care of their baby and she went home. The mother decided to go upstairs to check on the baby, but when she walked into the child’s bedroom, she was shocked to see an uncooked chicken lying in the crib.

Downstairs, the husband smelled smoke coming from the kitchen. He opened the oven and shouted upstairs to his wife “You won’t believe this, Honey! That forgetful old lady has gone and burned our chicken dinner!”


  1. shivannasingh says

    Husbund: that cheap stinkey brat
    Wife: wait hold on story writer dont u think this story is too short?
    Husbund: the baby was a bad idea and the uncooked chicken looks like its way calmer than that baby!
    wife: all the baby does is piss and poo!
    Husbund: now whos a good chicken!!!

  2. Batbro231 says

    Winner winner… actually… I’m not so sure that’s chicken dinner. 😰

  3. hyper_yuu says

    …poor old lady. It’s not her fault that she’s forgetful but people would blame her. It’s in elder’s genetics! What the-? The fault on the baby’s parent..

  4. x dirk strider x says

    Ah, I love this one. I first saw it on an episode of Urban Legends, however, the person who babysat was an actual BABYSITTER, not an old woman. The story is still quite unnerving, nevertheless.

  5. black_dahlia123 says

    This is really sad :( But I mean… Who asks a really old lady to babysit? They probably already knew she was forgetful. Great story though!

  6. lizett says

    It said the lady was old not that she couldn’t see or why did she cook the baby. Did she did it in prospects? Poor baby wander what’s the look of the dad when the mother yells back down that the old lady didn’t cook the chicken.

  7. Nutcase_Bookworm says

    That dumb old lady… L.O.L.
    That makes me think of what would happen if my mom went babysitting!
    Of course, she’s kept me alive this long…

  8. Rockypockypuff says

    Is it weird to think that, instead of wasting the baby away, they should eat it? O.o

  9. deathy says

    I’m not disturbed in any way….. especially coinsidering we were all babies at one point…

  10. stephaniejade97 says

    What a horrible way to die, the baby was probably crying the entire time and the old woman couldnt hear her…

  11. MayDK says

    i heard a difrnt version of a teen baby sitter that does some crazy drugs and when the parents get home they find the baby in the oven and the babysitter said the turkey is done.

  12. deathy says

    Even though i’m a vegetarian, I clicked on the title excpecting a great story. So much for that. $&

  13. I call myself demented says

    The baby probably wouldn’t taste good seeing as it would have 💩ed itself because it was only 6 months. But the perfect murder disguise, an old lady. I like that idea. 😃

  14. TwitchingVixen says

    No, it’s not that the old lady killed the baby on purpose. She just got the chicken and the baby mixed up.
    We’re given clues all throughout the story. She’s very forgetful due to old age, and so she made an honest mistake.
    Chilling, yes, but she isn’t a murderer.

  15. ghost_biscuits says

    i cried after reading this. cause you see i have a baby nephew who is six months old. and it would be horrible if.. well, it’s to sad to say. :'(

  16. horrorqueen says

    I think the father was pretty stupid and not a good father, because when he found the baby in the oven he said “She burned out chicken dinner”

  17. silverlightning97 says

    That was a stupid father!!!! that old lady was creepy and she burned the b-b-baby D:

  18. pauliej says

    See I’m a vegetarian so I won’t have to worry about this xD
    This actually happened to someone but the babysitter wasn’t an old lady it was a teenager and she was on drugs. D:

  19. shadowsgirl24 says

    after they said to put the baby to bed at nine and the chicken in the oven i totally knew that the baby was going to go into the oven instead. thats awful

  20. pinkKaygana says

    its actually quiet funny. AND smart.
    You see, the woman could have been a killer. but age was on her side. if the police came and asked her what happened ( and if she still hasnt misteriously disappeared ) she could just say that she is blind.
    well done, old lady!

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