I read this article in Glamour magazine about “engagement chicken” a couple of years ago. Supposedly if you make this recipe for your boyfriend, he’ll propose soon after! I came across it again recently so I thought I’d post it here.
How to…make “engagement chicken”
By Tiffany Blackstone
First comes chicken, then comes marriage? Be skeptical if you must, but this recipe may be charmed. It all began 22 years ago, when then-Glamour fashion editor Kim Bonnell gave the recipe to her assistant, Kathy Suder, who made the chicken for her boyfriend, who, a month later, asked her to marry him. “It’s a meal your wife would make. It got me thinking,” says Jon Suder, who now has three children with Kathy. Details of the simple dish passed from assistant to assistant like a culinary chain letter. When Bonnell heard that her recipe had inspired three weddings, she dubbed it Engagement Chicken. Try the recipe, give it to a friend- oh, and let us know when it works!
(Adapted from Mercella Hazan’s More Classic Italian Cooking)
1 whole chicken (approx. 3 lb.)
2 medium lemons
Fresh lemon juice (1/2 cup)
Kosher or sea salt
Ground black pepper
Place rack in upper third of oven and preheat to 400 degrees. Wash chicken inside and out with cold water, remove the giblets, then let the chicken drain, cavity down, in a colander until it reaches room temp (about 15 minutes). Pat dry with paper towels. Pour lemon juice all over the chicken (inside and outside). Season with salt and pepper. Prick the whole lemons three times with a fork and place deep inside the cavity. (Tip: If lemons are hard, roll on countertop with your palm to get juices flowing.)
Place the bird breast-side down on a rack in a roasting pan, lower heat to 350 degrees and bake uncovered for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and turn it breast-side up (use wooden spoons!); return it to oven for 35 minutes more. Test for doneness-a meat thermometer inserted in the thigh should read 180 degrees, or juices should run clear when chicken is pricked with a fork. Continue baking if necessary. Let chicken cool for a few minutes before carving. Serve with juices.
Need more proof? Here are some actual stories!
From Fox News:
…in a case of what came first, the chicken or the ring? – the magazine has received 21 letters (and counting) from women who say this simple meal was the magic trick that got them a rock.
“I made Engagement Chicken for my live-in boyfriend and less than two months later, I’m wearing a wedding band. This chicken is serious stuff. But please keep me anonymous – my husband doesn’t know he was reeled in by a chicken!”
From Kidd Kraddick:
“Beware the power of this recipe,” wrote LaDawn Crawford, of Garden Grove, Calif. “I made Engagement Chicken for my boyfriend the Sunday before New Year’s. When it was done roasting, I took it out of the oven, and promptly dropped the whole bird. My boyfriend laughed, I cried, and he proposed to me on Jan. 3 (six days later)! He didn’t even EAT it and it worked! We’re getting married on Nov. 12 of this year.”
“We decided to have a quiet New Year’s this year and I made the Engagement Chicken for dinner – with the roasted potatoes and asparagus, as you suggested,” said Claire Lipnicki, of New Jersey. “Well, it’s now two weeks later and we are engaged! He ended up finding the recipe, so it’s now a big joke between us.”
It’s hard to believe that a chicken made these men propose, but who knows?