Matchmaking

The Engagement Chicken

Ok, when I first heard about this from a friend of mine, I was picturing a rubber chicken you hit your boyfriend over the head to make him propose,or even worse a guy in a chicken suit that somehow helps you propose…well it’s not that cool.

But, it makes a pretty good story and if you get nothing else from this article, you and your boyfriend will get some good eats…

The engagement chicken is actually a recipe thought of 24 years ago by then Glamour Magazine editor Kim Bonnell who gave the chicken recipe to her assistant, who fed it to her boyfriend and a month later he proposed.

While part of me thinks is this is partly a food myth (kind of like the Neiman Marcus cookie), it might just work. And if it doesn’t, you can always hit him over the head with a rubber chicken.

Engagement Chicken ( courtesy of Glamour.com)

Serves 2 to 4

Ingredients:
  • 1 whole chicken (approximately 4 pounds)
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice, plus 3 whole lemons—including 1 sliced for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon kosher or coarse sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • Fresh herbs for garnish (4 rosemary sprigs, 4 sage sprigs, 8 thyme sprigs, and 1 bunch fl at-leaf parsley)

1. Position an oven rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat the oven to 400°F. Remove the giblets from the chicken, wash the chicken inside and out with cold water, then let the chicken drain, cavity down, in a colander for 2 minutes.

2. Pat the chicken dry with paper towels. Place the chicken breast-side down in a medium roasting pan fi tted with a rack and pour the lemon juice all over the chicken, both inside and out. Season the chicken all over with salt and pepper inside and out.

3. Prick 2 whole lemons three times each in three different places with a fork and place them deep inside the cavity. Chicken cavity size may vary, so if one lemon is partly sticking out, that’s fine. (Tip: If the lemons are stiff, roll them on the countertop with your palm before pricking to get the juices flowing.)

4. Put the chicken in the oven, lower the oven temperature to 350°F, and roast, uncovered, for 15 minutes.

5. Remove the roasting pan from the oven. Using tongs or two wooden spoons, turn the chicken breast- side up. Insert a meat thermometer in the thigh, and return the chicken to the oven and roast for about 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes or until the meat thermometer reads 180°F and the juices run clear when the thigh is pricked with a fork. Continue roasting if necessary. Keep in mind that cooking times in different ovens vary; roasting a chicken at 350°F takes approximately 18-20 minutes per pound, plus an additional 15 minutes.

6. Let the chicken rest for 10 minutes before carving. And here’s the secret: Pour the juices from the roasting pan on top of the sliced chicken— this is the “marry me juice.” Garnish with fresh herbs and lemon slices.

Nicole westwood is an upscale matchmaker and a professional matchmaker and introductions to successful men.

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