Do You Need To Fix An Engagement Chicken?



Are you in love? Have you been dreaming of the day your “significant other” pops the question? Does that day seem like it is never going to come? Maybe a chicken can help! That’s right, since the early 80’s brides-to-be have been using a special chicken recipe that seems to bring out the “Will you marry me?” in the love of their lives. How does a chicken lead to an engagement ring on your finger? Here’s the story!

The Story Behind The Recipe

It all started in 1982 when then-fashion editor of “Glamour” magazine gave the recipe for a buttery, lemony chicken to her assistant. She made it for her boyfriend and the next thing she knew she was engaged. Through the years, the editor continued to share her recipe with three more magazine staff members and, after preparing the dish for their significant others, they, too were engaged! The recipe was published in “Glamour” in 2004, has been cooked on “Good Morning, America,” appeared in an episode of “Barefoot Contessa,” and was included in a cookbook in 2011 and was said to have led to the engagement of 60 more people. Some speculate that the recipe may have led to the recent engagement of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry as they discussed that they were “roasting chicken” the night he popped the question.

The Official Engagement Chicken Recipe

You know we’re not going to leave you hanging. Here is the official Engagement Chicken recipe, as published by “Glamour” magazine.

(Serves 2 to 4)


  • 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 flat-leaf parsley)

Cooking Instructions:

  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 fitted 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. Garnish with fresh herbs and lemon slices.

Roast The Chicken; Then Visit Ben Garelick Jewelers For The Ring

While we don’t have roasted chickens for sale, at Ben Garelick Jewelers, you will find a huge assortment of diamond engagement rings to choose from when you are ready to pop the question. With renowned designers like Barkev’s and Simon G., we offer styles to fit every personality - from vintage to classic, from three-stone (like Markle’s engagement ring) to contemporary. You’ll find large center diamond rings as well as engagement rings featuring pink and blue sapphires, rubies and more. After you roast the chicken, give Ben Garelick Jewelers a call at (716) 631-1584 or visit our Buffalo, NY jewelry store. Our experts will help you get the engagement ring of her dreams.

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