Valentine Soul: Serenity's Engagement Chicken -- It's What's For Valentine Dinner

Valentine Soul: Serenity’s Engagement Chicken — It’s What’s For Valentine Dinner


They say that the way to a man’s (and I say woman’s as well) heart is through the stomach.

Personally, I have found that a delicious well-prepared meal makes for warm and amicable nights with my sweetheart, no doubt about it.

But do you want your partner to put a ring on it?

Serve them some engagement chicken.

That’s right. You heard me.

Whip your sweetie up some so-good-they-gotta-slap-a-ring-on-it
roasted engagement chicken.

I had only recently heard of the phenomenon that is engagement chicken.

A little history: The recipe was developed by Kim Bonnell, a fashion editor at Glamour Magazine, following a trip to Italy.

In 1982, Bonnell gave the recipe to co- worker Kathy Suder to prepare for her boyfriend and soon afterwards, the couple was engaged.

The recipe made the rounds in the office and three other women in the office were offered marriage proposals soon after making the dish for their boyfriends.

In 2003, after Glamour editor-in-chief Cindi Leive heard that wedding proposals followed making the recipe, she dubbed the recipe “Engagement Chicken” and ran the recipe in the magazine in December of that year.

Soon afterwards, the magazine began receiving letters from women claiming that their boyfriends proposed shortly after being served the dish.

The magazine claims 70 couples have married after the women served their boyfriends the dish.

Now I am not convinced that there is any credible scientific proof linking well-roasted chickens with subsequent marriage proposals, but I am a huge proponent of caring for those I love through the magic and power of lovingly prepared food.

I have a tried-and-true roasted chicken recipe that produces a flavorful and wonderfully moist roasted chicken. Served with mashed potatoes, (for which I have another amazing recipe I will share) and either steamed green beans or asparagus, it makes a prefect meal for Valentine’s Day.

While I can’t promise a marriage proposal from your sweetie, I can guarantee you’ll be satisfied with the chicken.

Enjoy and Happy Valentine’s Day!

Serenity’s Engagement Chicken


1 chicken, about 5 pounds
4 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon fresh chopped dill
1- 3 lemons
salt and pepper
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 medium onion, cut in quarters


Heat oven to 350°. Line a large baking pan or roasting pan with foil.

Wash chicken and pat dry; place in the baking pan.

Combine the butter, dill, and a tablespoon of freshly-squeezed lemon juice; rub under the skin and all over the chicken.

Sprinkle the chicken and cavity with salt and pepper and drizzle with the remaining lemon juice.

Prick holes into the skin of the remaining lemons and place them in the cavity, along with more fresh dill, the garlic and onion.

Roast for about 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 hours, or to 165° on an instant read thermometer. Periodically, baste the chicken with its juices.

Remove the chicken from the oven, cover loosely with foil, and let rest for 10 minutes before slicing.

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