Engagement Chicken?

Glamour has an on-going story that if you make this recipe, you will be proposed to very shortly after.

Engagement chicken

Serves 2 to 3

  • 1 whole chicken (approx. 3 lb.)
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • Kosher or sea salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • 2 lemons, plus 1 for garnish
  • Fresh herbs for garnish

Place rack in upper third of oven and preheat to 400°F. Remove giblets, wash chicken inside and out with cold water, then let it drain, cavity down, in a colander until it reaches room temperature (about 15 minutes). Pat dry with paper towels. Pour lemon juice all over the chicken (inside and outside). Season with salt and pepper. Prick two 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 bird breast-side down on a rack in a roasting pan, lower heat to 350°F 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°F, 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. Garnish with fresh herbs and lemon.


Everyone knows the real way to get yourself propsed to is to buy your sweetie a game system.  Think I'm kidding?  My friend bought her sweetie a Wii...engaged 4 months later.  I bought Groom an XBox360 for Christmas - he proposed 4 months later.  This works waaay better than cooking chicken.  Also, you don't have to do any clean up and can get take out instead!