How to make Engagement Chicken

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By Shirley Murtagh
from Winnipeg, MB

While watching "Anna and Kristina's Grocery Bag" a Cooking show on TV they were cooking recipes from the cookbook "100 recipes every woman should know" This is one of the recipes from that cookbook that they made. This recipe is supposed to encourage the boyfriend in proposing marriage . This is a fun cookbook for both single and married ladies alike. I plan to give this cookbook a buy even though I am an old married lady. Hope you'll give this recipe a try to. Recipe e.g. Man Trouble Mojitos, Get skinny dip.

serves 2-4 peope
prep time 15 Min
cook time 1 Hr 45 Min
method Roast


  • 1 - 4lb. whole chicken
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice, plus 3 whole lemons including 1 sliced lemon for garnish
  • 1 tbsp kosher or coarse sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • fresh herbs for garnish (4 rosemary sprigs,4 sage sprigs, 8 thyme sprigs, and 1 bunch of flat-leaf parsley)

How To Make

  • 1
    Position oven rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat the oven to 400 F.
  • 2
    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.
  • 3
    Pat the chicken dry. Place the chicken breast-side down in a medium roasting pan fitted with a rack and pour the lemon juice all over the chicken, inside and out. Season the chicken all over with salt and pepper inside and out
  • 4
    Prick 2 whole lemons three times each in three different places with a fork and place the lemons deep inside the cavity. Chicken cavity size may vary, so if one lemon is partly sticking out, that is fine. (Tip: If the lemons are stiff, roll them on the countertop with your palm before pricking to get the juices flowing)
  • 5
    Tie the legs together with Butcher's Twine
  • 6
    Put the chicken in the oven, lower the oven to 350 F and roast, uncovered for 15 minutes.
  • 7
    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 chick to the oven and roast for about 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes or until the meat thermometer reads 180 F and the juices run clear when the thigh is pricked with a fork.
  • 8
    Continue roasting if necessary. Keep in mind that cooking times in different ovens vary; roasting a chicken at 350F takes approximately 18-20 minutes per pound, plus an additional 15 minutes.
  • 9
    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".
  • 10
    Garnish with the fresh herbs and lemon slices.
  • 11
    This recipe comes from the cookbook "100 Recipes every woman should know"