Thursday, December 3, 2015

Engagement Chicken

My daughter asked me what I'm making for dinner tonight. 

I think she missed my cooking. Just saying. 

I told her I'm making roast chicken. 

She immediately asked, "Engagement chicken?"

Ummmm....no! 

What's Engagement Chicken?

And how is it that my daughter - who barely cooks - knows of a recipe that I have never heard of?

After all, I'm a foodie freak, remember?

Naturally I had to go online and do a little research. 

Engagement Chicken - Epicurious
Apparently I am the only person in the universe who has not heard of Engagement Chicken. 

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 2003. 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.

Engagement Chicken - Glamour Magazine
The recipe is so famous it even made the cover of this cookbook - seriously, have I been living under a rock or what?

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So, to answer the question, a resounding NO - I am NOT making Engagement Chicken!!

Been there, done that!

Perhaps I will create my own version and dub it "Anti-Engagement Chicken!"

It might just become the next big thing. 

Who knows?

31 comments:

  1. I have not heard of engagement chicken either! Love roasted chicken though ;-)

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    1. The recipes sound pretty darned good - I'll have to try it sometime and just name it something else, Lori!!

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  2. Oh yes i know about The engagement chicken and the stories are fun to read!

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    1. I'm telling you....I've been living under a rock. Amazing. What else is she going to teach me?

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  3. I've never heard of it either. But don't send any my way. I'm done with men.
    Brenda

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    1. No worries, Brenda! I'm going to teach my daughters how to make it!!

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  4. I have never, ever heard of engagement chicken and I have prepared many chickens, many different ways!
    I love having my daughters around when I cook too. They always surprise me with some story of some kind!
    Have a lovely afternoon, dear friend!
    xo
    Jemma

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    1. Well I'm so glad I'm not the only clueless cook out there!!! Enjoy your evening - xoxo

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  5. I've never heard of it either but if you ask my hubby, he will tell you that one of the reasons he married me was for my cooking. ;)

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    1. You know what they say - the way to a man's heart is through his stomach!!

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  6. I love roasted chicken and I have never heard of that one. LOL. I told my husband he only loved me cause I know a hundred and one ways to cook chicken. Blessings to you, xoxo,Susie

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    1. There's a blog post - 101 ways to cook chicken!!!! Ha ha I've always been a huge fan of chicken so, like you, I've tried so many ways to make it a little different!!

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  7. Well my friend, if you've been living under a rock, then make room for me 'cause I've never heard of it either! I'll be sure to click on over to see what all the hubbub is about :)

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    1. Sounds like we're going to have a great big party under that rock!!

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  8. I've never heard of it either lol. I'll have to go look it up!

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  9. Like most of the others, I've never heard of engagement chicken either! Guess we've been living under the same rock. ;-)

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    1. Join the big party under the rock, Melanie!!

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    1. Ok, everyone, move over....make room for another party guest under the rock!!

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  11. Never heard of this either. We must all be living under a rock lol! Looks yummy.
    Kris

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    1. Bizarre, isn't it? Meanwhile my daughter spoke of it like EVERYONE knows about this chicken recipe!!

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  12. I've never heard of it either and I have over 300 cookbooks. :-)

    The photos make me hungry. I'll check out the recipe link.

    Have a great weekend ~ FlowerLady

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    1. Same to you, sweet Lorraine!!!

      Oh, and 300 cookbooks???? I never ever met anyone who had more cookbooks than me!! I bow to you, oh Queen of the Cookbooks!! :)

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  13. I clicked over the the recipe and it sounds delicious..... what man could resist eating something so special the rest of his life? LOL I had never heard of engagement chicken either.

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    1. I'm going to share the recipe with my younger daughter....she's been with her sweetie for 6 years now so who knows!!!

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  14. Make that two of us...I was apparently living under the rock with you!! I've never heard of it...ever! Looks wonderful though...going to have to check it out. Hugs!!

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    1. I'm so relieved that I'm not the only one left out of this whole thing!!! xoxo

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  15. Haha! I have heard of this and my husband always says that he loves a chicken made at home! ;-)

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    1. Hmmmm.....did you make it for him before he popped the question, Kim? Is that what you're trying to tell us? :)

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