The Secret Way Ina Garten Was Part of Harry and Meghan’s Engagement

The way to a man's heart is through his stomach. (It's true!)

“There is nothing as delicious (or as impressive) as a perfectly roasted chicken,” Meghan Markle told Good Housekeeping back in 2016. “If you have an Ina Garten–level roasted-chicken recipe, it’s a game changer.”

It’s not only the Barefoot Contessa’s cooking tips that make her food royalty. It’s also her deliciously simple, simply delicious recipes—not the least of which is her Perfect Roast Chicken recipe. It’s a style of roast chicken that’s known as “engagement chicken” because so many couples get engaged when this particular dish happens to be on the menu.

The secret to engagement chicken

Ina Garten herself (jokingly) insists that “whenever you make it somebody asks you to marry them.” It’s the dish that Meghan Markle served to Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, the night he popped the question!

“Without me, it would never have happened,” Garten said during a recent interview on Today.

Psst…. Lemon & Thyme Roasted Chicken is our take on engagement chicken!

Here’s why engagement chicken works

One of the most romantic gestures you can make in a relationship is to create a meal for your partner and eat it together, explains relationship expert April Masini. She adds, “Food is a symbol of nurturing, generosity, romance and it can be an aphrodisiac, too!” Not only is making food for a loved one a wonderful way of expressing love, preparing food with a loved one has been shown to strengthen emotional bonds.

It turns out Meghan and Harry cooked that engagement chicken together. “We were…roasting chicken,” Meghan told the BBC after the proposal. “Trying to roast a chicken,” Harry added. It sounds like he was too preoccupied with his proposal to fully focus on cooking!

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Lauren Cahn is a New York-based writer whose work has appeared regularly in The Huffington Post as well as a variety of other publications since 2008 on such topics as life and style, popular culture, law, religion, health, fitness, yoga, entertaining and entertainment. She is also a writer of crime fiction; her first full-length manuscript, The Trust Game, was short-listed for the 2017 CLUE Award for emerging talent in the genre of suspense fiction.