“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.
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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!