3 Variations on 'Engagement Chicken' to Try This Valentine's Day

Legend says this chicken is so good that after just one bite, your S.O. is sure to ‘put a ring on it’
3 Variations on 'Engagement Chicken' to Try on Valentine's Day


This roast chicken recipe is super simple and “promises” to change your life.

What is engagement chicken you ask? Rumors of a recipe so good it screamed, “lock this one down immediately,” started when a Glamour Magazine employee, Kathy Suder, made this chicken recipe developed by friend Kim Bonnell for her then-boyfriend. One taste of that perfectly roasted lemon chicken sent him straight to the jewelry store for an engagement ring.

Click here for the 101 Ways to Cook Chicken slideshow.

But what makes this chicken recipe so special? Well — nothing. It’s roast chicken with lemon slices, salt, pepper, and fresh herbs — like thyme, rosemary, and sage — for garnish. The legend lives on with numerous (albeit unsubstantiated) reports that this chicken is sure to have you walking down the aisle in no time.

This Valentine’s Day, if you think your special someone needs a little extra coaxing to pop the big question, you can always try engagement chicken. Check out three recipes below that are sure to win over your S.O’s stomach, if not his or her heart.

Crispy Roast Chicken

Crispy Roast Chicken

France Ruffenach

Serve roasted potatoes with this Crispy Roast Chicken.

Butter under the skin is the secret to this delicious roast chicken recipe that is easy enough for a novice cook to whip up for special occasions.

For the Crispy Roast Chicken recipe, click here.

Lemon Curd and Black Pepper Roasted Chicken

Lemon Curd and Black Pepper Roasted Chicken

John Lee

This Lemon Curd and Black Pepper Roasted Chicken is tender with a crackling skin.

A perfectly roasted chicken is what many cooks dream of as quite possibly their last meal, and many more before then. It's Sunday dinner pared down to its bare essentials; just juicy, tender meat and crisp, crackling skin carved away by fork and knife. — Will Budiaman

For the Lemon Curd and Black Pepper Roasted Chicken recipe, click here.

Perfect Roasted Chicken

Perfect Roasted Chicken

Donna Turner Rhulman

This Perfect Roasted Chicken takes about an hour to cook.

This chicken recipe from Michael Rhulman is as simple as they come, but yields an incredibly juicy bird with crisp skin.
For the Perfect Roasted Chicken recipe, click here.

The following slideshow is provided by special contributor, Emily Jacobs.