Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Engagement Chicken

Yes that's right, Engagement Chicken. Girls if you have been living under a rock then listen up. I have heard of this recipe for maybe 1 1/2 to 2 years. This "magic" recipe where when any girl cooks her boy friend this chicken she is engaged very soon there after. It all started with Glamour Magazine's Fashion Editor Kim Bonnell who gave this recipe to her assistant Kathy who made it for her then boyfriend Jon Suder. A month later he was down on one knee and the story is history. "It's a meal your wife would make. It got me thinking," said Jon Suder, who now has three children with wife Kathy. It inspired three other women from Glamour to try out the recipe on their boyfriends who are now all married! Just this morning on the Today show there are now 72 known stories from couples who this incredible recipe worked for.

So I am obviously obligated to pass this along to my readers in hopes that this works for all of you.

Engagement Chicken

Serves 2 to 4

1 whole chicken (approximately 4 pounds)
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice, plus 3 whole lemons—including 1 sliced for garnish
1 tablespoon kosher or coarse sea salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
Fresh herbs for garnish (4 rosemary sprigs, 4 sage sprigs, 8 thyme sprigs, and 1 bunch fl at-leaf parsley)
1. Position an oven rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat the oven to 400°F. 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.

2. Pat the chicken dry with paper towels. Place the chicken breast-side down in a medium roasting pan fi tted with a rack and pour the lemon juice all over the chicken, both inside and out. Season the chicken all over with salt and pepper inside and out.

3. Prick 2 whole lemons three times each in three different places with a fork and place them deep inside the cavity. Chicken cavity size may vary, so if one lemon is partly sticking out, that’s fine. (Tip: If the lemons are stiff, roll them on the countertop with your palm before pricking to get the juices flowing.)

4. Put the chicken in the oven, lower the oven temperature to 350°F, and roast, uncovered, for 15 minutes.

5. 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 chicken to the oven and roast for about 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes or until the meat thermometer reads 180°F and the juices run clear when the thigh is pricked with a fork. Continue roasting if necessary. Keep in mind that cooking times in different ovens vary; roasting a chicken at 350°F takes approximately 18-20 minutes per pound, plus an additional 15 minutes.

6. 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.” Garnish with fresh herbs and lemon slices.

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Read More http://www.glamour.com/magazine/2006/07/engagement-chicken#ixzz1IfXfqYvP

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