February 19, 2012

“Engagement” Roast Chicken

I’m not sure why they call roast chicken, “engagement” roast chicken. But apparently there are stories of men proposing days after you make this. I guess the guy will see you as a fabulous cook/homemaker and want you to be his wife. Honestly, I think if a guy wants to propose to a woman he will because he just wants to. I know plenty of men who are married to good women who cannot cook and order takeout all the time. Who knows? Try it out and let me know!

I have tried many a roast chicken recipe. I find them too dry, too juicy (yes there is such thing), or pretty bland. I tried recipes from THE Ina Garten, Pioneer Women, All Recipes, etc. and have combined them to make my own. This one turned out PERFECT. I used an organic 4 pounder from Whole Foods. This might have been the “it” factor. They went on sale for $1.99/pound which is an awesome deal for organic chickens.

Simple Roast Chicken


  • 3 or 4 pound whole chicken washed with a salt and water scrub and insides removed. Pat dry with paper towels!
  • salt and pepper
  • onion sliced in quarters
  • lemon sliced in quarters
  • canola oil
  • fresh and dried herbs. Fresh Rosemary and Thyme are a classic mix. I also added some dried Oregano. Fresh oregano tends to be too overpowering.
  • whole garlic head sliced in half
  • Butcher’s string (ask your local butcher to give you some!) Or cut some tampon string—yes a little weird, but works.

ingredients chicken

Slice onion, lemon, and garlic head. No need to remove skins—you will not be eating these anyways. They are for aromatics only. Stuff these into the cavity of chicken. No need to be delicate! Stuff some more whole thyme in there too.


Chop herbs and combine with 1 tbsp each of S&P and 2 tbsp of canola oil. I used about 1/2 tablespoons of each herb. I honestly never measure these, I just throw it in there!


Rub mixture all over chicken with your best tools, your hands! Tie the legs together with butchers string and tuck wings under chicken and close to body. You want him to cook evenly.

chicken before

Bake him at 400 degrees for about an hour to an hour and 1/2. You will know when the chicken is ready when you cut between the thigh and breast and the juices run clear.

chicken after

I cut the chicken into portions and served him along side some Mushroom Fettuccine Alfredo and a fresh green avocado salad.


Let me know if he proposes! :) Or if he buys you that couch you’ve been eyeing? HA! Why else did I make this last night? I think it might be working…we are looking tomorrow!


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