Engagement Chicken: The OG Trend Before Marry Me Chicken

One of the chicken recipes that is receiving the most requests is the newest and most popular addition, which is called Marry Me Chicken. It is a simple and creamy Sicilian-style skillet chicken. While the original recipe that started it all was a rosemary lemon roasted chicken called "Engagement or Proposal Chicken," it was first shared with the world by the legendary chef Julia Child, and Glamour magazine was later responsible for making the dish famous. It was rumoured to be the reason for celebrities all around the world asking the question to their partners in marriage. 

In the years that have passed, however, the recipe has been attributed with dozens of marriage proposals. There has even been some speculation that a roast chicken might have been the inspiration for the proposal that led to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry getting engaged.  

The truth is that you can share or serve this chicken to anybody you like. It's a damn good recipe that's simple and really, really good, whether you're making it with someone you love, for a dinner party, for your parents, or for yourself while binge-watching Netflix. Here’s a recipe. 


1 roasting chicken (4 to 5 pounds) 

Kosher salt 

Freshly ground black pepper 

2 lemons 

1 whole head of garlic, cut in half crosswise unpeeled 

2 Spanish onions, peeled and thickly sliced 

1/2 cup of dry white wine 

1/2 cup of chicken stock (store-bought or homemade) 

1 tablespoon all-purpose flour 

Olive oil 

Method: Set the oven's temperature to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Take out the chicken's giblets and throw them away. Using a paper towel to pat the chicken's outside helps it cook while it's in the oven. Season the inside of the chicken generously with salt and pepper. Make four equal wedges from one of the lemons. Two of the lemon quarters should be inserted into the chicken. Put the cut-in-half garlic head inside the chicken as well. Place the chicken in a roasting pan and spray a couple of tablespoons of olive oil over the chicken to help it brown in the oven. This is an alternative method for helping the chicken brown in the oven. Make use of your hands in order to evenly distribute the olive oil over the chicken. After that, sprinkle a tablespoon each of pepper and salt over the top of the chicken. Place the remaining half of the lemon in a bowl and quarter a second lemon. Throw in another lemon and some thickly sliced Spanish onion. 

Add 2 tbsp of olive oil to the dish. Then, in the same bowl, combine the onion and lemon together with a teaspoon of salt and half a teaspoon of pepper. In a roasting pan, surround the chicken with the lemon and onion mixture. The pan should be placed in the top oven third. Cook the chicken in a preheated oven for 1 1/2 hours, or until the juices run clear when you cut through the thickest part of the breast. A meat thermometer can help you figure out when the meat is done cooking. After cooking, transfer the chicken to a tray (keeping the lemon and onions in the pan) and cover with foil to rest for 10 minutes. Turn the stove to medium-high and set the roasting pan there. Scrape the brown bits from the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon after adding the dry white wine and stirring. Put 1 tablespoon of all-purpose flour and 1/2 cup of chicken stock into the skillet. Constantly whisking it will cause the sauce to thicken. After the sauce has reduced to your liking, remove the lemon rinds (they should be tender enough to eat at this point) and onions and arrange them in a decorative pattern around the chicken. Then, transfer the sauce to a gravy tray to be served alongside the chicken. 

It wasn't until 2018 that "Marry Me Chicken" became the most searched-for dish on Google in the United States. While the title may sound like a fashion magazine's take on "Engagement Chicken," it actually comes from a food magazine. The editors at Delish reportedly had remarks like "I'd marry you for that chicken" and "OH MY GOD THAT'S MARRIAGE MATERIAL" after trying the chicken for the first time. And thus "Marry Me Chicken" was created. Although the dish's exact origin is uncertain, the recipe will surely make you fall in love with it.  

The appearance and taste of Marry Me Chicken are both distinct from its Engagement Chicken, which was prepared in a different way. Instead of using a full chicken, the chicken thighs for Marry Me Chicken are seared to crisp up the skin. The chicken is roasted for around 20 minutes in a sauce comprised of chicken broth, sun-dried tomatoes, heavy cream, parmesan cheese, garlic, thyme, and red pepper flakes. Delish asserts that this recipe, which takes a few more minutes and a few more stages than their original "Engagement Chicken" recipe, yields a dish that tastes even better than the original.