(Closed) Engagement Chicken: original recipe or did you modify?

posted 8 years ago in Waiting
  • poll: What are your thoughts on the engagement chicken superstition?
    You have to use the original recipe or it won't work, I did it and now I'm engaged : (1 votes)
    11 %
    Any roast chicken will work, I modified the recipe and I'm engaged : (2 votes)
    22 %
    Modified recipe and still waiting : (2 votes)
    22 %
    Used original recipe and still waiting : (4 votes)
    44 %
  • Post # 3
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    Blushing bee

    @DreamingBee:

    Hey DreamingBee, I used the recipe about a month ago. I modified it a bit, but only because I forgot a fw ingredients (garlic, and a few others) lol. Anyhoo, I’m still waiting but there has been MUCH progress since then. My b/f actually brought up the subject of marriage and rings to a common friend of ours a few weeks ago. Apparently my b/f told him all about it and my friends wife told me a few snippets from their conversation, saying that it sounds like it’s going to happen within one or two months!

    EEEP!

    Gwen.

    Post # 4
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    Ok….  Here’s my story…

    My Fiance have been together for almost 8 years.  About 1 1/2 years into the relationship I made the chicken, 3 years in we moved in together & 6 years in I ASKED HIM TO MARRY ME.  HE SAID YES.  – we decided on the date, he always talked about suprising me w/a  ring, but as the years went on he bought me a car & made the payments & I always said “I’m driving my ring”….  so as 2009 was coming to an end we decided to have my ring designed and i would just be surprised on the wedding day & we would only exchange one ring….  I picked out/ all the stones (sapphires & diamonds) & got to work on the elaborate design….     

    Then a tragedy struck – my FI’s mother passed away a few months ago.  We had become very close & it was devastating.

    Last week, my Huny ~~ on one knee…  asked me if I would wear his mother’s wedding ring.  He explained all the qualities he loved about her & how he saw those qualities in me….  how having me by his side has made the events of the last few months tolerable……. 

    Its sooooo bitter sweet ~ i would give anything to have her here but I know she will be with us on 10.10.10.  ~ but when I look at this ring, I feel so honored to have received it (he has 4 brothers & he’s the youngest, so it really could have gone anywhere) and Its priceless…  words can’t describe what it means to me.  The irony is that my future mother in law had never received an engagement ring either…  so years later she went out & bought the ring for herself…. She was self-sufficent & she always said I was a self-sufficent lady…  I feel like its a sign…. reminding me that just because some things I gotta go out & get myself (like asking him to marry me or her getting the ring she wanted), doesn’t make us love our men any less….  just self-sufficent  πŸ™‚

    Now, when i look back on how much I wanted “a ring” & an “engagement” I could not have ever dreamed it would turn out this way, I would never have wanted it to end up this way….  but for some reason, it just seems like it fell into place, maybe the place it was supposed to be!

    I wish you the best of luck!!!  I’m sure you deserve & will get all the happiness you deserve, but if it doesn’t play out as quickly or just as you wanted remember… as Garth Brooks said….  ” sometime I thank god for unanswered prayers”…  Things have a way of working out the way they should be….

    Post # 6
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    1280 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    made my own special version: i rubbed a mix of a few tablespoons of butter, fresh rosemary, fresh minced garlic and salt & pepper under the skin. then i thinly sliced some lemons and placed them under the skin. i shoved some more rosemary, a halfed lemon and a quartered onion in the cavity. i rubbed a bit more butter on the skin, and squeezed lemon juice all over it. that was seriously the best chicken i have ever made. 10 days later, i had a ring πŸ™‚  i think you definitely need to have a roast chicken as a base (something about roasting a chicken for dinner that has both awesome wife and motherly love written all over it!), but how you do it – without going too crazy – is just gravy. i think it has more to do with the intention, the “juju”, if you will, and the surprise factor (making the effort solo as a nice treat for your BF).

    Post # 8
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    One tip with roast chicken that’s real important is to make sure your chicken is totally dry before putting it into the hot pan (personally, I think cooking it in a cast iron skillet works the best, by far). If the skin is nice and dry, you will get super crispy skin, and super juicy meat. If the skin is wet, you get soggy skin. Just pat the bird dry with paper towels before you put it in to cook. Good luck! πŸ˜‰

    Post # 10
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2015

    Ok, I had to Google this one. I have never heard of the engagement chicken before! Damn, too bad Boyfriend or Best Friend and I are both pescetarians… maybe I can cook an engagement salmon? *sigh* LOL

    Post # 11
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    2090 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    @DreamingBee: I guess it depends on how the original recipe says to roast it, I haven’t read the original recipe.
    When we roast chicken (which we do 1-2 times a month, more in winter), we buy a whole chicken no more than 4lbs., clean chicken, dry it and rub with salt and pepper – outside of the skin. Sometimes we also rub it (outside the skin) with lemon zest (but not juice). Cover, and let sit in the refrigerator for 24-48 hours. This step is important, as the dry brine makes the meat really tender and more flavorful.

    Heat oven to 475, and heat a cast iron skillet (or other oven safe dish for that temp). Pat chicken dry, and put into hot skillet, then into oven. Cook for 25 minutes – flip chicken over in skillet, put back in oven and cook for 20 minutes – flip chicken over again and cook for additional 5 minutes, then remove from oven and let sit for at least 10 minutes before carving (but umm, I always eat some of the crispy skin while it’s resting lol).

    It’s really a foolproof recipe (but your chicken must be less than 4lbs., which is plenty of meat for 2 people). Always crispy skin, always juicy meat, and plenty of pan drippings to make gravy from. Hope this helps!

    Post # 12
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    Oh, for what it’s worth – my FH made this chicken for me when we were in the early stages of dating, and it did totally impress me and it certinaly didn’t hurt our relationship!!!! πŸ˜‰

    Post # 14
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    @DreamingBee: Yes, I don’t see why not. We don’t fill the chickens with anything – but I do fill the cavity of turkey with different things (onions and whatnot) at Thanksgiving, so I do imagine it would work for chicken too! Lemon is good too, yummm now I want some roast chicken! πŸ™‚

    Post # 16
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I made the original recipe, and within a week, he was talking engagement/marriage.  Still waiting, though…should I make this for our anniversary?  hmmm…

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