(Closed) What are your thoughts on "Engagement Chicken??"

posted 4 years ago in Waiting
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I think it’s funny. If I was still waiting I would totally ask for the recipe 🙂

Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

Is there a vegetarian version?? 

Post # 4
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

I’ll be honest, I hate this whole “engagement chicken” nonsense. If he wants to marry you, the lack of a chicken dinner will not stop him from asking, and if he requires a chicken dinner before he proposes, someone needs to tell him  it’s not 1950 any more. I know it’s meant to be cute and playful but it’s really just kind of ridiculous and not in the good way.

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper

I was tempted to make it in the period between deciding to get married and him proposing. As a joke really as we both knew, our friends knew even. It is simply a roast chicken with lemon and herbs? Just make it, mention the meaning or not. If you have been together that long you should know where you stand marraige wise. I doubt people will tease him about a roast chicken

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

mrs.akjp:  

“My only worry is that he would end up telling someone about our meal and they’d be like, “man…she engagement chickened you!!!” Except I know that probably would never happen.”

If that did happen, it would be hilarious!  And maybe he’d take the hint.  But reality is that Engagement Chicken is just a classic roasted chicken recipe, so you could totally play innocent if you wanted!

Gendered things like this usually grate on me, but for some reason I find the Engagement Chicken thing kind of charming and silly.  And who doesn’t like roasted chicken?  I say go for it.  If you get engaged within a few months, it’ll make a really funny story.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

If you really want to make a roasted chicken, call it a roasted chicken. Any man that is convinced to propose because of a fricking chicken is not the kind of man you want to marry anyway. 

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee

Oh, no. Please don’t. 1) The idea that a little lady can “win” an engagement ring from a man by cooking a tasty enough chicken is so retrogressive and depressing, 2) What if it doesn’t work?, and 3) Most importantly, the recipe sounds super bland to me. You literally just pour lemon juice on the chicken and bake it, there’s no fat or seasoning. Wouldn’t you want to at least put some olive oil or butter on the skin, and a little paprika? But hey, it’s your life!

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

mrs.akjp:  what the fuck is an “engagement chicken?”

Post # 11
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

I made lots of roast chicken over the 3.5 years before we got engaged.  I guess it just has a super delayed effect? 😛

In all seriousness… yeah yeah he should want to marry you chicken or no.  But you’ve already made it super duper duper clear that you dont think this chicken will result in proposal.  You are just bemused by the idea and its a slow afternoon.  I say make the chicken, if he proposes you’ll laugh your ass off.  If he doesn’t, you have chicken.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee

I think there’s kinda weird undertones about making a good meal > showing you’re a capable cook > proving you’re ‘wife’ material > gotta put a ring on it (are there still jokes about “bride’s biscuits”?), but I think it would be fun to maker after an engagement  though I gotta say Thomas Keller’s basic recipe sounds superior and has never led me astray

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

mrs.akjp:  I actually made engagement chicken about two years before he proposed . I knew it wouldn’t prompt him to run out and buy a ring but I just wanted to make him a meal that would make him go WOW! I made the recipe exactly as it called for ( recipe was in Glamour magazine ) and I didn’t get as much fanfare as I had hoped . He liked it and had seconds but it was pretty uneventful . Months later I told him the name of the recipe I had followed and he just laughed and said maybe if I had made him veal parm lol

Post # 15
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Sugar bee

I’ve heard of this concept. Just over a year ago, on a Friday night, my then-boyfriend came over for dinner. I made different chicken recipe and I told him about the engagement chicken story and how I thought it was stupid because a lot of people eat chicken so any chicken before an engagement is “engagement chicken.” I basically laughed and mocked the concept. Looking back on it he was acting a little strange but I did not find out until two nights later when he proposed that he was sitting there with the ring in his pocket while I was yammering on about “engagement chicken.”

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