Contest: We Are Looking For The Next Engagement Chicken!

engagement chicken recipe contest

Submit your original recipe for the next Engagement Chicken and win!

By now you may have heard about "Engagement Chicken"—the roast chicken recipe supposedly responsible for inspiring men to propose to their girlfriends. Well, we are on the hunt for the next Engagement Chicken... that is, some special dish which, when you prepare it for your sweetheart, inspires him to commit some specific, romantic act.

As part of our month-long initiative entitled "Breakfast, Love & Dinner," a site-wide campaign all about the intersection of food and love, we are launching a contest to find the next Engagement Chicken—a recipe that made your man fall in love with you, convinced him to move in with you or otherwise changed your love life in some significant way. You can check out submitted recipes here

Originally called "Roast Chicken with Lemons," the original Engagement Chicken recipe was published in a cookbook called the Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking by Marcella Hazan. The legend began in the 1980s when Glamour magazine fashion editor and foodie Kimberly Bonnell recommended the dish to her assistant, who was looking for something to cook for her boyfriend. An engagement soon followed, as it did for other Glamour assistants who prepared the dish for their boyfriends. "Engagement Chicken" was born. Since the recipe was published in 2004, Glamour has supposedly received hundreds of letters from newly-engaged readers who said the recipe worked for them. 

Do you whip up something special when you want something to happen in your relationship? Perhaps you know just the right dish to make when you are looking for a little romance, an apology or baby number three, despite your husband's (passing) conviction that you should stop at two? Do you have a great recipe for "Please Apologize Peanut Butter Cookies," "Kiss-Me Kugel," or "Let's-Have-A-Baby Burger"?

Submit your original recipe for the next Engagement Chicken and let us now how your dish has influenced your love life.

How to enter:

1. If you aren't already registered on YourTango, create a user account.

2. Use this submission form to enter your recipe (note: you don't need to create an original recipe, you can repurpose an existing recipe—just be sure to give the original source credit!). Be sure to:

- give your dish a clever name like "Engagement Chicken" or "Kiss-Me Kugel" and write this as the "Name of dish"
- include a picture of your dish or its main ingredient (images should be 480x360 pixels; additionally, please ensure you have the right to distribute the image you post)
- in 100 characters or less (roughly around 12-15 words) describe what kind of effect this dish has one one's love life; enter this in the "What kind of result will this dish have on one's love life?" field.
- enter your recipe in the Recipe field. Make sure you list ingredients as well as cooking instructions, PLUS that you share a couple sentences about how this dish affected your love life or that of someone you know.
- complete the word verification and you're all set!
- NOTE: fields marked with a red asterisk are required for submission (please note: if you aren't able to crop your photo to 480x360, please include one anyway)

How we will choose the winners:

We've assembled a panel of judges including our very own CEO and founder, Andrea Miller; Editor Jill Roberson; the co-founding sisters of Georgetown Cupcake and stars of the hit series DC Cupcakes on TLC, Katherine Kallinis Berman and Sophie Kallinis LaMontagne; and Anthony Cirone, the owner of NYC's Li-Lac Chocolates, who will review the recipes and choose the winning entry. The submission period closes at midnight on October 22; the winner will be announced October 29.

The Grand Prize:

The winner of The Next Engagement Chicken Recipe Contest will take home a gift basket of goodies, including a $100 Whole Foods gift card, a signed copy of the DC Cupcakes sisters' new book, Sweet Celebrations: Our Favorite Cupcake Recipes, Memories, and Decorating Secrets that Add Sparkle to any Occasion, and a chocolate gift box from Li-Lac Chocolates. PLUS, we write up a Q&A with the chef behind the winning recipe and feature it on YourTango.

About the judges:

Sisters Katherine Kallinis Berman and Sophie Kallinis LaMontagne are the co-founders of Georgetown Cupcake, stars of the hit series DC Cupcakes on TLC, and best-selling authors of The Cupcake Diaries: Recipes and Memories from the Sisters of Georgetown Cupcake. Their new book, Sweet Celebrations: Our Favorite Cupcake Recipes, Memories, and Decorating Secrets that Add Sparkle to any Occasion comes out in the Fall, 2012. They founded Georgetown Cupcake in 2008 after leaving careers in finance and venture capital to follow their true passion: baking!

Anthony Cirone is a California native, has his MBA from NYU and has been in NYC for 23 years. He has been a chocoholic ever since, as a kid, his parents tried to convince him that carob was just as good as chocolate. It wasn’t. He rebelled, became a chocoholic, and bought Li-Lac Chocolates, Manhatan's oldest chocolate house, after working in marketing at Unilever and Bath & Body Works.

Andrea Miller is the CEO and founder of She is a graduate of Columbia Business School, where she came up with the idea for YourTango after reading a chapter of the book Soul Mates out loud to her then boyfriend, now hubby, Sanjay. When it comes to cooking, unfortunately for Sanjay, Andrea's a far better, passionate consumer of amazing food than the progenitor of it. Exceptions include: mastery of "Mrs. B's Magic Dal" recipe, a hearty beef stew, and an unbelievably moist and delicious egg-free chocolate cake. Thankfully, living in NYC, there are plenty of take out options!

Jill Roberson is the San Francisco-based editor and writer for Covering everything from recipes, to restaurants, to food events, Jill has been exploring the ever-changing food world for years. When not creating new dishes in her kitchen or dinning out on the town you can find her enjoying time with her husband, Cris, and their dog, Yuba.

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