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Engagement Roast Chicken
Recipe courtesy of Ina Garten
Total: 1 hr 40 min
Prep: 5 min
Cook: 1 hr 35 min
Yield: 3 servings
Level: Intermediate


1 (4 to 5 pound) roasting chicken
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 lemons
1 whole head garlic, cut in 1/2 crosswise
Good olive oil
2 Spanish onions, peeled and thickly sliced
1/2 cup dry white wine
1/2 cup chicken stock, preferably homemade
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour


Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

Remove and discard the chicken giblets. Pat the outside dry. Liberally salt and pepper the inside of the chicken. Cut the lemons in quarters, place 2 quarters in the chicken along with the garlic and reserve the rest of the lemons. Brush the outside of the chicken with olive oil and sprinkle the chicken liberally with salt and pepper. Tie the legs together with kitchen string and tuck the wing tips under the body of the chicken. Place the chicken in a small (11 by 14-inch) roasting pan. (If the pan is too large, the onions will burn.) Place the reserved lemons and the sliced onions in a large bowl and toss with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 1 teaspoon of salt, and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper. Pour the mixture around the chicken in the pan.

Roast the chicken for about 1 hour and 15 minutes, until the juices run clear when you cut between a leg and a thigh. Remove the chicken to a platter, cover with aluminum foil, and allow to rest for 10 minutes while you prepare the sauce, leaving the lemons and onions in the pan.

Place the pan on top of the stove and turn the heat to medium-high. Add the wine and stir with a wooden spoon to scrape up the brown bits. Add the stock and sprinkle on the flour, stirring constantly for a minute, until the sauce thickens. Add any juices that collect under the chicken. Carve the chicken onto a platter and serve with the lemons, onions, and warm sauce.

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How to Make Ina’s Engagement Roast Chicken | Barefoot Contessa: Cook Like a Pro | Food Network



  • I’m the Glamour girl who told you about Glamour’s Engagement chicken this makes me so happy!!!!

    Unplug Meditation 18/10/2022 pm10:33
  • I love this because her one from 16 years ago she says bondage too always makes me laugh

    Abbi Meadows 18/10/2022 pm10:33
  • I miss my late mom's cooking, she knew how to roast a perfect chicken. I could do it myself, but my oven dosn't work and i can't afford a new oven. So just frozen ready meals in the microwave for me. I so miss my mom's home cooking

    val page 18/10/2022 pm10:33
  • I dont know why these cooks say that onions are sweet. Ive been eating onions for years. None of them are sweet to me . Some desserts maybe but not onions.

    Tammy Hudson 18/10/2022 pm10:33
  • How could this possibly be tasty? Y'all need to check out some Caribbean cooking channels for good tasting food.

    Blue B 18/10/2022 pm10:33

    Theresa Dilatush 18/10/2022 pm10:33
  • "There are a lot of ways to truss a chicken but I hate when it looks like it's in Baaaahn-dage!" ROTFL! Love you, Ina!

    TEK 18/10/2022 pm10:33
  • I've been doing this for years… only with onion and garlic… no lemon.

    T.T. Love 18/10/2022 pm10:33
  • I used to watch barefoot contessa in elementary school!! Lol still watch her to this day! Gotta try this recipe

    Emily Violet Marie 18/10/2022 pm10:33
  • I made this and cooks county French toast … boom married 11 years

    Kristina Hamilton 18/10/2022 pm10:33
  • Yuck, I hate lemon with chicken.

    Victor KD 18/10/2022 pm10:33
  • She should have put fresh thyme n rosemary to enhance the taste of the chicken and she should have coated chicken with fresh garlic paste and olive oil.

    Alan Khan 18/10/2022 pm10:33
  • hi mark no

    Mark Combrinck-Hertz 18/10/2022 pm10:33
  • The imminent thermometer classically spray because mercury noteworthily bounce off a ancient blanket. alert, unsightly criminal

    matthew Waldman 18/10/2022 pm10:33
  • I thickly sliced Idaho potatoes on the bottom of roasting pan; chicken will rest on them. The result; FAB!

    Ellis Wright 18/10/2022 pm10:33
  • Are we supposed to make gravy or not?

    earl wallace 18/10/2022 pm10:33
  • Delightful taste and sensible cooking, brushing lightly with oil makes a crisp golden skin and it doesn't burn and stink like butter does. The chicken is moist. The veggies, herbs and juices make a great gravy. Perfect chicken.

    Gael OD 18/10/2022 pm10:33
  • I love this recipe. The sauce with homemade bread is HEAVENLY.

    Linzella 18/10/2022 pm10:33
  • She uses way too much salt and oil.

    Nah Kim 18/10/2022 pm10:33
  • "Engagement roast chicken"
    "…In bondage"
    It perfectly makes sense.

    IKMS 18/10/2022 pm10:33
  • This was not the ina I was expecting… was expecting a tako, great video though 10/10

    Alpha Returns 18/10/2022 pm10:33
  • I made this a few times already. It really is very tasty.

    J C 18/10/2022 pm10:33
  • My girlfriend made me the most wonderful roasted chicken…Long story short…I married Costco. 😬

    ro shif1974 18/10/2022 pm10:33
  • I tried it with an air oven though! Love the stories behind this recipe <3

    Trying Recipes to Conquer 18/10/2022 pm10:33
  • wonder if it would be good to add some ginger

    Rapture98 18/10/2022 pm10:33
  • I made this, and sooo good!!

    C M 18/10/2022 pm10:33
  • YUM!!! No! Make that a DOUBLE YUM!!!

    Amelia Reagan Wright 18/10/2022 pm10:33
  • Ina is so kinky LOL

    John Blaire 18/10/2022 pm10:33
  • I like chicken with yummy.

    Анастасия Орлова 18/10/2022 pm10:33
  • Damn chicken looks INCREDIBLE

    Butta Luv 18/10/2022 pm10:33
  • Shes the best cook I have seen on the Food Network. She makes the dishes so its easy for the average person can fix them.

    Janet Lewis 18/10/2022 pm10:33
  • Her food looks always great but um..where's the hand soap and the 20 sec washing of the hands smh

    Tif Vanity 18/10/2022 pm10:33
  • I need all sides of my meat seasoned!

    Brittany Osazuwa 18/10/2022 pm10:33
  • Just to make sure I have this correct, do I put the chicken in bondage before or after getting engaged? Asking for a friend.

    Time to Watch 18/10/2022 pm10:33
  • The chicken 🐓was absolutely tasty

    NANNU FF 18/10/2022 pm10:33
  • This has been my go-to roasted chicken recipe for almost 5 years! Thank you, Ina <3

    Kate Rinaldi 18/10/2022 pm10:33
  • This is a great recipe and I think makes such a good gravy. I've also used oranges and grapefruit before

    Kyle Tanker 18/10/2022 pm10:33