Unless you've gone off the grid, you've certainly heard the news that Prince Harry proposed to Meghan Markle by now. But, did you happen to hear about the hilarious and romantic tidbit the soon-to-be married couple shared during their first joint BBC interview about how the engagement went down? According to Prince Harry and Markle, he proposed, literally, while they were preparing a roast chicken dinner together. Seriously: Prince Harry proposed to Meghan Markle over roast chicken. Now that we all know the news, I'm sure we're all wondering the same thing: how... was the chicken prepared? Were there sprigs of rosemary inside? Was it a funky new roast chicken recipe Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were trying out? Or, perhaps, was it a classic recipe? Where was the chicken from? What was the chicken's name? What kind of life did that chicken have before it arrived in Kensington Palace? Was the chicken organic? Does the chicken know how important it is right now? Did they eat the chicken before or after the proposal? What did they do with the wishbone? Was the ring inside of the chicken? Was there leftover chicken? Did they have chicken salad for lunch the next day? Did they throw out the leftovers? Will they be collected from their trash from fans and freeze-dried and sold on eBay? WHERE'S THE LINK FOR THAT AUCTION?
There's a lot we don't know about what went down in Nottingham Cottage on the night that Prince Harry proposed to Markle: But one thing we know for sure is that it was over roast chicken, and now that roast chicken — and roast chicken as a dish, in general — will go on to be one of the most important meals in royal history.
So, in the spirit of the royal engagement, here are a few famous roast chicken recipes for you to make yourself, so you can pretend you're about to get your own royal proposal (or maybe so you can pretend you were present in the room when Prince Harry proposed). Or, if all this roast chicken engagement talk has simply given you a hankering for roast chicken, enjoy:
Julia Child's Roast Chicken
Prince Harry is a classy man — perhaps he's a fan of the OG Julia Child's recipes! That wouldn't surprise anyone, would it? This timeless, buttery, tender roast chicken recipe was made delicious by Julia herself.
Martha Stewart's Roasted Chicken
Or perhaps the modern Markle pulled out a Martha Stewart recipe? Surely this is a picturesque enough chicken to profess your undying love over.
Jamie Oliver's Classic Roast Chicken
Actually, now that I think about it, the best chicken to have before promising to spend the rest of your life with someone is a simple chicken — it's timeless, and shows you don't need more than each other to be happy. Jamie Oliver's classic, simple roast chicken is a strong contender.
Za'atar Roast Chicken
But maybe neither of them are into the classics. Maybe I'm just being a Judge-y Judy. Maybe they shake things up in the kitchen? This spicy Middle Eastern recipe by I Am A Food Blog is full of flavor and is certainly a shake up.
Harissa Roasted Chicken
Maybe they're much more adventurous in the kitchen then I'm even giving them credit to be! This chili chicken recipe from A Cozy Kitchen really packs the heat. Heat is good for romance!
"We decided to spend the rest of our lives together over a jerk chicken." No, it's not the most romantic sounding dish, but this recipe from A Cozy Kitchen will not disappoint the tum.
Roast Tomato & Garlic Chicken
This warm and hearty recipe by A Cozy Kitchen is jam-packed with flavors perfect for this time of year. I don't know about garlic breath before a proposal being romantic, but it's delicious enough to be worth it.
Honey Lemon Chicken
This zingy, zesty and sweet chicken is perfect for a romantic dinner. Check out the recipe on Averie Cooks.
Romance languages anyone? This intensely seasoned chicken recipe by Averie Cooks is great for dinner but even better for leftovers the next day. Are Prince Harry and Markle leftovers people, though?
Honey Mustard Chicken
I mean, honey mustard anything, amirite? This sweet and tangy chicken recipe from Averie Cooks is nostalgic, comforting, and a totally impressive romantic dinner.
Chicken and balsamic are a match made in culinary heaven, also perhaps engagement meal of choice for the royal couple? Check out the recipe on Averie Cooks.
Roasted BBQ Chicken
It's sticky, it's sweet, it's finger lickin' barbecue chicken! Honestly, it doesn't really seem like the best meal for an engagement, but it looks delicious nonetheless. Check out the recipe on A Pretty Life in the Suburbs.
Honey Orange Chicken
If you like your chicken sweet, this recipe by A Spicy Perspective is going to make your mouth water. The roasted citrus and sweet flavors create the most gorgeous skin and give every bite a dynamic chew. I could definitely see the royal couple agreeing to eternity together over this gorgeous bird.