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Cook Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s magical engagement roast chicken

How to cook Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's magical engagement roast chicken
You could be as satisfied as Harry and Meghan this weekend if you cook their engagement chicken (Picture: AFP/Getty)

Who knew that perfecting the art of a delicious Sunday roast could bag you a Prince?

Meghan Markle clearly did, as that’s what she was slaving away over in the kitchen when Prince Harry got down on one knee and asked her to be his wife.*

And because we don’t think it’s fair for only Harry and Meghan to reap the rewards of their delicious Ina Garten recipe chicken, we’ve decided to reveal exactly how you can recreate the dish yourselves at home.

It’s the perfect meal to knock up for your beloved Valentine – or simply to give your usual Sunday roast a refresh.

Created by American chef Ina Garten, Meghan has openly boasted about how good it is, admitting in a 2016 interview with Good Housekeeping that she would often take it to friends’ houses because it was that good.

‘There is honestly nothing as delicious (or as impressive, in my opinion) as a perfectly roasted chicken,’ Meghan enthused. ‘People think you pick it up at the grocery store but no, no, no.

‘If you have an Ina Garten–level roasted-chicken recipe, it’s a game changer. I bring that to dinner parties and make a lot of friends.’

How to cook Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's magical engagement roast chicken
How to cook Harry and Meghan’s engagement chicken
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The chicken dish didn’t just play a pivotal role in their engagement – Harry and Meghan couldn’t help gushing over it during their engagement interview too, with them both explaining how they were attempting to cook it that night.

Discussing the proposal, Harry said during the BBC interview: ‘[It was] here at our cottage. It was a standard, typical night for us.’

‘It was just a cosy night’, Meghan continued. ‘What were we doing? We were just roasting chicken – trying to roast a chicken – and it was just an amazing surprise.

‘It was so sweet and natural and very romantic. He got on one knee!’

While it may be perplexing that a particular roast chicken recipe is so much better than the usual roast, its use of lemon, thyme and garlic give it the je ne sais quoi Meghan raves over.

The method is also so simple, you could easily cook it and not be too distracted to say yes to a proposal from your significant other.

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Ina Garten presents a cookery show on The Food Network in America (Picture: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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What are you waiting for? Cook the best roast chicken you’ve ever had this weekend (Picture: BarefootContessa)

If you want to see what all of the fuss is about, you can check out Ina Garten’s recipe for her Perfect Roast Chicken right here.

The recipe comes from Ina’s 2012 book The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook, which you can buy online here.

And Ina herself clearly believes it is particularly special chicken too, as she tweeted her congratulations to the royal couple upon their November 2017 engagement, joking that she knew it ‘had magical powers’.

How to cook Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's magical engagement roast chicken

*Please note: While we are fully confident that this roast chicken will create intense feelings of satisfaction and make you giddy with its yumminess, we sadly cannot guarantee it will bag you a Prince. A full tummy is a close second though, no?

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