This Roast Chicken Recipe got Prince Harry to Propose

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Updated 11/30/17

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We get it—Prince Harry probably took into account Meghan Markle’s other impressive qualities before proposing, but her skills in the kitchen couldn’t have hurt.

In Harry and Markle’s first joint interview with BBC News, the couple revealed the engagement went down during a quiet night at home while they whipped up a roast chicken. The Suits actress probably looked to celebrity chef Ina Garten for the recipe, People reports.

“There is nothing as delicious (or as impressive) as a perfectly roasted chicken,” Markle told Good Housekeeping. 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.”

The princess-to-be has apparently been a fan of the Barefoot Contessa for a while, and the chef couldn’t be more flattered.

“Congratulations to Prince Harry and Meghan! I always knew roast chicken had magic powers!! I’m so happy for both of you!” Garten tweeted Tuesday.

While the concept of engagement chicken isn’t new, this tradition is clearly worth a try. Garten told People the magic lies in making a simple, nourishing meal that you cook together. “It wasn’t some fancy meal,” Garten said of the royal question-pop. “He did it over a home-cooked meal and a simple roast chicken, which is frankly what everybody wants.”

“Who knew if you make my chicken you could end up marrying a prince?" she continued. "An adorable prince at that!”

Well, we're down to try it out! Check out Markle’s favorite Garten recipe, and keep us posted on your royal engagement, which naturally will follow.

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