26 years ago, Kim Bonnell, a Glamour fashion editor, gave her assistant a chicken recipe. Shortly after she made the dish for her boyfriend, he asked her to marry him. The recipe made its rounds, and Yahoo reports that it is now “linked to 72 marriages.” Across the country there are 72 men loading Anthropology bags into their Honda Odysseys thinking, “Damn that voodoo chicken!”
Ladies: Here’s a link to the chicken recipe. Use it with caution; if your son from your first marriage mistakenly eats the leftovers, you will be responsible for an Oedipal complex coated in delicious herbs and spices.
Men: If you are sitting down to dinner tonight and your girlfriend brings out a lemony chicken dish from the kitchen, take that black magic fowl and throw it out the window. You’re a man, damn it! No chicken’s going to tie you down!
Everybody Else: Enjoy this fun story while you can. Once Hollywood turns it into a romantic comedy starring Kate Hudson with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as the chicken, you’ll be pretty sick of it.
How to Make “Engagement Chicken” [Glamour]
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on April 15, 2011