Ina Garten Couldn’t Live Without an ‘Amazingly Simple’ and Classic Barefoot Contessa Dish

Ina Garten is the Barefoot Contessa. She’s become a Food Network star thanks to her Barefoot Contessa cooking show that’s been around since 2002. On top of that, the 72-year-old continues to release one best-selling cookbook after another. 

Garten’s created hundreds if not thousands of recipes as a celebrity chef but even she has her favorites. Of all of her Barefoot Contessa dishes, there’s one she couldn’t live without. 

Ina Garten speaks at the 2015 Forbes Women's Summit
Ina Garten speaks at the 2015 Forbes Women’s Summit | Daniel Zuchnik/WireImage

Ina Garten couldn’t live without roast chicken

Sitting down with Food and Wine to discuss the return of her TV program, Barefoot Contessa: Cook Like a Pro, Garten shared the recipe she couldn’t live without. No surprise here it’s roast chicken, a signature dish of hers. 

“I think it’s roast chicken. To me, it’s a classic, comforting home meal and it’s amazingly simple to make,” she said. 

For her, the best part about it is that an entire meal can be created using only one pan. 

“I love to make a roast chicken and fill the cavity with lemon and thyme, and then roast it in a pan of carrots and potatoes and onions, and it’s a meal in one dish,” Garten said. 

Ina Garten on 'Today' Season 66 in 2017
Ina Garten on Today Season 66 in 2017 | Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank

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Garten has plenty of Barefoot Contessa recipes but her roast chicken is what she’s most widely known for besides, of course, telling her viewers, “How easy is that?” or “Store-bought is fine.” 

The Barefoot Contessa’s roast chicken has more than 1,000 reviews

People love Garten’s Perfect Roast Chicken recipe. It ranks fourth among Garten’s most popular recipes on Food Network’s website with 1,218 reviews at the time of publication and five stars. 

The only recipes people rave about more than the Barefoot Contessa’s roast chicken are her skillet brownies, fried chicken sandwiches, and Italian iced coffee. Garten has other roast chicken recipes, the most notable being her Engagement Roast Chicken.

Ina Garten says her roast chicken led to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s engagement

Garten’s roast chicken is legendary. It’s so famous she once joked her chicken recipe is what led Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex to propose to Meghan, Duchess of Sussex. 

As previously mentioned, Meghan and Harry were roasting a chicken during a “cozy night” in at Nottingham Cottage when the proposal took place. Garten joked that her chicken was responsible for the pair’s engagement. 

“Without me, it would never have happened,” Garten told Today during an episode of Sunday Today with Willie Geist.

Meghan’s a fan of roast chicken. As noted in a previous article she gushed about the powers of roast chicken to Good Housekeeping going so far as to mention Garten by name. 

“There is nothing as delicious (or as impressive) as a perfectly roasted chicken,” Meghan said. “If you have an Ina Garten–level roasted-chicken recipe, it’s a game-changer.”

For more on the Barefoot Contessa, check out another one of Garten’s favorite chicken recipes or the dishes she refuses to make at home. 

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