Behind The Butter

chicken n’ biscuits to snag a husband

Dear Jenna,

Thanks so much for responding! I happen to LOVE your channa masala, but unfortunately the boyfriend in question has some irrational thing against chickpeas.  So I tried your same recipe but substituted some cooked red lentils for the chickpeas, and he basically died.  Have you ever had that boxed Trader Joe’s version of madras lentils? It tastes a lot like that, but more delicious.  Gooey, spicy lentils and hot curry naan? (yes please)

And hey, guess what… we just got engaged! Your chicken and biscuits may or may not have been a contributing factor… he won’t say, but I have reasons to suspect that dish was instrumental.  You should rename it from “chicken and biscuits to fix your life” to “chicken and biscuits to snag a husband.”  😉

I look forward to more of your savory recipes… your sweets are great, but the dinner recipes are such gems!

Thanks again! I love ELR,


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  • Kelly
    February 10, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    “Engagement Chicken” ain’t got nothin’ on Jenna. Haha. 🙂

  • Kristen @ That Hoosier Girl
    February 10, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    Awww! That’s too cute! As soon as I saw this recipe again I thought, “Chicken and Biscuits to make up for a shopping spree” hehe

  • Lee
    February 10, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    Hmmm, now that’s something to think about…

    Maybe I’ll make it this weekend, hahaha 🙂

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)
    February 10, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    amazing! gotta love emails like that, right!?!

  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin
    February 10, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    What an awesome story! So funny! Who knew.

  • amanda
    February 10, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    i’m with cait, i love your savory recipes and my fiancé’s favorite meal i have cooked is the mushrooom risotto (plus roasted sweet potatoes). can’t wait for more!

  • jen @ taste life
    February 10, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    Well, I’ve made my bf your engagement scampi and we’re not hitched, so maybe I need to try this recipe?

  • Angie
    February 10, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    This is my favorite receipe you’ve posted! So happy for the newly engaged couple!

  • Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)
    February 10, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    What a super cute email and story!

    Just yesterday I cooked lentils and blogged about them today! My hubs comment (he eats the dinner I set out for him while Im at work): “What was that stuff you made tonight? It was actually good.” And it was lentils!!

  • Rebecca
    February 10, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    Perhaps I can put away my fear of yard bird long enough to make this recipe. My non-vegetarian husband would likely be in heaven.

  • Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary)
    February 10, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    What a sweet story!

    I know for a fact that my cooking helped make it real easy for B to propose. When we were still ‘just friends’, I’d come over and we’d chill out and do what we do, but eventually would get hungry (and often ordered in or got take out). One day I got sick of all the take out and got into the habbit of making him this homemade chicken soup once a week. I’d always make a huge batch so he could eat it all week. That soup should have been called ‘chicken soup to snag a husband’ bc that’s what it did indeed. He even later told me that when I started cooking for him he was totally smitten with the fact that I could ‘actually cook’. HA! I guess a lot of his prior GF’s were a bit lacking in that dept. Lucky me 😉

  • Chicago Cuisine Critique
    February 10, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    Too funny. What a great email to receive. 🙂

  • Marisa
    February 10, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    Cute story! I may have to try it out and see if it works for me! 🙂

  • Jasmine
    February 10, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    lol. That is AWESOME.

  • Laura
    February 10, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    Such a sweet story! Cooking snagged a husband for me, too. 🙂 In the early days of our dating relationship my husband (then “guy I’d gone on a few dates with”) offered to take me to dinner and a play. He’d already taken me out to several dinners, and I wanted to be able to return the favor. I suggested that he come over and that I’d make dinner for us before the play instead. Much, much later on he said the gesture of cooking him a meal that day was one of the things that made him start to fall in love with me. Swoon!

  • Andrea
    February 10, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    Congratulations! Be sure to drink way too much Champagne with friends and family this weekend!

  • Sara (Miles and Manhattan)
    February 10, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    uh oh…”engagement chicken” has a competitor!!

  • Stacy
    February 10, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    How cute!

  • Abigail @ Good to Think and Eat
    February 10, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    That story is adorable. ELR, you probably have a higher success rate than the Millionaire Matchmaker.

  • Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen
    February 10, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    What a fantastic email!!

  • Alexia @ Dimple Snatcher
    February 10, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    hahahahah! congrats, cait :)))

  • Sahar
    February 10, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    Love! I know what I’m making next time I get a chance to cook for my (long-distance) bf 😉

  • A Teenage Gourmet (Sami)
    February 10, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    The joy of cooking. 😉

  • Baking 'n' Books
    February 10, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    So I haven’t made this before.

    But now it appears I will have to. 😉

  • jennifer
    February 10, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    I better stay faaaaaaaar away from this recipe then! Yikes!

  • Kayley Ray
    February 10, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    You’ll need to start a catagory on your recipe page titled “Getcha a Man” recipes.

  • Stephanie @ Living and Loving
    February 10, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    Looks like I need to get on this recipe!!

    This weekend too soon?? 😉

  • Katie
    February 10, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    I don’t mean to cause a stir, but I just have to say something. I’ve followed you every day for almost 3 years…so I kind of know what’s going on around these parts. For for the last two or three months you’ve been reusing a ton of photos, recipes, and content. If it’s not something new, it’s one single photo and a quirky sentence. It’s kind of sad. I love following you and getting ideas. I just wish I was getting more.


    • jenna
      February 10, 2011 at 2:10 pm

      I’m sorry you feel that way!

      Six days out of every single week I write brand new recipes, test them, eat them and blog about them. It’s kinda insane and very hard to keep up with at times. Personally, I feel like that should be enough fresh content getting pumped out, but if you have a suggestion for something you would really like to see that’s not on here, let me know!

  • megan @ blackberries for jam
    February 10, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    Jenna, you have clearly made your impact on the world! Just like in the movie Chocolat.

  • Laura @ prettylittlewords
    February 10, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    Absolutely love this 😀 Such a sweet, funny email! I think I will need to make that chicken and biscuits soon….

  • Bethany @Bridezilla Bakes
    February 10, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    Aww, so cute!! I hadn’t encountered that recipe before on ELR, so thanks for bringing it to my attention with such a sweet email and story 😉

  • French Heart
    February 10, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    Why I know this is [undoubtedly] true: I know someone who can’t cook (i.e. bloody chicken and still frozen peas is her idea of ‘cuisine’] who got engaged because she prepared Rice-a-Roni for here then BF [& threw away the box]. He actually believed she made that [not that it’s good in the first place…and so much fro him being from the ‘Show Me State’]. They’ve been married forever, no kids, two master’s degrees & two homes.

    I could go on, but I rest my case. 😉

  • Katrina
    February 10, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    Aww I love this story! It’s so cute!

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit
    February 10, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    Cute story 🙂 I totally thought YOU were engaged when I read the title. But you wouldn’t have been more subtle if that was the case 🙂

  • Kiran
    February 10, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    Adorable! Congrats to the couple 😉

  • Lisa (Dishes of Mrs. Fish)
    February 10, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    What a fun email!

  • Jen @ keepitsimplefoods
    February 10, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    What a sweet note! My man also has an irrational fear of chickpeas. He is totally repulsed by them. Gonna have to try lentils instead!

  • eliz@thesweetlife
    February 10, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    I’m pretty sure my husband will marry you if you make him just one of your recipes each week! 🙂

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down)
    February 10, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    I love this! Too cute.

    And the secret of food being the way to a man’s heart always stands true. 😉

  • Donna
    February 10, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    Yay Katie.

  • Justeen @ Blissful Baking
    February 10, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    Aww that email is so sweet! I need to make the chicken n’ biscuits SOON 🙂

  • Chelsea
    February 11, 2011 at 4:28 am

    Sounds like a winner! 🙂 Keep up the good work, Jenna. It’s been over a couple years since I stumbled upon your blog, and it’s been a favorite read ever since.

  • Katherine: Unemployed
    February 11, 2011 at 4:40 am

    you know the way to a man’s heart. I think millions of women are writing this recipe down right now

  • Natalia - a side of simple
    February 11, 2011 at 7:25 am

    An Ode to the Powers that be 🙂

  • Robyn
    February 14, 2011 at 10:12 am

    I am going to make this this week sometime. Hopefully it will work for me getting a ring too!! Here’s to crossing your fingers! Thanks for the great recipes Jenna! I love catching up on ELR and reading your qerky tweets! Keep up the incredible work. My week would not be the same without you!

  • Rachel
    December 10, 2012 at 10:41 am

    Hands down, the best meal that I have ever made at home!!!!

  • Lauren
    October 25, 2018 at 9:07 am

    I cannot even begin to explain how delicious this was. I was so proud of myself for such a made-from-scratch meal! My mouth is watering just thinking about it!!!! You have the all-time greatest recipes!!!