Chicken Marengo

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“There's a story that says that this dish was served to Napoleon on the day he defeated the Austrians on the battlefield near the village of Marengo in northwest Italy, mid-June 1800. The original recipe contained chicken cooked in oil, tomatoes, a little water, and garlic. The chicken was served with local steamed crayfish and fried eggs as garnish. Back in France, the dish became popular with the addition of mushrooms, thyme, and white wine. If you'd like, you can add uncooked crayfish or shelled uncooked shrimp in the last 10 minutes with the mushrooms. You can also substitute chicken breasts or chicken parts, skinned or unskinned.”
1hr 10mins

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Rub chicken pieces with 1½ tsp salt and ¼ tsp pepper; dredge in flour.
  2. Brown in oil on one side, and then add onion and turn pieces to brown on the other side.
  3. When well browned, pour in wine and boil until wine reduces to about half.
  4. Stir in puree, garlic, and parsley, and then cover and cook slowly for 20 minutes.
  5. Add thyme and mushrooms; cook 10 minutes longer.
  6. Adjust seasoning.
  7. Transfer chicken to platter surrounded with croutons; pour pan gravy over the chicken.

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