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Foodie Friday: Chicken Marengo

A few months ago my husband, a history buff, decided we should write a cook book based on historical recipes. His first request was Chicken Marengo, which was Napolean’s favorite dish. He loved it so much he named his horse Marengo after it. We didn’t have a horse to name, but we did name the latest stray cat to inhabit our porch Balls Marengo.

Anyways, this dish does take a few hours, so prepare ahead. I was not amused that it took me three hours to make dinner when I was starving. The results were totally worth it, though.

Chicken Marengo
found in Quail Country cookbook

1/4 cup butter
2 celery stalks, chopped
1 carrot, peeled and chopped
1 cup chopped onions
1 strip bacon, sliced
1 tomato, chopped
bay leaf
salt and pepper
1/4 cup flour
1 can tomato puree
1 pint chicken stock
1 tablespoon sherry

To make sauce, melt butter and saute next 9 ingredients until golden brown. Add flour and stir well. Add tomato puree. Remove from heat. Slowly add stock and sherry. Bring to a boil then simmer 1 hour. {I cut this step short by boiling on high for about 15 minutes. Results still ended up favorably.}

3 1/2 to 4 l bs cooked chicken
8 oz mushrooms, chopped and sliced

Cut chicken in bite size pieces; place in a 2 quart casserole. Add mushrooms. Cover with sauce. Bake uncovered for 1 1/2 hours at 350 degrees. Serve over rice.

This may take a long time, but you can do it in steps. And trust me, my onion, tomato, and mushroom hating husband loved it.

5 responses »

  1. You two have a great idea! My next question, is do you have any good goose or duck recipes? The chicken sounds great!

  2. actuel name of this recipe and Napoleon’s horse is MARENGO.
    Manchego is a Spanish cheese…

  3. The directions say “3 1/2 to 4 lbs cooked chicken” and then you say to cook it an additional 1 & 1/2 hours. Is that right? Otherwise, looks very delicious and than you !!

    • Cece, Great question! I wasn’t sure at first and checked the original recipe. It does say cooked. I honestly cannot remember what I did when I made this.

      With cooking it an additional 1 and a half hours I could go either way. You will probably be safe adding raw, chopped chicken at this stage.

      – Rachel


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