Marengo Chicken

Marengo Chicken

Chicken cooked in a tomato mushroom sauce.

Legend has it that this dish was served to Napoleon the night before his victory in the Battle of Marengo (not far from Milan, Italy, on June 14, 1800). Apparently, the Emperor rather liked it…

4 servings
Preparation 10 min
Cooking 45 min

320 calories per serving 


4 chicken legs, with back, skinless   1.2 kg
4 tbsp cornstarch   30 g
1 clove garlic, finely chopped    
1 1/2 shallots, finely chopped   60 g
14 button (white) mushrooms, sliced   200 g
2 tbsp butter, unsalted   28 g
1 tbsp olive oil   15 mL
2 bay leaf   0.4 g
1 sprig fresh thyme   0.4 g
1/2 cup white wine   125 mL
1/2 cup chicken broth   125 mL
1 1/2 tbsp tomato paste   23 mL
1 pinch salt [optional]   0.1 g
  ground pepper to taste    

Before you start

Put the serving dish in the oven at the lowest setting to keep the chicken warm.


  1. Coat the chicken with cornstarch. Prepare the vegetables: Finely chop the garlic and shallot; slice the mushrooms.
  2. Heat the butter in a pan, over medium heat and sauté the pieces thoroughly on each side until golden, about 6-7 min. Set them aside on the warmed serving plate in the oven.
  3. Add the oil to the pan and heat. Add the garlic and shallot, bay leaf, and thyme. Cook 2-3 min. Pour in the white wine then scrape the bottom of the pan thoroughly as the wine comes to a boil.
  4. Add the chicken back in. Add the warm broth and the tomato paste, cover, and simmer. Turn the chicken pieces 2 or 3 times during the cooking. Add the mushrooms to the pan after the chicken has cooked 30-35 min. Cook an additional 10-15 min. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve.

Nutrition Facts Table

Nutrition Facts

per 1 serving (230g)


% DV*

* DV = Daily Value




15 g

23 %

Saturated 5 g
+ Trans 0.2 g

27 %


100 mg


210 mg

9 %


13 g

4 %


1 g

4 %


2 g


31 g

Vitamin A

25 %

Vitamin C

4 %


4 %


15 %

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Servings of Canada's Food Guide

1 serving of this recipe is equivalent to:

Vegetables and Fruit: ¾ serving
Grain Products: ½ serving
Milk and Alternatives: 0 serving
Meat and Alternatives: serving

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Free :
Added Sugar
Source of :
Folacin, Magnesium, Manganese, Vitamin B1, Vitamin E
Good source of :
Copper, Iron, Vitamin A, Vitamin B12
Excellent source of :
Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Phosphorus, Potassium, Selenium, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B6, Zinc

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This recipe is in the following categories: Poultry | Vegetables | Main courses/Entrées | Diabetes-friendly | High Iron | Braise/Stew | Italian

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