Chicken Marengo: Napoleon's Favorite Dish

Chicken Marengo: Napoleon's Favorite Dish

Chicken Marengo is a rustic French chicken recipe made with black olives, tomatoes, and herbs, and legend has it that it was invented by Napoleon's chef.
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  • Serves: 4 persons



  1. Step 1

    Season chicken breasts with Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  2. Step 2

    Heat a heavy-bottomed sauté pan over medium-high. Add olive oil and heat for another minute. Add chicken to pan and cook 2 to 3 minutes on each side until the breasts are lightly browned. Remove chicken from skillet and set aside.
  3. Step 3

    Add some butter to the pan and heat until it foams. Then add the onions and cook until translucent, about 2 minutes. Add wine and bring mixture to a boil. Return the chicken to the pan and add the tomatoes. Cover and reduce heat. Simmer 10 minutes or until chicken is tender and cooked through.
  4. Step 4

    Remove chicken and plate it. Add the chopped olives and thyme to the pan and cook for another minute, then top the chicken with the sauce and serve immediately.