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Easy chicken recipes - Chicken marengo

Some classic dishes have a colorful history and great flavor. Chicken Marengo is a good example.

History records that Napoleon's chef, a man named Dunand, created this succulent dish using chicken, mushrooms and tomatoes garnered from the countryside. After defeating the Austrians at the Battle of Marengo in Italy, Napoleon demanded that something special for the victory dinner. Chicken Marengo was Dunand's creative answer. Napoleon enjoyed the dish so much that he insisted on it after every battle.

Also here are some other chicken favorites that have evolved over the years, each using a broiler-fryer.

If you prefer, the popular boneless, skinned chicken breast may be used instead for this easy chicken recipe.



  • 1 broiler-fryer chicken, cut in serving pieces
  • 1½ teaspoons salt, divided (optional)
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon chopped shallot or 2 tablespoons chopped onion
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • ½ pound mushrooms, sliced
  • 3 large ripe tomatoes, chopped

Difficulty level:
2 (Easy)

Time to completion:
60 - 70 minutes

This easy chicken recipe makes 6 servings.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sprinkle chicken with ½ teaspoon of salt and paprika. Place chicken, skin side up, in baking pan. Broil 3 inches from heat 5 minutes or until browned. Add shallots and or onions, garlic, mushrooms, tomatoes and remaining teaspoon salt.

Cover or tent with foil; bake in preheated oven for 50-60 minutes or until chicken is tender. Makes 4 servings.

Enjoy cooking!

Mariana & Catalin

This excellent easy chicken recipe and the historical background accompanying it was written in 2001 by Barbara Bratel Collier and is © 2001 Sun Newspapers.

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