Easy Chicken Marengo With Garlic and Tomatoes

Chicken marengo

 The Spruce

  • Total: 60 mins
  • Prep: 30 mins
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Yield: 4 to 6 Servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
525 Calories
31g Fat
27g Carbs
36g Protein
See Full Nutritional Guidelines Hide Full Nutritional Guidelines
Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6 Servings
Amount per serving
Calories 525
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 31g 39%
Saturated Fat 8g 42%
Cholesterol 105mg 35%
Sodium 695mg 30%
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Protein 36g
Calcium 127mg 10%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Chicken Marengo is a French dish named after the battle of Marengo, a victory for Napoleon. Traditionally, the dish is served with a garnish of fried eggs and shrimp or crawfish; however, more recipes today, such as this one, usually omit these ingredients. This chicken Marengo recipe is easy and tasty—it's a flavorful combination of boneless chicken breasts, tomatoes, mushrooms, and some wine. The chicken is simmered to perfection with the vegetables and sauce, and the dish takes no more than one hour to prepare and cook. Serve this tasty chicken and tomato dish with hot cooked pasta or noodles and a salad for a fabulous meal.

If you enjoy this recipe, you may want to try chicken with wine and tomatoes.


  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless chicken breasts (sliced)
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (divided)
  • 1 large onion (sliced)
  • Optional: 1/2 sweet bell pepper (sliced)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 8 ounces mushrooms (sliced)
  • 2 cloves garlic (pressed)
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine (or dry sherry)
  • 1 cup chicken stock (preferably no-sodium or low-sodium)
  • 1 (14 1/2-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 lemon (juiced)
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 3 sprigs parsley
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper (or to taste)
  • Garnish: 2 tablespoons fresh parsley (minced)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for chicken marengo
     The Spruce
  2. Put the chicken and flour in a food storage bag and shake to coat the pieces thoroughly. Set aside.

    Put chicken in bag
     The Spruce 
  3. In a large skillet or sauté pan over medium heat, sauté the onions and sliced bell pepper, if using, in 1 to 2 tablespoons of the olive oil until translucent. Remove to a plate.

    Large peppers and onions
     The Spruce 
  4. Add the remaining 2 to 3 tablespoons olive oil to the pan and heat over medium heat. Add the coated chicken to the pan and sauté, turning frequently, until browned. Remove the chicken to a plate and set aside.

    Add chicken into bowl
     The Spruce
  5. Add the butter to the pan and heat over medium-low heat. Add the mushrooms and sauté until tender and lightly browned - about 3 to 4 minutes.

    Add mushrooms
     The Spruce
  6. Add the garlic and continue cooking for 1 minute longer.

    Add garlic
     The Spruce
  7. Pour the wine into the pan and cook until almost evaporated.

    Pour the wine into pan
     The Spruce
  8. Add the chicken stock, tomatoes, lemon juice, and tomato paste. Blend well and bring to a boil.

    Add chicken stock
     The Spruce
  9. Add the chicken and vegetables back to the pan along with the parsley sprigs and bay leaf. Taste and add salt and pepper, as needed. 

    Add ingredients to pan
     The Spruce
  10. Reduce the heat to low. Cover the pan and simmer for about 10 minutes, or until the chicken is thoroughly cooked.

    Reduce heat to low
     The Spruce 
  11. Remove the bay leaf and parsley sprigs from the sauce.

    Remove bay leaf
     The Spruce 
  12. Spoon chicken mixture into a serving dish and garnish with fresh chopped parsley.

    Chicken marengo
     The Spruce
  13. Serve with hot cooked pasta, egg noodles, or rice.