Pollo alla Marengo Recipe

This is an Italian dish, and was named so as, Napoléon Bonaparte ate this dish after the Battle of Marengo. According to the folklore Napoléon asked for a quick meal and his chef came up with this dish. Napoléon liked this dish and also considered it lucky having won the battle.
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Cooking Time1 Hr 10 MinDifficulty LevelEasy
Health IndexHealthyServings4
SpecialityMain Ingredient

Recipe Story

I came to know about this dish while surfing through internet for some historical article. So being curious I searched for the recipe and tried making it at home. It was a complete hit, believe me every body liked it. Try it at home and impress your family.


 Boneless chicken breast4
 Onion1 , thinly sliced
 Olive oil1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs) (8 Tbsp.)
 Vinegar1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
 Garlic2 Clove (10 gm), crushed
 Fresh parsley1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), chopped
 Canned tomato sauce16 Ounce (1 Can)
 Water/Stock1 Cup (16 tbs)
 Cooked rice4 Cup (64 tbs) (4 Servings)
 Egg4 , fried
 Shrimps12 , shelled and deveined
 Parsley1⁄2 Teaspoon (for garnish)

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 850 Calories from Fat 319

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 36 g55.3%

Saturated Fat 6.2 g31.1%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 411.6 mg

Sodium 881.2 mg36.7%

Total Carbohydrates 62 g20.7%

Dietary Fiber 3.1 g12.5%

Sugars 6.8 g

Protein 66 g131.7%

Vitamin A 31.5% Vitamin C 42.4%

Calcium 12.5% Iron 46%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet


1) In large non-stick pan, heat oil and saute onions and chicken for 5 minutes until light browned.
2) Stir in vinegar, garlic, parsley, tomato sauce and season to taste.
3) Pour in the water and put the lid on.
4) Simmer for about 1 hour until the chicken is tender.
5) While cooking check once, if too dry add little water.

6) Using a perforated ladle remove the chicken.
7) Stir in the shrimps and allow the sauce to reduce for 5 minutes or until shrimps are tender.

7) Serve hot over the bed of rice topped with fried egg and sprinkled with parsley.

You can also add olive, and serve toast with this dish as per the traditional recipe.