Chicken Marengo

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Appears in
Umami: Unlocking the Secrets of the Fifth Taste

By Ole Mouritsen

Published 2014

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Adding shellfish to a meat stew that has tomatoes introduces synergistic umami from the abundance of nucleotides in these ingredients. An excellent example of this type of dish is chicken Marengo. Legend has it that it was created following the Battle of Marengo in Italy in June 1800, when the French led by Napoleon were fighting the Austrians. In order to feed the troops after their victory, Napoleon’s chef, Dunand, sent his men out to forage in the surrounding countryside. They returned w