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Chicken Marengo - Air Fryer + Stovetop

This Chicken Marengo is my Filipino version of the classic French dish of fried chicken, simmered in a tomato sauce broth. Mushrooms and bell pepper slices are added for a more flavorful and colorful dish. For less grease, I cooked the chicken in the Air Fryer. I also share an alternative way of frying the chicken on the stove top. This Asian in America blog post by Elizabeth Ann Quirino was inspired by a recipe from the Let's Cook with Nora Cookbook, edited by Nina D. Puyat.
Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time1 hr 10 mins
Total Time2 hrs 10 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: Asian, Filipino
Keyword: Chicken Marengo - Air Fryer and Stovetop
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 90kcal
Author: Asian in America - Elizabeth Ann Quirino


  • Air Fryer
  • Large skillet or Wok- if pan frying (about 12 to 14 inches diameter)
  • Large saucepan - to simmer in sauce


For the Chicken

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 to 4 pounds chicken cuts, bone-in, skin-on; dark meat; about 5 to 6 pieces legs, thighs, wings
  • 2 ½ Tablespoons melted butter; divided, use 2 Tablespoons to coat chicken; 1/2 Tablespoon to saute mushrooms
  • ½ cup vegetable oil, if pan frying

For the Tomato-Mushroom Sauce

  • 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 whole medium-sized white or yellow onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 whole medium-sized tomato, chopped
  • ½ cup tomato sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons white wine
  • 1 ½ cups chicken broth
  • 1 can (6 ounces) button muxhrooms, drained, halved
  • 1 whole medium-sized red bell pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 stalk scallion greens, sliced, for garnish

For Serving:

  • steamed rice


To Air-Fry Chicken (Option 1)

  • In a small bowl, combine the garlic and onion powders, paprika, salt and ground black pepper. Marinate the chicken with this dry rub. Cover the chicken and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
    Preheat the Air Fryer at 370 degrees.
    Brush the melted butter all over the chicken pieces.
    Place the chicken in the Air Fryer and cook for 25 to 30 minutes at 370 degrees. Flip the chicken at about 10 minutes left.
    When done, turn off the Air Fryer, slide open the basket and remove the chicken pieces with a pair of long tongs. Set chicken aside.
    Do NOT touch the inside parts of the Air Fryer.
    *Note: We own a small Philips Air Fryer which has a removable basket for the food at the bottom. Since it is a small model, I cook 3 large chicken pieces at a time.

To pan fry Chicken (option 2)

  • If you don't own an Air Fryer, you can cook the chicken stovetop, like I did in the past before I bought this appliance.
    Coat the chicken pieces with the dry rub of : garlic and onion powders, paprika, salt and black pepper. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
    Brush chicken with the melted butter.
    In a large, deep skillet or wok, add the vegetable oil. When oil is hot enough in about 2 to 3 minutes over medium high heat, add the chicken pieces. Fry in the oil for about 35 to 40 minutes. Lower heat to medium if oil is getting too hot and to avoid chicken from burning.
    Flip the chicken using a large turner or pair of tongs, for even browning.
    Remove chicken from skillet. Place meat on parchment paper to remove excess grease. Set aside.

To cook the Tomato-Mushroom Sauce with the Chicken:

  • In a large saucepan, over medium-high heat, add the extra virgin olive oil.
    Saute the onions, garlic and tomatoes for 2 to 3 minutes till soft.
    Pour the tomato sauce, the white wine, and the broth. Combine ingredients. Cover and simmer for about 5 to 6 minutes.
    Add the fried chicken pieces to the simmering tomato sauce broth. Lower heat to a medium. Cover and continue cooking for 15 to 20 minutes more.
  • To saute mushrooms: In a separate saucepan, melt the butter. Add the mushrooms and sliced bell pepper. Saute for 2 minutes.
    Transfer the mushrooms and peppers to the saucepan with the chicken and tomato sauce.
    Season with salt and pepper. Garnish with chopped scallions and serve warm with rice.
  • Cook's Comment: You can also use boneless chicken cuts for this recipe. Please note that cooking time both in the Air Fryer or on the stovetop will be shorter.

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  • Notes on Nutrition: The nutrition information provided  in the recipe links is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and specific brands of ingredients used.
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Serving: 90g | Calories: 90kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 1357mg | Potassium: 216mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 261IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1mg