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List of ingredients for Chicken Marengo

* 1 cup crayfish tails
* 1.2kg whole chicken, jointed
* 1 large onion, peeled and chopped
* 1 clove of Garlic, crushed
* 6 tomatoes, chopped or 1 small can of tomatoes, chopped
* 6 tablespoons brandy or dry sherry
* 2 tablespoons plain flour
* Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
* Handful of torn basil leaves
* 3 tablespoons black olives
* 2 Free range eggs to garnish -(optional but authentic!)

* Remove the parson's nose
* Joint the chicken
* Season the flour with salt and pepper and roll the chicken pieces in the flour
* In a large pot, heat the olive oil and brown the chicken pieces, reserve and keep warm
* Add the onion and Garlic (and a little more olive oil if needed) and soften the onions
* Add the chicken back to the pan and add the tomatoes and brandy, cover and simmer on a low heat for 30 minutes
* Add the crayfish tails and simmer for a further 10 minutes
* At the last minutes, stir in the basil leaves and olives
* Fry the eggs and serve as a garnish with the finished dish


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