It’s the Unforgettable Chicken Marbella


The Silver Palate Cookbook is famous for its exotic Chicken Marbella, marinated first overnight in prunes, capers, olives, garlic, oil, and herbs, then baked with sprinkled brown sugar and some white wine. I am not a huge fan of capers, so I adapted the recipe and concentrated on bringing out the flavors of olives and garlic. This easily prepared dish will make any night memorable – it is so good.

Chicken Marbella - a variation. Served with Bread Salad with Tomato and Argula

I prepared a Bread Salad with Tomato and Arugula (recipe can be found here on LA Times) that went perfectly with the light and tender chicken.

Chicken Marbella (a variation)
Serves 5-8

  • Chicken Picnic Pack (~5lb bone-in, skin-on chicken legs and thighs)
  • 1/2 head of garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp of dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup of red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • 8 large garlic stuffed green olives, cut in half, with 2 Tbsp of juice
  • 1/4 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup of white wine
  • 2 Tbsp of Italian parsley, chopped
  1. In a large shallow baking dish, combine chicken pieces with oil, vinegar, olives and juice, garlic, oregano, and salt and pepper. Cover and marinate overnight.
  2. Preheat oven to 350F. Spoon marinade over chicken pieces and sprinkle evenly with brown sugar. Pour white wine around chicken pieces.
  3. Bake for 1 hour. With a slotted spoon, transfer chicken and olives to a plate and spoon pan juices over the chicken. Sprinkle some parsley on top and serve.

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10 comments for “It’s the Unforgettable Chicken Marbella

  1. Ruth
    June 23, 2011 at 8:21 am

    This looks really delicious! Great photos!

  2. Faith
    June 23, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    There is such a nice balance of flavors in this dish…the olives look really beautiful in it!

  3. Tes
    June 23, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    Oh that's a stunning picture! I want to try this 🙂

  4. Elra's cooking and baking
    June 23, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    One of my favorite chicken dish!

  5. Junia
    June 23, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    wow, its perfectly glazed!!! beautifully done!

  6. Jay
    June 24, 2011 at 10:39 am

    Any left overs dear…absolutely inviting..:P
    Tasty Appetite

  7. Peggy
    June 24, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    This sounds great! I'm the same way with capers – I either leave them out or reduce the quantity so I don't notice them lol

  8. Lizzy
    June 24, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    Oh, I've heard such great things about this recipe. Now why haven't I tried it? I have both Silver Palate cookbooks plus The New Basics…such treasures. Thanks for the inspiration~

  9. John
    June 24, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    The colors here beautifully compliment each other. The chicken looks perfectly seasoned and tender. Btw, the new site layout looks great!

  10. something good
    June 24, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    Chicken Marbella, yummy!!! such a great choice to cook chicken -full of lavour & juices.

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