Chicken Marbella

This is one of our few non-vegetarian recipes. The distinctive colors and flavors of the prunes, olives, and capers have kept it a favorite for years. It's good hot or at room temperature. When prepared with small drumsticks and wings, it makes a delicious hors d'oeuvre. The overnight marinating is necessary to the moistness of the chicken. The chicken keeps and even improves over several days of refrigeration.

Author:Inspired by The Silver Palate
Yield:12 servings
Category:Main Courses


12 chicken breasts, cut in half
chickens, 2 1/2 pounds each
1 heads garlic, peeled and finely pureed
1/4 cups dried oregano
to taste salt
to taste freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cups red wine vinegar
1/2 cups olive oil
1 cups prunes, pitted
1/2 cups green olives, pitted
1/2 cups capers, preserve some of the juice
bay leaves
1 cups brown sugar
1 cups white wine
1/4 cups fresh Italian parsley, finely chopped (cilantro)


  1. In a large bowl combine chicken breasts/pieces, garlic, oregano, pepper and coarse salt to taste, vinegar, olive oil, prunes, olives, capers and juice and bay leaves. Cover and let marinate, refrigerate, overnight.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 °F (165 °C).
  3. Arrange chicken in a single layer in one or two large shallow baking pans and spoon marinade over it evenly. Sprinkle chicken pieces with brown sugar and pour white wine around them.
  4. Bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour, basting frequently with pan juices. Chicken is done when pieces, pricked with a fork at their thickest yield yellow, rather than pinkish juice.
  5. With a slotted spoon transfer chicken, prunes, olives, and capers to a serving platter. Moisten with a few spoonfuls of pan juices and sprinkle generously with parsley or cilantro. Pass remaining pan juices in a sauceboat.


Nutrition Facts

12 servings per recipe

Serving size 1 serving

Amount per serving
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g0%
Saturated Fat 0g0%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 0mg0%
Total Carbohydrate 0g0%
Dietary Fiber 0g0%
Total Sugars 0g
Includes Added Sugars
Protein 0g

The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrition in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.