Chicken Marbella Recipe

Chicken Marbella Recipe

How To Make Chicken Marbella

Chicken marbella is a classic dish that marinates chicken in capers, olives, oil, and vinegar before baking it in wine and sugar until tender.

Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking: 1 hour
Marinate Time: 8 hours
Total: 9 hours 10 minutes



  • 2cut-up chickens,(2½ lbs each) quartered, bone-in, skin-on
  • ½headgarlic,(8 cloves), peeled and finely puréed, minched
  • 2tbspdried oregano
  • tspkosher salt
  • 1tspfreshly ground black pepper
  • ¼cupred wine vinegar
  • ¼cupolive oil
  • ½cuppitted prunes
  • ¼cupspanish green olives
  • ¼cupcapers,with a bit of juice
  • 3bay leaves
  • ½cuplight brown sugar
  • ½cupWhite Wine
  • 2tbspItalian parsley,freshly chopped


  1. In a large bowl combine garlic, oregano, salt, pepper, vinegar, olive oil, prunes, olives, capers with caper juice, and bay leaves. Add the chicken pieces and coat completely with the marinade.

  2. Cover and let marinate, refrigerated, overnight.

  3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

  4. Arrange the chicken in a single layer in two 9 x 13-inch baking dishes and spoon marinade over it evenly. Sprinkle the chicken pieces with brown sugar and pour white wine around them.

  5. Bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour, basting occasionally with the pan juices. Chicken is done when thigh pieces, pricked with a fork at their thickest point, yield clear yellow juice (not pink).

  6. With a slotted spoon, transfer the chicken, prunes, olives, and capers to a serving platter. Add some of the pan juices and sprinkle generously with parsley.

  7. Serve remaining sauce in a gravy boat. Serve hot or room temperature.


  • Calories: 1272.62kcal
  • Fat: 84.30g
  • Saturated Fat: 22.36g
  • Trans Fat: 0.47g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 38.60g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 16.80g
  • Carbohydrates: 30.33g
  • Fiber: 1.29g
  • Sugar: 14.47g
  • Protein: 90.58g
  • Cholesterol: 360.00mg
  • Sodium: 1338.06mg
  • Calcium: 118.96mg
  • Potassium: 1144.64mg
  • Iron: 6.04mg
  • Vitamin A: 218.75µg
  • Vitamin C: 11.81mg
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