Chicken Marbella

Chicken Marbella Recipe
Photo: Oxmoor House
Various adaptations of this popular recipe from the Silver Palate Cookbook have been a go-to dinner party favorite for decades. It's a simple and delicious one-dish recipe for the busy host, and tastes best when prepared a day or two ahead.


Serves 4 (serving size: 1 breast half or 1 thigh plus 1 drumstick and about 1/4 cup plum mixture)
Total time: 9 Hours, 3 Minutes

Recipe from

Oxmoor House

Recipe Time

Total: 9 Hours, 3 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 417
Fat 15 g
Satfat 2.9 g
Monofat 8.6 g
Polyfat 2.4 g
Protein 37.8 g
Carbohydrate 28.4 g
Fiber 1.6 g
Cholesterol 149 mg
Iron 1.6 mg
Sodium 564 mg
Calcium 58 mg


2/3 cup pitted dried plums
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup dry white wine
1/3 cup pitted green olives
1/4 cup capers
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano
6 garlic cloves, chopped
3 bay leaves
2 bone-in chicken breast halves, skinned
2 bone-in chicken thighs, skinned
2 chicken drumsticks, skinned
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley


1. Combine dried plums and next 9 ingredients (through bay leaves) in a large zip-top plastic bag. Add chicken; seal and marinate in refrigerator 8 hours, turning bag occasionally.

2. Preheat oven to 350°.

3. Remove chicken from bag, reserving marinade.

4. Arrange chicken in a single layer in a 13 x 9-inch glass or ceramic baking dish; pour reserved marinade evenly over chicken.

5. Bake for 350° for 45 minutes or until chicken is done, basting about every 10 minutes with baking liquid.

6. Place chicken, dried plums, olives, and capers on a platter, reserving pan drippings. Discard bay leaves. Sprinkle chicken with parsley, and serve with reserved pan drippings.

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Oxmoor House

October 2013
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