If you’re busy planning and prepping for Thanksgiving, but actually need to feed your family in the meantime…this recipe just might be your perfect solution! Chicken Marbella is one of my all time favorite fall/winter dishes. It’s a definite go-to in our family. It looks impressive and can be served for company, but it’s actually super easy and quick and most times it’s a weeknight meal!
I throw the chicken in the marinade in the morning and then let it sit in the fridge for the day. Then come 5pm I add a few final ingredients and pop it in the oven! We love it with mashed potatoes…but it’s also great with pasta or rice. I hope it becomes a family favorite for you as well, let me know if you try it out!
- 4-6 boneless skinless chicken breasts, pounded thin
- 1/2 head of garlic, minced
- 2 Tablespoons dried oregano
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/2 cup pitted prunes
- 1/2 cup pitted Spanish green olives
- 1/4 cup capers with a bit of juice
- 3 bay leaves
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 white wine
- 2 Tablespoons fresh cilantro
In a large baking dish combine garlic, oregano, salt and pepper to taste, vinegar, olive oil, prunes, capers with juice and bay leaves. Add chicken breasts and coat completely in the marinade. Cover and let marinate, refrigerated, all day or overnight.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Sprinkle chicken breasts with brown sugar and pour the white wine over them. Bake 50 minutes to an hour.
Once done, sprinkle generously with cilantro and serve with mashed potatoes, pasta or rice.
- For the garlic….I love to use the frozen cubes from Trader Joe’s. So much faster! Just defrost in a small bowl in the microwave for 5-8 seconds to use in the marinade.
- We don’t always have capers, so I’ll often omit those and just use a little of the olive juice instead.
- For kids….mine don’t love their chicken covered in “stuff” – ie the marinade. My easy solution is once the chicken is out of the oven, just take a few pieces of chicken out, scrape off the “stuff” and serve. Chicken is juicy so they like it, but they’re not concerned that it was mixed in with everything else 😉
- Call the prunes dried plums instead…lol, it just sounds better!