My authentic recipe for Chicken Marbella is a dinner party favourite! This simple one-skillet chicken dinner calls for unusual ingredients like plums, capers, olives, and brown sugar which turn into a sweet-and-savory sauce!
OH LORD! This recipe for Chicken Marbella… It’s probably the best thing that ever happened to chicken drumsticks in my kitchen yet. And I mean it.
I realize that I always say that when I post a new recipe. It’s always the best/my favorite recipe yet. I can’t help it, I’m always enthusiastic when it comes to good food. So let’s clarify my statement. Chicken Marbella is the best sweet and savory chicken drumstick recipe I’ve made so far.
Oh, wait! Maybe I should start with this: What’s Chicken Marbella? Thanks for asking!
Well, chicken Marbella is a Spanish inspired chicken dish made with prunes, olives, capers (don’t worry, you can leave them out!), white wine, sugar (or honey!) and other ingredients.
The chicken drumsticks are then marinated overnight which makes it uber flavorful! (did I just use the word uber? Gosh, I think I need a nap).
Some people out there are not fans of sweet and savory combinations, I know that. Others are grossed out by prunes. Obviously, these folks won’t get excited by this Chicken Marbella recipe, but that’s all right, I can take it.
There’s another category of people who think they won’t like this combination going on in my Chicken Marbella recipe. Because let’s face it, prunes paired with olives and capers? That can be unusual and weird for some palates.
I suggest we trick them.
Example: you invite some friends over for a Spanish-themed dinner party and you don’t tell them what you’ll make. Once they tried – and obviously loved your Chicken Marbella – TADA you tell them what’s actually in there and boom we have new believers.
I love this trick method because it always works! If you’re still reading, I guess I don’t need to convince you, right? So let’s get on with this Chicken Marbella!
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My authentic recipe for Spanish Chicken Marbella is a dinner party favourite! This simple one-skillet baked chicken dinner calls for unusual ingredients like plums, capers, olives, and brown sugar which turn into a sweet and savoury gravy that goes so well with the chicken drumsticks!
For the marinade
- 6 large chicken drumsticks
- 3/4 cup prunes halved
- 3/4 cup pimiento stuffed olives halved
- 2 tbsp capers with brine
- 3 garlic cloves minced
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 1/2 tbsp dried oregano
- 1/4 cup white wine
- 1 tbsp brown sugar coconut sugar or honey for paleo
- 1 tbsp fresh parsley chopped - to serve (optional)
For the marinade:
The night before, prepare the marinade. In a large ziplock bag, combine all marinade ingredients (chicken, prunes, olives, capers, garlic, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, oregano), shake well to make sure the chicken is well coated and all the ingredients are equally distributed. Marinate overnight.
Preheat oven to 380F. Arrange chicken in a baking dish and cover with marinade.
Pour wine around chicken and sprinkle it with brown sugar (or honey if using). Bake between one hour and one hour and a half (depending on your oven) or until chicken is cooked through (it took me 1:20 to get it done)
Sprinkle with chopped parsley and serve.
Hey, don't be afraid of the capers! If that's not your thing, just leave them out.
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