Confession: I’ve been in a dinner rut lately. That’s why it’s been so long since I’ve posted a recipe. But at my last book club meeting, I finally got inspired to try something new! My sister Alice made Chicken Marbella, and it was an all-around hit. The sweet, salty and spicy flavors combined to make her house smell amazing and my taste buds happy!
Alice shared the recipe with me, and when I saw how easy it is, I had to give it a try. You basically toss all the ingredients in a bowl and let it marinate over night, then you just throw it in the oven when you’re ready to eat it. That’s my kind of cooking! Only a few of the ingredients have to be chopped….another win for families on the go.
Here are the ingredients you will need:
- 2 lbs of boneless, skinless chicken (You can use tenderloins, breasts or thighs.)
- 1/2 head minced garlic (about 6-8 cloves)
- 1 1/2 tablespoons dried oregano
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
- 1/3 cupolive oil
- 12 pitted prunes, cut in half
- 6 dried apricots, cut in half
- 1/2 cup pitted Spanish green olives, cut in half
- 1/3 cup capers
- 3 bay leaves
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 3/4 cup white wine
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/3 cup fresh cilantro
These amounts are for 6 servings, so my hubby and I had plenty of leftovers for our lunches the next day!
Step 1 – Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl. Cover and let marinate in the refrigerator overnight (or at least for a few hours).
Step 2 – Preheat oven to 350. Arrange chicken in a single layer in a large baking dish and spoon marinade over it evenly.
Step 3 – Bake for approximately 45 minutes (or until chicken is cooked through to your liking), basting frequently with pan juices.
Step 4 – Remove from oven. Garnish with extra cilantro or parsley if you wish. Serve and enjoy!
There you have it folks, a SUPER SIMPLE and nutritious dinner your guests will love! I’m going to keep this recipe in my back pocket for when I entertain in the future. Let me know if you give this dish a try and what you think!