There's nothing I like more after work, than not working. And sometimes making dinner feels like a chore, which sucks the fun out of cooking. The best recipes for those days are like this Chicken Marbella recipe. They are easy, delicious and filling. You won't catch me eating a sad salad after a long day, but delicious comfort food, I'm there. Made with prunes and olives, this chicken is packed with flavor that I'm sure you'll love!
What is chicken marbella
Chicken Marbella has its roots not in europe, but actually from 1970s New York City. Itv was developed by a catering company whose clientele included the rich and famous. They released a cookbook in the 1980s and from there the recipe took off and became a favorite all around. Inspired by mediterranean flavors, this dish has been given new life here in the states.
How to make with boneless chicken
This recipe calls for bone in chicken, however if you want to substitute that for boneless chicken, it's a pretty easy adjustment. For large boneless pieces, like a whole breast, you can keep the cooking time about the same. For smaller boneless pieces (cutlet, thigh, etc), reduce the cooking time. Boneless meats usually cook faster than bone in. As always, cook until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees and the juices are running clear for any chicken dish that you make.
How to save money with this recipe
This recipe is enough to feed an entire family, but it doesn't have to hurt your wallet while doing so. To save money on this recipe, by a whole chicken and cut it yourself. Typically broiler or whole chickens will cost less and you'll get more meat per a dollar this way. Cutting the chicken is fairly easy and takes about 10 minutes, just make sure you have a sharp chef's knife. If you haven't done this before, there are a lot of video tutorials, such as this tutorial from the New York Times: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GSvzRyu2h5g
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- 1 Whole Chicken cut into 8 pieces
- ½ Cup Olive Oil
- ½ Cup Red Wine Vinegar
- 1 Cup Pitted Prunes
- ½ Cup Pitted Green Olives
- ½ Cup Capers
- 6 Bay Leaves
- 1 Head Garlic Minced
- ¼ Cup Dried Oregano
- 1 Cup White Wine
- ½ Cup Brown Sugar
- In a large bowl, combine olive oil, vinegar, prunes, olives, capers, bay leaves, garlic, oregano, salt and pepper. Add chicken and toss to coat. Cover and chill, let season for 45-24 hours.
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Empty chicken and marinade into a large baking dish. Pour in the wine and sprinkle brown sugar on top of the chicken. Cook for 50-60 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and browned. Serve with au jus and prunes, olives and capers. Enjoy!
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