Chicken Marbella

This was the first main course dish to be offered at The Silver Palate shop, on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, in the late 70's
Chicken Marbella
Chicken Marbella

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PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

Ingredients

  • The following recipe will serve 10-12. You can halve the entire recipe.

  • 4

    chickens, 2 1/2 lbs each, quartered

  • 1

    head of garlic, peeled and finely pureed

  • 1/4

    cup dry oregano

  • coarse salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

  • 1/2

    cup red wine vinegar

  • 1/2

    cup olive oil

  • 1

    cup pitted prunes

  • 1/2

    cup pitted spanish green olives

  • 1/2

    cup capers with a bit of juice

  • 6

    bay leaves

  • 1

    cup brown sugar

  • 1

    cup white wine

  • 1/4

    cup Italian parsley or fresh cilantro, finely chopped

Directions

1. In a large bowl, combine chicken quarters, garlic, oregano, pepper and coarse salt to taste, vinegar olive oil, prunes, olives, capers and juice, and bay leaves. Cover and let marinate, refrigerated, overnight. 2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees 3. Arrange chicken in a single layer in one or two large, shallow baking pans and spoon marinade over it evenly. Sprinkle chicken pieces with brown sugar and pour white wine around them. 4. Bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour, basting frequently with pan juices. Chicken is done when thigh pieces, pricked with a fork at their thickest, yield clear yellow juice. 5. With a slotted spoon, transfer chicken, prunes, olives and capers to a serving platter. Moisten with a few spoonfuls of pan juices and sprinkle generously with parsley or cilantro. Pass remaining pan juices in a sauceboat. 6. To serve Chicken Marbella cold cool to room temperature in cooking juices before transferring to a serving platter. If chicken has been covered and refrigerated, allow it to return to room temperature before serving. Spoon some of the reserved juice over chicken.

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