Chicken Marbella is a classic, elegant dish that you can get on the table in no time by starting the marinade the night before. Feed a crowd with this recipe, or cut it in half or 1/4 for a single family dinner.

Chicken Marbella

Chicken Marbella

Prep Time: 15 minutes   |   Cook Time: 30 minutes   |   Yield: 12 servings


  • 12 oounces pitted, bite-sized dried plums
  • 1 3.5-ounce jar capers
  • 1 0.5-ounce bottle dried oregano
  • 6 bay leaves
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 cup pimento-stuffed olives
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon coarse sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons pepper
  • 4 pounds boneless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup dry white wine



  1. Combine first 10 ingredients in a large bowl or zip-top freezer bag. Add chicken pieces, turning to coat well, then cover or seal.
  2. Chill for 8 hours (overnight is best), turning chicken occasionally.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 F. Arrange chicken in a single layer in one or two 9X13 baking pans.
  4. Pour marinade evenly over chicken, then sprinkle evenly with brown sugar, and pour wine around chicken pieces.
  5. Bake 30-40 minutes, basting frequently.