Friday, June 7, 2013

In The Kitchen - Chicken Marbella Recipe

Chicken Marbella recipe from Silver Palate Cookbook

I'm flying home from visiting my family this week and must share a favorite recipe that I make for them every time I visit. It's Chicken Marbella from the Silver Palate Cookbook.  My sister-in-law Gale recommended it to me and it is SPECTACULAR.  Homerun every time and my go-to recipe when having company over.  Thank you Gale!

Note:  I like use skinless chicken breasts instead of whole chickens and usually 1/2 the recipe and it still makes enough for 6-8 people.  Don't be overwhelmed by the number of ingredients ... it's quick to put this marinade together and well worth it!  I also like to chop up the prunes and olives so there's more in each bite!

Chicken Marbella
Recipe from:  Silver Palate Cookbook by Julee Rosso and Sheila Lukins
  • 4 chickens, 2 1/2 pounds each, quartered                                         
  • 1 head of garlic, peeled and finely pureed
  • 1/4 cup dried oregano
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground black 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 cilantro, finely chopped
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.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

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.

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 (rather than pink) juice.

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.

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 juices over chicken.

Buon Appetito!

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