Ina Garten’s Updated Chicken Marbella

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Next time you’re hosting a party, you don’t have to reinvent the wheel. Instead, embrace Ina Garten’s updated chicken Marbella recipe.

“Nora Ephron once commented that in the 1980s, whenever you went to a dinner party in New York City, everyone served Chicken Marbella, from The Silver Palate Cookbook,” Garten says in Cook Like a Pro: Recipes & Tips for Home Cooks. “This chicken is marinated with prunes, olives, capers and a stunning amount of garlic. There’s a reason it was so popular; it’s full of big flavors and is so easy to make.” 

She revisited the old recipe, tweaking the flavors a little, and it’s better than ever. Yep, she’s done it again. Here’s how to whip up the Barefoot Contessa’s chicken Marbella. 


½ cup good olive oil

½ cup good red wine vinegar

1½ cups large pitted prunes, such as Sunsweet

1 cup large green olives, pitted, such as Cerignola

½ cup capers, including the juices (3½ ounces)

6 bay leaves

1½ heads of garlic—cloves separated, peeled and minced

¼ cup dried oregano

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Two 4-pound chickens, backs removed and cut in 8 pieces

½ cup light brown sugar, lightly packed

1 cup dry white wine, such as Pinot Grigio


1. Combine the olive oil, vinegar, prunes, olives, capers, bay leaves, garlic, oregano, 2 tablespoons salt and 2 teaspoons pepper in a large bowl. Add the chicken to the marinade. (You can also place the chicken and marinade in a 2-gallon plastic storage bag and squeeze out the air to make sure the chicken is fully covered with the marinade.) Refrigerate overnight, turning occasionally to be sure the marinade is getting into all the chicken pieces.

2. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Place the chicken, skin side up, along with the marinade in one layer in a large (15-by-18-inch) roasting pan, sprinkle with the brown sugar, 2 teaspoons salt and 1 teaspoon pepper and pour the wine around (not over!) the chicken. Roast until the internal temperature of the chicken is 145°F, 45 to 55 minutes.

3. Remove the pan from the oven, cover tightly with aluminum foil and allow to rest for 10 to 15 minutes. Discard the bay leaves. Transfer the chicken, prunes and olives to a serving platter, sprinkle with salt and serve hot with the pan juices.

Nutrition Facts
  • 928 calories

  • 53g fat

  • 48g carbs

  • 60g protein

  • 13g sugars

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