Chicken Marbella with Rice

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Overhead shot of Chicken Marbella and rice in a grey bowl on a dark wood background

It’s 80’s dinner party vibes today. Chicken Marbella is a dish I recently had at Café Deco in London. It was originally made famous by the The Silver Palate Cookbook and it’s easy to see why it’s lasted this long; It’s really easy to make whilst being delicious and is as much at home at a dinner party as it is a Monday night supper for the family.

My interpretation of this recipe uses chicken thighs and drumsticks instead of whole chickens. I’ve also lowered the sugar quite a lot…after all, we’re eating like adults here 🙂

I’ve given you instructions for both the slow cooker and oven methods. I much prefer the slow cooker as it’ll give you beautiful, tend fall-off-the-bone chicken.

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Overhead shot of Chicken Marbella and rice in a grey bowl on a dark wood background

Chicken Marbella with White Rice

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  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes


Units Scale
  • 1.3 kg chicken thighs and drumsticks
  • 3 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano or 3 tbsp fresh
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 75 g pitted prunes
  • 10 pitted green olives
  • 2 tbsp capers with 1 tbsp of the juice
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 60 ml dry white wine
  • 1 tbsp parsley (finely chopped)


  1. In a large bowl whisk the olive oil and red wine vinegar to emulsify. Add the garlic, oregano, salt, black pepper, prunes, olives, capers and juice and the bay leaves. The original recipe suggests marinating overnight, which I’m doing but there’s diminishing returns after anything over 2 to 3 hours if you don’t have all night.
  2. Oven method: Preheat the oven to 180C. Arrange the chicken in a baking tray in a single layer, pour over the white wine and sprinkle with the sugar. Cook for 60 minutes, basting with the juices several times.
  3. Slow cooker method: Get a pan going on a high heat. Add 3 tbsp olive oil to the pan and then add the chicken. Cook for a few minutes to get some nice colour on the skin. Transfer the chicken and all of the marinade into a slow cooker, pour over the wine and sprinkle the sugar. Cook on high for 3-4 hours or low 6-8 hours.
  4. Once cooking is complete, for both methods, separate the chicken pieces on to a tray and put in the oven to keep warm. Strain off the liquid from the marinade into a pan and get on a medium high heat to reduce it down by about half. Turn off the heat and throw in the rest of the marinade ingredients you just strained off. Add the parsley to the pan as well.
  5. I like to serve on a bed of rice, 3 chicken pieces per person on top of the rice and then spoon over that beautiful sauce.
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 60 minutes
  • Cuisine: American

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