Chicken Marbella

March/April 1996

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Prunes, olives and capers jazz up chicken breasts in a simple dinner that's elegant enough to serve when company's coming. Serve this saucy dish over brown basmati rice.

"We have been making this recipe ever since we saw it in the 1996 Eating Well. It is great for a casual dinner party and every bit as good as the original Silver Palate recipe, which had loads of fat. And no one notices the prunes! "
Chicken Marbella

Makes: 4 servings

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  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1/2 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup pitted prunes
  • 1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup pitted Spanish green olives
  • 4 cloves cloves garlic, very finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • Salt & freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed (about 1 pound)
  • 1/4 cup drained capers


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Combine wine, broth, prunes, brown sugar, vinegar, olives, garlic, oil and oregano in a saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Reduce the heat and simmer gently, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. Place chicken breasts in a large shallow baking dish. Pour the sauce over the chicken, turning to coat. Scatter capers over the top. Bake until the chicken is no longer pink in the center, 30 to 35 minutes.


Per serving: 322 calories; 7 g fat (1 g sat, 5 g mono); 66 mg cholesterol; 30 g carbohydrates; 28 g protein; 2 g fiber; 503 mg sodium; 531 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Selenium (30% daily value), Potassium (15% dv).

Carbohydrate Servings: 2

Exchanges: 1 fruit, 1 other carbohydrate, 4 lean meat, 1 fat

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Type of Dish
Main dish, poultry
Ease of Preparation
Total Time
1 hour or less
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March/April 1996
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