Chicken Marbella

Marinate the chicken overnight to achieve the best flavor.

chicken marbella on white late

Katlyn Moncada

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Marinate Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
8 hrs 5 mins
4 chicken leg quarters

Chicken leg quarters are often an inexpensive cut of meat, which are perfect for budget meals and feeding a crowd. To change up the flavor of your next chicken dinner, opt for Chicken Marbella, a Spanish dish that flavors the chicken with briny capers, olives, white wine, and prunes. For the juiciest leg quarter results (and easy dinner prep), allow the chicken to marinate overnight. Simply bake the chicken, basting a few times to keep the Chicken Marbella moist and tender. It's delicious right out of the oven, but our Test Kitchen really enjoyed a squeeze of lemon to finish off the dish.


  • 1/2 cup prunes

  • 1/2 cup pitted green olives

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar

  • 3 tbsp. capers (plus 2 tsp. caper brine)

  • 2 tablespoons fresh oregano

  • 6 clove garlic, minced

  • 2 leaf bay leaves

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 4 leg, with skin chicken leg quarter

  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar

  • 1/3 cup dry white wine

  • 3 tablespoons fresh parsley

  • 1 fruit (2-3/8" dia) lemon


  1. Add the first ten ingredients (through black pepper) to a large zip-top plastic bag. Seal and shake to mix well. Add chicken; seal and turn to coat. Chill overnight.

  2. Preheat oven to 375°F. Transfer chicken mixture to a large rimmed baking pan, arranging chicken pieces skin-side up. Sprinkle chicken with brown sugar and pour wine around chicken. 

  3. Bake about 45 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer registers 175°F, basting chicken 2 or 3 times. Remove and discard bay leaves. Transfer chicken to a platter. Top with juices and garnish with parsley. Serve with lemon wedges.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

498 Calories
21g Fat
64g Carbs
19g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 498.4
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21.1g 27%
Saturated Fat 3.7g 18%
Cholesterol 81.9mg 27%
Sodium 935.9mg 41%
Total Carbohydrate 64.4g 23%
Dietary Fiber 8.5g 31%
Total Sugars 42.7g
Protein 18.9g
Vitamin D 0.1mcg 0%
Vitamin C 113.5mg 568%
Calcium 120.9mg 9%
Iron 3.1mg 17%
Potassium 748.6mg 16%
Fatty acids, total trans 0g
Vitamin D 2.6IU
Alanine 1g
Arginine 1.1g
Ash 4.7g
Aspartic acid 1.7g
Caffeine 0mg
Carotene, alpha 16mcg
Choline, total 65.2mg
Copper, Cu 0.3mg
Cystine 0.2g
Energy 2085.2kJ
Fluoride, F 41.2mcg
Folate, total 37.8mcg
Glutamic acid 2.6g
Glycine 0.8g
Histidine 0.5g
Isoleucine 0.8g
Leucine 1.3g
Lysine 1.5g
Methionine 0.4g
Magnesium, Mg 57.2mg
Manganese, Mn 0.4mg
Niacin 4.9mg
Phosphorus, P 192.7mg
Pantothenic acid 1.3mg
Phenylalanine 0.6g
Phytosterols 28.7mg
Proline 0.7g
Retinol 12.9mcg
Selenium, Se 18.2mcg
Serine 0.7g
Starch 1.5g
Theobromine 0mg
Threonine 0.7g
Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) 3.3mg
Tryptophan 0.2g
Tyrosine 0.6g
Valine 0.8g
Vitamin A, IU 696.9IU
Vitamin A, RAE 45.4mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.2mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.5mg
Vitamin K (phylloquinone) 75.3mcg
Water 291.4g
Zinc, Zn 1.7mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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