Chicken Marbella Gluten-freeThis is my go-to dinner party dish, especially when I’m having foodies over. You can use any type of chicken pieces, and any amount of chicken over 2 pounds and it works. It marinates overnight, so all you have to do is cook brown rice and put this in the oven and your guests will think you slaved all day.

It serves 6+, depending on the amount of chicken you use. There was a great article about this in the New York Times a while back, in case you want to know more about the history of this dish. Adapted from The Silver Palate Cookbook by the late Sheila Lukens and Julee Rosso.

The renovation: I use a lot less oil and substitute a cup of white wine instead to make more marinade and sauce. I use agave syrup instead of the full cup of brown sugar. I have played around with the ratio of the capers, olives, and prunes. I like my prunes cut up, so that they melt into the sauce instead of being large pieces to eat.

Suitable for:
gluten-free, reduced-sugar diets

Not for:
low-sodium or migraine diets

Chicken Marbella Gluten-free

Chicken Marbella

My renovation of the Silver Palate classic.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 d 1 hr 20 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine Italian
Servings 8 servings



  • 6+ cloves garlic minced or pressed
  • 2 tbsp oregano (dried)
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp olive oil (extra virgin)
  • 1-2 tbsp agave syrup (omit for strict paleo)
  • 1 cup wine (white)


  • 4 pounds chicken cut in pieces, rinsed and patted dry
  • 1 cup prunes pitted, diced with kitchen shears
  • 1 cup olives (green) pitted
  • 1/4 cup capers with juice
  • 6 bay leaves


Per serving:
  • 397 calories
  • 8 g fat
  • 2 g saturated fat
  • 4 g monounsaturated fat
  • 0 g polyunsaturated fat
  • 0 g trans fat
  • 136 g cholesterol
  • 408 mg sodium
  • 199 mg potassium
  • 17 g carbohydrate
  • 2 g fiber
  • 9 g sugars
  • 55 g protein
  • 9 Weight Watchers Points Plus