Chicken Marbella Copycat Recipe

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Sweet meets savory in Chicken Marbella made famous by the Silver Palate restaurant. Tangy marinated boneless chicken is sprinkled with brown sugar, topped with olives and prunes and baked to perfection.  

Chicken Marbella Boneless chicken with prunes and olives on plate

Sometimes it pays to step out of your comfort zone. When you do, you are rewarded with exciting new flavor combinations that you never in a million years would dream up.

That’s exactly what happened to me when I worked up recipes for our make ahead meal assembly store.

I was always on the hunt for popular restaurant recipes that could be made at home, like Alice Springs Chicken and Monterey Chicken.

I’d read about The Silver Palate’s popular Chicken Marbella and gave it a try. It was an instant hit…and not just at the store, but with our family too.

Chicken Marbella Marinade

The original method of preparing this recipe calls for marinating the chicken overnight. We suggest at least 4 hours if you don’t have that much time. However, there’s another option.

If menu planning a day in advance is hit or miss, then add the marinade ingredients to a plastic bag with boneless chicken breasts and FREEZE IT!

Chicken Marbella marinade has:

  • Red wine vinegar
  • Olive oil
  • Garlic
  • Oregano
  • Capers

The marinade seeps in while it’s freezing and has a chance to work some more while the chicken is defrosting.

We used boneless chicken breasts. However, any type of chicken will work in this recipe.

Chicken Marbella with olives and prunes on a plate with couscous

How to Cook Chicken Marbella

Once the chicken is marinated, it’s easy to assemble and bake this dish, which makes it perfect for entertaining.

  • Place chicken in a baking dish,
  • Pour white wine around the chicken
  • Sprinkle brown sugar on the chicken
  • Place prunes and olives on top of the chicken

Bake, uncovered for about 30 minutes! Use a meat thermometer to ensure it’s not over or under cooked.

Chicken Marbella with prunes and olives in baking dish

This recipe is based upon Prune and Olive Chicken over at All Recipes. If you are not a fan of prunes, raisins or apricots will work too.

And, if your guests might not take to “prunes” then trying calling the fruit “dried plums.” It works every time! 🙂

What to serve with Chicken Marbella

Our favorite way to round out this meal is to make 5 minute couscous and stir in some of the sauce and goodies (i.e. prunes and olives.) A few halved grape tomatoes liven up the color even more! Rice, quinoa, farro or any other grain will work.

Tip: Always reserve the juices to serve on the side and liven up whatever else is on the plate.

Serve Chicken Marbella hot or cold! Yep. Cool the chicken to room temperature. Warm the juices and drizzle over the top. Serve it with a nice, cool salad.

Depending upon what’s in season, vegetables that pair with Chicken Marbella include:

  • Green beans
  • Asparagus
  • Wilted spinach (Drizzle olive oil in a pan, add minced garlic and baby spinach leaves and stir and cook for several minutes until the spinach leaves are wilted.)

If you’re entertaining, finish it off with Flourless Chocolate Cake with Ganache or our naturally Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes!

Chicken Marbella boneless chicken on plate with couscous and fork

It’s fancy enough for company but easiest enough for a busy weeknight dinner!

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Chicken Marbella Boneless chicken with prunes and olives on plate
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Chicken Marbella

Sweet meets savory in this Copycat of Silver Palate's Chicken Marbella with tangy, marinated boneless chicken topped with brown sugar, olives and prunes!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Marinate4 hrs
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 348kcal


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts


  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon dried oregano
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 Tablespoons capers


  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 4 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup dried plums pits removed (I slice the the plums into strips.)
  • 8-12 green olives


  • Combine the marinade in a plastic bag that seals.
  • Place chicken breasts in bag. Turn chicken to coat with marinade periodically.
  • Marinate for about 4 hours or overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Place chicken in baking dish, spooning a little marinade over the top of the chicken.
  • Pour white wine around chicken.
  • Sprinkle a teaspoon of brown sugar over each chicken breast.
  • Top with prunes and olives.
  • Bake uncovered for 30 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.
  • Spoon sauce over the top of chicken at least once during cooking and before serving.


Suggested side: Couscous. Stir in excess juices, olives and prunes to flavor the couscous.


Calories: 348kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 370mg | Potassium: 603mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 255IU | Vitamin C: 1.8mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 1.3mg
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  1. I wouldn’t call myself a prune fan but you make it sound and look good with this preparation!

    • Thanks for stopping by! I’ve converter a few people with this recipe.

    • donatella says

      Thank you for sharing this lovely recipe, it is delicious. However, your web page has so much junk and advertisements it was difficult to read the recipe through and around them. I won’t be revisiting this site.

  2. A fabulous Weekday Supper indeed! What a great sweet/salty flavor combo.

  3. This dish sounds absolutely amazing — I just won’t tell my kids what the fruit is. hahaha

  4. I like the idea of a sweet and salty combo…great balance of flavors!

  5. This is a wonderful looking, well-rounded meal. Bravo!

  6. As a sweet and savory fan, I’m rejoicing over this one. Sounds delicious, will make soon, pinned. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  7. Been making Chicken Marbella since that book came out in the ’80s! It’s awesome, isn’t it?

  8. I love quick and easy meals and this one sounds perfect for my husband and I. And I learned something new! I never knew you could freeze chicken with the marinade. What a great way to save time. Thanks for the great tip!

  9. This chicken must have such a delicate flavor, when topped with prunes and brown sugar. A little salty accent from olives makes this dish complete!

  10. Elisha @UseHealthTips says

    thanks Dinner mom , just loved the idea of how u make new interesting food stuff everytime, brilliant

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