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Chicken Marbella with Olives and Figs

Chicken marbella with olives and figs is deceptively easy to make. Marinate the fig chicken thighs and then bake for feel-good comfort food.
Keyword: fig chicken, olives and figs
Servings: 4
Calories: 442kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sherry vinegar
  • 1 1/2 cups Orchard Choice® or Sun-Maid® California Dried Figs
  • 3/4 cup green olives , pitted such as Castelvetrano or Cerignola varieities
  • 1/4 cup capers , with a bit of juice
  • 2 dried Bay leaves
  • Kosher salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • 3 pounds chicken thighs
  • 1 head garlic , split in half (with several minced cloves, optional)
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup wine (red or white)
  • Fresh herbs for garnish, such as parsley or cilantro (optional)

Instructions

  • Whisk together the olive oil and vinegars in a medium bowl and add the figs, olives, capers, bay leaves, minced garlic, 1 tablespoon of salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper.
  • Place the chicken in a resealable plastic bag and pour in marinade. Seal the bag, removing as much air as possible and squish the marinade around so all the thighs are evenly coated. Refrigerate overnight.
  • When ready to cook, preheat the oven to 375°F. Arrange the chicken thighs in a single layer, skin side up, on a roasting pan. Add the head of garlic, cut in half. Carefully pour in the marinade. Sprinkle the chicken thighs with brown sugar, 1/2 more teaspoon of salt and pour the wine around the chicken.
  • Bake for about 40 minutes, basting the chicken every 15 minutes with the pan juices, until the internal temperature of the chicken thighs are 165 F and the skin is nicely browned.
  • Discard the bay leaves.
  • Simmer the pan juices on the stove and reduce by half (optional) or serve straight from out of the oven. Top with fresh herbs (optional).

Notes

Recipe and photos by Chef Daniela Gerson

Nutrition

Calories: 442kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 711mg | Potassium: 486mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 41g | Vitamin A: 145IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 136mg | Iron: 2mg