Total Time
1hr 5mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 45 mins

A Sabra is the name given to a native Israeli. This dish emphasizes two native Israeli ingredients- olives and oranges. The recipe uses fresh olives which can be found very easily in Israel, but not too many other places. Substitute with large good quality green olives. This is really nice served over rice or couscous.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large glass bowl, combine chicken parts, orange juice, wine, zest, salt, paprika and pepper.
  2. Allow it to marinate in the fridge for 2 hours.
  3. Lift the chicken out of the marinade; pat it dry and reserve the chicken& marinade separately.
  4. In a deep heavy skillet or shallow pan, large enough to hold the chicken in one layer, heat oil over medium-high heat.
  5. Brown the chicken on all sides; transfer it to a plate.
  6. In the same pan, cook the onions over low heat until they start to change color.
  7. Pour in the marinade and simmer gently for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  8. Return the chicken to the pan and simmer it, partially covered, basting the chicken with the pan juices and turning the pieces over very low heat for about 35 minutes or until chicken juices run clear when flesh is pierced with a sharp knife.
  9. Transfer the chicken to a warm serving platter and keep it warm.
  10. Skim off any excess fat.
  11. Add olives to pan and boil rapidly over high heat until glossy and starting to thicken.
  12. Pour them over the chicken and sprinkle with mint.
Most Helpful

Have had my eye on this recipe for a while. I have to admit that it was very good, but not as amazing and tantalizing as it could have been. I marinated it overnight in the orange juice, wine, and spices. The olives are obviously great. I think next time I will use breasts or thighs and breasts only - the best part of this recipe, is you can use whatever parts of the chicken you like best. It wasn't overpoweringly flavorful though - and I would follow the recommendations of some of the other users and cut down on the oil.

Mivashel August 03, 2009

This was very good. I enjoyed the orangey flavor of the marinade and the chicken came out very tender. I would reduce the oil next time, and might also try using different types of olive for variety. The timing is very accurate too - chicken was ready exaclty at the buzz of my timer.

HeatherFeather May 04, 2004

I just made this tonight for my daughter's boyfriends birthday (24). Everyone said it was great . I did put more olives in as we Israelis just LOVE olives and the kids did fish for them . The orange flavour was great too .

Kinneret April 23, 2004