Slow Cooker Chicken Marbella

"This is a slow cooker version of the Chicken Marbella recipe from Manhattan's famous Silver Palate gourmet food shop and equally famous Silver Palate Cookbook. I've been making Chicken Marbella for company and special occasions for many years, and this slow cooker version is delicious and not as time consuming."
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Ready In:
6hrs 15mins




  • In a 5- to 6-qt slow cooker, whisk together the wine, brown sugar, oregano, 2 Tbsp of the vinegar, and 1/4 tsp each salt and pepper. Add the garlic, capers, prunes and olives and mix to combine.
  • Add the chicken, nestling it among the olives and prunes. Cover and cook until the meat is tender and cooked through, on low for 5 to 6 hours or on high for 3 to 4 hours; gently stir in the remaining Tbsp vinegar and parsley.
  • Thirty minutes before serving, cook the rice according to package directions. Serve the chicken, prunes, olives and cooking liquid over the rice.

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  1. mandabears
    I used bone in chicken breasts, skinned and doubled the sauce. Otherwise stuck to the recipe except deleting the oregano. I used to make the original recipe from the the Silver Palate cookbook. This tastes the same and is much easier. We love it, thanks for posting.
  2. j.lo4205
    GREAT recipe. don't be scared by the mix of ingredients, it is fabulous!! next time i may double the ingredients, except for the chicken, just to have the extra broth, absolutely, delicious.
  3. Joyous56
    I wish this recipe was more accommodating wor working women. O've always loved the Silver Palate recipe for chicken Marbella. I can marinate it the day before, but this recipe calls for me to cook it on low, in the crockpot for 5-6 hours, at which time, I wouldn't be home after the usual 8 hours + an hour commute time. Since I am retired and have some flexibility, I may be able to do this. I only suggest you might adjust to someone who is working. I love Chicken Marbella, and hope to make it tomorrow, with a full night to marinate. I'll adjust for time, and hope for the best.
  4. Shannon Clay
    I have generally used the Silver Palate recipe, but really loved this one too. Nice to come home to the fragrant goodness of a dinner ready to go. Husband and 4yo daughter had seconds. I served it with a turmeric garlic rice. Doubled the sauce as others had suggested. Glad I did. Used only chicken thighs which I have never made in a crock pot and, admittedly was a nervous wreck about trying, but they came out perfectly. The prunes give a nice color to the chicken and the fat melts away to keep the chicken moist. Cheers to you!
  5. LifeIsGood
    This smelled so good as it was being slow cooked! It was great served over rice. The chicken was very tender. The capers, olives, prunes, and garlic gave it a great flavor. Thank you!


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