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Crockpot Chicken Marbella

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This Spanish chicken has been a top secret recipe in my family for years. It was given to my mother by her dear friend, Francesca who is Spanish. Whenever I make this recipe it gets RAVE reviews, and it’s even a favorite of kids. The original recipe was written as two steps, with the chicken is marinated overnight, and baked the next day with the with the wine and brown sugar. I rewrote it as a one-step crock pot recipe. The result is just as good as the original and SOOOOO easy. It needs about 5 hours on low to get really good. Use whole chicken on the bone for maximal flavor (it’s also budget friendly). You can definitely add up to twice as much chicken and keep the rest of the ingredients roughly the same, as there is a lot of sauce. I have done different takes on this recipe. Instead of prunes and olives, you can add sun dried tomatoes and artichokes. My friend Kara has even used dried apricots which works great!

Ingredients

Food
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Prep
Notes
3-4 pounds chicken (Whole cut up)
chicken
3-4
pounds
Whole cut up
½ cup olive oil
olive oil
½
cup
⅓ cup red wine vinegar (or white vinegar)
red wine vinegar
cup
or white vinegar
2 tablespoons oregano (dried)
oregano
2
tablespoons
dried
1 cup prunes (pitted)
prunes
1
cup
pitted
optional: ¼ cup capers (with juice)
optional: capers
¼
cup
with juice
1 cup olives (Green or mixed)
olives
1
cup
Green or mixed
3 bay leaves
bay leaves
3
4 cloves garlic (minced)
garlic
4
cloves
minced
⅓ cup brown sugar
brown sugar
cup
1 cup white wine (dry)
white wine
1
cup
dry
salt (to taste)
salt
to taste
black pepper (to taste)
black pepper
to taste

Method

Place all ingredients in the crock pot and cook on low for 4- 5 hours, stirring occasionally (every 1-2 hours). Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Babyfood Option:

This chicken is slow cooked so it's super soft with mild flavors for baby. Grind into a fine or smooth texture with other soft foods or shred this into bite-sized pieces for finger food eaters.

Prep time
15 min
Cook time
5 hours
Cost per serving:
$4.32
Yields/Serves:
6 servings, or add more chicken for a "Cook Once, Eat Twice" meal
Nutrition Information

Yum Ratings

😫😟😐😀😍 “Yum! I like the taste.” —Asa, age 5
😫😟😐😀😍 “Yum! It’s got a lot of flavor!” —Alexander, age 9
😫😟😐😀😍 “This is my favorite recipe. It’s even better in the crockpot!” —Maria, age 11
😫😟😐😀😍 “Super Yum! This chicken is fantastic!!” —Zane, age 9