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If you’re like me, you panic at 5:00 p.m. thinking about what to put on the table for dinner. I don’t particularly enjoy cooking so whatever I make tends to be quick and easy. I get stuck in ruts making the same things over and over. I don’t read cooking / foodie blogs regularly because it isn’t my passion and I usually end up feeling completely inadequate and overwhelmed. But, and here’s the big but, I LOVE EATING. So I cook. Sometimes all it takes is one new recipe to shake things up and bring my meal plan out of doldrums. I always appreciate an easy, yummy dinner idea so I thought you might too. And, to me, home is as much about what you do in it as what you do to it.

EASY CHICKEN MARBELLA

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Add ingredients listed above to a medium mixing bowl and stir gently to combine. Pour the mixture over three to four chicken breasts in a baking dish. Bake at 350°F for 30 minutes or until cooked through. Warning: your house is going to smell amazing.

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It should look something like this when done.

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Remove bay leaves. Serve with couscous and pour juices over.

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Even easier…make this dish in the crockpot after freezing the ingredients. You can combine all ingredients in a freezer bag ahead of time and store in the freezer until you’re ready to cook. (Great gift idea for moms-to-be! Write baking instructions on the bag and don’t forget to include a box of couscous to go along with it.) You could easily whip up a batch of this chicken marbella on the weekend, freeze, then serve later in the week. I like a lot of olives and capers but you can use less if you wish. Multiply the recipe to accommodate larger gatherings.

Enjoy!

images: Dana Miller for House*Tweaking

42 Comments

13.January.2014

Awesome idea ! Bon appétit :)

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13.January.2014

that looks amazing. but seriously, do your kids eat that? if yes, you are truly blessed! if no, what do you make for them?

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replied on January 13th, 2014

Mabrey and Everett eat it but Layne likes his chicken plain so I usually just bake a plain breast for him and give him green olives, not baked, on the side.

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replied on January 13th, 2014

oh my goodness. you are so lucky to have good eaters. i think i’m going to try this anyway. my boys will eat olives, but not chicken (unless it’s in nugget form). it looks so yummy—maybe it’ll be the dish that makes them try something new!!!

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replied on January 13th, 2014

Everett isn’t keen on eating meat. For Mabrey and Everett, I cut everything up (so it’s almost shredded) and serve it mixed with the couscous in a bowl.

13.January.2014

very pretty necklace Dana… love it…. recipe looks scrumptious too. thanks for sharing.

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13.January.2014

Yum! I’m adding this to my recipe folder to try once our kitchen remodel is finished. Right now we’re eating a lot of takeout food, which isn’t a good way to start a healthy new year.

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13.January.2014

This recipe is amazing! It’s been my go to for a few years, when I want to like a fabulous cook or just plain old comfort food. I especially love it reheated the next day, even better if that’s possible!

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13.January.2014

This looks delicious, but your necklace also looks beautiful!!

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13.January.2014

Yum! I’m always looking for new recipes to try out for dinner. I have to try this one out.

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14.January.2014

This looks absolutely amazing. I don’t really like to cook (probably because I’m not that good at it,) but I keep trying. I really love it when something is simple, but still tasty. I know this isn’t a “food” blog, but if you have any other recipes/ideas, please share! :)

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14.January.2014

I have a friend who is a caterer and this is one of her favorite recipes for weddings! People who never in their lives would be interested in olives or prunes gobble it up :)

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14.January.2014

This looks delish!!!! I am an olive addict and love prunes, so other than the capers, I usually have all of the ingredients on hand. On the weekend, my husband and I love cooking more elaborate meals together, but this looks like a perfect (and pretty fancy:-)) after-work dinner. And, yes, please keep sharing your recipes!

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14.January.2014

This recipe looks really good – adding it to our list to “must try”!

And I hope you don’t take this the wrong way, but I think it’s hilarious that you have this big gorgeous cooking, but admit to not liking to cook. :) Irony of life I guess…

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replied on January 14th, 2014

big gorgeous “kitchen” that should have said… oops.

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replied on January 14th, 2014

No offense taken at all! But please don’t think that our kitchen is this space that never gets used or isn’t appreciated.

I cook a lot and my family thinks I’m a good cook…I just don’t really lose myself in the process of cooking like some people do. I spend most of my day in the kitchen and am so, so thankful for a functional space that reflects my style. I don’t enjoy cooking specifically but I very much enjoy spending time in my kitchen whether I’m cooking, eating, cleaning up, working at the desk, entertaining or helping the kids with homework at the island. Our kitchen is definitely the heart of our home.

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14.January.2014

Saw your recipe and made it last night! I had every single thing on hand I couldn’t believe it so I had to try it! It was delicious….and easy! This will be one of the dinners in my rotation, thank you! I would love to see more recipes so feel free to share please! I’m sure you eat pretty healthy and I’d love to see more of what you fuel yourself and family with. :)

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replied on January 14th, 2014

So glad to hear that you liked it! Maybe a monthly recipe post?

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replied on January 15th, 2014

Yes! A monthly recipe post would be a fantastic addition! Great idea, I’m in! I love your blog and I get so many inspirational ideas that I copy so adding a recipe goes naturally. Yay!

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replied on January 15th, 2014

I’d love to see monthly recipe posts too!

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replied on January 23rd, 2014

I would love to see a monthly recipe if they’re all as (relatively) easy and delicious as this one. YUM!

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14.January.2014

You helped solve the inevitable weeknight question of, “What do we want for dinner tonight?!” and it was delish!

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14.January.2014

love this— now a fashion post!?

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14.January.2014

Perfect timing! I was just compiling a list of recipes the family eats because a lot of times I find recipes online and forget about them, then I get stuck cooking the same things over and over. I’m adding this one to my list to try. My kids like chicken and olives, perfect!

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14.January.2014

This is a classic recipe — the classic recipe — from the Silver Palate Cookbook. I’m sure I’d gleefully eat this version, but a few changes that make it even better:

– use skin-on chicken. It browns beautifully from the brown sugar, and the herbs and spices from the marinade will cling to it better after cooking.
– add fresh parsley to the marinade.
– marinate overnight. Honestly, this step isn’t negotiable. I’ve made it both ways, and the chicken comes out entirely different. There’s no active cooking time added, just some extra planning.

Thanks for the great idea, I haven’t made this in ages. Nom.

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replied on January 14th, 2014

My sister-in-law passed this recipe onto me and I wasn’t sure where it had originated. Thanks for the info! And that skin-on part + marinade time sounds delish!!

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15.January.2014

When I looked at the picture the first thing I have notices were olives which I adore. It looks like a real Italian dish and I am sure that it is rather piquant. Did you invent this recipe by yourself?

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replied on January 15th, 2014

Lord no. I can follow a recipe or tweak one with good results but I have never developed a complete original recipe from scratch and probably never will. My mom can look in her pantry for 30 seconds and have a delicious, original dish prepared in thirty minutes. I did not inherit that gene.

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15.January.2014

Tried this last night – loved it! Thank you, and it’s beautiful to look at too.

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15.January.2014

I love your plates! Your photography is beautiful! Thanks for sharing your talents through your blog!

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replied on January 15th, 2014

Thank you! The plates were a wedding gift – over a decade ago!

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16.January.2014

The high-chair is soooo cute!

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16.January.2014

Just made this for dinner tonight – delish! Hubs raved about how good it was! Thank you for sharing :)

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17.January.2014

This looks amazing! I love mediterranean food. Pinning this one for sure.

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20.January.2014

I am about to make this for dinner this evening because it looks amazing and super simple (which is good for me, because I’m not a great cook). I will report back on how it turns out. In the meantime, I have a question about the going the crockpot way. For how long? And on low or high? I’d love to try that method too, but would want to know specifically how long to keep it in there and at what temperature. Thanks!

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replied on January 21st, 2014

I think I cooked the chicken marbella on LOW for 4-6 hours, frozen.

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21.January.2014

I tried the dish and it turned out good. Thank you for sharing the recipe! Love reading your blog and is that cardigan from Jcrew – I have the same, I think. :) Lovely necklace too!!

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replied on January 21st, 2014

Cardigan is from my pregnancy days! Eeek! I think it was Target.

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27.January.2014

Thank you so much for making this! I made it for my husband Friday night and we loved it! This will definitely be made again!

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01.March.2014

I made it for my family and you were right. The smell was amasing! Everyone loved it :)

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06.March.2014

[…] Psst…easy chicken marbella is pretty comforting, too. […]

14.May.2014

Dana, I had to circle back to say THANK YOU for sharing this recipe! I bookmarked it months ago and finally got around to making it last night. It was so easy to assemble, tasted absolutely delicious, made our house smell wonderful and got my husband swooning too.

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