{RECIPE} Mouth-Watering Chicken Marbella

I first tried this delicious dish at a dinner party a few years ago, and it was absolutely mouth-watering (hence the name of this recipe). I had asked for the recipe, eager to duplicate it, but ended up tucking it away in a kitchen cupboard – out of sight, and out of mind.

The other day I came across the recipe card, and while the memory of the dish had my taste buds screaming for an encore, I was intimidated by the long list of ingredients. I assumed it would be tricky to make, and didn’t feel up to dragging my feet down the aisles at the grocery store to pick up the ingredients that I didn’t have at home.

Thanks to Save-on-Foods Online, I was able to order the exact items I needed (including the correct quantities of each specialty item thanks to bulk food options). The food was delivered right to my door. Easy peasy.

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Mouth-Watering Chicken Marbella

*Note: for best results, marinate the chicken in the fridge overnight.

Ingredients:

  • 5 lbs chicken thighs (boneless, skinless)
  • 1 head garlic
  • 2 tbsp dried oregano
  • coarse salt
  • freshly-ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup dried, pitted prunes
  • 1/2 cup pitted Spanish green olives
  • 1/4 cup capers (1 tbsp juice)
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped

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Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, combine chicken, garlic, oregano, salt, pepper, vinegar, olive oil, prunes, olives, capers, juice, bay leaves. Cover & marinate, and refrigerate overnight.
  2. Preheat oven to 350F.
  3. Arrange chicken in casserole dish. Spoon marinade over top evenly. Sprinkle chicken with brown sugar and pour white wine around it.
  4. Bake for 50-60 minutes. basting frequently with pan juices.
  5. Chicken is done when thigh pieces, pricked with fork at thickest, yields yellow (not pink) juice.
  6. With a slotted spoon, transfer chicken and mixture to serving platter. Moisten with a few spoonfuls of pan juices, and sprinkle generously with cilantro.
  7. Serve with rice or pasta.

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Bee’s Take:

  • This was a great mid-week meal. I prepped the marinade and had it all ready in the fridge, so on the day the meal was served, all I had to do was make the rice (set rice cooker and wait), and cook the dish. My kids loved it (minus the olives, which I was more than happy to eat on my own).
  • It keeps well in the fridge, so make a little extra and serve it again for leftovers night, or pack it up for a delicious lunch on the go!

Pay it forward and add this meal to your regular recipe rotation. Your family will love it.

Don’t forget to make your life a little easier by ordering online – the perfect solution for school nights, last-minute dinner parties, or just those nights when you don’t feel like going out but have empty cupboards. I use Save-On-Foods online ordering to simplify my life during overwhelming school weeks, and you should too.

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Disclaimer: I’ve partnered with Save-On-Foods to help spread the word about their fantastic online ordering options. While this is a sponsored post, the thoughts and ideas are honest and completely my own.

Shop Vancouver – Posh Shopping Tours

Last week I had the privilege of perusing some of Vancouver’s local shops and boutiques, thanks to the guidance of Posh Shopping Tours. I was born and raised in the heart of Vancouver, so I was privately skeptical, thinking I had already discovered all of the local shops that my city had to offer. Much to my surprise, each of our tour stops unveiled a new, creative and inspiring designer, paired with a story and style unique only to our coastal metropolis.

The tour began with refreshing mimosas, as our group of bloggers browsed the racks of our first store, and gathered for an overview of our day’s events.

(Left to Right): Amber of Strocel.com, Raj of Pink Chai Style, Eschelle of Mumfection, Me, and Michelle of Elastipantcity

Nestled in a residential area in a quaint Vancouver eastside neighbourhood, the first shop did not disappoint. With a wide range of eclectic items – from flowy Summer frocks, to locally-made jewelry and second-hand shoes, each item was unique to the store in which they were housed. The store owner, also a local clothing designer, was warm and welcoming, happy to answer our questions about each design. This was just a small introduction to the unhidden gems that we would discover throughout the tour.

Beautiful artwork displayed on the side of one of our shopping tour destinations

Once we were finished shopping at our first stop, we loaded into an air-conditioned car, and were greeted with adorable swag bags, filled with locally-made hand-picked items. We settled in, and went on our way.

Brandy, the owner of Posh Shopping Tours made sure we were all comfortable as she took us on a luxury shopping scavenger hunt around our city, each stop as exciting as the last, each shop with its own local flare and welcoming store owner/designer. While our tour included shops that offered a range of themes and price points (offering items from yoga jeans to evening gowns), Posh Shopping Tours offers its guests a range of tour styles, catered to each shopper’s interests and budget.

Here’s just a small glimpse at the highlights of our shopping tour:

One of my favourite stops was a unique local boutique that offered new, thrift and vintage clothing – with a philanthropic twist – all proceeds from sales were given to support the Battered Women’s Support Services (BWSS). A great selection of clothes with all sales used to fund a great cause? How could I not make a purchase?

Love my new jacket!

I had such a wonderful time learning about the unique local designers and hidden boutiques that can be found around our city, and look forward to returning to many of our tour’s shopping destinations in the future.

Whether you’re an out-of-town visitor, or a local Vancouverite, Posh Shopping Tours gives a whole new meaning to “retail therapy”. To learn more, please visit their website: Posh Shopping Tours.