Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Date Night Dinner: Chicken Marabella

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K and E are definitely NOT what I would call a "normal" couple.  Most "normal" couples on their honeymoon head off to a wonderful island beach and relax their way through a week-long respite after the thrills and pressures of wedding planning.  Hopefully, no pressures of marriage since well, it's pretty much too late for that anyway.  "Normal" couples like to go somewhere others have been, who can vouch for it, and not have to worry too much. 

Not K and E.  Nope, they spent their journey hightailing it across the US to get to Vancouver Island thousands of miles away.  And even then, they couldn't just stay in any old hotel room!  Nope, they had to stay in accommodations like these spheres.   To be totally upfront, I had found these about a year before they got married and K just could not let the idea go, so I am partially to blame.

Another unique accommodation?  This boat which is an "inn" at sea.  Yes, a literal boat and to be honest, I think it was one of their favorite spots throughout the trip.  The boat serves both brunch and dinner since it's in a very remote location (you can only access it via sea plane or boat)! One of their favorite dinners was the Chicken Marabella which they persuaded their host / the owner of the boat to give to them for me.  What good family members I have!  It's quickly become a family favorite.

Chicken Marabella (courtesy of InnChanter)
Serves:  4
6 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon oregano
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup pitted prunes, diced
1/4 cup dried figs, quartered
1/4 cup green olives
1/4 cup capers
3 bay leaves
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup white wine
2 pounds chicken pieces (we used legs and breasts)
2 tablespoons parsley

In a large bowl, combine garlic, oregano, salt, pepper, red wine vinegar, olive oil, prunes, figs, olives, capers, bay leaves, brown sugar, and white wine.  Mix until well-combined.  Split the mixture in half.  Add chicken to half the mixture and marinate overnight, turning occasionally.  Cover the remaining garlic mixture and set aside in the fridge until ready for use.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Remove chicken from marinade and discard.  Arrange chicken pieces in a large, shallow baking dish.  Pour reserved garlic mixture over the top of the chicken.  Bake for 45 - 50 minutes, basting frequently with the pan juices.  It should be a nice deep golden brown color.  Sprinkle with parsley before serving.

Until the next time my oven is on...


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