Cooking for the Soul & Recipe

Chicken MarbellaWhen my mum died, one of the things I missed the most was her incredible meals. She is always remembered for her cooking, her understanding of flavours and of special family rituals.  Whether it was a special occasion like a birthday or just a regular mid-week meal, the food was always restaurant quality.

One of the lovely things that has happened to me since her passing, is discovering a recipe book she made for me with some of her favourite recipes and personalised handwritten notes about when to best serve these dishes, what I liked as a little girl and other special cooking tips.

One recipe I’d like to share with you is her lovely Chicken Marbella. Just the smell of it in the house makes me think of her. I cooked it recently for my siblings and we all found great comfort in this meal. I’ve adjusted it to make it sugar free but if you didn’t want to you could include brown sugar in place of the rice malt syrup – the prunes are a key part of the dish I think. A lovely moist chicken piece with freshly steamed greens and sweet potato mash – food for the soul.

This one is for you Mum. x

Chicken Marbella

8- 10 organic chicken thighs
1 whole head of garlic
1/4 cup dried oregano
Course sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 cup olive oil
1 cup pitted prunes
1/2 Spanish green olives
1/2 capers with a bit of juice
6 bay leaves
1/2 cup of rice malt syrup
1 cup white wine
1/2 cup Italian parsley finely chopped

In a large bowl combine chicken, garlic, oregano, pepper an salt, vinegar, Olive Oil, Prunes, Olives, capers, lime juice and bay leaves. Cover and let marinate in the fridge overnight.

Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Arrange chicken in pan and pour white wine  around the pieces, then bake 45mins – 1hr, basting with the juice over the top regularly.

Serve with mashed sweet potato, steamed broccolini and sprinkle with parsley. Use organic ingredients where you can, most importantly the chicken!

Enjoy.

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