A recipe for a healthy Chicken Merbella dinner recipe by nutritionist Jennifer Medhurst

Chicken Marbella

January 12, 2022
Serves: 4 Cooks In: 1 hour
  1. Place the chicken in a large bowl and add all of the ingredients along with some salt and pepper. Gently mix everything together, cover the bowl and leave in the fridge to marinate for 1 to 2 days, stirring the ingredients a few times during the process.
  2. Preheat the oven to 180C.
  3. Spread the chicken out on a baking tray, along with all the marinade ingredients. Place in the oven and cook for 50 minutes, basting 2 or 3 times, until the meat is golden brown on top and cooked through.
  4. Then you’re ready to serve. Sprinkle over some freshly picked oregano leaves.


  • 4 chicken legs, drumstick and thigh attached, skin on (2kg net)
  • 5 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 4 Medjoul dates, pitted and quartered lengthways
  • 80g- 100g pitted green olives
  • 2 tbsp capers, plus 1 tbsp of their juice
  • 15g fresh oregano, torn, plus extra for garnish
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 150ml stock
  • Salt and black pepper