Fast Recipes

Chicken Marbella with olive dressing

A perfect party dish.
Bird's eye view of cooked chicken pieces with black grapes, roasted garlic halves and artichokes atop agreen checkered tablecloth

Photo: Ben Dearnley

Ben Dearnley
4 - 6
1H 20M

This riff on chicken Marbella uses black grapes and Sicilian olives to balance the sweet with the tangy. The chicken is spatchcocked which not only reduces cooking time but allows it to stew in its own briny, sweet pan juices.


Olive dressing


1.For cure mixture, combine 3 tsp sea salt flakes, dried oregano, sugar and pepper in a small bowl. Dry chicken with paper towel then lay, skin-side up, on a non-reactive tray and rub all over with cure mixture. Refrigerate, uncovered, for at least 2 hours and up to 24 hours.
2.Preheat oven to 220°C fan-forced. Place garlic, cut-side up, in middle of a large ovenproof pan and lay chicken on top; bake for 30 minutes. Reduce temperature to 180°C fan-forced. Pour in wine and arrange artichokes and grapes around chicken; return to oven and bake until chicken is cooked (30 minutes); set aside to rest (15 minutes), reserving pan juices for dressing.
3.Meanwhile, for dressing, combine olives, parsley, shallot and lemon rind in a small bowl. Place vinegar in a small saucepan over high heat. Bring to the boil for 1 minute. Turn off heat, and stir in olive oil and 2 tbsp reserved pan juices; season to taste. Pour over olive mixture and stir to combine.
4.Serve chicken with grapes, artichokes and olive dressing.

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