Gluten Free Recipes Chicken Carabella

Gluten Free Chicken Carabella Recipe

by Carol Kicinski on September 9, 2011

Back in the 80’s The Silver Palate Cookbook came out and helped people who couldn’t even cook, feel like a gourmet chef with some killer recipes. One of those recipes was Chicken Marbella, a combination of chicken, prunes, capers and olives, a dish that quickly became a dinner party standard.

I wanted to give the recipe a little bit of a makeover with some more depth of flavor and of course I am always looking for how I can cut out steps and make a gluten free recipe even easier.

This is my version; I added a touch of heat with crushed red pepper flakes, some brightness with fresh lemon juice and tossed in some dried apricots, all of which, in my opinion, round out the flavors better. To make the recipe simpler and to cut out an extra step, I used Baker Brand Prune Dessert Filling as the base of the marinade and sauce which allowed me to cut out the cup of brown sugar in the original recipe.

This is my favorite kind of gluten free recipe – it is elegant enough to serve to guests and yet it could not be easier. It does require time for both marinating and baking but your fridge and oven are doing all the work (and you are getting all the credit).

I like to use skinless, bone-in chicken thighs in this recipe but you can also use a whole cut up chicken or even chicken breasts.

I call this recipe “Chicken Carabella,” just because I can but you can call it anything you want!

Gluten Free Recipes Chicken Carabella

Gluten Free Chicken Carabella Recipe


1 – 10 ounce jar Baker Prune Desert Filling
4 cloves garlic, minced
¼ cup olive oil
¼ cup red wine vinegar
Juice of 1 lemon
2 teaspoons dried oregano
½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
½ cup dry white wine
2 tablespoons capers
2 bay leaves
½ cup green olives, pitted and sliced in half
8 skinless, bone in chicken thighs
Salt and pepper
1 cup dried apricots


Whisk together the Prune Dessert filling, garlic, olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, oregano, red pepper flakes, wine and capers in a 9 by 12 baking pan. Stir in the bay leaves and olives. Season the chicken liberally with salt and pepper and add to the marinade, turning to coat. Cover baking dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 2 hours or up to a day ahead.

Remove the baking dish from the fridge and let sit at room temperature while you preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Remove the plastic wrap, stir in the dried apricots and bake for 1 hour, spooning the juices over the chicken a few times while it bakes.

Serve with rice or quinoa.


Serves 6 – 8

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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Heather @Gluten-Free Cat September 10, 2011 at 7:16 am

Oh Carol, even at 6:15 in the morning, this looks amazing. Sweet and spicy chicken just gets me excited! I love the lighting in your picture too!


Carol Kicinski September 13, 2011 at 9:09 am

Thank you Heather!


Tammi L. Coles September 10, 2011 at 8:20 am

Would you mind stating what’s in the Prune Dessert Filling for us readers living abroad? ;-)


Tressa @ Hecka-Good Recipes September 12, 2011 at 12:37 am

It’s prunes, water, corn syrup, sugar, and pectin.


Carol Kicinski September 13, 2011 at 9:10 am

Tamyy if you don’t have the prune dessert filling use a cup of pitted prunes and a cup of brown sugar instead – no worries!


Shirley @ gfe September 10, 2011 at 9:39 am

Pretty and very appealing dish, Carol! I always loved the name … sounded so exotic and inviting, but I’ve never actually tried Chicken Marabella. Maybe I was destined to try your new and improved version instead? ;-)



Carol Kicinski September 13, 2011 at 9:11 am

Haha – maybe :)
xo back at ya!


[email protected]:// September 11, 2011 at 10:03 am

Sounds wonderful! I never would have thought of prunes with chicken, but I love the nice bright flavor of olives and capers in anything. ( I just won’t tell my husband that the prunes are in the recipe.) Will probably be dinner tonight. Thanks.


Carol Kicinski September 13, 2011 at 9:12 am

Hi Nancy – I think sometimes what is in our recipes is on a need to know nbasis so don’t tell him! :)


InTolerantChef September 12, 2011 at 1:42 am

The Silver Palate books were some of my favourites, and were a real inspiration to me when I was first starting out with cooking. You’ve certainly done the recipe proud with your enhancements, yumm…


Carol Kicinski September 13, 2011 at 9:12 am

Thank you!


Donna September 12, 2011 at 3:30 pm

Yum, I can just imagine the sweet with the tang of the olives and capers. Can’t wait to try it!


Carol Kicinski September 13, 2011 at 9:12 am

It is a good combo!


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