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Chicken Marbella (unbelievable!)


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This is one of my favorite dishes but is normally made with brown sugar and wine. I picked up some chicken thighs and legs at a farmers market last week and wasn't sure what to do with them until I realized I could make this favorite Paleo-friendly! It turned out AMAZING. I served mine over cauliflower mashed, but it would also be great over any veggie.

2.5 lbs chicken thighs & legs

1 clove of garlic, peeled and chopped

1/8 cup dried oregano

coarse salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

1/4 cup olive oil

1 cup pitted and chopped dates

1/4 cup spanish green olives

1/4 cup capers with a bit of juice

1. Preheat oven to 350

2. In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients except for the chicken

3. Place chicken in a baking dish and cover with the combined ingredients (make sure the fatty side is facing up)

4. Bake for 1 hour, basting frequently with pan juices

When done, serve over mashed cauliflower and add lots of the pan juices

Hope you like it!

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Oh my god, so this was amazing. Thank you. It was seriously lick-the-plate good, and I have leftovers for lunch tomorrow!

I'm thrilled you made it and enjoyed it!! Can you even believe it? I know, I licked my plate too.

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Oooh, I want to try this! Just curious, what kind of balsalmic vinegar do you use? I can't find any without sulfites.

I use this one http://www.tropicaltraditions.com/organic_balsamic_vinegar.htm You might find a lot of balsamic vinegars with "naturally occurring sulfites" because of the grapes. I found this brand at a health food store. It's a super easy dish to make. Please let me know how you like it!


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Oh man...first my salt grinder opened while I was making the sauce dumping a load of rock salt, so I had to try pick out as much as I could....then I realised my dates were coated in glucose syrup (jeez,are they not sweet enough for folks??)

And then I reliased I already had a jar of capers in the fridge, grr, hate wasting money!

Oh well, I hope it turns out nice after all the palaver.

ETA - omfg this is so yummy!! Not a good dish for listening to my body because I definitely kept eating more when I should have stopped :D

I'm going to share it on my Irish mums board this evening.

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This looks delicious!! And from the raving reviews it must be good.

My other half isn't a fan of balsamic vinegar, he swears it made him sick once :rolleyes:, how strong is the balsamic flavour after cooking or does it caramelize and he'll never know?

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