Chicken Marbella & Weekend Scenes

Mother Nature is seriously testing my positivity and patience. It is ridiculous here. It has been consistently cold and rainy/snowy. Enough to make me want to crawl into hibernation again.


We weren’t able to get our normal weekend run in due to schedule conflicts and freezing rain conflicts, and today isn’t too much better. Although, it isn’t raining or snowing yet. The treadmill has my name on it today unfortunately. It sounds like we’re going to have a week and a half or so of not so nice weather and then it’s supposed to turnaround. We can only hope!

Okay, enough of the downer talk. How about some photos from this weekend?

Mom and dad and Abbie time…


Morning coffee with coconut milk and a fruit and veggie smoothie…

smoothie coffee

Saturday night steak dinner!


Moose shares my same love for peanut butter…

pb banana moose pb

Leftover steak salad with red bell peppers, tomato, olives, avocado, and Annie’s Green Goddess dressing…

steak salad

We planted some of the veggies for our vegetable garden which we will start off indoors and eventually move to our outdoor garden! These are the things we need to be doing to keep our spirits lifted.

dana garden

A batch of homemade gluten-free almond flour bread

almond bread

And the grand finale of the weekend is a recipe inspired from epicurious and introduced to me by Dana’s mom…CHICKEN MARBELLA. 

chicken marbella

Chicken breasts, olives, dried apricots, prunes, capers, red wine vinegar, oregano, garlic, red wine, honey, olive oil, bay leaves, and salt and pepper were combined in an oven-safe dish….

chicken marbella

And baked for an hour at 350°F…

chicken marbella

The result was pure perfection.

chicken marbella chicken marbella

I am a huge sweet and salty fan and this was the perfect dish to satisfy that taste combination.

Chicken Marbella
  • 2 large chicken breast, cut into 10 large pieces
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced finely
  • 2 Tbsp dried oregano
  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • ½ cup prunes, quartered
  • ¼ cup dried apricots, halved
  • ½ cup large green olives, rough chopped
  • ¼ cup capers and some juice
  • 3 bay leaves
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ½ cup red wine
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Arrange chicken in a shallow baking pan; set aside.
  3. In a small bowl combine all remaining ingredients; mix well; pour over chicken.
  4. If time allows, let marinade in the fridge for a few hours, otherwise place in oven right away.
  5. Bake for 1 hour, basting chicken with juices frequently, until chicken is cooked through.


It is such an easy recipe that looks fancy but it is really so simple, and it tastes AWESOME. I highly recommend you make this one night this week. You won’t be disappointed.

I hope you all had a fabulous weekend and that your Monday is off to a great start!

Question of the day: Do you prefer salty or sweet?

This Post Has 10 Comments

  1. Your chicken marbella looks amazing! I love any recipe that includes a bit of wine – that usually means I need to open a bottle and get to enjoy the rest 😉 And I’m with you on the weather, this is the worst spring of all time!
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    1. Melanie

      It is the worst spring that I can remember in a long time and it’s getting difficult not to complain about it!

  2. YUM! I love green olives, capers and apricots so I think that would be a total winner for me. I am also a huge fan of leftover steak on salads – I don’t think it gets any better. .. well unless we had 50 degree weather to go with it! but i am trying to be optimistic. .. at least I can wear my cute winter clothes for a few more times this year, right?
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    1. Melanie

      You are so cute. Yes that is one positive way to look at the situation. 🙂

  3. This chicken dish sounds really interesting, I love all the flavors it has. I am adding this to my list of foods to try 🙂
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    1. Melanie

      Thanks! I really love the sweetness of the prunes with the saltiness of the olives and capers. NUM!

    1. Melanie

      Ha ha, yea I am trying very hard to stay positive. The forecast for the next coming weeks looks a lot better!

    1. Melanie

      Last year we didn’t start the veggies indoors and were bummed that our bell peppers and herbs didn’t do well, so we’re hoping that this will help!

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