Spanish Baked Chicken

From the recipe archive. First posted 2006.

Also known as “Pollo Estofado” this stewed chicken recipe is Spanish in origin. The chicken is marinated overnight in a spicy vinaigrette with olives and raisins. The chicken is then cooked in its marinade with the addition of wine and brown sugar. Excellent with Spanish rice. The recipe comes from one my mother clipped from the Sacramento Bee in 1984.

Spanish Baked Chicken Recipe

  • Prep time: 2 hours
  • Cook time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4.


  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano (or 1 teaspoon dried)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Dash of pepper
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 1/4 cup sliced or halved pitted green olives
  • 3 pounds chicken parts
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine


1 In a medium bowl combine the olive oil, vinegar, oregano, salt, garlic powder, pepper, bay leaves, raisins and olives. Prick the skin of the chicken with fork tines and add to the marinade, coating well. Cover and refrigerate several hours or up to overnight.

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2 Preheat oven to 350°F. Place chicken in a 12x8x2-inch baking dish. Combine wine with the marinade and pour over chicken. Sprinkle chicken with brown sugar. Bake uncovered at 350°F, basting occasionally, until chicken is tender, about 50 minutes. Remove bay leaves.

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  • randi

    I love the flavors in this dish! This is a lot like chicken marbella, with golden raisins substituted for dried pitted prunes. I serve it over white rice and it’s delicious. I’m going to make this tomorrow but I’m using boneless chicken breasts because it’s easier to serve to my 1 and 3 year old boys.

  • Tina

    Thanks for the recipe! I tried it out and doubled the portion for a pot luck and it was a hit! Deee-licious! =)

  • Lee

    Another wonderful recipe. Even my two-year-old son ate it. The flavor is so light. We will make this again for sure.

  • Harry

    Elise, I got around to making this last night. Thank you so much for posting the recipe; it’s a winner and will be made again and again. Perfect for make-ahead too. I baked all the white meat last night and will bake off the rest tonight. I’m drooling thinking about it; can’t wait.

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