Spanish Baked Chicken


Chicken marinated in oil and vinegar with olives and raisins, then baked with wine and brown sugar. Pollo Estofado.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

Also known as “Pollo Estofado” this stewed chicken recipe hails from Spain. You marinate the chicken several hours (or overnight if you can) in a flavorful vinaigrette with oregano, garlic powder, olives and raisins.

Then you add some white wine and brown sugar, and cook the chicken in its marinade. It’s great with our Spanish rice!

The recipe comes from one my mother clipped decades ago from the Sacramento Bee.

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 Make marinade: In a medium bowl whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, oregano, salt, garlic powder, pepper, bay leaves, raisins and olives.

2 Marinate the chicken: Prick the skin of the chicken with fork tines or the tip of a sharp knife and add to the marinade, coating well. Pricking the skin is to help the marinade penetrate the chicken. Cover and refrigerate several hours or up to overnight.

3 Place chicken in baking dish, cover with marinade, wine, brown sugar:  Pre-heat oven to 350°F. Place chicken in a 12x8x2-inch baking dish. Add the wine to the marinade and pour over chicken. Sprinkle the chicken all over with brown sugar.

4 Bake: Bake uncovered at 350°F, basting occasionally, until chicken is tender, 45 to 50 minutes. Remove bay leaves.

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Spanish Baked Chicken

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  • Charlie

    In the 2nd paragraph, you say, add red wine and brown sugar. In the recipe, it calls for white wine.

  • Doreen

    Would this dish be okay for stage 2 diabetic.

  • Rose Meldrum

    I made this recipe today. It was very good and reminded me of the food we ate on Spain. I especially loved the raisons with the chicken & olives. And your Spanish rice recipe was good too.

  • Julie Gabella

    I loved this recipe! I made it a couple of months ago, and am about to make it again this weekend. It’s definitely part of my regular meal rotation!


  • Christopher

    Just had this with Spanish rice, but with honey as I didn’t have brown sugar, and it was utterly glorious. I’ll be making this many, many more times, I’m certain. Thanks, Elise.

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