I've got a new favorite Weight Watchers friendly slow cooker chicken recipe to share today.
This slow cooker chicken marbella takes one of my favorite recipes from the popular Silver Palate Cookbook (affiliate link) that I've been making for years and streamlines it for the crock pot. And it's a winner!
Chicken slow cooked in a sauce of broth, vinegar, brown sugar, capers, olives, prunes, garlic and oregano until fall apart tender.
Don't be put off by what might appear to be a strange list of ingredients. It's a fabulous combination of sweet, salty and tangy flavors that works, and is much easier and more streamlined than the original, but just as delicious.
How Many Calories and WW Points in this Chicken Marbella?
According to my calculations, each serving has 210 calories and:
5 *SmartPoints (Green plan)
5 *SmartPoints (Blue plan)
5 *SmartPoints (Purple plan)
5 *PointsPlus (Old plan)
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The original Chicken Marbella recipe calls for bone-in chicken pieces with skin that are marinated overnight.
I used boneless skinless chicken thighs, one of my favorite cuts of poultry for the slow cooker, in this variation of the classic.
Speaking of classics, if you're a fan of slow cooker adaptations of traditional classic recipes, you might want to check out this Slow Cooker Chicken Marsala, a very popular recipe here on Simple Nourished Living.
Skinless drumsticks would also work.
To keep the points low, I substituted chicken broth for wine and cut back a bit on the brown sugar.
If you like your chicken saucy and are not concerned about calories, you might want to consider doubling the sauce ingredients because it really is that delicious.
Serve with rice (or cauliflower rice if you're watching your carbs) or potatoes, and your favorite green vegetable for a healthy well-balanced dinner.
When you are a family of two leftovers are part of life, but this recipe is so good we've been happily enjoying them all week!
If you're not fan of eating the same thing several times in a week, you can always portion out and package up the extras for the freezer. Enjoy!
Are You Ready To Slow Cook Yourself Slim?
If you like like this easy, healthy recipe for Slow Cooker Chicken Marbella, be sure to check out my other Weight Watchers friendly recipes including Slow Cooker Moroccan Chicken, 4-Ingredient Slow Cooker Goddess Chicken, Slow Cooker Chicken with Beer & Herbes de Provence, Crock Pot Caribbean Jerk Chicken and Slow Cooker Apricot Chicken
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Slow Cooker Chicken Marbella Recipe
- ¼ cup chicken broth
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1-½ teaspoons dried oregano
- 4 tablespoons red wine vinegar, divided
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
- 6 cloves garlic, smashed
- 1 tablespoon capers
- ½ cup pitted prunes
- ¼ cup pitted green olives (I used pimento-stuffed manzanilla olives)
- 8 small boneless, skinless chicken thighs (about 2-½ pounds)
- ¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
- Ideal slow cooker size: 5- to 6-Quart.
- In the slow cooker, whisk together the chicken broth, brown sugar, oregano, 3 tablespoons of the vinegar and ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper.
- Add the garlic, capers, prunes and olives and stir well to combine.
- Add the chicken, turning to coat it in the sauce and then snuggling it in among the olives and prunes.
- Cover and cook on LOW for 5 to 6 hours, or until the meat is tender and cooked through.
- Gently stir in the remaining 1 tablespoon of vinegar and parsley before serving.
Recipe source: Silver Palate Cookbook (affiliate link) by Sheila Lukins and Julie Rosso
Watch this video to see how to make "The Silver Palate Cookbook (affiliate link)'s" Chicken Marbella in the oven:
*Points® calculated by WW. *PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT each plan's ZeroPoint Foods (Green plan, Blue plan, Purple plan) using the WW Recipe Builder.
More Lightened Up Slow Cooker Chicken Recipes from Favorite Weight Watchers Friendly Recipe Sites:
- Slow Cooker Moroccan Chicken & Olive Tagine (SkinnyTaste)
- Hawaiian Slow Cooker Chicken (HungryGirl)
- Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken (SlenderKitchen)
- Slow Cooker Whole Chicken with Herbs & Caramelized Onions (TheYummyLife)
- Crock Pot Chicken Cacciatore (SkinnyTaste)
- Slow Cooker Tomato Balsamic Chicken (SlenderKitchen)
- Slow Cooker Greek Chicken with Feta & Tomatoes (Simple Nourished Living)
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You mention nestling the chicken between the prunes and olives however there is no mention of olives in the ingredient list. There is, however, a line that says 1/4 cup......should that say 1/4 cup olives? What type of olives? Thanks for your delicious recipes.
Hi Kristine, Thanks for catching this oversight! Yes, the recipe should read 1/4 cup pitted green olives. I used pimento stuffed manzanilla olives. Hope this helps. I've updated the recipe too 🙂
Any substitution idea for olives? maybe marinated artichokes? I don't know if they'd do well in the slow cooker though, let me know your thoughts
You could just skip the olives and use more capers if you are not a fan. Though I've used marinated artichoke hearts in other slow cooker recipes with good results, I'm not sure they are a good substitution in this dish.
I am relatively new to this blog and I am loving it. This recipe sounds yummy. Do the 5 SP apply to the new Freestyle program also?
Thank you for all the hard work you do to bring us all of these lucious recipes.
Yes, Bernice the 5SP stay the same because it calls for boneless skinless chicken thighs instead of breasts. Hope this helps.
Have you ever made this with boneless breasts instead? I prefer white meat.
Hi Liesl, I haven't tried breasts as I prefer thighs, but think it would be fine. You'll just want to keep an eye on the cooking time. The breasts will cook faster. Hope this helps.
Hi Martha, I am new to your blog, and this recipe sounds yummy! The picture shows mushrooms and there are no mushrooms in the ingredient list. Should I add a cup of mushrooms?
Nevermind! I just realized I was looking at a picture of Chicken Marsala and not Chicken Marbella! lol They both look good and I'll make both of them! Thanks for breaking these down in WW points.!
Delicious and easy. Loved it.
What if I wanted to do this on high in the slow cooker? What would that timing be? Thanks.
Hi Emily recipes usually cook in about half the time on high. Hope this helps. ~Martha
Hi can you tel me the serving size is thanks
I made this this week! Another recipe we loved. Very different flavors together in one pot. I used raisins as I didn’t have the prunes. Worked fine.
Glad it worked for you Joyce. It's one of my longtime favorites.