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 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/WW Points in this Slow Cooker Chicken Marbella Recipe?
According to my calculations each serving has 210 calories, *5 Weight Watchers PointsPlus and *5 WW Freestyle SmartPoints.
Skinny on Slow Cooker Chicken Marbella Recipe Notes
The original Chicken Marbella recipe called for bone-in chicken pieces with skin that were 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.
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.
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
An easy delicious variation of The Silver Palate's classic Chicken Marbella. Definitely a keeper in my book.
- 1/4 cup chicken broth
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1-1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
- 4 tablespoons red wine vinegar, divided
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 6 cloves garlic, smashed
- 1 tablespoon capers
- 1/2 cup pitted prunes
- 1/4 cup pitted green olives (I used pimento-stuffed manzanilla olives)
- 8 small boneless, skinless chicken thighs (about 2-1/2 pounds)
- 1/4 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 1/4 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.
Weight Watchers PointsPlus *5
Weight Watchers SmartPoints*5
Recipe source: Silver Palate Cookbook
Watch this video to see how to make “The Silver Palate Cookbook’s” Chicken Marbella in the oven:
*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 Weight Watchers Zero Points fruits and vegetables 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)
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