Balsamic-Marinated Chicken Recipe with Olives and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

marinated chicken

Looking for a menu to wow even the most picky eater? Try this marinated chicken recipe that’s juicy and flavorful with the help of balsamic vinegar, Kalamata olives and sun-dried tomatoes.

The key to this ridiculously succulent chicken is in the extended marinating. Don’t skimp on the 24-hour (48 hours is even better!) soak in vinegar—it will bring raves. Avoid using canned olives if at all possible—those in the olive bars at gourmet supermarkets are far superior.

Serves 8 to 10


2 whole chickens, cut into 8 pieces
2 cups Kalamata olives, pitted
¾ cup oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, plus ¼ cup of their oil
½ cup dry white wine
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


Combine the chicken, olives, sun-dried tomatoes and their oil, wine, vinegar, salt, and pepper in a large baking dish. Coat the chicken evenly with the marinade, turning the pieces several times with your hands. Cover tightly with aluminum foil and refrigerate for 24 to 48 hours.

Remove the chicken from the refrigerator and bring to room temperature, about 1 hour.

Preheat the oven to 400°F. Turn the chicken in the marinade to coat once again. Bake, uncovered, moving the chicken pieces around several times to allow for even cooking, for about 1 hour, until cooked through.

This recipe comes from The Modern Menu