In a small bowl, pour orange juice over dried fruit and let soak to plump the fruit, about 10 minutes. In a separate small bowl, whisk together garlic, ginger, oregano, thyme, vinegar, olive oil, lemon juice, and bay leaves.
Place chickens in two roasting pans. Pour marinade equally over each chicken and massage into chicken. Add orange juice and fruit mixture equally to each roasting pan.
Cover pans and marinate in the refrigerator for 4 hours or overnight.
Preheat oven to 375°F. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper, and then drizzle equally with brown sugar and white wine. Bake until chicken is nicely browned on top and registers 165°F in the thickest part of the thigh, about 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Serve with pan juices and dried fruit.
This dish is perfect as-is for Passover.
The chicken tastes best when marinated a minimum of 4 hours and preferably overnight.
Can be prepared 2 days ahead of time. Store, covered, in the refrigerator or freeze up to 3 months. Defrost in the refrigerator. Rewarm, covered, in a warming drawer or 300°F oven.
The dish also makes for a showstopper dish for your shabbat/holiday table. Courtesy of Elizabeth Kurtz via The Nosher