Chicken Inasal

Chicken Inasal Recipe

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Vickie Parks


This is a classic Filipino dish of chicken marinated in a lime, soy sauce, vinegar and annatto-based sauce, then is basted with a honey-butter mixture while it's grilled to perfection over a hot grill. It’s usually served with a dipping sauce and a side of hot white rice. It's popular in the Western Visayas region of the Philippines and is a specialty of many restaurants in that region.


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4 Hr
35 Min


  • 2 Tbsp
    canola oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp
    annatto seeds
  • 2/3 cup
    fresh lemongrass, chopped
  • 1/2 cup
    fresh orange juice
  • 1/4 cup
    fresh lemon juice
  • 3 Tbsp
    cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp
    low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp
    fresh ginger, chopped and peeled
  • 1 tsp
    brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1/2 tsp
    black pepper
  • 4 clove
  • 4
    skinless chicken drumsticks (about 1 1/4 pounds total)
  • 4
    skinless chicken thighs (about 1 1/4 pounds total
  • 2 Tbsp
  • 1 Tbsp

  • 1/2 cup
    cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup
    red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp
    granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp
    crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/8 tsp
  • 3 clove
    garlic, chopped

How to Make Chicken Inasal


  1. Heat a small skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Stir in annatto seeds, and remove from heat. Let stand 15 minutes. Discard annatto seeds, reserving oil in pan.
  2. Place lemongrass, orange juice, lemon juice, vinegar, soy sauce, ginger, brown sugar, salt, pepper and garlic in a blender; process until finely chopped. Pour mixture into large zip-top plastic bag; add annatto oil and chicken pieces. Seal bag, and marinate in refrigerator at least 2 hours or up to 8 hours.
  3. Preheat grill to high, and coat grill rack with nonstick spray.
  4. Remove chicken from bag; discard marinade. Place chicken on grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill 18 to 20 minutes, turning occasionally.
  5. While chicken cooks, place a small skillet over medium-low heat; add honey and butter, and cook 5 minutes or until butter melts. Baste chicken with honey-butter mixture and cook chicken 5 minutes more or until done, turning and basting frequently with honey-butter mixture.
  6. Combine all dipping sauce ingredients in small bowl, stirring until sugar and salt are dissolved. Serve chicken with the dipping sauce.

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About Chicken Inasal

Course/Dish: Chicken
Main Ingredient: Chicken
Regional Style: Filipino

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