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


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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
skinless chicken drumsticks (about 1 1/4 pounds total)
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


  • 1Heat 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.
  • 2Place 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.
  • 3Preheat grill to high, and coat grill rack with nonstick spray.
  • 4Remove chicken from bag; discard marinade. Place chicken on grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill 18 to 20 minutes, turning occasionally.
  • 5While 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.
  • 6Combine 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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