Chicken Inasal Recipe

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Chicken Inasal

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
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


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.

About this Recipe

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