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Filipino Grilled Chicken (Inihaw na Manok)



"Filipino barbecue is often marinated in a mixture that includes 7-Up or Sprite, likely for its tenderizing effect. If you have concerns about boiling the used marinade, double the measurements for the marinade and set half aside for the basting mixture." I'm confident the chicken could also be cooked in an oven if weather doesn't allow for outdoor grilling. By law this must be served with freshly cooked hot rice! ;)

★★★★★ 3 votes
4 (approximately)
8 Hr 15 Min
25 Min


1 1/2 c
cane vinegar (or 1 cup apple cider vinegar)
1/2 c
fresh bay leaves, rubbed
1/4 c
soy sauce
3 jar(s)
garlic cloves, finely grated
1 Tbsp
ground black pepper (can be reduced)
12 oz
7-up or sprite (yep, the carbonated beverage!)
5 lb
chicken leg quarters or your favorite chicken pieces, cleaned

How to Make Filipino Grilled Chicken (Inihaw na Manok)


  • 1In a large non-reactive container that can hold the chicken pieces, combine all ingredients except chicken. Mix until sugar is dissolved. Add the chicken pieces and marinate chicken in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours or up to 8 hours.
  • 2Take the chicken out and transfer the pieces to a large plate. While waiting for the chicken to come to room temperature, pour the marinade into a small sauce pan (or discard the marinade and pour the additional reserved marinade into a sauce pan) and boil over medium to high heat until the marinade is reduced to a sticky syrup.
  • 3Heat your grill to 350 degrees or medium heat. Grill chicken pieces, bone side down, for about 8 minutes, then reduce the grill temperature to 275 degrees. Continue grilling bone side down for about 20 minutes, basting once. Flip the pieces over and grill for another 20 minutes, basting occasionally. Continue grilling, flipping, and basting until chicken is fully cooked. Check for doneness by piercing the joint to ensure juices run clear, or until chicken reaches 163F internal temperature.

    Take chicken off the grill, tent with foil, and let rest for about 5 minutes before serving.

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About Filipino Grilled Chicken (Inihaw na Manok)

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