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Filipino-Bacolod Chicken Inasal


Filipino-Bacolod Chicken Inasal is a grilled chicken soaked in a well seasoned marinade. Recipe is popular in Visayan regions in the Philippines.

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Chicken Inasal Ingredients

  • 1 kilo chicken; breast and wings preferred
  • 4 stalks lemon grass; julienned
  • 1 lemon; juice extracted
  • 1 lime; juice extracted
  • 4 cloves garlic; crushed
  • 2 tablespoons 7-up or Sprite soda
  • Ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup annatto seeds
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Chili pepper flakes (optional)
  • Skewers for grilling
  • Salt to taste
  • Cooking oil

Chicken Inasal Cooking Instructions

  1. In a bowl, marinate chicken overnight in salt, pepper, garlic, lemon grass, lime and lemon juice, and 7-up or Sprite soda. Set aside.
  2. Fry annatto seeds in cooking oil. Let cool, crush, and drain the annatto oil in a bowl. Set aside.
  3. Prepare a mixture for bashing by mixing annatto oil, marinade, and butter. Pan boil for few minutes and season with salt and MSG if desired. – Filipinos, sometimes, has this tantsa tantsa lang (estimate and approximate) method of cooking. Experiment, therefore, on your best combination.
  4. Skew the chicken and grill over the hot charcoal, brushing it with the mixture once in a while. Grill until done.

Cooking Tips

  • You can substitute kalamansi for lemon and lime.
  • Adding 1 tablespoon of vinegar in the marinade is good if you intend to preserve the left over chicken inasal in a day or two.

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Comments (13)

Bake in the oven covered 450-500 degree until done, chicken has to be marinated overnight with something sweet like oyster sauce on top of the other seasonings. Then in the end of cooking put under the broiler til slightly burnt leave the oven door open, fats of chicken can create fire.
#13 - Lyn - 10/01/2014 - 14:22
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looks yummy! I miss chicken inasal... :P
#12 - jualo @ kuwait restaurants - 08/25/2012 - 18:26
My Daughter's Debut is Coming In this coming september now I've been looking for this Recipe the chicken I-nasal Thanks,
#11 - SHERWIN DATULAYTA - 08/13/2012 - 20:36
My grandson B-day is coming I've been looking for this Recipe the chicken I-nasal Thanks,
#10 - Nelia Tajaros - 01/08/2012 - 09:20
I wanted to try your recipe...
#9 - glenda ratone - 12/01/2011 - 01:57
Chiken inasal ( bacolod)
paprika is much better cuz it adds up to the taste too..thanks for this recipe, been looking for it for a while now..
#8 - DELISH - 10/19/2011 - 02:15
annatto seeds subtitute
@alona girl d purpose of annotto seeds (achuete) here is 4 coloring only. u can use food color if u want or paprika.
#7 - jame so - 09/04/2011 - 02:10
chicken insal
any substitute oa annatto seed
#6 - liza tacluyan - 08/26/2011 - 11:09
do u have any substitute of annatto seeds ...can't find it in any asian market here.
#5 - alona - 08/07/2011 - 07:53
try marinating it with soy sauce, lime/kalamansi...crushed garlic and a bit of sugar..depends on you estimate it..try it;-)
#4 - cazsie - 07/24/2011 - 11:12
lamiiii!!! kaayuuu!!!! yummmyyyyyyyyy!!!!!!
#3 - arvin - 07/06/2011 - 04:30
I really did not have a chance to try chicken inasal when I was still in pinas, so when my friend asked me for a recipe of it, I couldn't give him any. I looked for a recipe and tried it at home. It was not that great but it was okay, or maybe I didn't do it right, or maybe I just didn't like it that much. But anyway, I am going to try your recipe and see how it will come out. :)
#2 - Karen of Pinoy Recipe - 08/23/2010 - 07:48
chicken inasal
instead of ginger try very fine onions much better mas malasa.
#1 - jenny - 02/25/2010 - 17:16
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