Chicken Morcon Recipe

Skip the long cooking time with this smart ingredient swap.
Sliced chicken morcon in a dish with tomato sauce and grated cheese on top

A morcon is basically a beef roll. It’s usually a chunk of beef, butterflied and sometimes pounded until evenly thin all over, and then rolled with hotdogs, cheese, bell peppers, and hard-boiled eggs on the inside. It is then braised until the beef is tender in a super flavorful sauce made dark and delicious from the soy sauce. 

It’s a classic Christmas recipe that’s commonly made and served during Noche Buena. However, it needs time to tenderize the beef. If you want to cut cooking time, why not try it with this easy ingredient swap? This chicken morcon recipe is made like a beef morcon so you still make a delicious morcon dish but without the long cooking time. 

This morcon is the easier-to-cook version since it’s made with chicken, not beef.
Photo by Majoy Siason

 Love this idea? You can also try this Chicken Morcon with Cheese Recipe to make it creamier!


Chicken Morcon Recipe

Stephanie Cueva
Skip the long cooking time with this smart ingredient swap.
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Resting Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Course Main Dishes
Cuisine Filipino
Servings 3


Chicken Morcon Ingredients

  • 6 pieces chicken thigh fillets
  • 1 Cup pineapple juice
  • 2 pieces lemons juiced
  • 1/3 Cup Soy Sauce
  • 2-3 pieces red onions finely chopped
  • 5-6 cloves Garlic finely chopped
  • 3 slices ham
  • 2 medium hard-boiled eggs quartered
  • 4 pieces hotdogs thinly sliced
  • 1 Cup cornstarch
  • 2 medium eggs beaten
  • 1 Cup Japanese breadcrumbs
  • quick-melting cheese grated, for topping
  • Oil for frying
  • 2 Cup chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/2 Cup Tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar


  • Pound and flatten chicken thighs to approximately 3 millimeters. Set aside.
  • Mix together pineapple juice, lemon juice, soy sauce, onions, garlic, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Add chicken fillet. Marinate for an hour.
  • Place two marinated chicken pieces on a flat surface, overlapping each other on one side. Place in the center ham slices, hot dogs, and egg slices. Roll the chicken tightly around the fillings, and secure the roll by tying it with kitchen string.
  • Prepare three shallow bowls with cornstarch in one, lightly beaten eggs in another, and breadcrumbs in the last. Dredge the chicken rolls, first in the cornstarch, then dip in the egg, and finally, roll in the breadcrumbs. Repeat with the remaining chicken.
  • Fry chicken rolls in hot oil in a frying pan until golden. Set aside.
  • Drain the oil. In the same pan, add the marinade and tomato paste. Simmer for 2 minutes. Add chicken broth and tomato sauce.
  • Return the chicken rolls to the pan, and simmer in the sauce for 10 to 15 minutes or until cooked through.
  • Sprinkle cheese on top and let melt. Serve, sliced and strings removed, with the sauce.
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