Chicken Tocino

Here's a great Pinoy breakfast, plus a yummy baon for both kids and grownups!

Tocino is a great Pinoy breakfast that makes for a yummy baon for both kids and grownups! What’s even better is that you can make this breakfast staple using chicken at home.

How do you make homemade chicken tocino?

Tocino is a combination of brown sugar, vinegar, garlic, and your choice of meat. In this case, use boneless chicken fillets to make it easy for the sweetened marinade to penetrate and coat eaach succulent piece well. Using boneless meats also ensure that there’s no need to worry about the bones when it’s time to eat. 

Chicken Tocino

Jun Jun de Guzman
Here's a great Pinoy breakfast, plus a yummy baon for both kids and grownups!
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 15 minutes
Resting Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Course Breakfast/Brunch, Main Dishes
Cuisine Filipino
Servings 6 to 8


Chicken Tocino

  • 1 kilo Chicken use boneless chicken thighs
  • 3 tablespoons Garlic finely minced
  • 1/2 tablespoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2/3 Cup pineapple juice
  • 2 teaspoons Soy Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Oil
  • Fried Brown Rice to serve


  • Using paper towels, pat chicken thighs dry; set aside.
  • Mix together garlic, salt, ground pepper, brown sugar, pineapple juice, and soy sauce. Stir until well combined. Add in chicken thighs, one piece at a time. Let stand at room temperature for 1 hour.
  • In a nonstick pan, fry chicken in oil. Drain on paper towels and slice into bite-size pieces. Serve with fried brown rice, sautéed onions, tomatoes, and scrambled eggs. Tips to make sure you get the best tocino possible: • Make sure to dry the chicken thighs before marinating. This allows the ingredients to be absorbed faster and with less contamination. • Mix the marinade very well until it is uniform in color—it will translate to uniformly flavored meat. • Let the mixture rest at room temperature for an hour. This allows the chicken to take in all the flavor from the marinade. • Fry the tocino in a nonstick pan. This means that you can use less oil, making the dish a little less sinful.
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