Filipino Chicken Inasal Recipe

Set up your barbecue at home and whip up a Filipino classic, chicken inasal.

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Filipino Chicken Inasal Recipe

Jun Jun de Guzman
Set up your barbecue at home and whip up a Filipino classic, chicken inasal.
Prep Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Resting Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Course Main Dishes
Cuisine Filipino
Servings 2 to 4


Filipino Chicken Inasal Ingredients

  • 2/3 Cup local white vinegar
  • 1/2 Cup clear soda (7-Up or Sprite)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons ginger chopped
  • 2 tablespoons Calamansi Juice
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Onion powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon rock salt
  • 1 teaspoon Pepper
  • 1 whole Chicken cut in half
  • 3 tablespoon corn oil
  • 1/3 Cup annatto seeds
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 tablespoon Butter
  • 2 tablespoons local white vinegar


  • In a bowl, combine vinegar, soda, ginger, calamansi juice, brown sugar, onion powder, salt, and pepper.
  • Add the chicken pieces and rub with the marinade. Let stand at room temperature for an hour before refrigerating. Put in a covered container and chill overnight.
  • For the annatto oil: Heat oil then add atsuete seeds. Stir until the seeds release their color and aroma. Strain oil to remove the seeds. Return the oil to the pan and add salt, butter, and vinegar. Simmer for 2 minutes.
  • Grill marinated chicken while basting with annatto oil.
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