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Chicken Inasal Recipe Adobers.Net Style

Chicken Inasal Recipe Adobers.Net Style

Chicken Inasal is a dish that originated in the City of Bacolod in the Southern Philippines. Inasal is an Ilonggo word for roasted meat. Unlike the usual chicken barbeque counterpart you can find in different parts of the PI, chicken inasal is a mixture of a lot of ingredients from which it derives its very strong flavor. The key ingredients that make this unique are coconut vinegar, lemon or calamansi juice, and lemongrass. In the Philippines, it is best cooked on a grill. Though in the US, with the lack of space for some households to have a grill, it can be cooked in the oven. This dish is also distinct for its yellowish color brought about by the annatto oil which makes it look more appetizing.

Prep time: 1 hour

Cook time: 3 hours

Serving: 10 people



10 lbs chicken leg quarters

1 cup ginger cut into strips

4 tablespoons garlic minced

2 cups lemongrass chopped

2 cups coconut vinegar

1 cup lemon or calamansi juice

2 tablespoons salt

½ cup sugar

2 cups lemon soda 

1 tablespoon ground black pepper

Basting Sauce

6 tablespoons annatto oil

2 cup butter or margarine softened

½ cup teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons lemon calamansi juice


  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the ginger, garlic, lemongrass, coconut vinegar, lemon juice, sugar, salt, leon soda and ground pepper then stir well.
  2. In a freezer bag, lay down the chicken quarters with 3-4 pieces in each bag.
  3. Pour the marinade mixture into the bags. You will need to insert the lemongrass and ginger in between the leg quarters.
  4. Marinate for at least 3 hours, better if overnight. Flip the bag over to ensure the leg quarters are evenly marinated. 
  5. In a small saucepan, melt the butter then mix the annatto oil, salt and lemon juice. Simmer for 2 minutes.
  6. Grill for 30-40 minutes at 400F while basting whenever you turn the chicken. If baking in the oven, cook for 30 minutes in a pan or tray at 400F. Pull out of the oven and drain the chicken juice from the tray. Baste the chicken then broil for 7-10 minutes.
  7. Serve with plain or garlic rice. You can also pour a little bit of the basting sauce on the rice for a creamy flavor.

There you have it! We hope you enjoy making your own version of this popular Filipino grilled food. Even more, enjoy sharing it with family and friends. Who makes the best Chicken Inasal near you? Share it with the community by mentioning them in the comments below.

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