Lutong Pinoy Recipes

Chicken Inasal

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The Philippines has already known about CHICKAN INASAL, thanks to a few restaurants who serve it as their main dish getting popular. Who could resist the very intense savory flavor of this grilled treat paired with a Filipino traditional sawsawan? Here’s how you can make CHICKEN INASAL right in your own home without spending too much on eating out!
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What You Need

  • 2 stalks lemon grass
  • 1 head garlic
  • ½ cup palm vinegar
  • ¼ cup calamansi juice
  • 1 thumb-size ginger, grated
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 2 whole chicken, each split into two
  • annatto oil:
    • ½ cup vegetable oil
    • ¼ cup annatto seeds
    • 2 cloves garlic, pounded
    • 1 bay leaf

What To Do

    1. Peel the lemon grass until the white and light green portions are left. Chop the lemon grass finely.
    2. Separate the cloves of the garlic head and peel. Using a blender, process the cloves until pureed.
    3. Combine vinegar, calamansi juice, garlic, ginger, lemon grass, sugar, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Whisk until well-blended.
    4. Add the chicken and cover the bowl. Marinate for 1-2 hours in the refrigerator, turning the chicken every 30 minutes.
    5. Combine ingredients for annatto oil in a sauce pan over medium heat. Cook for 5 minutes or until oil starts to bubble. Remove from heat and allow to steep for 1 hour. Strain oil with a fine mesh sieve and set aside. Discard the aromatics.
    6. Take out chicken and drain from marinade. Wipe down aromatics.
    7. Grease the grill and put over hot coals. Arrange chicken in a single layer with the skin side up.
    8. Star grilling the chicken, turning once or twice each side. Make sure to baste regularly with annatto oil. Do this for 45 minutes.
    9. Remove from the grill and rest for 5 minutes.
    10. Chicken Inasal is best served with java rice and spiced vinegar.