Chicken is a meat commodity in the Philippines that is very popular due to its versatility when incorporated in dishes. Another reason for it being a popular choice of the main ingredient in recipes is because it is a great source of protein. Below is a list of top Filipino chicken recipes.
Table of Contents
- 1. Filipino-Style Fried Chicken
- 2. Lechon Manok
- 3. Adobong Manok
- 4. Sinampalukang Manok
- 5. Arroz Caldo
- 6. Chicken Inasal
- 7. Nilagang Manok
- 8. Chicken Afritada
- 9. Pininyahang Manok
- 10. Sweet and Sour Chicken
- 11. Filipino-Style Chicken Curry
- 12. Bicol Express
- 13. Chicken Ala King
- 14. Pinaupong Manok
- 15. Ginataang Manok
1. Filipino-Style Fried Chicken
The classic favorite in not even just the Philippines but also in many other countries. Fried chicken is an easy dish to cook and a comfort food that is great for any meal of the day. Filipino-style Fried chicken is made by marinating the chicken in calamansi juice (Philippine lime), soy sauce and garlic before being battered and fried. Served with rice and a dipping sauce of your preference, it is a delicious dish for all ages.
2. Lechon Manok
It is a spit-roasted chicken stuffed with herbs and spices like lemongrass and onions. It is usually marinated first overnight so that the flavors can sink into the meat. Once it has been marinated, it is stuffed with lemongrass and onions and spit-roasted over an open flame. It can also be cooked at home using an oven if there is no spit-roaster available. This dish is very popular among Filipinos. There are a lot of Lechon Manok stalls and restaurants scattered around the cities in the Philippines.
3. Adobong Manok
A famous and classic Filipino dish, adobo is an easy recipe to make. Although it might take longer to make because of the waiting time, the steps are quite easy. First, The chicken is marinated in soy sauce and crushed garlic for a few hours. Then, the chicken is separated from the marinade and lightly pan-fried to cook the outer layer of the chicken. Once it is slightly cooked, mix the marinade in the pan, add water and let boil. Add bay leaves and peppercorn to taste. Add vinegar and cook longer in low heat. Adjust taste with sugar and salt if needed, and voila! Done.
4. Sinampalukang Manok
A chicken variation of “Sinigang” (or sour pork stew with tamarind), Sinampalukang manok is cooked similarly with the classic dish, the only difference being, the chicken variation is cooked with young tamarind leaves to sour its broth instead of whole tamarinds. After the chicken is sautéed with onion, garlic, ginger, and mashed tomatoes, add water and the stew is simmered with vegetables like long beans. While simmering, the broth is seasoned with fish sauce and young tamarind leaves to bring out the sour taste.
5. Arroz Caldo
A simple dish on the list, Arroz Caldo is a Filipino-style porridge meal. As most Filipino dishes, it is first sautéed with garlic, onion, and ginger. Then, the chicken is added for a few minutes and the glutinous rice is added with water. It is simmered until the right consistency and can be added with toppings such as hard-boiled egg, scallions, toasted garlic, and sliced lime.
6. Chicken Inasal
It is a grilled chicken dish that has a uniquely Filipino taste. The way to cook inasal is all about the marinade. It is marinated in garlic, ginger, calamansi juice, and lemongrass. It is quite similar to the lechon manok, but the mixture of the herbs and spices in its marinade brings out so much flavor. Brushing it with annatto oil before grilling will add more kick to the taste of the dish.
7. Nilagang Manok
Another stew on the list, Nilagang manok is very simple to make. It is basically just boiling all the ingredients together. Onions, peppercorns, and salt are needed for the broth and the vegetables included are up to preference but usually, nilaga includes potatoes, bananas, cabbage, pechay, green onions, and green beans.
8. Chicken Afritada
It is a Filipino stew with a tomato-based sauce. It is usually mixed with potato, carrots and bell peppers. The overall taste of the dish has a hint of sweetness. Like a lot of Filipino dishes, this dish is very savory. The red color of the dish makes it look very appetizing. This dish is usually cooked at home for lunch or dinner.
9. Pininyahang Manok
The dish literally translates to Pineapple Chicken. It is chicken marinated with pineapple slices and then stewed with pineapple chunks, carrots, bell pepper, and milk. Some variations of the dish call for it to be cooked with coconut milk or even evaporated milk. It is up to your preference to decide which ingredient would be suitable for the dish.
10. Sweet and Sour Chicken
This dish is influenced by Chinese cuisine. Although the way it is cooked is more like Spanish influenced because of the ingredients included, the idea of a sweet and sour type of dish originates from China. The Filipino-style sweet and sour chicken is prepared by first, marinating the chicken in soy sauce and sherry. The chicken is then dipped in cornstarch and fried until golden brown. The sauce is made separately with soy sauce, white vinegar, sugar, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, water and, cornstarch to thicken it. The chicken is then mixed with the sauce to be served.
11. Filipino-Style Chicken Curry
Filipino-style chicken curry is very different from the original Indian curry. It is made with coconut milk along with the normal curry spices. It is cooked in a slow simmer so that the spices stay balanced and cooked well with the coconut milk to make a creamy sauce. Coconut milk is quite difficult to incorporate in dishes as it can spoil easier when handled wrongly. This is why some put vinegar in the dish as well to enable it to be preserved long after cooking.
12. Bicol Express
This dish is normally made with pork but it can also be made with chicken. Bicol Express is a specialty dish from the Bicol region. It is another type of stew made with coconut milk and green chili peppers. It is very creamy and spicy – a perfect dish with warm rice.
13. Chicken Ala King
This Filipino dish recipe is different from the others. The chicken incorporated in the dish is usually poached. It is mixed with mushrooms, sweet peppers, and heavy cream. It is a casserole kind of dish that is very rich and creamy. Some eat it with rice and others eat it with pasta.
14. Pinaupong Manok
This Filipino dish recipe directly translates to “Sitting chicken”. This is because the dish is cooked in a fashion that does look like a sitting chicken. It is made by steam-cooking a chicken in a bed of rock salt. It is easy to make and only requires patience for the cooking time. It is made by rubbing the whole chicken with rock salt inside and outside, as well as rubbing it with garlic and pepper mixture. To enhance the taste, it is also stuffed with lemongrass and onion before cooking. It must be cooked in a wide thick-bottomed pot with a tight-fitting lid to ensure that the chicken is getting cooked by the steam and no liquid will entire the pot.
15. Ginataang Manok
This Filipino chicken recipe is cooked with coconut sauce like in Bicol Express. It is quite similar to Bicol express but it contains more ingredients like potatoes, carrots and bell peppers.