Inasal chicken is simple to prepare but packs a lot of flavors. This Filipino chicken barbecue is sure to please everyone! The first part of the year was spent in the Philippines. Mang Inasal Pecho with unli Rice was a large portion of my meals. This Bacolod specialty was introduced to me by one of my aunts. I am forever in love with the nuot Sarap Inihaw Na Manok!
Now, I’m back in Texas and there is no Texas restaurant branch within thousands of miles that can satisfy my hunger pangs. Sob. This recipe is for you if you are like me and want to enjoy a delicious, succulent Filipino barbecue. This recipe is super simple and affordable to make at home, but just as delicious and delicious.
Inasal Chicken is a popular grilled dish in the Western Visayas. The marinade of vinegar, calamansi and lemongrass, ginger, garlic, brown sugar, and atsuete oils gives it its unique flavor and color. Sprite and 7-up can also be used in this recipe to enhance flavor and act as tenderizers.
The chicken parts are typically skewered in bamboo, then grilled on hot coals to tender perfection, and then finished with a drizzle of oil.
How to make chicken oil
This Visayan dish is notable for its orange-colored oil. To reduce cholesterol, I use chicken fat and skin. You can also substitute vegetable oil.
- Place the chicken skin, bottoms, and fat in a large pan on medium heat. Stirring as necessary until the skin and bottoms of the chicken are crispy and rendered fat.
- Use a spoon to remove the oil from the skins.
- Add the atsuete seed, crushed garlic, bay leaf, and salt. Allow cooking for a few more minutes, until oil is evenly colored.
- To extract more flavor and color, leave the mixture to steep for around an hour. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve.
- Mix about 1 tablespoon of atsuete powder until it is well dissolved. Use a fine-mesh sieve to strain the powder.
Tips for cooking
- Depending on how large the chicken is, you can cut it into quarters (two breasts or two legs), depending on its size. To make it easier to handle, you can skewer the pieces of chicken with a bamboo stick.
- To marinate chicken, use a non-reactive bowl.
- Marinate for at least 2 hours or overnight for the best results, use the following: Avoid letting the chicken marinade sit for longer than 8 hours to prevent the acidic juices in the vinegar and citrus juice from causing protein denatures and turning the meat mushy.
- Split the atsuete olive oil in half and use one half for cooking and the other for serving.
- To verify the doneness test the temperature, place a thermometer into the thickest portion of the chicken. For both white and dark meat, 165 F is the safest internal temperature.
How do you serve?
- Inasal chicken is often served with steamed rice, chicken/atsuete, and calamansi – soy sauce mixtures or sinamak (spiced Palm Vinegar) as lunch or dinner.
- Refrigerate leftovers for up to 3 days in a tightly fitting container.
- Wrap the chicken in aluminum foil, and bake at 350 F for 15 to 20 minutes. You can also arrange the chicken on a plate that you can microwave and cover it with a damp towel. Microwave for 2 to 3 minutes, or until heated through.