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Chicken Inasal

This is a very easy dish to prepare. Marinating the chicken overnight is the key so that the chicken will soak up the sauce and will give you a very tasting chicken inasal after grilling.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Marinate1 d
Total Time1 hr
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Filipino
Keyword: chicken, grilled, inasal
Author: Bebs Lott


  • 4 pieces chicken thigh and legs
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 piece lemon or calamansi
  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 1 stalk lemon grass
  • 2 tbsp salt to rub on chicken
  • 1 tsp ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil for basting
  • 1 tsp achuete powder for basting


For Marinating the Chicken:

  • First wash the chicken thighs thoroughly and pat dry with paper towels. Put in a big bowl.
    chicken inasal ingredients
  • Cut some slits on the chicken diagonally so the meat inside will cook properly. Then rub in the salt.
  • In a different bowl. mix in the soy sauce, lemon, vinegar, lemon grass (cut into pieces) and pepper.
  • Rub the marinate mixture on the chicken and cover with cling film. Let it soak for 2/3 hours or if you can, leave it for 24 hours.
  • In a frying pan. heat vegetable oil and mix and the achuete powder. Stir well. When the achuete and the oil mixed well. transfer in a bowl and set aside to be used for basting later.

For grilling the chicken:

  • You can start up the grill whether you are using charcoal, oven, turbo broiler or electric grill 
  • Put the chicken on the grill and after 2 minutes bast the chicken with the marinate sauce first.
  • Keep on basting with the marinate sauce and when the chicken is half cooked, take out the achuete and oil mix and use that to bast the chicken.
  • Continue basting with the achuete and oil mix until the chicken is thoroughly cooked.
  • As a serving suggestion, you can use banana leaves and place it between the chicken and serving plate to give it a more authentic feel. Enjoy!