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Authentic Chicken Inasal Recipe

Have you tried grilling your own Chicken Inasal or Filipino (Bacolod) style grilled chicken?

Chicken has been a very common food for us nowadays, and it is not a surprise at all when even the most delicious and easy dishes which use chicken can be very repetitive. Why not try something special that most of you have not likely tried doing yet?

So here we have the Chicken Inasal, although it is a well-known dish, this is rather unique because of how it is prepared. So it’s not a food you’re probably going to eat everyday and it’s sure to pique your interest.

In this recipe article, you are going to learn how to make the famous Chicken Inasal! With this, you’re going to have a little more variation in your “chicken recipe arsenal” so you can make more special dishes for special occasions or gatherings, if you want.

Continue to read below to see more tips and trivia about the Chicken Inasal.

What is Chicken Inasal?

Chicken Inasal is one of the most popular chicken dishes all over the country. It originated from the city of Bacolod–which boasts a lot of really mouth watering dishes of chicken–and has since then spread out all over the country.

The term inasal literally means “grilled”. It is basically a grilled chicken marinated in vinegar, calamansi juice, and loads of other spices. It also boasts its unique basting sauce which gives the inasal a yellowish color. 

How to Cook Chicken Inasal?

Making Chicken Inasal is actually easy, the only downside of this dish is that it takes at least 2 days to prepare. So if you want to have this dish, you’re going to plan ahead of time so you can also maximize the flavor of the inasal.

There are two simple processes in creating this dish. First is preparing the marinade, and then the second is grilling the chicken while smothering it with the basting sauce every now and then.

When preparing the marinade, just mix all of the ingredients listed for marinating and then just put them in a ziplock bag with the chicken. The recommended amount of to marinate the chicken is overnight.

Any longer than that may cause the chicken to break down due to the vinegar. So keep in mind of that when marinating.

Chicken Inasal Annatto Oil

There are readily available chicken annatto oil which you can buy simply at supermarkets or grocery stores, but this recipe also includes making your own specialized annatto oil partnered with the chicken inasal.

This is entirely optional but if you want to have a more savory flavor for the chicken inasal and you want to have the full experience of preparing it, you can try this also.

Chicken Inasal Tips:

  • In the recipe, we try to make use of a grilling pan since it is easier to use, although it might not have that true grilled taste. But if it’s not available or you want to have a more “natural” way of grilling, you can always use the charcoal grill. 
  • If you have a meat thermometer available with you, use it to have an accurate reading of the temperature of the grill, to avoid having the chicken overcooked or undercooked. Having it overcooked means dry chicken and having it undercooked means an unpleasant flavor of the chicken.

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Authentic Chicken Inasal Recipe

Cook Chicken Inasal (with Inasal or Annatto oil) the Bacolod way!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Marinating Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 55 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Filipino
Keyword: Grilled
Servings: 4
Calories: 445kcal


  • Grill


  • 1 kg chicken, cut into serving parts

Marinade Ingredients:

  • 1 head garlic, minced
  • 1 pc thumb-sized ginger, chopped
  • 1 stalk lemongrass, chopped
  • ¾ cup vinegar
  • ¼ cup calamansi juice
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp salt
  • ½ tbsp ground pepper

Annatto Oil Ingredients (Can be reserved for future use):

  • 1 cup cooking oil
  • 500 g chicken skin and/or chicken fat
  • 4 tbsp annatto seeds
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 1 pc bay leaf

Basting Sauce Ingredients:

  • 4 tbsp annatto oil
  • ½ cup butter, or margarine, melted
  • 1 tsp calamansi, or lemon juice
  • salt, to taste


  • In a large bowl, add-in and combine all the marinade ingredients. Whisk until well-incorporated.
  • In a freezer bag or ziplock, place the chicken parts and pour-in the marinade. Seal the bag and marinate chicken for 1 to 5 hours.
  • In a large bowl, add-in and combine all the basting sauce ingredients. Mix well and set aside afterwards.
  • Preheat the grilling pan in medium heat.
  • Grill the chicken parts for 30 to 50 minutes while generously brushing with basting sauce every 10 minutes.
  • Transfer to a serving plate or serving tray and let it rest for 10 minutes. Serve immediately afterwards and enjoy!

Annatto Oil Procedure:

  • In a medium saucepan over medium heat, pour-in the cooking oil and add-in the chicken skin and/or chicken fat. Cook for 10 minutes until chicken oil starts to come out. Remove all the chicken pieces using a slotted spoon.
  • Apply low heat and add-in all the remaining annatto oil ingredients. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Using a fine-mesh sieve, strain the oil into a jar and discard seeds and aromatics. Set aside.


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Nutrition Facts
Authentic Chicken Inasal Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 445 Calories from Fat 70
% Daily Value*
Fat 7.8g12%
Saturated Fat 2.2g14%
Cholesterol 193mg64%
Sodium 3653mg159%
Potassium 661mg19%
Carbohydrates 14.5g5%
Fiber 0.6g3%
Sugar 6.9g8%
Protein 73.5g147%
Calcium 73mg7%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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