How to Make Mang Inasal Chicken? Like Expert

Mang inasal chicken stands out unique rescipe in the entire menu of mang inasal. It is made of secret spices . Food lovers are always curious in order to know the process of making delicious inasal chicken. Apart from this, people are also interested in the important precautions,instructions and directions of making this dish.

I contacted the Filipino chefs in order to unearth the secret of the recipe. It includes chicken,sauces,annatto oil and ingredients.  Here is the complete guide about mang inasal chicken.

How to make mang inasal chicken? step ny step guide

What is background Chicken Inasal?

The history of the chicken inasal is interesting.  This dish first appeared in the streets of Bacolod city. Inasal is the Ilonggo word which means char grilled or roasted meat.

Following this fact, people made a particular street in the bacolod. This street is known as Manokan Country which means chicken country.

how to make mang inasal chicken?
Mang inasal chicken, lemon, chili and ungli rice.

How to Make Mang Inasal Chicken?

The history of the chicken inasal is interesting.  This dish first appeared in the streets of Bacolod city. Inasal is the Ilonggo word which means char grilled or roasted meat. Following this fact, people made a particular street in the bacolod. This street is known as Manokan Country which means chicken country.

What are the ingredients?

Chicken thighs 

First and foremost thing is chicken. All you need to have chicken thighs which should not be less than 2 pounds. It is important to note that there should be narrow cuts which are also known as slits on the chicken thigh.


 Following are the items which are crucial for chicken marination.  

  • Take 1.5 tablespoon of lemon grass.
  • 4 cloves of garlic which should be fine chopped.
  • 1 tablespoon of ginger which should be well shredded.
  • 2 tablespoons of light brown sugar.
  • 2 tablespoons of vinegar(coconut,cane and cider)
  • 1 tablespoon of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of calamansy juice which is known as Filipino lime juice.
  • 1 tablespoon of soy sauce
  • ¼ cup of annatto oil.
  • ½ ground black paper.
  • 15 kalamancy lemon juice.
  • 2 tablespoons of shallot

Take a large bowl and add all the ingredients into it. Apply the mixture on chicken gently.finally give rest to the chicken for 24 hours.

Chicken annatto oil

Annatto oil is extracted from annatto seeds. Do you know the true purpose of the annatto oil. It is used to impart deep golden or red colour.

  • 500 grams of chicken skin,bottom with fat.
  • 1 ½ cup of water.
  • 4 tablespoons of annatto seeds.
  • 1 ½ cups of water.
  • 1 bay leaf

Start heating the fat of the chicken. Add annatto seeds and heat it until it releases its colour. Separate the oil from the mixture.

Basting sauce

Basting is the technique of making meat oily,juicy and moisturising. This is done in order with the help of sauces and oil.

  • ¼ unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons of annatto oil
  • ¼ tablespoon of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of light brown sugar
  • 1 ⁄ 2 tablespoon of calamansi juice.

  Equipments Used

Following are the equipment needed in order to make the recipe perfect.

  • Grill
  • Large bowl
  • Small pot
  • Baking sheet
  • Knife
  • Container with lid
  • Parchment paper or foil.
  • Cutting board
  • Grater

How to prepare chicken inasal?

how to prepare chiken inasal

Steps to Follow

  • Take out chicken from the bowl from the marinade.
  • Preheat the grill up to medium to low.
  • Apply the annatto oil on the chicken.
  • Cook the chicken for 20 minutes.Change the side of chicken and apply annatto oil every time. The thickest part of the meat may take time. But Thermometer may solve your problem.
  • Prepare the busting sauce by combining all the sauce ingredients which I covered above. Now serve the chicken with sauce.

Foxy Tips In Grilling Chicken Meat

Mang inasal is known for its unique grilling of chicken. This is one of the hot and the most selling recipes. So to make this, follow the instructions and directions.

Grilling Time

Grilling time is an important factor which makes or breaks. It is worthwhile to mention that you should always consider two factors before grilling. Firstly, the size of the chicken. Secondly, the temperature of the chicken.

It has been seen and observed that over-cooked chicken inasal is dry,hard rubbery. Similarly, undercooking makes the recipe injurious to health.

It is pertinent to explain that thighs and drumsticks take more time to grill while breast pieces usually grill quickly.

grilling time of mang inasal chicken
use of meat thermometer for mang inasal meat

Use a Meat Thermometer

There are scores of ways and methods in order to check whether the chicken is cooked or not. The most accurate and authentic habit is the use of a meat thermometer.

 Meat thermometer is inserted to the thickest part of the chicken. Make sure that temperature in the thickest part should be around 165F. This temperature shows the doneness of the recipe.

Cover it up!

It is the common practice to open up the chicken while grilling. This is the wrong way.

In order to do this job perfectly, the grill lid should be covered. An oven like environment will be established. It will leave no room for fire to catch the chicken.

cover the mang inasal chicken
resting Time for mang inasal chicken

Resting time

Resting time is another important prerequisite of making the recipe best. Please make sure that after grilling the chicken, give it a rest of 2 to 3 minutes.

By doing so, the meat juice will redistribute to the entire chicken piece.

Sharp Knife and Fork

It is recommended to use a cutting-edge knife and fork. Knife is used for making the slits on the chicken while fork is used for making holes on every piece.

Sharp Knife and Fork

Side Dish to Serve with Chicken Inasal

Chicken inasal is served with plain boiled rice and salad. The salad which is mostly used is kachumar salad.Kachumar salad is served with chicken inasal and other Filipino cuisine. The making of this salad is simple,easy and effortless.


  1. 1 cucumber that should be peeled and cut into diced shapes.
  2. 1 tomato should be fine chopped.
  3. ½ diced onion
  4. 1 tablespoon lime juice
  5. Salt as per taste
  6. ½ carrot that should be chopped perfectly.
  7. Capsicum ½,green and yellow are the best for taste
  8. Cabbage ½ cup

Instructions to Prepare Kachumar Salad

Simply add all the vegetables as I mentioned above in a  bowl. In order to impart a beautiful colour,you can use cucumber with its skin.  Add lime sauce as per your taste. 

Kachumar salad is ready to serve with the mang inasal chicken.


Chicken inasal is roasted or grilled chicken. It is made up of a rainbow of spices which increase its taste to an unimaginable scale. The taste of this chicken is unique in the world as this recipe is the recognition of filipino cuisine

Serving Suggestions

Mang insal is the chief dish. It can be served with plain boil and streaming rice. Similarly, adding the annatto oil is another unique experience. In the same line, busting sauce can make the taste buds more delighted.

How to store leftovers?

Leftovers can be stored for up to 2 months. How? Ok, shift all the leftovers to a container or a bottle which has sealed-lid. You can freeze for 2 months. If you want to use it,heat it gently.

How to Eat Chicken Inasal?

Chicken inasal is a traditional Filipino recipe. This is served with streamy,boiled plain rice. If you are a true admirer of the Philippines cuisine; then you have to put all chicken and rice on banana leaves.


The taste of chicken inasal is mingling and delightful. The smell of charcoal, supreme blend of spices and serving make the taste buds dancing.

Chicken inasal is a recipe of philippines. The origin of this recipe is from the city of bacolod.


In short, chicken inasal is the world class dish of philippines cuisine. It has its own distinctive recognition. The taste and making process are sound and solid.  The core ingredients of mang inasal are annatto oil, busting sauce and chicken.  If you are planning a family gathering and an office meets up,please include this recipe in your menu.

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