Chicken Inasal

Filipino Chicken Inasal

Chicken Inasal from the Filipino City of Bacolod has an earthy-peppery taste with a hint of nutmeg and a slight citrus flavor. The key ingredient is annatto or achiote powder. This spice from the "lipstick tree" colors the chicken orange-red and is very popular in Latin and Filipino cooking.
Hands-on Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Filipino
Servings 3


  • 1 lb chicken breast cut lengthwise, then into 1-inch strips
  • 8 oz mung bean sprouts
  • 1/2 English cucumber cut into very thin strips
  • 1 tbsp lime or lemon juice
  • 2 cup rice Jasmine
  • oil
  • salt & pepper

For the marinade

  • 2 cloves garlic peeled, crushed
  • 2 tbsp sugar brown
  • 1 tbsp lime or lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil

Culinary Spice Kit

  • Annatto, lemongrass, lemon peel, ginger



  • Season chicken with salt & pepper to taste.
  • In a BOWL, mix Inasal Spices with the ingredients for the marinade.
  • Add chicken. Mix well. Cover.
  • Let marinate in the fridge for 3-24 hours.


  • Cook rice according to package instructions.


  • In a BOWL, mix 1 tbsp lime juice with 1 tbsp oil.
  • Add sprouts and cucumber. Mix well and season with salt & pepper to taste.


  • In a PAN, fry chicken over high heat until they are cooked and turn brown.
  • Add 1 tbsp oil and fry another 2 minutes.


  • Serve chicken with rice and salad.
  • Optional: Add a chili vinegar dipping sauce.
  • Enjoy!
Keyword annatto, lemongrass