Saturday, March 7, 2009

Chicken Inasal

Grilled chicken. It is chicken thigh marinated in honey, brown sugar, calamansi, ginger, (according to my tastebuds) and other secret ingredients. A lot of people are trying to create their own version of this dish, but only a true Ilonggo can do it.
(above photo is Mang Inasal's chicken, Mang Inasal G/F SM Sta. Rosa, Laguna)

  • salt
  • 4 stalks lemongrass, julienned
  • 1 roasting chicken, quartered
  • 1 tsp fresh coarse ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp chili pepper flakes
  • juice of 1 lemon, extracted
  • juice of 1 lime, extracted
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsps garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup annatto seeds, soaked in 1/4 c water
  • 1/4 cup garlic butter, melted

Combine the juices of lemon & lime, divide in 2 equal parts. Marinate chicken overnight in salt, lemon grass, garlic, pepper, half lime & lemon juice mixture. Mix marinade with the water that has been used to soak the annato seeds & margarine. Pour the mixture in a saucepan, bring to a rolling boil for 5 to 10 mins. Adjust seasoning with salt & pepper flakes if desired. Barbecue chicken over hot coals or grill brushing it with the prepared mixture, cook to desired doneness.

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