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Filipino-style Barbecue Chicken on a banana leaf-lined plate
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Filipino-style Barbecue Chicken

Filipino Chicken Barbecue is a delicious medley of sweet and savory flavors you'll love year-round. Made with a simple soy sauce marinade, it's simple to make yet incredibly tasty!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Marinating4 hrs
Total Time12 hrs 40 mins
Course: Main Entree
Cuisine: Filipino
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories: 409kcal

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds whole chicken, butterflied
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup calamansi or lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 head garlic. peeled and minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup canola oil

Instructions

  • Wash chicken and pat dry.
  • In a bowl, combine soy sauce, calamansi juice, brown sugar, garlic, salt, and pepper. Stir well until sugar and salt are dissolved. 
  • Add chicken and massage with the marinade until fully coated. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or up to overnight. Drain chicken well, discarding marinade.
  • In a wide, thick-bottomed pan over medium heat, heat oil. Add chicken and cook for about 10 to 15 minutes on each side or until nicely browned on the outside and thermometer inserted in the center reads 165 F. 

If Baking in the Oven

  • Drain chicken from the marinade, reserving marinade.
  • In a saucepan over medium heat, bring the marinade into a boil for about 10 to 15 minutes or until heated completely and reduced.
  • Arrange chicken in a single layer on a greased baking sheet and bake in a 400 F oven for about 20 minutes. 
  • Using tongs, turn chicken on other side and baste with the reduced marinade. Continue to cook for about 15 to 20 minutes or until thermometer inserted in the thickest part reads 165 F.

If Grilling

  • Drain chicken from the marinade, reserving marinade.
  • In a saucepan over medium heat, bring the marinade into a boil for about 10 to 15 minutes or until heated completely and reduced.
  • Grill chicken, regularly basting with the reduced marinade, for about 10 to 15 minutes on each side or until thermometer inserted in the thickest part reads 165 F. 

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Nutrition

Calories: 409kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 120mg | Sodium: 1582mg | Potassium: 356mg | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 120IU | Vitamin C: 5.6mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 1.6mg