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Chicken Tapa with garlic fried rice and sunny side up eggs on a white plate with a bowl of chopped tomatoes on the side
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3.7 from 23 votes

Chicken Tapa

Chicken tapa marinated in soy sauce, lemon juice, and fresh garlic. Serve with garlic fried rice and sunny side up eggs for a delicious morning treat!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Marinating8 hrs
Total Time25 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Filipino
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories: 306kcal


  • 3 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thigh or leg meat
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 head garlic, peeled and minced
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  • In a non-reactive bowl, combine soy sauce, lemon juice, garlic, sugar, salt, and pepper. Stir until sugar and salt are dissolved.
  • Add chicken and massage to fully coat with marinade. Keep overnight in the refrigerator to cure. Drain meat from marinade.
  • In a wide pan over medium heat, heat about 2 tablespoons oil. Add chicken in a single layer and cook, turning on sides as needed, until meat is lightly browned and cooked through.
  • Remove from pan and cut into serving portions. Serve hot.


Calories: 306kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 46g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 215mg | Sodium: 1478mg | Potassium: 626mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 54IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 2mg