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Pinaupong Manok on a serving platter with cherry tomatoes as garnish
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Pinaupong Manok

Pinaupong Manok, which means "seated chicken," is a Filipino-style dish steam-cooked on a bed of rock. It's moist, tender and delicious to the bone!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time2 hrs
Marinating30 mins
Total Time2 hrs 15 mins
Course: Main Entree
Cuisine: Filipino
Keyword: pinaupong manok
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories: 397kcal
Author: Lalaine Manalo


  • 1 whole (about 4 to 5 pounds) chicken
  • 1 head garlic, peeled
  • 1 teaspoon pepper, freshly ground
  • rock salt
  • 2 stalks lemongrass
  • 1 large onion

Dipping Sauce

  • fish sauce or soy sauce to taste
  • calamansi juice


  • Remove the gizzards and any internal organs inside the chicken's cavity. Under cold running water, rinse chicken well. Thoroughly dry the chicken inside and out.
  • In a food processor, pulse garlic until smooth. In a small bowl, combine pureed garlic and pepper.
  • Generously rub the chicken inside and out with rock salt. Massage the chicken inside and out with the garlic and pepper mixture. Let stand for about 20 to 30 minutes. 
  • Remove and discard the dark green layers of the lemongrass until you get to the lighter green part. With a knife, cut into lengths that will fit inside the chicken's cavity. Using the back of the knife, pound ends of lemongrass to release flavor.
  • Peel the onion and cut one end to level.
  • Stuff lemongrass into the chicken cavity. Insert onion with cut side facing outwards.
  • In a large, thick-bottomed pot, add rock salt to about 1 1/2 to 2 inches deep. Line banana leaves on top of the salt. 
  • Position chicken on an upright, "sitting" position on banana leaves. 
  • Cover pot with a tight-fitting lid. Over medium heat, cook chicken for about 1 1/2 to 2 hours or until a thermometer inserted in the thickest part reads 165 F.
  •  Gently lift chicken from pot and arrange on a serving platter. Serve hot with dipping sauce.

Dipping Sauce

  • In a bowl, combine lemon juice and fish sauce or soy sauce to taste.



Calories: 397kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 136mg | Sodium: 127mg | Potassium: 361mg | Vitamin A: 255IU | Vitamin C: 4.4mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 1.7mg