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Chicken Tocino

Chicken Tocino is a Filipino breakfast usually served with fried rice and sunny side up eggs. It's sweet, garlicky, and sure to be a family favorite.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time12 hrs 20 mins
Marinating8 hrs
Total Time30 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Filipino
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories: 473kcal


  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/4 cup banana ketchup
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 pounds chicken thigh or leg meat, boneless and skinless
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil


  • In a bowl, combine pineapple juice, ketchup, sugar, garlic powder, and salt, Stir until well distributed.
  • Add chicken and massage meat with curing mixture until evenly colored. Transfer to a covered container or ziplock bag and refrigerate for about 4 hours or overnight to cure.
  • In a pan over medium heat, add chicken including marinade and enough water to cover.
  • Bring to a boil. Lower heat, cover and simmer until meat is tender and cooked through, adding more water in 1/2 cup increments as needed.
  • When the meat is cooked through and liquid is mostly absorbed, add oil. Continue to cook, stirring regularly, until chicken is nicely browned and caramelized. Serve hot.



Do not marinate longer than overnight as the acidity of the pineapple juice might denature the proteins and turn the meat mushy.


Calories: 473kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 148mg | Sodium: 1374mg | Potassium: 408mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 169IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg