Condo-style chicken inasal recipe

admin, January 7, 2014

Chicken Inasal is a pinoy favorite.  However, it’s not convenient to cook in a home kitchen because it needs to be grilled.  You can of course use a grill pan but that creates a lot of smoke – which is a no no in small kitchens.

This is a pan fried version that tastes very close to chicken inasal (minus of course the smokey grilled flavor).  But hey, it’s the trade off since you don’t want to set off your condo smoke alarm :D


The chicken

  •  4 Pieces chicken wings

The marinade

  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 1 tsp Black pepper powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ginger finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic finely chopped

The basting oil

  • 3 tbsp cooking oil
  • 1 tsp atsuete (annatto) powder
  • 2 cloves garlic finely chopped

The Space

As you can see above, this recipe can be done in a very small space – just beside the sink in a typical apartment or condo unit.


1. Chop the chicken wings.  You should chop the wing into 2 pieces.  In the picture above, we just scored the middle joint, which was wrong since we’re going to do this in a fry pan.  You need to cut the wing so that both pieces can lie flat on the pan.  Also, score the thisck parts of the meat with a knife in order to help it cook faster.

2. Mix the marinade and marinate the chicken.  Cover your bowl with plastic wrap and keep in the fridge for 30 mins to overnight.

3. Prepare your basting oil by mixing the ingredients together in a small bowl.  You don’t really need a basting brush – a spoon will do.

4. Use a non-stick pan.  This is important.  Use low to medium heat.

5.  Place the chicken in the pan.  You may need to do this in batches.  You do not want to overcrowd the pan.

6. Cover the pan and cook for 5 minutes.  After 5 minutes turn the chicken and cook another 5 minutes.  Check your chicken from time to time in case the stove is hotter than needed.

7. Take off the cover and baste the chicken on both sides with the oil.  Then pour the rest of the oil in the pan.

9. Fry about 5 minutes per side or until cooked.  *** The important thing here is to keep the heat low or else the atsuete powder and garlic in the oil will burn.

10.  There you go. It looks like chicken inasal doesn’t it?



Serve with fried rice and a soy sauce / vinegar / siling labuyo (chili)  dip.  ENJOY !



The following is a series of pictures of our first attempt – using an old teflon pan – i.e. the non-stick feature doesn’t work anymore.




Everything starts out well enough …




So it tastes the same but it just looks awful with all the skin torn off because it stuck to the pan.  It still tastes good though :)





One thought on “Condo-style chicken inasal recipe”

  1. derdo says:

    Tried this recipe and it is a decided winner. Ang sarap. Cooked it in the Korean frying pan advertised in TV shopping. Thank you for sharing this recipe. If I could, I’d have eaten the bones of the chicken inasal.

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