Back to top's Top 10 Chicken Inasal
We pick the tastiest ones in the metro.
Published on: May 14, 2012 - 7:00am

( There's a lot of ways to cook chicken—but chicken inasal, which is identified with the Western Visayas region, is probably one of the most celebrated ones in this country. It should not be confused with barbecue or grilled chicken, which uses soy sauce as the main component of its marinade. Chicken inasal is marinated in a concoction that includes ginger, vinegar, calamansi, lemongrass, and a dash of brown sugar. While it's being grilled, it's basted with a sauce that's a mix of atsuete oil, salt, and pepper. It's traditionally eaten with chicken oil and a dipping sauce that's a mix of soy sauce and calamansi.


Over the years, some establishments have put their own spin on chicken inasal—adding a secret ingredient or two (or more) in an attempt to be a cut above the rest.


Though purists say authentic chicken inasal could only be found in the region it originated from, that doesn't necessarily mean foodies of Metro Manila can't get a taste of the real thing (or something very close to it). Here are our favorites in town:


Tasty chicken inasal in the metro. Click for more.


Graphics by Warren Espejo. Photos by Erwin Dwight Valencia, Lorie Victoria, and staff.

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  • CLo14
    Bacolod Chicken House Express near Shopwise Pasong Tamo. They have the best chicken inasal! JTs has nothing on it. I've brought several of my friends and they've tasted nothing like it. Needless to say, no one I've brought there has ever been disappointed and we keep coming back for more. Guaranteed, you won't be disappointed.
    Feb 19 2014 @ 01:11pm     Reply  
  • Eljen Palomar
    the best inasal ever is MANG INASAL:
    Sep 26 2012 @ 02:06pm     Reply  
  • T
    You missed out on Bacolod Chicken Parilla
    May 16 2012 @ 06:22pm     Reply  
  • cheaca
    If you think JT's has the best inasal in the metro wait till you try Bacolod Chicken Inasal Express' pecho. It's worth the trek to Makati if you want to taste the best inasal without hopping on the next flight to Bacolod. I've taste all the inasal in the Metro, but their's is the best. I just go to JT's to order their chicken oil (and wings or atay para hindi naman dyahe)because, if it were the battle for chicken/atsuete oil, JT's has the best, it has to be since you pay if you want extra. I'll gladly accompany you if you don't know how to get there. :)
    May 15 2012 @ 11:48pm     Reply  
  • Elly Sy
    Went to Bacolod to taste Aida's Chicken Inasal. Frustrating the Inasal beside Neneng's was more delicious.
    May 15 2012 @ 10:38pm     Reply  
  • myPride
    JT's & Aida's are authentic!!!!!
    May 14 2012 @ 04:40pm     Reply  
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