Got some chicken? Make these delicious Filipino chicken recipes and bring new flavors into your kitchen.
Chicken is a staple ingredient in Filipino cuisine, which means there are hundreds of recipes to choose from. Hundreds of utterly delicious, flavor-packed, fresh Filipino recipes.
With such an approachable core ingredient, this list is a great place to start if you’re a new adventurer in the land of Filipino cooking.
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Filipino Chicken Thigh Recipes
White meat might soak up flavor like a sponge, but dark meat is the center of flavor on a bird. That’s why these Filipino chicken thigh recipes are guaranteed to be flavor-packed.
Another great thing about chicken thighs is how cheap they are. Regarding meat prices, chicken thighs come out on top as the most affordable. That makes them a perfect canvas for weeknight family meals.
Chicken adobo is a time-honored Filipino recipe that stews chicken thighs in a delicious soy-based sauce with bay leaves. Served over fluffy jasmine white rice with a sprinkling of fresh green onion, this chicken adobo recipe is heaven on a plate.
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Walking the line between rustic and refined, chicken calderata is a Filipino dish that lives up to the name ‘comfort food.’ It’s warm, hearty and full of great protein and vegetables like green peas.
Serve it up over mashed potatoes or rice for a filling, flavorful dish that will satisfy everyone at the table.
Chicken tinola is the Philippines’ answer to chicken noodle soup.
The soup incorporates chayote, a melon-like fruit popular in the Philippines and known for its freshness. Combined with juicy chicken thighs in ginger chicken broth and olive oil, it’s the ultimate healing dish.
If you don’t have an Instant Pot, it’s time to whip out your slow cooker!
Of course, this version of chicken adobo has a longer cooking time than the Instant Pot version, but the flavor of this Filipino chicken adobo recipe is worth the wait.
One recipe was sticky; one used a dry rub; this Instant Pot chicken adobo produces a deliciously spicy sauce that will blow your mind.
Once again, it’s super simple to make, requiring only some essential main ingredients like white vinegar, green onions, and a bay leaf along with the chicken legs and minimal prep time.
Who doesn’t love barbecued chicken? This is a quick and easy way to elevate your grilled chicken game. The sauce is a lovingly-concocted collection of herbs, spices, and condiments.
The result is a sticky and well-charred chicken thigh on a skewer, ready to be devoured. Each bite is juicier than the last!
Best Filipino Chicken Recipes
The real question here is, what are the best Filipino chicken recipes? With so many to choose from, it’s hard to narrow it down. But for this list, I’ve relied on one thing: flavor.
These are the most delicious chicken recipes you could ask for. Each one represents a different core element of Filipino cuisine, highlighting this delightful region of the world.
This next recipe is the definition of comfort food. This savory rice porridge dish incorporates chicken stock, some classic aromatics, and a healthy serving of juicy chicken.
This fantastic winter meal uses cheap, accessible staples to achieve a delicious result. Once you’ve got this rice porridge, you can use it for anything from breakfast to dinner prepping!
This version of the classic chicken adobo achieves a beautiful char on the chicken skin, adding even more flavor to the mix.
The result is a dish that is a treat for the eyes and the tastebuds! If you want to take your meal to another level, make this a day or two ahead and let it sit in the fridge overnight.
This is one of the most unique dishes coming out of the Philippines and one of the tastiest.
Shredded chicken and livers pair with an array of aromatics like garlic, onion, and chilies to create a symphony of flavor!
If you are fond of chicken drumsticks, this next recipe is for you. Chicken afritada is a chicken drumstick stew with a tomato-based broth and plenty of fresh vegetables.
Serve it solo, over rice, or even over mashed potatoes for an extra filling portion.
This a delicious Sunday dinner anyone will love!
If you’re looking for the simplest way to create a tasty chicken adobo, you’ve found it. All you need for this recipe is a pan and ten minutes of quality time over the stove to whip it up.
This is a quick and easy recipe with a short ingredients list, so it’s great as a last-minute meal.
Chicken giniling is one of the quickest and easiest chicken dishes in the Filipino region. It’s essentially ground chicken and vegetables fried with a delicious array of spices.
While best eaten with rice, you can serve this however you like. It’s a great way to use any leftover vegetables from the week.
There are hundreds of fried chicken variations worldwide, each one better than the last. This Filipino take on fried chicken uses fish sauce to add a punchy flavor to an already tasty dish.
Think of this as Filipino KFC, but even better. The skin is light and crispy, while the inside is juicy and tender.
Chopsuey is a Chinese-inspired dish featuring tons of fresh vegetables and your choice of meat in a tasty sauce. It’s quick, easy, and great for getting the kids on board with eating vegetables.
The best way to serve this dish is over rice, which helps it stretch a lot further.
This final take on chicken adobo produces a dark, delicious sauce struck through with notes of ginger and garlic. One thing to note is that chicken adobo is usually served with a slice of Filipino lime.
It’s not the easiest to source, so it’s best to serve it with a slice of lime.
Searching for a breakfast meal to kick your day off right? Chicken tocino is the way to go. This is a delicious breakfast dish that perfectly walks the line between sweet and savory.
To tenderize the meat, the chicken is marinated in an aromatic blend of brown sugar, garlic, and pineapple juice.
Don’t throw your leftover roast chicken away. Instead, use it to make this deliciously creamy and fragrant Filipino coconut chicken curry. This is such a simple recipe with such a flavorful result.
This is an easy college dinner the students can make!
Chicken longganisa is a Filipino breakfast sausage with a rich, sweet, salty flavor perfect for waking you up in the morning. These are super simple to prepare in advance.
Have some waiting in your fridge for a Sunday morning fry-up.
Pininyahang Manok (‘pineapple chicken’) is the ultimate demonstration of sweet, juicy, tender chicken. Because acidic pineapple makes up a significant portion of the meal, the chicken is extra tender.
This is another Filipino dish that walks the line between sweet and savory.
Ginataang Manok (‘coconut chicken’) is a creamy stew-type chicken dish featuring coconut milk and ginger. Blended with potatoes and chicken, this stew is a warming winter delight you can’t miss.
It’s a simple meal to prepare any night of the week, so it’s great for family dinners.
This next dish is like chicken noodle soup taken to an entirely new level. The secret is: chicken macaroni sopas incorporates chicken livers to boost the chicken flavor.
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Arroz Caldo – or chicken and rice soup – is another great meal for cold winter evenings and sick days. It’s warm, comforting, and has all the elements of a perfect homecooked meal.
Best of all, it’s super simple to make. Infuse your rice and chicken with incredible flavor in just half an hour!
Tender chicken, fresh green papaya, and wilted spinach come together in this warming ginger broth. This healthy Filipino soup is ideal for enjoying cold days with your family.
Each element balances another, making each bite so well-rounded and delicious you won’t be able to stop eating.
Chicken Lumpia are similar to spring rolls, but the filling is distinctively Filipino. These are fantastic to have to wait in the freezer for a day you don’t feel like cooking but still want homemade dinner.
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Chicken Pastel – or Pastel de Pollo – is a Spanish-inspired Filipino pie similar to a chicken pot pie. The presentation is super impressive, so it’s great for dinner parties with friends.
It’s hearty and filling, with all that rich goodness hiding beneath a golden flaky pie crust.
Here’s another take on chicken afritada, and this time it’s simpler. This is the perfect recipe to whip out when you want something warm and comforting at the end of the week.
Change up the ratio of vegetables depending on which is your favorite.
Finally, we’re finishing off our list with a classic favorite worldwide: sweet and sour chicken. As you can tell by now, this is a flavor combination hugely favored in the Philippines.
Making your own sweet and sour chicken at home is easy, and the results are to die for. While there are a lot of ingredients, the recipe itself is pretty straightforward.
So, which of these Filipino delicacies has caught your eye? Which ones have you had before? Let me know in the comments!
27 Best Filipino Chicken Recipes
- 1. Chicken Adobo
- 2. Chicken Caldereta
- 3. Chicken Tinola
- 4. Slow Cooker Chicken Adobo
- 5. Instant Pot Chicken Adobo
- 6. Inihaw Na Manok
- 7. Arroz Caldo
- 8. Slow Cooker Chicken Adobo
- 9. Chicken Sisig
- 10. Chicken Afritada
- 11. Easy Chicken Adobo
- 12. Chicken Giniling
- 13. Crispy Fried Chicken
- 14. Chopsuey
- 15. Chicken Adobo
- 16. Chicken Tocino
- 17. Coconut Chicken Curry
- 18. Skinless Chicken Longganisa
- 19. Pininyahang Manok
- 20. Ginataang Manok
- 21. Chicken Macaroni Sopas
- 22. Arroz Caldo
- 23. Tinolang Manok
- 24. Chicken Lumpia
- 25. Chicken Pastel
- 26. Chicken Afritada
- 27. Sweet and Sour Chicken
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