Inasal na Manok



Inasal na manok or chicken inasal is grilled chicken in the style of Bacolod or Iloilo in the Western Visayas region of the Philippines. The chicken is marinated in native herbs and spices like sinamak and calamansi and then grilled with its reddish hue being imparted by annatto oil. BacoleƱo versions tend to use a marinade composed wholly of sour flavors while Ilonggo versions may have some ingredients adding sweetness. There has recently been a boom in restaurant chains featuring inasal na manok as the principal offering with chains like Bacolod Chicken Inasal, Chic-Boy, Chicken Bacolod, Inasal Chicken Bacolod, Jay-J's Inasal, and Mang Inasal among others popping up, proliferating, and becoming ubiquitous throughout the country.

Inasal is said to be a local variation on the Spanish word asar meaning "to roast". The word is probably Visayan in origin since the more common terms in Tagalog for roast would be ihaw or litson. Indeed litson na manok is a distinctly different way of preparing chicken and until recently was more common in Tagalog areas.