Chicken Inasal

Cook Time

30 mins

Cooking Method






Prep Time

480 mins




1/2 tbsp Ancho Chili Powder

3 tbsp Annatto powder

1 Bay Leaves

1/4 tsp Black Pepper

4 lbs Chicken Leg Quarters

3 Garlic Cloves

3 Garlic Cloves, Minced

1 tbsp Ginger Root, grated

3 tbsp lime juice

2 tbsp Rice Wine Vinegar

1 1/2 tsp Salt

Cooking Instructions

Chicken Inasal, also known simply as Inasal, is a vibrant and flavorful chicken dish popular in Filipino cuisine. The chicken quarters are marinated in a mixture of homemade achiote oil, lemongrass, ginger, lime juice and rice wine vinegar, then grilled until tender and slightly charred.  

Wood Pellet Recommendation 

To add a subtle sweet flavor, use our New England Apple Hardwood Pellets with this recipe.  

How to Make Achiote Oil 

Prepare the oil by combining vegetable oil, annatto powder, ancho chili powder, 3 garlic cloves, and a bay leaf in a saucepan over medium heat/flame. Bring to a hard simmer, then remove from heat and allow mixture to steep for 2 hours. Use a fine mesh strainer to strain the oil into a glass jar. Cool completely. 

Chicken Inasal Marinade 

  1. Prepare the marinade in a measuring cup by whisking together ⅓ cup of oil, minced garlic, lemongrass, ginger, lime juice, vinegar, honey, salt, and pepper. Set aside. 
  2. Divide chicken into 2 gallon-size resealable bags, then pour marinade over. Refrigerate chicken overnight. 

To Cook the Chicken Quarters

  1. Fire up your Louisiana Grills pellet grill and preheat to 425°F. If using a gas or charcoal grill, set it up for medium-high heat.
  2. Place chicken skin-side up on the grill, cover and cook for 15 minutes.Turn chicken skin-side down, then cover and cook for 10 minutes. Open sear slide and grill chicken over direct flame, about 1 minute each, to slightly char and crisp up skin.
  3. Remove chicken from grill, allow it to rest for 10 minutes, then serve hot.

Special Tools

  • Glass Jar with Lid
  • Measuring Cup
  • Mesh Strainer or colander
  • Sauce Pan
  • Ziplock Bag


Serve the spicy, tangy chicken pieces with rice, extra lime juice, and the remaining achiote oil for a delicious and flavorful meal.

Diet Info

  • Low Carb