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Chicken Asado Recipe
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Sweet Chicken Asado

Filipino chicken asado is a dish that is both sweet and salty, using soy sauce, brown sugar and other spices. This version was slowly cooked to get that tender melt-in-your mouth goodness.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian, Filipino
Keyword: asado, chicken asado
Servings: 4
Calories: 882kcal
Author: Bebs


  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 2 cloves garlic - minced
  • 1 medium onion - chopped finely
  • 1 pound chicken thigh fillet
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3-4 pieces bay leaf
  • 2 tablespoons Hoisin sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper


  • In a deep pan or pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add chicken, skin side down, and sear both sides until cooked and lightly browned. Remove from oil and cut into small cubes.
  • In the same pot with oil, saute garlic and onion until aromatic and lightly browned. Add back the cut chicken pieces.
  • Pour in soy sauce and add brown sugar and bay leaves. Cook until the sugar has slightly caramelized, then add water. Once it starts to boil, turn down the heat and simmer for 30-40 minutes or until the meat becomes tender--add more water if needed.
  • Once the liquids is reduced to a thick sauce and the meat is fork-tender. Add Hoisin sauce and season with pepper. Stir.
  • Transfer into a serving dish and serve with steaming hot rice.



This recipe is good enough for 4 servings as a main dish. 
If to use as a filling for steamed buns, it should be good for 10 buns.


Calories: 882kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 91g | Fat: 38g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 254mg | Sodium: 3514mg | Potassium: 1743mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 305IU | Vitamin C: 15.3mg | Calcium: 116mg | Iron: 4.3mg