'Pinaupong Manok sa Asin' is a Filipino dish of whole chicken cooked in an upright sitting position over a bed of salt in a pot. Simple ingredients and a straightforward cooking process that results in a delectable and intensely flavorful roasted chicken.
- 1 whole chicken -about 1.5 kilograms
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper freshly ground
- 2 tablespoon oil - use sesame oil for added flavor
- 2 tablespoon soy sauce
- 6 pieces shallots peeled (or 1 large onion cut into quarters)
- 1 head garlic peeled and crushed
- 3-4 stalks lemongrass
- 2-3 cups rock salt
- banana leaves
Exfoliate the chicken with some salt. Rinse and then pat dry, inside and out.
Mix soysauce, oil, 1 tablespoon of salt, and ground pepper in a small bowl, brush this generously inside the cavity and all over the skin of the chicken. Let it marinate for at least 30 minutes.
Separate the white stalk from the green leaves of the lemongrass. Using the back of a knife, crush the white part lightly to release the juices. Bundle it with the green parts. Stuff the chicken with the lemongrass, garlic and shallots.
Add remaining rock salt in a large claypot or regular pot, about an inch high and line with banana leaves fully covering the salt.
Place the chicken on top of the banana leaves in a sitting position. You can insert a small ramekin or a small empty can on the opening of the cavity to help the chicken stay in position.
Cover and cook over low heat for about 1 ½ -2 hours or until chicken is cooked and tender.
Serve with rice and your favorite dipping sauce.
Calories: 318kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 90mg | Sodium: 845mg | Potassium: 314mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 171IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 2mg