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Pinaupong Manok Recipe
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Pinaupong Manok

'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.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: Filipino
Keyword: Pinaupong Manok, salt-baked chicken
Servings: 6
Calories: 318kcal
Author: Bebs


  • 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