Bounty Fresh Chicken Inasal Kare-Kare: Two Filipino Favorites in One Dish

August 22, 2019

What do you like to have with your Kare-Kare? There are now so many versions of this popular Filipino comfort food, that mixing and matching is inevitable. Do you stick with the classic oxtail and vegetables? Or go at it with greens alone? Perhaps kare-kareng bagnet is more to your liking? Today at Pepper we’d like to show you another pairing for the loved dish—Chicken Inasal Kare-Kare.

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You read that right, chicken inasal, the grilled Ilonggo favorite that has popped up in almost every mall in the country, paired with kare-kare. With its hint of sweet and salty flavour and grilled overtones, the inasal balances the rich peanut taste of kare-kare. The beauty of inasal is that it’s easy to make and yet the results will rarely disappoint. The trick is in the marinade and the choice of chicken; here we used Bounty Fresh chicken leg quarters.

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The sugar and soy sauce in the marinade will lend the chicken a salty and sweet flavour, but the real secret is in the lemongrass, while the ginger and garlic bring a spice of heat. When prepared correctly the inasal should have a slightly charred crispy skin with a hint of orange and a juicy inside gushing with flavour. All of this will act to offset the creamy Kare-Kare.

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You may also choose to use other cuts of Bounty Fresh chicken try the breast together with the wing, known as pecho. Don’t forget to garnish it with achuete oil too! It’s what gives the chicken that orange tinge that makes it all the more appetizing.

Bounty Fresh Chicken Inasal Kare-Kare

Total Time: 40 minutes
Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients: Chicken Inasal Kare-Kare

  • 4 Bounty Fresh chicken leg quarters
  • achuete oil (achuete seeds + oil), for brushing
  • fried eggplant
  • kare-kare sauce mix

Ingredients: Marinade

  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 5 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 pc thumbsized ginger
  • 2 stalks of lemongrass, pounded and sliced


  1. Prepare the marinade.
  2. Soak Bounty Fresh chicken legs in marinade for at least 2 hours, preferably overnight.
  3. Skewer chicken legs, brush with achuete oil, and grill for 7-8 minutes on each side or until cooked.
  4. While waiting for this, fry eggplants. Also make kare kare sauce as directed in package, just omit part that involves the use of all the other ingredients.
  5. Once chicken is cooked, arrange sauce on plate, top with chicken inasal and scatter fried eggplant.
  6. Serve immediately.
Kathy Hofileña Kathy Hofileña

Kathy is a real life happy camper who likes her food spicy and her iced tea, bottomless. Obsessed with order, she has a habit of rewriting all her notes and schedules to help her sleep at night. Her other hobbies include hoarding books, buying film SLRs and collecting travel itineraries. Currently, she’s in the predicament of trying to gain weight while traipsing around mountains and beaches with her 40 plus liter backpack.

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3 responses to “Bounty Fresh Chicken Inasal Kare-Kare: Two Filipino Favorites in One Dish”

  1. Just think chicken satay with peanut sauce. That already works. Mashup my hometown’s famous Inasal with that sinful and rich sauce is just ridiculously appetizing. I can’t wait to try this!

  2. Nancy Hofilena Zaragoza says:

    Interesting!!! I am amazed, Kathypuds. You make me proud of you. Joining this group where I’m sure I belong. All the best!!!

  3. Yeira says:

    I made this last night because I was in search of my mom’s chicken kare-kare recipe. I am going to add red pepper flakes and harissa to my marinade next time to add a little bit of kick. It was so tasty and delicious!!! I will be making this again and again. My children and husband absolutely loved it and were satisfied! This recipe is chock full of protein and it is healthy and kosher!! Thank you. 🙂

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