Chicken Asado

Chicken Asado (or Asadong Manok) is an awesome Filipino chicken dish and one of the best bets of the province of Pampanga. This dish uses simple ingredients and the cooking process is not so complicated.

Chicken Asado

Hmmm, seems like you’re eyes are hooked on the picture; let me clarify things right away to avoid confusion. Yes, the image that you are looking at is really Chicken Asado and not Chicken Afritada. But why is the base reddish? Unlike the usual dark asado dishes that we used to know (that are actually influenced by Chinese Cuisine), this special asado recipe uses tomato sauce as the base ingredient.

I first tried this dish when I visited Sta. Rita town in Pampanga. I thought that it was just an ordinary dish – but I got mesmerized right after the spoon left my mouth. At first, I can’t identify the ingredient that makes this semi-sour dish so rich and tasty until the host told me that he used butter to bring-in more taste and life to the dish. Pretty clever, isn’t it?

Try this Chicken Asado recipe and please don’t be shy to post your comment. I’m all ears (or eyes for this matter) — you know.


Chicken Asado
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Cook time
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Serves: 6
  • 2 lbs chicken, cut into serving pieces
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cup of tomato sauce
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 pieces dried bay leaves
  • 2 large potatoes, quartered
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3/4 cup cooking oil
  1. Rub the chicken with salt and pepper and let stand for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Heat a frying pan then pour-in the cooking oil and Pan Fry the chicken. Set aside.
  3. Heat a cooking pot or wok then put-in the butter.
  4. When the butter is hot enough, add the onions and sauté until the texture becomes soft.
  5. Add-in the bay leaves and cook for a minute.
  6. Pour-in the tomato sauce and bring to a boil.
  7. Add the soy sauce and lemon juice then stir to ensure that the mixture is properly distributed and simmer for 5 to 7 minutes.
  8. Add the pan-fried chicken and simmer for 10 minutes.
  9. Place the potatoes in and continue to simmer for 7 to 12 minutes.
  10. Turn off the heat then transfer to a serving plate and serve.
  11. Share and enjoy!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 6


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  1. what if i add some sugar and some honey ? it will okay? help me?

  2. What tomato sauce did you use? The sweetened one?

  3. I just tried this one and my daughter (who is so fuzzy, mind you) and I loved it! Thanks for the recipe :-)

  4. Nancy says:

    What’s the replacement of bay leaves if there’s none? Or is it still yummy if there’s no bay leaves? Thanks! :))

  5. I tried this recipe yung bf ko (japanese) loved it halos sya n mkaubos ng lhat hahah!!
    Thanks for this Recipe!

  6. Christal says:

    Hi, I was just wondering instead of using tomato sauce can I use spaghetti sauce instead?

  7. maerabag says:

    hi vanjo,,,ur such a excellent cook i learn a lot of ur cooking…i tried ur chicken asado it seem d potato s not cook…so much better cguro boiled separatly muna bgo iadd…but anyway taste yummy nman…tnx GOD bless & more ricepes…

  8. Analyn says:

    Thanks a lot for panlasangpinoy website. I’ve learn how to cook now. Thank you very much!!! thumb up… :-)

  9. Or you can fry the potatoes separately (just like the chicken) and then add this with the chicken to the sauce.

  10. hi there, i have read before one of the commemnts of your follower that asado daw there’s no bay leaf. he’s from pampanga. what is true ba? thanks

  11. claire says:

    look’s good…i will try it.

  12. Rheena says:

    Hi Vanjo,

    I love Asado cooked by my Tita Baby…I am assuming your recipe will resembke hers since she’s a kapampangan. But in her recipe she fries the potatoes…this will make it tender. I’m going to try it for lunch. Ciao!

  13. thanks alot dear!

  14. Victor bagalso says:

    I think much better to add more tomatoes. it is look like need more sauce.

  15. Vivien says:

    I tried this today, and I recommend putting the potatoes before or together with the chicken coz the potatoes were still hard after 15 mins. But good recipe, husband really liked it.

    • Re-potatoes being hard yet, what I did was I put it in the microwave first for a couple of minutes or fry it first until almost done then continue cooking it with the rest

  16. VegasPinoy says:

    thanks for this. I was trying to follow a recipe from the Philippine Cookbook but it seem too simple. Your video really helped out. It’s almost like an apritada. Let you know how it turns out. Right now it looks and smells really good.

  17. thanks for the videos of panlasang pinoy. I dnt know really how to cook filipino food but now that i’m away from the philippines, I’m trying to cook once in a while a filipino dish and you’re videos help me a lot..Thank you!

  18. mariane says:

    i haven’t try it yet…looks so delicious..i would try it my self…i know its yummy!!!

  19. Bartula Malqued says:

    Chicken Asado; I cook this the other night before i saw your website.I what is called but my Aussie husband enjoyed it very much and asked me what is called and i cannot tell him. Now i know what to tell my friends when they asked me.
    With the potato i advise that precooked it with the microwave or preboiled before adding to the checkin because the lemon juice or the calamansi juice and tomato will make the potato hard to cook sometimes. So make it sure that it is preboiled or precooked before adding. I ‘d also recommend to add carrots and couliflower,and this will make the recipe have a western taste and western look on it. Yummy.Cheers.happy cooking.

  20. so tempting and yummy, I would cook this soon

  21. shamae28 says:

    hey! x im going to cook tomorrow at school..we’re going to choose a country then we have to pick one of the traditional food..of course i chosen my country…im goin to cook chicken asado or bistek tagalog..i have a question..can i just put the chicken in the oven instead of frying it???

    • I apologize for the late reply – just arrived from my Pinas vacation. If you are asking about the chicken asado, putting it in the oven is not recommended. Hope this helps.

  22. chiqui says:

    hi ellen, yun bang gelatin mo every layer ang buhos or sa pinakaibabaw lang tnx.

  23. I’m not good with cooking but with the help of my boyfriend (wait, on second thought, i think he was the one doing most of the, we tried this recipe and it was oh-so-delish! We used less lemon juice and added sugar as our tomato sauce doesn’t have that sweet Filipino taste. I’ve already bookmarked the site and am looking forward to cooking more food with your help. You have no idea how much this site feels like heaven-sent to me. Thanks heaps! :)

  24. Grace says:

    I definitely like your website! and you seemed nice too. Thank you for all your recipes, I will make this one for my family.

  25. Hi Ellen, it’s nice to hear from you again. I updated the previous post by adding a link on how to upload images on Flickr. Kindly go back to The Panlasang Pinoy Experience post and check out the link provided.

  26. MegaJem100 says:

    Just yesterday I did baked an Egg Pie and children love them,My son almost eat it all.Thanks to Panlasang Pinoy, Now i can cook some of the Pilipino disches that I didnt even know how to cook before.Thanks again and more power to you.!! :))))

  27. hope you can post more chicken recipes, i’ll try this one, tnx!

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