7up Chicken Asado is your same sweet chicken asado dish, only that it is cooked in lemon-lime soda and no sugar was added. This is a twist to our regular recipe. It is interesting because the concept of cooking with soda pop as an ingredient draws curiosity. It will make you think and imagine the outcome. Spoiler alert, it is really good. You should give it a try.
I did not went ahead to boil the chicken directly in soda pop when cooking this version of chicken asado. We will still need to marinate the chicken in soy sauce and crushed peppercorn. The cavity should also be stuffed with onion and lemongrass. This preparation is needed to infuse flavor to the chicken.
The cooking process starts by sauteing the aromatics. We are using chopped onions and garlic for this recipe. The chicken is added afterwards, along with the remaining marinade. This is the time when the soda pop (7up) is poured into the pot. I simply boiled the chicken for around 30 to 40 minutes.
The sweet asado sauce, on the other hand, is made using the liquid that was used to boil the chicken. Simply reduce it until thick, add garlic powder and onion powder, and pour over the chicken.
I have provided the detailed recipe below. There is also a cooking video at the bottom of this post wherein I showed all the steps that you need to do. If you still have questions, send me a comment.
Try this 7up Chicken Asado Recipe. Let me know what you think.
- 1 whole chicken (3 to 3 ½ lbs.)
- ½ cup soy sauce
- 1 ½ teaspoons crushed peppercorn
- 1 medium red onion, minced
- 3 bunches lemongrass (tanglad), tied into knots
- 1 medium red onion, sliced
- 4 cloves crushed garlic
- 3 tablespoons cooking oil
- 1 liter 7-Up
- 5 pieces star anise
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- Salt to taste
- Place chicken on a plate or bowl. Pour soy sauce all over the chicken. Sprinkle crushed peppercorn and then rub all over the chicken.
- Insert onion and lemongrass into the cavity of the chicken. Let it stay for 10 minutes.
- Heat oil in a large cooking pot, and then sauté onion and garlic until the onion becomes soft.
- Add the marinated chicken. Cook one side in medium heat for 3 minutes. Turn the chicken over and cook the opposite side for 3 minutes.
- Pour the remaining marinade and 1 liter of 7up (or any similar product). Let boil.
- Add star anise. Cover and cook between low to medium heat for 30 minutes.
- Turn the chicken over and continue to boil the opposite side for 12 minutes.
- Remove the chicken from the cooking pot. Slice in half and arrange on a serving plate.
- Continue to cook the sauce in the cooking pot until it reduces to half. Add garlic powder and onion powder. Stir
- Filter the sauce using a kitchen sieve or strainer. Pour all over the chicken.
- Serve. Share and enjoy!