I asked my Filipino friends for an authentic recipe for chicken inasal, which basically means, "chicken grilled." The variations are endless, but lemongrass, citrus, and annatto oil are standard for bright flavor and color. Don't skip the vinegar dipping sauce--tartness is a defining flavor of Filipino cuisine. After it's grilled, the chicken needs that acidic spark.
Oxmoor House MARCH 2014
1. Heat a small skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Stir in annatto seeds, and remove from heat. Let stand 15 minutes. Discard annatto seeds, reserving oil in pan.
2. Place lemongrass and next 9 ingredients (through garlic) in a blender; process until finely chopped. Pour mixture into large zip-top plastic bag; add annatto oil and chicken pieces. Seal bag, and marinate in refrigerator at least 2 hours or up to 8 hours.
3. Preheat grill to high. Remove chicken from bag; discard marinade. Place chicken on grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill 19 to 20 minutes, turning occasionally.
4. While chicken cooks, place a small skillet over medium-low heat; add honey and butter, and cook 5 minutes or until butter melts. Baste chicken with honey-butter mixture. Cook chicken 5 minutes or until done, turning and basting frequently with honey-butter mixture.
5. Combine cider vinegar and remaining ingredients in small bowl, stirring until sugar and salt dissolve. Serve chicken with sauce.
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