How to Make Homemade Chicken Tocino: A Filipino-Style Dish

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Learn how to make chicken tocino, a Filipino-inspired dish.

Learn how to make chicken tocino, a Filipino-inspired dish.

Tocino is a sweet, marinated meat such as beef, chicken, or pork. This dish is one of the famous Filipino "silog meals," meaning a dish that is traditionally served with garlic fried rice and eggs. Usually, I eat the pork version of this popular dish, so I decided to try making a chicken version that might be a little healthier. Enjoy the same recipe at home by following my easy-to-make chicken tocino.

Cook Time and Yield

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

5 min

10 min

15 min



  • 1/8 cup pineapple juice, unsweetened
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1/8 teaspoon annatto powder
  • 1 piece bay leaf
  • 200 grams chicken
  • water


For Preparing the Ingredients:

  • Plate
  • Medium bowl
  • Small bowl
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons

For Cooking the Homemade Chicken Tocino:

  • Frying pan
  • Slotted spatula


  1. In a bowl, mix all ingredients except for the chicken.
  2. Marinate the chicken for a couple of hours or overnight.
  3. In a pan, heat water and add the marinated chicken together with the mixture.
  4. Simmer until tender. Adjust the amount of water if needed.
  5. Once water is fully absorbed, add a small amount of oil and toss the meat.
  6. Serve with fried rice and a sunny-side-up egg.

Step-by-Step Video

Tips and Techniques

  1. Adjust the amount of sugar to make the dish less sweet.
  2. Add more salt if you prefer a salty tocino.
  3. It's best to serve this dish for breakfast.
  4. Marinate the chicken for a longer time to ensure the meat is tasty.

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Questions & Answers

Question: What is the nutrients of tocino?

Answer: I don't have the exact count, but if you need, you can use online calorie counters. I used chicken breast rather than pork meat. I also marinated it without any preservatives. If we are to compare it to process tocino available at the market, it's far better.

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Travel Chef (author) from Manila on February 27, 2019:

Hello Thelma,

Try it. For sure you will love the recipe!

Thelma Alberts from Germany on February 25, 2019:

Yummy! I love tocino but I have not make chicken tocino, yet. I will try this. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Travel Chef (author) from Manila on September 25, 2018:

Hi Zulma,

Really? Nutmeg do taste good with either sweet or savory dishes so I must say you made a perfect choice. I'm glad that your family loved it! My family enjoy this recipe as well. I hope you can try other of my recipes and let me know what you think. Have a wonderful day!

Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon from United Kingdom on September 25, 2018:

Just wanted to let you know, I made this dish this weekend with a bit of a twist. I couldn't get annatto powder so I added a bit of nutmeg to compensate. My family enjoyed it and it's been added to my list of 'please, make this again' list.

Thanks for posting this.

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