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

Updated on August 1, 2019
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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.

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  • 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
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Utensils for cooking the chicken tocino
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For Preparing the Ingredients:

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

For Cooking the Homemade Chicken Tocino:

  • Frying pan
  • Slotted spatula

Cook Time and Yield

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 15 min
Yields: 2


  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 small amount of oil and toss the meat.
  6. Serve with fried rice and sunny-side-up egg.

Chicken Tocino Step-by-Step Procedure

Tips and Techniques

  1. Adjust the amount of sugar to lessen its sweetness.
  2. Add more salt if preferred a bit salty tocino.
  3. Best serve this dish for breakfast.
  4. Marinate the chicken for longer hours to ensure a more tasty meat.

Questions & Answers

  • What is the nutrients of tocino?

    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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    • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

      Dred Cuan 

      8 months ago from California

      Hello Thelma,

      Try it. For sure you will love the recipe!

    • Thelma Alberts profile image

      Thelma Alberts 

      8 months ago from Germany and Philippines

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

    • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

      Dred Cuan 

      13 months ago from California

      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!

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 

      13 months ago from United Kingdom

      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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