Pinaupong Manok

Pinaupong manok is a chicken dish dry cooked in a palayok (earthenware pot), set on a sitting position placed on a bed of rock salt lined with banana leaf.  This process makes the pot acts like and oven and cooks the chicken using its own juices, the salt in the bottom prevents the chicken from burning while the banana leaf gives it a different aroma.

This was the most common way of baking chicken in the Philippines during the early days when gas ovens was not yet invented.  A really simple way of preparing chicken as traditional recipes only calls for chicken, salt, lemon grass and lots of patience as cooking this dish would take at least an hour per kilo of chicken.

I have a different version of Pinaupong Manok that my team and I cooked during our Team Building’s MasterChef challenge. Fortunately, our team won the challenge and since then, I have been getting requests (just from my co workers and some common friends) for its recipe.

I am no chef and I think this recipe was just a successful experiment. 🙂

Ingredients (Chicken)

3 whole chicken, size 14-16
1 whole onion, quartered
4-5 cloves garlic, pounded with skin on
½ thumb sized ginger, minced
3 stalks lemon grass
freshly ground black pepper
2 sachets of Magic Sarap
1 ltr. Sprite
rock salt
star anis (to add more flavor and enhance aroma)

Ingredients (Dipping Sauce)

½ cup melted butter
½ cup ginger, diced (smallest possible but not minced)
salt to taste
3 tbsp lemon/calamansi juice (optional)


1. Generously rub chicken with salt. (to remove that thin layer of chicken skin)
2. Stuff the cavity with lemon grass, onion, and ginger.
3. Place all the ingredients in the pot with the chicken in sitting position (or whatever position as long as the chicken is half-submerged in sprite). Place in an open flame over stove or fire burner. Cook for 1-1 ½ hours or until chicken is tender.
4. Once cooked, you separate the chicken from the stalk or just serve it all together.
5. Sautee the ginger in melted butter. Add salt and lemon juice to taste.
6. Place chicken in a serving plate then serve with dipping sauce.

Here are some photos from our Team Build. 🙂

Just right before it was served.
Just right before it was served.
Your's truly "plating" the chicken.
Yours truly “plating” .
Served! :)
Served! 🙂
The winning Team served Pinaupong manok and mixed veggies. \m/
The winning Team served Pinaupong manok and mixed veggies. \m/

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