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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.


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



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.

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.


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