Lechon Manok (Pinoy Roast Chicken)


Juicy whole chicken roasted or cooked on a rotisserie. It remains a popular street food in the Philippines. It's best to give it time to marinate so that the flavors meld together. Serve it with Nina's Lechon Sauce.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs
Additional Time:
4 hrs 15 mins
Total Time:
5 hrs 40 mins
6 servings


  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 15 cloves garlic, minced

  • ¼ cup calamansi juice

  • ¼ cup fish sauce (patis)

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • ½ teaspoon brown sugar

  • 1 whole chicken, cleaned and patted dry

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 6 lemongrass stalks, or more to taste

  • 3 bay leaves


  1. Combine onion, garlic, calamansi juice, fish sauce, salt, black pepper, and brown sugar in a bowl to make marinade.

  2. Place chicken in a roasting pan. Rub marinade over chicken, including inside the cavity. Let chicken marinate in the refrigerator, about 4 hours. Reserve leftover marinade in the bowl.

  3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  4. Trim lemongrass, discarding tough outer stalks. Pound inner stalks with a heavy object until bruised. Place lemongrass and bay leaves inside the chicken cavity.

  5. Stir oil into the leftover marinade in the bowl.

  6. Roast chicken in the preheated oven, basting with the oil mixture from time to time, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh reads 165 degrees F (74 degrees C), 60 to 90 minutes.

  7. Remove chicken from the oven and allow to rest in a warm area for 15 minutes before serving.

Cook's Note:

Calamansi is a citrus fruit widely cultivated in the Philippines. If you can't find calamansi, use lemon juice.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

319 Calories
12g Fat
13g Carbs
39g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 319
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 114mg 38%
Sodium 1231mg 54%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 39g
Vitamin C 11mg 55%
Calcium 62mg 5%
Iron 4mg 20%
Potassium 593mg 13%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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