(Updated) This Chicken Barbecue recipe is a Filipino version which is on the sweeter side as compared to other chicken barbecue recipes. The fondness of Filipinos to grilling or cooking over hot charcoals is so evident. You can buy Chicken Barbecue along street corners and in front of your neighbor’s house.
Filipino Chicken Barbecue Recipe

Marinating the Chicken

This Chicken Barbecue recipe has similar ingredients and methods of preparation with that of the Pork Barbecue. However, their flavors are different. The Chicken Barbecue also requires a good marinade. Marinate your chicken for at least 12 hours to ensure maximum flavors when grilled. The marinade consists of soy sauce, calamansi juice, banana ketchup, salt, sugar, black pepper, and Sprite or 7-up. Mix the marinade well and pour over the chicken. The best chicken parts for the barbecue are the legs and thighs because they do not dry up when grilled. Poke the chicken with a fork to let the chicken meats absorb the marinade.

How to Prepare Chicken Barbecue

Grilling this barbecue chicken is the most fun part. To start grilling, set your charcoals on fire and fan the flame until the rest of the coals are all flared up. Spray in some water into the charcoals to stop the fire and produce an aromatic smoke. Place your chicken and turn them once in a while to prevent them from burning. Brush the chicken with the marinade to keep in the moisture of the chicken. The downside of grilling or cooking over hot charcoals is that the meat tends to be dry and rubbery.
Filipino Chicken BarbecueMarinated Filipino Chicken Barbecue

Making the Barbecue Sauce

Filipinos enjoy their Chicken Barbecue with a sauce. To make the sauce,

  • Cook the marinade in low fire.
  • Add a slurry which is one tablespoon of cornstarch and ½ cup of water.
  • Stir well and pour over the marinade.
  • Let this simmer until thick.
  • Pour over the chicken barbecue.
  • Enjoy with hot steamed rice.

Another Method of Making Barbecue Sauce

  • 1 rack of baby back or spare ribs
  • 1 cup of Silver Swan Soy Sauce
  • 1 cup of Tomato Ketchup
  • 1/2 cup of diced Red Onions
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • 1 whole lemon ( squeezed out all the lemon juice to a container )
  • 4 tbsp of sugar ( white or brown )
Ingredients for Basting Sauce:
  • 1tsp. Olive Oil
  • 3/4 cup of Tomato Ketchup
  • 1 Tbsp Sugar
  • Mix all ingredients well and marinate meat for 2 to 4 hours at least. Overnight is preferred. Before cooking meats, remove from marinade. Reduce marinade by boiling and use as a glaze on the meat while cooking.

Filipino Chicken Barbecue Recipe
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This Chicken Barbecue Recipe (Chicken BBQ) is a Filipino version which is on the sweeter side as compared to other chicken barbecue recipes than any other Countries.
Recipe type: Chicken
Serves: 10
  • 6 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 bouillon cube
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 lbs. chicken thighs, cut into small pieces (at the shelter they keep the bone in)
  1. Combine all the ingredients except chicken to make a marinade.
  2. Marinate the chicken for 3-4 hours.
  3. Start a charcoal grill and let the coals get very hot. You want to smoke, flameless coals.
  4. Thread the chicken pieces onto wood skewers and place on a metal grate over the coals. Brush with oil and grill until the chicken is cooked through, about 5 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and let rest for a few minutes.
  6. Repeat the grilling process with the cooked chicken, brushing with oil as necessary, until the outside of the chicken is a deep golden brown with a crispy exterior.
  7. Dip in a soy sauce and vinegar mixture with bird's eye chilis for a little spiciness.

Filipino Chicken BarbecuePork and Chicken Barbecue

Note: You can choose between the 2 Methods Posted above. The Last Method is much complete than the first one. If you like this recipe, maybe you should check our Pork Barbecue Recipe too. Don’t Forget to Rate this Recipe.

(This Chicken Barbecue recipe was updated last October 1, 2018)


  1. The marinade that you talk about in your article (“The marinade consists of soy sauce, calamansi juice, banana ketchup, salt, sugar, black pepper, and Sprite or 7-up.”) sounds completely different from the one you give in the recipe proper (“6 cloves garlic, crushed, 1 teaspoon black pepper, 2 tablespoons lime juice, 2 tablespoons oyster sauce, 1 tablespoon soy sauce, 2 teaspoons salt, 1 bouillon cube, 2 tablespoons brown sugar”). Where you talking about a different recipe? And if so, could you (or have you already) posted the recipe for the marinade that uses the calamansi juice and banana ketchup?

    • hello stef, in this recipe, there are TWO methods on making / preparing the marinade, the one in the second paragraph and the one in the main recipe below.

        • the first method is just a summary of the whole recipe and the article itself. The main Recipe is posted below which contains the complete information like the Ingredients and the Process of Making the Chicken Barbequie

  2. In his Notes he has a Pork Barbecue Recipe. Click on that and it has the recipe with the Sprite, Banana Ketchup and Calamansi Juice. Hope this helps!

  3. Honestly, I’m confused! It’s frustrating reading this article. I know it’s simple and easy for you so you mention two recipes without letting your audience know there are optional recipes. The reason why I look at the recipe is because I need to learn. Now I’m just confused.


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