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Pinaupong Manok

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  • Author: Raymund
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 2 hours 35 mins
  • Total Time: 2 hours 50 mins
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Main Course
  • Cuisine: Filipino


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.




  • 1 whole chicken, size 14-16
  • 2 whole onions, quartered
  • 1 whole garlic, pounded with skin on
  • 1/2 thumb sized ginger, minced
  • 3 stalks lemon grass
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 cups rock salt
  • banana leaves

Dipping Sauce

  • 3 tbsp melted butter
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp chicken drippings (you get this when you rest the chicken, don’t use the one from the bottom of the pot)
  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • salt


  1. Generously rub chicken with salt, garlic and freshly ground black pepper inside the cavity and outside.
  2. Stuff the cavity with onions, lemon grass, garlic and ginger.
  3. Place 3 cups of rock salt in the bottom of an earthenware pot then line the top with banana leaves.  Place chicken in a sitting position then place in an open flame over stove or fire burner, make sure the rest of the chicken would not touch the sides of the pot.  Cook for 2 to 2 1/2 two hours or until chicken is tender.
  4. Once cooked, place chicken in a wire rack to cool, let the juices run in a container.
  5. Place all sauce ingredients together in a sauce pan and simmer in low heat for 5 minutes.
  6. Place chicken in a serving plate then serve with dipping sauce.