I feel like I say this about everything, but chicken tocino is one of my favorite Filipino breakfast items. I don’t eat breakfast a lot, but when I do, it’s one of my favorite Filipino breakfasts. It isn’t something that my grandma made growing up, so I am not sure why I’m so addicted to it.

I feel like the main reason for this chicken tocino addiction is because of school. For about a year, I was a student at California State University, Northridge. I had quite a drive, so I would leave early to avoid all the traffic. When I got there, I would have some time to kill before class.

Chicken Tocino

So I would start driving around to see what kind of food places were near by. Of course I eventually came across some Filipino restaurants while driving around and then the rest was all ancient history.

My ideal breakfast would be garlic fried rice, chicken tocino, longanisa and eggs. In a perfect world, I would love to have that every day. But longanisa isn’t really that healthy for you, so I can’t have that every day. However, I can settle for having garlic fried rice, chicken tocino, and eggs for breakfast. It’s still an amazing and tasty combination.

If you’re ever wanting to try a Filipino breakfast, I would definitely check out my recipes for garlic fried rice, Filipino style scrambled eggs, and this recipe for chicken tocino. I have my garlic fried rice and Filipino style scrambled eggs listed and linked below!

If you do end up trying a full Filipino breakfast, or just the chicken tocino, let me know in the comments down below! This is seriously one of my favorite dishes and I hope you like it too!

Ciao for now!

Tips On Cooking Chicken Tocino

I marinate the chicken for at least 4 hours. If you have the time, it is even better if you are able to. marinate overnight. I don’t leave it any longer than that because of the pineapple juice.

Annato powder is optional. I use it to help with the color. However, it isn’t required if you don’t have it.

Instead of the ketchup, if you can get a hold of banana ketchup, that would be better. I use ketchup because my husband is allergic to banana.

If you’re new to Filipino cuisine or want to try other recipes, please take a look at the following below. I won’t list ALL the recipes I have, but I will share my favorites!

Chicken Adobo – This is considered the unofficial national dish of the Philippines. If I could recommend one thing, try this recipe!

Filipino Spaghetti – One of my personal favorites. Spoiler alert, the sauce is a little on the sweeter side. Definitely a delicious meal to have.

Filipino Scrambled Eggs – If you’re looking for something to pair this chicken tocino with, this dish is a great option!

Filipino Garlic Fried Rice – This garlic fried rice also pairs extremely well with any of the breakfast dishes I post here. But the even better thing about garlic fried rice is that it really pairs well with everything. Haha.

Chicken Tocino

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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Filipino
Keyword: Chicken, Filipino Heritage Month
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 645kcal


The Marinade

  • 1/4 Cup Ketchup * See Notes
  • 1/4 Cup Pineapple Juice
  • 1/3 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Annato Powder * optional - See Notes

For the Chicken

  • 2 Chicken Breast
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper

Cooking the Chicken

  • 3 Tablespoon Oil


Creating the Marinade

  • In a large bowl, combine the following ingredients:
    Brown sugar, pineapple juice, ketchup, garlic powder, and annato powder.
  • Mix well to combine all ingredients.
  • Set aside.

Prepping the Chicken

  • Butterfly the chicken breast and cut in half.
    This will help the chicken cook faster.
  • Add salt and pepper to the chicken. Make sure to massage and spread evenly among the pieces.
  • Add chicken into the marinade and mix well. Ensure that all the chicken pieces are coated evenly.
  • Cover and set aside.
    Marinate for at least 4 hours. If possible, marinate overnight.

Cooking the Chicken

  • Warm a pan.
  • Add the chicken and marinade into the pan once it is hot.
  • Add some water to boil the chicken. Boil until the water evaporates.
    Add water, but not enough to cover the chicken.
  • Add 3 tablespoons of oil to the pan.
  • Continue to cook the chicken until brown and caramelized.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Serve hot with rice.


Please note that *The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


Calories: 645kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 49g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 15g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 145mg | Sodium: 1711mg | Potassium: 1066mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 45g | Vitamin A: 227IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 2mg