Do you know, approximately 8.5 billion people from the United States consume chicken per year?
And the people of America only eat chicken for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Don’t you get bored of chicken all the time? I sure do.
There are so many different options to choose from when it comes to chicken meals. But it’s really difficult to make a different dish of chicken that everyone will love.
I think I’ve found the perfect recipe for you. Not kidding. This chicken tocino recipe is the best I’ve ever tasted.
Ok, you don’t have to believe me. But go through my given steps to understand the recipe more.
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What is chicken tocino?
I can understand why you might be confused about what chicken tocino is.
Basically, chicken tocino is a type of food that is made from the chicken breast that has been breaded and deep-fried.
Then, it’s simmered in a sauce that includes garlic, onion, tomato sauce, and pineapple juice.
And the test? Well, The taste of chicken tocino can vary depending on the person’s preferences but most people consider it to be very flavorful and delicious.
As we use pineapple juice and brown sugar to give the tocino a sweet and savory flavor.
I can say without a doubt, whatever you do, don’t skip out on trying this chicken tocino homemade recipe.
What kind of meat is best for tocino making?
If you are thinking this dish is as ordinary as chicken breast, you are wrong.
When it’s about tocino, people think it’s about pork. It’s common because the word “Tocino” itself refers to “pork belly proportion” Believe it or not, pork meat is unhealthy and not recommended to eat every day.
I always tell people to avoid pork meat. However, now you can ask me to make what kind of meat is best in this case.
There are many different types of meat that you can use to make tocino. But I recommend using boneless chicken breast for this recipe because it is the most tender and juicy option.
Plus, it’s easy to work with so no worries about breaking or frying something delicate.
Chicken tocino recipe
- Prep Time10 min
- Cook Time11 min
- Total Time21 min
- Serving Size3
- Energy150 cal
Ingredients of Chicken tocino recipe
- 1/2 kilo chicken breast cut into small cubes (Boneless)
- 1/4 cup milk or soy milk (or as required to make a smooth batter)
- Salt and black pepper to taste
- 2 cups vegetable oil for deep frying
- 1 garlic clove, chopped fine
- ½ onion, diced
- 2 tbsp tomato catsup can, preferably fire-roasted
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1/4 cup of pineapple juice
- Red food coloring for a better look (optional)
Instructions for Chicken tocino recipe
In a shallow bowl, season chicken cubes with salt and black pepper to taste.
Pour enough milk to cover the chicken in the bowl and mix until all the chicken is well coated with batter. (Optional step)
Take a bowl of marinating chicken.
In the same bowl, mix garlic, onion, tomato catsup, pineapple juice, and brown sugar until well combined.
Pour marinade over chicken and mix to combine ingredients.
Leave the chicken to rest for at least 30 minutes (can be left for up to 6 hours).
Preheat vegetable oil in a large frying pan or wok.
When ready to cook, add chicken to the frying pan and deep fry for about 3-4 minutes on each side.
You can also color the chicken tocino recipe according to your preference using food coloring. (I prefer red food coloring)
Serve chicken tocino hot with rice and beans on the side for a perfect Filipino meal.
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- Serving Size3
- Amount per serving
- % Daily Value*Standard DV
- Total Fat3.5 g78 g4.49%
- Saturated Fat1 g20 g5%
- Trans Fat0 g
- Polyunsaturated Fat- g
- Monounsaturated Fat- g
- Cholesterol70 mg300 mg23.33%
- Sodium750 mg2300 mg32.61%
- Total Carbohydrate12 g275 g4.36%
- Dietary Fiber0 g28 g0%
- Total Sugars11 g
- Added Sugars- g50 g0%
- Sugar Alcohal- g
- Protein18 g50 g36%
- Vitamin D (Cholecalciferol)- IU800 IU0%
- Calcium- mg1300 mg0%
- Iron- mg18 mg0%
- Potassium- mg4700 mg0%
- Vitamin A- mcg900 mcg0%
- Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)- mg90 mg0%
- Vitamin E (Tocopherol)- IU33 IU0%
Pro Tips to make the recipe tastier:
1) Yeah, the chicken tocino recipe is not really a complicated dish to make, but if you want to improve the taste and consistency of the chicken, try adding some garlic powder or onion powder to your marinade.
2) As for the frying, use either vegetable oil or peanut oil as they have a lower smoke point than regular frying oils.
This will help you avoid having your chicken fried in too much fat which could be detrimental to its flavor and nutrition.
3) Finally, to color your chicken tocino recipe, I recommend using food coloring only if you really want to make a colorful dish.
If not, then just use plenty of salt and pepper on the chicken cubes before frying them. That’s it.
Health benefits of the Chicken tocino
Trust me, I am tired of writing about chicken recipes. But when it comes to chicken tocino, there are actually some decent health benefits to eating this Filipino dish.
For one, chicken tocino is packed with fiber which can help you feel fuller and more satisfied longer after eating it. I know this is a common thing in every chicken recipe.
But what’s more impressive is that chicken tocino also has lots of protein which can help keep you energized throughout the day.
Not to mention, it’s a good source of niacin and vitamin which are both essential for fulfilling your daily nutritional needs.
Lastly, chicken tocino is also high in selenium which is known to improve overall fertility and strengthen the immune system.
So if you’re looking for a dish that will not only taste great but also boost your health, then chicken tocino should definitely be on your menu!
And the marinade that you mix together in step 4 contains garlic, onion, and tomato catsup which are all good for your blood circulation.
In fact, a study showed that those who consume food containing tomatoes regularly have a lower risk of developing coronary heart disease.
Imagine aside from the super tasty chicken tocino recipe, you also get lots of other health benefits.
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Frequently asked questions:
Q: How long will the chicken tocino recipe keep in the fridge?
A: That’s a good question. Generally, the chicken tocino recipe can last for up to 3-4 days in the fridge.
However, it is best to taste and adjust the seasoning before storing it longer.
Q: Can I microwave chicken tocino?
A: Surprisingly you can but it’s not recommended. Microwaving can cause the chicken tocino recipe to become watery and tasteless.
But if you microwave it, make sure to do it on low power for the best results and turn it on for better cooking.
Q: How do I make sure that the chicken tocino recipe is not too salty?
A: The best way to adjust the seasoning is by tasting it before cooking and adding more salt or seasonings if needed.
However, if you find that this tocino recipe is too salty for your liking, you can try reducing the amount of salt in the recipe by adding dried herbs or lemon juice.
Oh, finally we have the chicken tocino recipe that is both delicious and healthy. You can’t imagine how hard it was for me to collect all of these ingredients, but it was so worth it.
What are you waiting for? Give the chicken tocino a try and see for yourself how great it is.
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