Nikuklok Na Manok Recipe

In case you wanted a unique, local dish for your usual fried chicken, then Nikuklok Na Manok is perfect for you. There are little known facts about this dish like where it got its name or where it originated but we’ve seen these in the menus of restaurants from Tarlac. Nikuklok Na Manok is practically cooking the chicken in salt. This dish gives you a unique crisp and salty taste from the outside combined with spices stuffed from the inside. It also comes with a unique sauce (soy sauce and lemon juice combined) to giving a tangy kick to balance the taste.

The ingredients are very accessible and the cooking procedure is easy, so why not try to cook one today. Who knows, you might be the first among your family and friends to cook this amazing Filipino dish. Check out the ingredients below, follow this easy step-by-step recipe, and get this little known dish out there!


  • 1 pc whole chicken
  • 5 cups rock salt
  • 1 tsp iodized salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 whole red onion
  • 1 stalk of leek, white part only
For the dipping sauce:
  • 3 tbsps soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Wash chicken thoroughly.
  2. Pat the chicken dry with a paper towel.
  3. Mix the dry rub ingredients in a bowl: Salt, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper.
  4. Rub this all over the chicken.
  5. Stuff the chicken with onions and leeks.
  6. Put the rock salt in a deep frying pan.
  7. Make sure the bed of salt is at least two inches deep.
  8. Place the chicken on its back, on top of the bed of salt.
  9. Cover pan and cook over low- medium heat for 1 and 1/2 hours.
  10. Serve with the dipping sauce made of soy sauce and the juice of lemon.


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