How to Cook Best Chicken Hamonado

Luscious food banquets are the main events when the Christmas season is coming, especially in the Philippines. People become preoccupied with planning and thinking about what menus to prepare for the upcoming holidays. So, if you’re one of them, it’s perfect to learn how to cook the Best Chicken Hamonado.  

Serving the top-ranking cuisines and delicacies are some of the things that make Christmas a colorful celebration. Families plan what to do on the Noche Buena (midnight feast), at the same time, what to offer guests who might be visiting their homes. Not to mention the food to bring to Christmas parties at work or in any organization.

In this regard, it’s high time that you learn some of the most fabulous chicken recipes like the sweetened recipe. Fortunately, we have provided you here the essential things you need to know. So, read on and plan to make your Christmas celebrations more colorful.

What is the Filipino Hamonadong Manok 

Chicken Hamonado is a Filipino recipe often served during the Christmas seasons. It features any chunks of meat that is marinated with pineapple sauce. In this recipe, manok is the primary meat chunk. Thus, it closely resembles the Pininyahang Manok (chicken cooked with pineapple) recipes.

(Photo Credits To: Panlasang Pinoy)

Etymologically, it refers to the Spanish jamonado, which implies cooking or preparing akin to ham. This term is synonymous with endulsado (endulzado in Spanish) of Zamboanga, Philippines, “to make it sweet or glazed.”

However, such a term does not refer to Hamon (Jamon) or ham, which are also an all-time favorite Christmas main recipes. Instead, the term is much related to the sweet variant of longganisa (Philippine sausage). Interestingly, both of them are fantastic food trips.

Thus, knowing things like these might make you wonder how you prepare such satisfying recipes like the sweetened chicken? Let’s find it out.

Ways to Cook the Best Chicken Hamonado Recipe

Knowing the origin of food might satisfy the cravings of your mind. But learning how to cook it may make you indulge more. Hence, let’s study how to cook these beautiful recipes in different manners.

Roast Chicken Hamonado

Aside from the classic method we featured in our recipe table, this sweet chick recipe may also be roasted. The ingredients and preparation are closely alike, such as the poultry meat and marinated mixture, and so on. But you place it inside a preheated oven instead of a frying pan. 

With grilling, you are confident that everything is cooked from the skin down to the bones. Plus, the meat absorbs the marinate very well. Hence, it could make the meat juicy and flavorful.

Bake Glazed Chick

Cooking under 375 degrees Fahrenheit for half an hour makes the baked version of this chicken recipe different from the grilled one. But similarly, you marinate the chick thoroughly with the mixture for a longer time to ensure the savoriness.

The process of baking helps the meat to juice out its natural oil. Doing so makes the chicken lesser in cholesterol, which is a healthier diet for chick lovers. 

Instant Pot Chick

If you want a bit faster cooking, then use an instant pot for your glazed chicken. To prepare all the ingredients in its proper sizes and measurements, from the meat to the spices. Then, put everything inside the pot and wait.

Consistent high temperature speeds up the cooking when using an instant pot. Amazingly, it does not overcook the meat because of the regulated time setting. In other words, you have to set the right length of time.  

Variations of the Filipino Manok Hamonado

Luckily, this chicken hamonado recipe has more than a handful of other innovations and versions. All the variants are equally enticing, and you might crave so much that you might want to make them all. Let’s see.

Filipino Chicken Hamonado Roll with Sweet Sauce

For starters, the sweetened roll is a rockstar at community occasions like a town fiesta. It features slices of manok meat from the thigh-leg part rolled and with hotdog inside. Of course, it has its signature marinade sauce all-over making it irresistible.   

Chicken Hamonado Longganisa

(Photo Credits To: Luweeh Kitchen)

Indeed, the longganisa version of this dish is also a must-try. This variant resembles the Chinese chorizo and usually uses ground pork as meat. But our sweetened version uses chicken, marinated with pineapple juice, soy sauce, and black pepper.

This process sounds like adobo. But the marinated grounded chicken is filled in longganisa casing and preserved. Cooking this version is delicious, especially during breakfasts paired with garlic rice and fried sunny side up egg.   

Glazed Manok with Sprite Marinade

If you’re in a sugar rush, this variant is something you would not miss. This version has infused the lemon-lime soda or Sprite in the marinate mixture. However, it does not only add sweetness, but it neutralizes the meat’s fat. 


With saucy recipes like these, errors could not be avoided. Therefore, we share with you some strategies to fix your recipes when things turn out wrong.

  • Add more salt when the marinate would turn out too sweet.
  • Put more marinate mixture when it tastes flat or almost tasteless.
  • It extends the cooking longer when the marinate tends to be watery.


To make your cooking better, follow the suggestions below. These are ways on how your chicken glazed might become a masterpiece.

  • Make sure to buy good quality chicken meat that is fresh and young. Too old chicken’s meat is challenging and difficult to soften.
  • Likewise, choose the fitting part of the chicken that absorbs the marinate faster. Breasts are the most difficult to marinate while the thigh-legs are more comfortable to grip.
  • Carefully inspect the pineapple tidbits if it’s already expired. It’s preposterous that some supermarkets do not strictly control the quality of the products they sell on their shelves.

Best Served With

As luscious as these delicate recipes, many other foods perfectly match when served together with chicken glazed. Crave for more with the following cuisines.

  • Shanghai Fried Rice – this chicken’s sweetness complements well with the salty and garlicky flavor of this rice.
  • Mixed Vegetables – of course, creamy veggies complete the nutritional value of a plate with chicken.
  • Garlic Bread – if garlicky rice blends with the sugariness, then bread may do the same blending. 
  • Shoyu Ramen – hot slurping of noodles and broth makes a suitable partner with the sweetened chicken. 
  • Pineapple Shake – quench your thirst with a tall, ice-cold glass of a refreshing fruit shake. Pineapple is also a healthy equalizer with a cholesterol filled chicken meat.
  • Buko Pandan – get this lovely dessert that deserves to be on the menu with glazed chicken as the main recipe.


At the heart of the matter, the sweetened recipe for chicken is a delicate dish for Christmas. Its trademark sweetness makes it resonate with the joyous occasion the season transcends. 

Fortunately, you may serve this chicken recipe, not only during Christmas, in any season you wish. With this recipe blog, all you have to do is take courage and try. You may commit mistakes at times, but what matters most is that you learned and are open to improvements.

What are you waiting for? Try this now to prepare early. Make your Christmas and any occasion memorable with the fantastic Chicken Hamonado.

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Best Chicken Hamonado Recipe

A sweet and savory chicken dish to make your day complete. The sauce is almost alike with the popular adobo sauce, but this one makes use of sugar.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Filipino
Keyword Chicken Recipes
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 278kcal
Cost $2-$4


  • 1 lb Chicken cut into serving pieces
  • 1 tbsp Soy sauce
  • 1 can Pineapple tidbits small size
  • 1 pc Onion small, cubed
  • 2 cloves Garlic minced
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Cooking Oil
  • 1/2 cup Water


  • Combine chicken, pineapple juice from the pineapple tidbits can, soy sauce, and black pepper in a bowl. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • Heat oil in a cooking pot. Fry the chicken for 2 to 3 minutes per side or until light brown. Remove from the pot then set aside.
    Note: Remove some oil on the pan.
  • On the same pan, saute garlic and onion until brown.
  • Add the chicken and pour-in the marinade. Let it boil while covered. Cook in low heat for 30 to 35 minutes.
    Note: add water as needed.
  • Add sugar and cook for another 3-5 minutes. Then top it with the tidbits.
  • Serve while hot!


Calories: 278kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 298mg | Potassium: 288mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 147IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1mg
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What a lovely recipe!:)


ang sarap! 😋🤤