Pinaupong Manok (Chicken Steamed in Spices)

Pinaupong Manok (Chicken Steamed in Spices)

Pinaupong Manok is a staple dish on our table. Pinaupo is a Tagalog word that means “sit” and manok is “chicken” in English, so it’s basically chicken made to sit (“placed” is really the most appropriate word) on a mixture of different spices.

Steamed Chicken

There are two things I love about this dish: one, it’s easy to prepare, and two, it’s really flavourful. Whenever I don’t have much time to cook or when I’m really just feeling lazy but have to whip up something anyway, I’d get a chicken out of the fridge and cook it in this style (which would of course presuppose that I bought chicken earlier, haha). The chicken just needs some onion, ginger, lemon grass, olive oil, salt, and pepper. You can of course add more spices in accordance with your preferred taste. Even with those bare minimum ingredients, however, the chicken comes out flavourful and really tasty.

Steamed Chicken

Here’s how you do it:


1 Whole chicken

1 Onion

4 Lemon grass leaves

3 Tablespoons of olive oil

1 Small ginger

Salt and Pepper


  • Chop onion and ginger.
  • Wash lemon grass and fold them into small size.
  • Stuff the chicken cavity with onion, ginger, lemon grass, salt, and pepper. Also rub the outside of the chicken with salt, pepper, and 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
  • Place the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a pot and put chicken on top.
  • Cover and cook for about an hour on slow flame.

Try it for yourself and see how easy it is to make and how tasty it comes out afterwards. Let me know how yours turned out!

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