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Chicken Tapa

Chicken Tapa is a Filipino style recipe where chicken is marinated in soy sauce mixture and refrigerated overnight before frying. Chicken Tapa is the healthier version of Filipino Beef Tapa.

You can also use pork chops instead of chicken or beef using the same marinade below. Give it a try and leave me a comment, I would love to hear from you.

  • 2 lbs boneless chicken thigh meat
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 head garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground pepper
  • cooking oil for frying 

  1. In a deep bowl, combine soy sauce, vinegar, sugar, garlic, salt and ground pepper. Stir well and set aside. 
  2. Place chicken in a wide cutting board and cover with plastic wrap. Pound chicken on both side to tenderize. 
  3. Add tenderized chicken to the soy sauce vinegar mixture. Combine well and cover bowl. Refrigerate overnight or at least 3 hours. 

Cooking Instructions
  1. Remove chicken meat from the marinade and drain well. 
  2. Heat pan in medium high and add cooking oil. 
  3. Pan fry meat in batches for 10 minutes or until chicken is fully cooked and brown. 
  4. Serve with steam rice or garlic egg fried rice for breakfast with slices of tomatoes and sauteed onions. Enjoy. 


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