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Chicken Ham

by Pauline De Mesa
Chicken | March 22, 2019

Hosting a family dinner? Impress them with your unique Chicken Ham dish. It’s a roasted chicken boiled with pineapple juice and beer which makes the chicken oh-so-flavorful from the skin to the bones. What makes this dish special is it’s served with Pineapple Beer Sauce on the side. It’s tangy sweet taste will win your family over!

Recipe by Marie Villanueva-Pascual
Photographed by Ron Mendoza of Studio 100

Ingredients :

13 servings
2 Whole Chickens (1.2 - 1.3 kgs each)
For Curing Mix
0.5 tsp Pink salt/curing salt
0.25 tsp Vitamin C powder
2 tbsp Sea salt
1 Sugar
2 cup Water
For Cooking Mixture
3 cup Canned pineapple juice
2 cup Beer
For Pineapple Beer Sauce
1 cup Reserved cooking mixture
1 cup Pineapple juice
0.5 cup Brown sugar

Procedures :

for Curing

  • 1
    Note: Curing is done twice for each chicken. In a mixing bowl, dissolve curing salt, Vitamin C powder, sea salt, and sugar in water.
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    2. Place chicken in a large resealable plastic bag and add curing mixture. Seal bag tightly and leave the chicken to be cured in the coldest part of the refrigerator. After 3-4 days, drain mixture and replace with a new mixture. Allow chicken to be cured for another 3-4 days.

for Chicken Ham

  • 1
    1. Drain curing mixture and wash chickens with water. Drain completely.
  • 2
    2. Place chickens in a large pot and pour pineapple juice and beer. Bring to a boil, cover pot, then let simmer for 30 minutes.
  • 3
    3. Carefully remove the chickens from the pot and place them on a baking tray to slow-bake in the oven at 250˚F for about 45 minutes to an hour. Reserve the cooking mixture (pineapple juice and beer) for the sauce.
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    4. Remove chickens from oven and sprinkle them with brown sugar. Return to the oven and bake chickens for another 15 minutes until sugar melts and forms a glaze.

for Pineapple Beer Sauce

  • 1
    1. In a small pot, combine the cooking mixture, pineapple juice, and brown sugar.
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    2. Cook over low heat and allow to reduce until mixture thickens. Serve with the chicken ham.