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Turbo chicken is a method of cooking chicken that is not necessarily fast.

Turbo chicken is not a special recipe for cooking poultry quickly, but a method that uses a turbo oven. Turbo ovens are small countertop cookers popular throughout Southeast Asia and the Philippines, where many homes do not have ranges. Bearing a similar resemblance to a large food processor, cooks set food inside where it is both convected and radiated to cook. On the Philippine islands, turbo chicken is known as lechon manok.

Step 1

Rinse the chicken and pat dry with paper towels.

Step 2

Whisk orange juice, soy sauce, salt, pepper, garlic and sugar, if you choose to use it, in a small mixing bowl.

Step 3

Add the chicken to the freezer bag and pour the orange juice mixture over the top. Seal the bag and shake gently.

Step 4

Marinate the chicken in the refrigerator for at least four hours; it can marinate up to 24 hours.

Step 5

Remove chicken from the bag and set it on a plate. Stuff with lemongrass, if you choose to use it. Tuck the neck flap into the cavity.

Step 6

Transfer the chicken to the turbo oven rack. Insert the rack into the oven and seal the top.

Step 7

Set the broiler to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and cook for one hour. After 30 minutes of cooking, baste the chicken with butter every 15 minutes.

Things You'll Need

  • 3 lbs. whole chicken, thawed

  • 1/4 cup acid orange juice, also called kalamansi juice

  • 1/2 cup soy sauce

  • 2 to 4 cloves of garlic, peeled and chopped

  • 2 tbsp. freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 tsp. salt

  • Sugar, optional

  • 4-6 stalks lemongrass, optional

  • Sink with faucet

  • Turbo broiler

  • Mixing bowl

  • Wire whisk

  • 2 1/2 gallon freezer bag

  • Refrigerator

  • Paper towels

  • Plate

  • Melted butter

  • Pastry brush

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