Guam-Style Chicken with Red Rice (Tininon Mannok Yan Hineska’ Agaga)

  • Serves

    serves 8


Marinated with the traditional Guam-style sauce finadene, a blend of cane vinegar, soy sauce, and aromatics, this succulent grilled chicken is served with annatto-tinged red rice at the food cart PDX 671 in Portland, Oregon. This recipe appeared with the story Food of the People.


  • 3 cups soy sauce
  • 1 12 cups cane vinegar
  • 1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 small yellow onion, thinly sliced, plus 1/3 cup finely chopped
  • 2 12 lb. bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup thinly sliced scallions
  • 2 12 tsp. crushed red chile flakes
  • 2 12 cups jasmine rice
  • 2 tbsp. ground annatto seeds (available at The Great American Spice Company)


Step 1

To make the marinade, combine 2 cups soy sauce, vinegar, pepper, sliced onion, and 1 cup water in a large bowl; add chicken and cover bowl with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 8 hours or overnight to marinate.

Step 2

Meanwhile, make the dipping sauce: Stir together remaining soy sauce and chopped onion with lemon juice, scallions, chile flakes, and 1⁄2 cup water; set aside.

Step 3

To make the red rice, combine rice, annatto, and 5 cups water in a 4-qt. saucepan over medium-high heat; reduce heat to medium-low and cook, covered, until rice is tender, about 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from the heat and keep rice warm.

Step 4

Build a medium-hot fire in a charcoal grill or heat a gas grill to medium-high. (Alternatively, heat a cast-iron grill pan over medium-high heat.) Cook chicken, turning, until browned, about 8 minutes. Serve with rice and dipping sauce, on the side.

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