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Kelaguen Chicken Recipe

Kelaguen Chicken

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"This is a classic recipe from Guam, and one of my favorites. It is wonderful wrapped in a tortilla, or served with crackers. It is also wonderful by itself. I hope you like this as much as my family does!"

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings


  1. Sprinkle chicken with salt and place pieces on a broiler pan. Broil for about 10 minutes, turn and broil for another 5 minutes or until chicken is cooked, but still moist.
  2. Bone, and finely chop cooked chicken pieces.
  3. In a medium bowl combine the chicken, lemon juice, coconut, and hot peppers. Chill for at least one hour and serve.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
May 05, 2003

I grilled the chicken over hot coals instead of broiling it. It tastes even better.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jun 26, 2007

My family is from Guam and this is not kelaguen to me. The chicken should only be barbecued after being marinated in soy sauce, lemon, garlic and onions. After it has been grilled and finely cut, then you flavor it with green onions, salt, lemon, red pepper (i like it spicy) and coconut. I usually cut out the coconut when I make it for myself. This is great if you are watching your weight!


13 Ratings

Jun 29, 2003

Brings back memories of Guam! Now all I need is a finadene sauce recipe...and the Guamanian tortillas ...I'll have a mini-fiesta! Delicious!

Jan 11, 2004

My husband is from guam. This nothing like the other Kelaguen, I have ever tasted. Cheap immation of the original.

Mar 12, 2010

I am Guamanian so kelaguen is present at any family reunion we have. i love it. but my family adds green onions and red chili pepper flakes and we dont use the coconut. i think its better this way. serve with Chamorro style red rice and finadene and any meat of your choice and you've got the average Chamorro meal

Apr 14, 2009

Although grilled on a barbecue is best, chicken roasted on a spit at the local supermarket isn't all that bad, either. I also use chopped green onion for essential flavor and color.

Jun 29, 2003

I would love to see more recipes from Guam

Aug 06, 2004

I'm lazy so I broil boneless/skinless chicken thighs for this dish. Adding sliced scallions makes for a tastier dish, too.


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  • Calories
  • 815 kcal
  • 41%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 6.7 g
  • 2%
  • Cholesterol
  • 255 mg
  • 85%
  • Fat
  • 58 g
  • 89%
  • Fiber
  • 2.1 g
  • 8%
  • Protein
  • 64.3 g
  • 129%
  • Sodium
  • 1988 mg
  • 80%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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