Chicken Bistek Recipe

March 9, 2017
(Last Updated On: November 1, 2018)

How to cook Chicken Bistek

Bistek is a dish that varies and is unique for many different countries. For Mexico, Bistek is sirloin beef covered in bread crumbs and placed in tortillas or tacos. In the United Arab Emirates, Bistek is a way of cooking steak topped with ranch dressing and potato cuts. But here in the Philippines, Bistek Tagalog is a classic dish with beef or pork strips cooked in soy sauce and calamansi juice, topped with onions and diced garlic. And this traditional Bistek Tagalog has now been given a twist. Rather than using beef slices, we will be using here chicken choice cuts. The ingredients are still identical but its flavors truly do pack a punch.

Sounds tempting? Why not try to cook this for your family, friends or maybe all just for you. The recipe of Chicken Bistek is such a simple recipe that can be cooked with ingredients easily found in your refrigerator. And it is also a flexible recipe; it can be cooked for either lunch or dinner.

Chicken Bistek recipe

We now have a number of Bistek recipes that you can also try, these are Creamy Bistek Tagalog Recipe, Pork Bistek Recipe, Bistek na Tanigue with Cream Recipe and Bangus Belly Bistek Recipe.

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Chicken Bistek Recipe

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Chicken
Cuisine: Filipino
Servings: 5 servings
Author: Eduardo Joven -


  • 3/4 kilo chicken legs, thighs or whole sliced into serving parts
  • 1 medium onion peeled and sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic peeled and minced
  • 5 peppercorns cracked
  • 12 pcs Calamansi
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Canola oil
  • 1 cup water
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Wash and clean the chicken and drain.
  • In a large bowl, combine onions, garlic, peppercorns, Calamansi juice and soy sauce, then add the chicken and mix well.
  • Massage marinade into Chicken meat then marinate inside the refrigerator for about 30 minutes to an hour.
  • Drain the chicken then set aside and reserve the marinade.
  • In a deep fry pan pour Canola oil then apply heat.
  • Add chicken and reserved onions and garlic from the marinade.
  • Cook until chicken is lightly browned.
  • Add reserved marinade and water and bring to a boil.
  • Lower heat, cover, and simmer for 40 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.
  • Cook for about 3 minutes until sauce is thickened.
  • Season with salt to taste.
  • Garnish with sliced onion rings and serve hot with rice.

Chicken Bistek recipe



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    Nancy Burgess

    March 15, 2017 at 8:16 pm

    This does sound very good and it looks delicious.

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    Bryan Vice

    March 15, 2017 at 11:24 am

    This is my kind of dinner!!

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    March 14, 2017 at 11:00 pm

    This sounds really flavorful.

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    April Monty
    March 13, 2017 at 10:36 pm

    So I showed this to my guy he’s now dying to try it

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    gloria patterson

    March 13, 2017 at 5:39 pm

    this looks very interesting….. have to admit never heard of it before but it look and sound like something I could make

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    March 13, 2017 at 2:44 am

    This sounds super flavorful!

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    Audrey Stewart

    March 12, 2017 at 3:16 pm

    I love this recipe! I will be cooking it next weekend.

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    Susan H

    March 11, 2017 at 7:23 pm

    Looks like a good and easy recipe

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    Kathleen Kelly
    March 11, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    I love chicken! This looks really good! Thanks for sharing.

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    Bryan Vice

    March 11, 2017 at 7:41 am

    This looks downright yummy I LOVE chicken especially with onions and peppers just gives it so much more taste! thank you thank you for sharing this recipe!

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    Bonnie Lee

    March 11, 2017 at 6:31 am

    Oh wow this looks good! I love chicken wings!

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    April Monty
    March 10, 2017 at 9:21 am

    This looks. So easy to make and my guys love chicken so I’m always hunting for new ways to make it

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    Terri S

    March 9, 2017 at 10:05 pm

    Ohhhhh!!!! This looks so good!!! Thank you for sharing the recipe.

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    Amber Ludwig

    March 9, 2017 at 7:54 pm

    This looks AMAZING!!! Im looking for dairy free recipes and this one sounds perfect!!

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    Kimberly Flickinger

    March 9, 2017 at 7:02 pm

    I have never tried Chicken Bistek; however, I love chicken and I am willing to try anything once, it sounds delicious. Shared on twitter @kaflickinger74

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    Terry Poage

    March 9, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    This looks really good and not to hard to make.

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    Calvin F.

    March 9, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    Flavorful dish that i’d try.

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