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Chicken Bistek

Chicken a la Bistek with tangy and savory flavors you'll love with steamed rice. It's easy to make, budget-friendly and sure to be a family favorite.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Marinating1 hr
Total Time2 hrs
Course: Main Entree
Cuisine: Filipino
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories: 478kcal


  • 3 pounds chicken, legs, thighs or whole cut up into serving parts
  • 1 onion, peeled and sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppercorns, cracked
  • 1/4 cup lemon or calamansi juice
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons liver spread
  • salt to taste


  • Rinse chicken and drain well.
  • In a bowl, combine chicken, onions, garlic, peppercorns, lemon juice, and soy sauce. Massage the marinade into the meat and marinate in the refrigerator for about 1 hour.
  • Drain chicken and squeeze excess liquid. Reserve marinade and aromatics.
  • In a wide skillet over medium heat, heat oil. Add chicken and reserved onions and garlic from the marinade.
  • Cook, stirring regularly until chicken is lightly browned.
  • Add reserved marinade and water and bring to a boil.
  • Lower heat, cover, and continue to cook for about 20 to 30 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and sauce is reduced.
  • Add liver spread and stir to dissolve. Cook for about 3 to 5 minutes or until sauce is thickened.
  • Season with salt to taste. Garnish with sliced onion rings, if desired. Serve hot.



Calories: 478kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 197mg | Sodium: 734mg | Potassium: 469mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1514IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 2mg