Chicken Steak with Gravy

Chicken Steak

I haven’t been able to find out where this influence sparked from, but most home-style Chinese restaurants in town have “Chicken Steak” in their menus, most probably pronounced the old way of bistik ayam. It is very much like Viennese schnitzel, but with butter gravy and side order of homemade french fries, fresh tomatoes, lettuce and cucumber. Also instead of serving them as individual main course, it is served as one of sharing dishes, with steamed rice and other main meals. Can always tell which one goes first. The crunchy chicken and the fries! The sad lettuce is always the last to go. Except when we go with real breathing friends who actually choose lettuce over meat.

It is one of the dish that my mother makes that I have very fond memories of. We had great time in the kitchen last week when she finally showed me how it is prepared.

Prepping the chicken for deep frying, making the gravy, cutting the potatoes for fries – all seemed to be a lot of work, but they are actually very simple.


Chicken Steak with Gravy


For gravy
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp ground white pepper
1/4 cup butter
500 ml water
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp sugar (optional)
1/2 cup canned peas, drained (alternatively, sliced button mushrooms can also be used)

For steak
1 whole chicken breast, skinned and boned, flattened, divided into 4 smaller pieces (280 g)
1 tsp all-purpose flour
1 tsp ground white pepper
1 egg white
1 cup breadcrumbs (fine or coarse/panko)

For side dish & garnish
2 medium sized potatoes, peeled, cut into sticks
1 lettuce, washed
1 cucumber, peeled and cut diagonally
1 tomato, cut thinly


For gravy
In a wok, stir fry flour till the color turn light brown over low heat. Keep stirring to avoid the flour burning from the heat for about 7 minutes. Add pepper and nutmeg. Mix well
Add the butter and quickly stir till all ingredients mixed well for 2 minutes.
Pour water slowly and continuously break any lumps that form. Stir quickly for 3 minutes and season with salt and sugar. Cook till boiling and turn off heat. Add peas
Cover and put aside.

For chicken
Marinate chicken breast with flour and pepper. Cover and refrigerate for 15 minutes.
Dip in egg white and bread crumbs, deep fry till crunchy and brown, about 5 minutes

For homemade fries
Wash the cut potatoes in salt water for a couple of minutes. Drain and dry on paper towel.

Use the deep-frying oil to fry fries first, then the chicken. That way you can keep the fries from getting bits of burnt crumb on them.
If served on a big sharing plate, cut the chicken into bite size and arrange them on the plate with the garnish. Pour the sauce generously on top of the chicken
Deep fry in hot oil till brown, about 5-8 minutes

For gravy

Gravy for Chicken Steak

For chicken

Marinating Chicken Steak

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10 Responses to “Chicken Steak with Gravy”

  1. 1

    Rice Palette — June 12, 2010 @ 4:14 am

    Jun, this looks really good! This photo alone beats out what restaurants would show on their menus! :0)

    I’ve *never* made gravy before, so I’m surprised that I already have most of the ingredients..

    ps: i just started following you on Twitter too!

    • Jun replied: — June 14th, 2010 @ 6:49 am

      Yeah I was surprised that it was easy too. And it is versatile, it is actually recipe for gravy base, you can improvise it into others, such as black pepper and mushroom sauce.

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    Pepy @Indonesia Eats — June 12, 2010 @ 5:01 am

    I was thinking it’s a combination of Dutch and Chinese influence. It was borrowed from Dutch word “biefstuk”.

    • Jun replied: — June 14th, 2010 @ 6:50 am

      Bistik = Beefsteak = biefstuk. Thanks you, Pepy!

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    noobcook — June 14, 2010 @ 7:18 am

    everything – from the deep fried chicken and home made gravy – looks so delectable. You cook western as well as you cook Indonesian and other cuisine :D

    • Jun replied: — June 14th, 2010 @ 9:29 am

      My grandmother was a good cook, hence my mother is a good cook as well. I am learning from her. :)

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    tigerfish — June 14, 2010 @ 7:25 am

    Oh really? I never thought of Bistik = Beefsteak ….though after you said it, it becomes rather obvious…hahaha! The chicken looks fried perfect ;)

    • Jun replied: — November 8th, 2010 @ 8:11 am

      Yeah! Go bistik!

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    Von — June 14, 2010 @ 2:15 pm

    I just found your blog, and I’m loving all your recipes and photos! The gravy looks really good- it looks sorta like the potato and gravy from KFC when it’s all mixed up, only I’m sure this tastes even better! I’ll have to try this one day!

    • Jun replied: — November 8th, 2010 @ 8:12 am

      Thanks for your visit, Von! Oh yeah now that you mentioned it, it does look like potato gravy of KFC. But it tastes better *praising self shamelessly

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