Chicken Steak (Bisteeki Digaag) Steak de Poulet

Chicken Steak (Bisteeki Digaag) Steak de Poulet

This is an easy and very quick dish that is useful to have in your repertoire. It’s fantastic when you get unannounced visitors who need to be fed in no time. Somalis, or at least first generation immigrant Somalis, are known to just show up without calling ahead. Please don’t misunderstand us, ’cause we’re not complaining. We like company, conversation, and spontaneous gatherings, because that’s how we were brought up.

Nowadays, with the widespread use of cell phones, most of our visitors are kind enough to let us know that they are around the corner. That gives us barely enough time to dart upstairs to change from our pyjamas before the kids open the door. 

Once they are in your home, you have to assume that your guests are hungry. It is very impolite to ask them if they would like something to eat. Rather you should ask, “Do you want to eat right away or do you want to wait a little bit?” If they are really full, or if they know that you are a horrible cook, they will decline emphatically. 

We would like to believe that we know a thing or two about cooking so we’re always prepared for more yeas than nays. So what is our contingency plan you ask? A recipe for quick steaks and pasta sauce (suugo) that we always keep in the freezer. The steaks need just a quick marinade and cook really fast. The pasta sauce defrosts before the pasta water comes to a boil. No stress and no worries.


C’est un plat facile et très rapide qu’il est utile d’avoir dans son répertoire. Il est fantastique lorsque vous recevez des invités surprise qui ont besoin d’être nourris tout de suite. Les Somalis, ou du moins la première génération d’immigrants Somalis, sont connus pour venir vous visiter sans prévenir. Ne nous jugez pas mal, nous on se plaint pas. Nous aimons la compagnie, faire la causette, et les réunions spontanées, parce que c’est comme cela que nous avons été élevés.

De nos jours, l’usage du téléphone portable est très répandu, la plupart de nos visiteurs nous préviennent gentiment qu’ils sont au bout de la rue. Cela nous laisse juste assez de temps pour se ruer en haut pour enlever nos pyjamas avant que les enfants ouvrent la porte.

Une fois qu’ils sont rentrés dans la maison, il est logique de supposer que nos invités ont faim. Il est très malpoli de leur demander s’ils veulent manger quelque chose. Il faut plutôt demander “Vous voulez manger maintenant ou voulez vous attendre un peu?”. S’ils n’ont vraiment pas faim ou s’ils savent que vous êtes un cuisinier horrible, ils refuseront énergiquement.

Nous aimons à penser que nous connaissons une chose ou deux sur la cuisine donc nous sommes toujours préparés à recevoir plus de oui que de non. Quel est notre plan de secours, vous vous demandez. Une recette de steaks rapides et de la sauce à pâtes (suugo) que nous avons toujours en réserve dans la congélateur. Les steaks ont juste besoin d’une marinade rapide et cuisent très rapidement. La sauce à pâtes décongèle pendant que l’eau pour les pâtes arrive à ébullition. Pas de stress pas de soucis.



(Tbsp is a tablespoon; tsp is a teaspoon)
(1 cup = 237 mL; 1 Tbsp = 15 mL; 1 tsp = 5 mL) all level measurements
(1 Tbsp Vegeta Seasoning Mix (18 g) = 2 Maggi or Knorr bouillon cubes = 2 tsp salt)  

Serves 6

For the chicken steaks:
1 lb. Boneless chicken breast
3 Garlic cloves
1 Lemon
¼ cup Olive oil
1 Tbsp Vegetable seasoning
½ tsp Black pepper (or to taste)

For the veggie topping:
¼ Onion (minced)
2 Tbsp Butter
1 tsp Balsamic vinegar
½ cup Chicken stock
½ Yellow or red bell pepper
2 Tbsp Chopped cilantro
Pinch Black pepper



Pour les steaks de poulet:
1 livre d’Escalopes de Poulet (désossées)
3 Gousses d’Ail
1 Citron
¼ de mesure d’Huile d’Olive
1 cs d’Assaisonnement Légumes
½ cc de Poivre Noir (ou selon votre goût)

Pour la garniture de légumes:
¼ d’Oignon (émincé)
2 cs de Beurre
1 cc de Vinaigre Balsamique
½ mesure de Bouillon de Poulet
½ Poivron Rouge ou Jaune
Une pincée de Poivre Noir



In a bowl combine the olive oil, minced garlic, vegetable seasoning, the juice of a lemon, and the ground black pepper. Mix well, then in the same bowl, marinate the chicken on both sides.

On a pan set on medium high heat, cook the chicken steaks for not more than a minute on each side.

For the veggie topping, add 2 tablespoons of butter to a pan set on medium heat. Add the onions and saute until the onions become soft and translucent. Add 1 cup of chicken stock. The stock should be hot so it doesn’t lower the temperature of the pan.

Add 1 teaspoon of balsamic vinegar, then add the bell peppers and the chopped cilantro. Cook for just a minute then finish with freshly ground black pepper. 



Dans un bol assembler l’huile d’olive, l’ail émincé, l’assaisonnement, le jus de citron, et le poivre noir moulu. Bien mélanger, puis dans le même bol, mariner le poulet des deux côtes.

Dans une poêle chauffée à feu moyen, cuire les escalopes de poulet une minute de chaque côté, pas plus.

Pour la garniture de légumes, mettre 2 cuillères à soupes de beurre dans une poêle chauffée à feu moyen. Ajouter les oignons et les faire sauter jusqu’à ce qu’ils deviennent tendres et translucides. Ajouter une mesure de bouillon de poulet. Le bouillon doit être chaud pour ne pas faire diminuer la température de la poêle.

Ajouter une cuillère à café de vinaigre balsamique, puis ajouter les poivrons et le coriandre haché. Cuire juste une minute puis finir avec du poivre noir tout frais moulu.

Marinated Chicken Steaks - Escalopes de Poulet Marinées


Chicken Steak

Preparation Steps - Étapes de la préparation

1. Assembler tous les ingrédients de la marinade
2. Mariner le poulet des deux côtés
3. Cuire 1 minute de chaque côté
4. Mettre l’oignon émincé dans la poêle avec le beurre
5. Ajouter le bouillon de poulet quand les oignons sont fondus
6. Ajouter une cuillère à café de vinaigre balsamique
7. Ajouter les poivrons et le coriandre
8. Ajouter le poivre noir fraîchement moulu

Chicken Steak (Bisteeki Digaag) Steak de Poulet


Chicken Steak (Bisteeki Digaag) Steak de Poulet


Chicken Steak (Bisteeki Digaag) Steak de Poulet



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41 Responses to Chicken Steak (Bisteeki Digaag) Steak de Poulet
  1. zamiira
    December 24, 2011 | 6:17 pm

    looking really good and easy thankzz for sharing .
    Can I sagest how to make XALWA. If it is possiple Thankzzz

    • A&L
      December 25, 2011 | 12:33 am

      We have already filmed the Halwa (Xalwo). We will post it soon.

  2. zamiira
    December 25, 2011 | 12:37 am

    Thank you so much .

    • A&L
      December 25, 2011 | 12:38 am
  3. Hayad
    December 27, 2011 | 8:16 pm

    Beautiful dish, easy to make, good choice for health wise. I love it. Thank you.

    • A&L
      December 27, 2011 | 11:27 pm

      Thank you very much. Hope you try it soon.

  4. ginger
    January 7, 2012 | 6:58 pm

    Looks delicious; I also want to say thank you for the straight forward, well executed recipes and ingredient presentation. I live North East and find it difficult to squeeze out of local Somalis the wonderfull recipes you have presented.

    • A&L
      January 7, 2012 | 7:10 pm

      Thank you. We’re glad you liked the recipes. We’ll send a delegation to the Somalis who live in the North East to see why they’re doing that :) .

  5. saed
    May 25, 2012 | 10:52 am

    masha allah.
    waa cunno sameys fudud aadna u qiima badan.
    waan samaynayaa insha allah.
    thanks for sharing.

    • A&L
      May 25, 2012 | 10:32 pm

      Mahadsanid walaal.

  6. Anisa Ibrahim
    May 26, 2012 | 1:30 pm

    Masahallah i love this website thank you for making this site and also posting great recipes may Allah bless you all.<3

    • A&L
      May 26, 2012 | 11:36 pm

      Thank you so much for your comment and the nice words.

  7. Muna
    June 15, 2012 | 4:10 pm

    I make this all the time and it comes out perfect!! I LOVE this website! Keep the good working going and thank you! :)

    • uma muna
      June 16, 2012 | 6:20 pm

      asc wr wb walal jazakalah wax badan ayaa ka faidasanay walal waxan donayna sida lo samaya i cunka ina no so galisay jzklh walal

      • A&L
        June 17, 2012 | 12:18 am

        Wacalaykum Assalaam Waraxmatullaahi Wabarakaatuh,

        Hadduu Ilaahey yiraahdo waan soo gelin doonna sida loo sameeyo icun. Mahadsanid.

    • A&L
      June 17, 2012 | 12:32 am

      Thank you very much for letting us know how much you liked the website. Remember this is your website and you can make requests. We will do our best to accommodate them.

  8. saabiriina
    July 19, 2012 | 5:26 pm

    as wr wb walaal ma ii soo galin kartaa jikinka lugaha leh sida loo kariyo plz waana mahadsantihiin

    • A&L
      July 19, 2012 | 10:41 pm

      Wacalaykum assalaam waraxmatullaahi wabarakaatuh,
      Hadduu Eebbe idmo waan ku-tala jirnaa digaag noocyo badan inaan soo gelino. Ramadaan kariim.

  9. W. Ahmed
    July 22, 2012 | 5:33 pm

    I made this today for iftar for my husband ande served it with baguette. He really liked it. JazakAllahu khairan for your great recipes (and very quick, mashaAllah!)
    I find the website to be very helpful. Ramadan Kariim. Khayr an idiin rajeeynaa.

    • A&L
      July 22, 2012 | 6:49 pm

      Thank you very much for letting us know that your husband liked. We wish both of you a successful fast that brings you great reward. Ramadan Kariim!

      • W. Ahmed
        July 23, 2012 | 4:02 pm

        Amiin walaalayaal. Kuligeenaba – may Allah accept your fasts. All the best.

        • A&L
          July 23, 2012 | 7:24 pm

          Thank you.

  10. Abdul
    July 22, 2012 | 7:03 pm

    Awesome job guys!I feel nostalgic after seen the food and hearing the background music :) ! I hope by the next Ramadan to visit home, insha’allah.

    Keep up the good work and greetings from Nevada, USA.

    • A&L
      July 22, 2012 | 7:18 pm

      Ramadan Kariim! Thank you very much. May God Almighty grant you your wish. Amen.

  11. ubah
    August 3, 2012 | 11:25 am

    masha allah illahy ha idinka abaal mariyo qeer waxaa noo soo galisinn muufo barawe aan aheen iyo maraq cad waaa dooqeyga walal

    • A&L
      August 4, 2012 | 6:47 pm

      Waa ku mahadsan tahay faalladaada. Hadduu Ilaahey yiraahdo waan soo gelin doonnaa.

  12. sagal
    August 10, 2012 | 1:21 pm


  13. Ajeenah
    August 14, 2012 | 12:18 pm

    Assalaamu Alaikum.

    I love your website! After a mutual Somali friend told me about it, I’ve been sharing it with everyone I talk to about cooking. I too have a website that I’m working on, but I love Somali food. This site has great tutorials. Mashallah. I saw this recipe yesterday and had already planned on grilling some salmon, but I used the veggie topping recipe. It was great. I couldn’t help but notice that the cilantro is in the video and not on the recipe. Can you tell me what the green is that was put in with the onions? Jazak Allah.

    • A&L
      August 14, 2012 | 10:51 pm

      Wa’alaikum as-salam warahmatullahi wabarakatuh,
      Thank you very much for your kind words and thank you for sharing the website with your friends. We added the cilantro to the list of ingredients and we thank you for pointing that out. We chopped the onions on the same cutting board that we used for chopping the cilantro. The green stuff is bits of cilantro. Good eye!

  14. TA
    December 5, 2012 | 11:41 am

    WOW!!! Ma sha Allah!!! This is really wonderful!! It tastes amazing, it cooks quick, everyone loved it, and it can be prepared ahead of time. I put it over egg noodles. What can one busy mom ask for!!! Jazakumu Allahu kheiran!
    I love your website sooooo much. Please never stop writing recipies. I am not Somali but my husband is and he is just so pleased that I am able to prepare his childhood favorites and share his culture with our children. I can not tell you what a valuable service you are providing me and our family. I am always making dua’ for both of you. You have really given a blessing to our family. Again, jazakumu Allahu kheiran!!!!!!!
    Oh, and your website is excellent!! I have never seen such a competent recipie website ever and I search a lot for recipies. I can tell you really care. May Allah give you both abundant reward in this dunya and the hereafter Aameen.

    • A&L
      December 6, 2012 | 1:55 am

      Thank you so much for your amazing comment! We are happy that the little we do had such an impression on you. Your comment is deeply appreciated. Thanks again.

  15. umuhamim
    February 6, 2013 | 7:38 pm

    Asselamu aleykum
    I am living in US right now and I have trouble getting the vegetable seasioning. I know it sounds wird but can you tell me what is written on the package or what it look like. Jezakilah

    • A&L
      February 6, 2013 | 11:43 pm

      Wa’alaikum Assalam Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.
      Here is a link where you can buy Vegeta You can also use any vegetable seasoning you can find, Vegeta is not a must.

  16. mubarak mohamud
    May 10, 2013 | 7:43 pm

    absulately,thıs websıte ıs portable for eveyone of somali citizen to know hıs tradıtıonal food types.furthermore the dıfferent varıous of delıcıous foods those the somali terretory ıs famous should be regocnıse ever where and teach our favourıte culture to forıegners.unfortunetely rıght now ıs not found any stream lıke the here to present our food programs,and ı am apprecıatıng to the admınısrators of the websıte,because yuo are doıng ı good job that,we have been lookıng for long perıod.Eventually the maın ıssuı ıs to coopperate togethers to encouarage others and put out more modes of somalı kınds foods that ıs not known yet.

    • A&L
      May 12, 2013 | 12:38 am

      Thank you very much for your nice comment. We are happy you like the website and hope that it is helping you also to improve your cooking skills. God bless you.

  17. farhiyo
    June 3, 2013 | 12:13 pm

    sc wr wb jazakumulah kheyr instead of balsamic vinegar can i use white vinegar

    • A&L
      June 4, 2013 | 5:19 pm

      Wa’alaikum Assalam Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.
      Thank you sister. You can use white vinegar if you like.

  18. Anisah
    February 13, 2014 | 11:05 am

    Assalamu alaikum. I just made this and subhanAllaah it was superb. Restaurant quality! Can’t wait to try more of your recipes inshaaAllaah

    • A&L
      February 13, 2014 | 7:03 pm

      Thank you very much sister. We are glad you liked it.

  19. Hana lula
    October 4, 2014 | 11:41 am

    masha Allah really i love this website . its such an amazing to see Somali site , u made my cooking easy superb and tasty www! lots of thanks to u guys :) :)

    • A&L
      October 6, 2014 | 11:46 pm

      We are delighted t know that. Thank you very much for your kind words.

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We are a husband and wife team and we live in Canada. In a world full of food complications, we make cooking very simple. Our recipe videos will make your cooking easy, relaxed and enjoyable. We bring you the foods we love from Somalia and from around the world.