Chicken Steamed Buns
Chinese dim sum is my favorite.
I love the soft and pillowy Chinese steamed buns with fillings, known as bao (包) or baozi (包子).
The fillings can be meat, vegetables or a combination of both.
Eating a steaming hot and soft and fluffy steamed bun with a cup of Chinese tea is a ritual that often reminds me of how amazing Chinese food is.
How to Make Steamed Chicken Buns?
I made these chicken buns (鸡仔包) after having them at a dim sum restaurant.
The filling is made of chicken and vegetable filling. The taste is savory and delicious.
The toughest part of making stuffed steamed buns is the folding part of it. You want to make sure that you have just enough filling so each of them look dainty and pretty.
The Best Chicken Steamed Buns
If you love dim sum, you must my easy recipe.
The taste of these baozi is exactly like the ones served in Cantonese dim sum restaurants.
How Many Calories per Serving?
Each chicken bun is only 179 calories.
What Dishes to Serve with This Recipe?
Serve these buns with other Chinese dim sum. For an authentic dim sum meal at home, I recommend the following recipes.
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- 140 g (5 oz) all-purpose flour
- 50 g (1.5 oz) wheat starch
- 45 g (1.5 oz) powdered sugar
- 4 g (1.5 teaspoons) active dry yeast or instant yeast
- 80 ml lukewarm water
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon cold water
- 225 g (8 oz) skinless and boneless chicken breast, cut into small pieces
- 1/2 cup finely sliced napa cabbage
- 2 dried shiitake mushrooms, soak in hot water to soften, then diced into thin strips
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon chicken bouillon powder
- 1 teaspoon fish sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon sugar
- 3 dashes white pepper
- 1 teaspoon corn starch
- 1 tablespoon chopped scallion
- Sift the flour, wheat starch and powdered sugar. Transfer to a large mixing bowl. Make a well in the middle of the flour mixture and add the yeast and lukewarm water. Gently dissolve the yeast with the water. Slowly bring together the flour mixture and add in the oil.
- Knead with hands for 10-15 minutes or until a soft dough is formed. It should be smooth and shiny on the surface.
- Cover the dough with a damp cloth and let rise for 60 minutes or until it expands in size.
- Dissolve the baking powder with the cold water, sprinkle over the dough and knead until well combined. Roll the dough into a cylinder shape. Cut and divide the dough to 8 equal portions.
- Mix all the Chicken Filling ingredients together. Set aside.
- Use e a rolling pin to flatten each dough ball to a 3" circle. Place a portion of the filling in the middle.
- Wrap and fold the dough up.
- Pinch and twist to enclose the opening. Make sure the chicken bun is sealed tight at the top. Place it on a 2" x 3" piece of parchment paper. Repeat the same until you make 8 buns.
- Arrange the chicken buns on a steamer, leave about 1” gap in between buns. Steam in a preheated steamer on high heat for 10 minutes. (You may add 1 teaspoon of Chinese white vinegar to make the steamed chicken buns white.)
- Remove buns from the steamer, serve immediately.
Adding a few drops of white vinegar into the boiling water would make the steamed chicken buns whiter. Adding a few drops of lime juice into the dough makes the buns whiter, too.
Amount Per Serving Calories 179Total Fat 3gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 24mgSodium 150mgCarbohydrates 26gFiber 1gSugar 6gProtein 12g