Chicken Buns Recipe

Chicken buns or Chinese steamed chicken buns is a popular dim sum item. Learn how to make Chinese chicken buns (bao) with this chicken buns recipe. A must try!

Course Breakfast
Cuisine Chinese
Keyword Chicken Buns
Servings 4 people
Calories 360 kcal


  • 8 oz. steamed bun flour, 大包粉(Picture source: Steamy Kitchen)
  • 1/2 tablespoon oil
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon lime juice, (optional)

Chicken Buns Filling:

  • 8 oz. skinless and boneless chicken breast, cut into small pieces
  • 1 big leave of napa cabbage, finely shredded
  • 2 dried black fungus or dried shitake mushrooms, soak in hot water to soften, then diced into thin strips/pieces
  • Some cilantro leaves, chopped coarsely
  • 3/4 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon chicken bouillon powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 3 dashes white pepper, powder


  1. Follow the instructions of the steamed bun flour, mix it with milk, sugar, and oil. Knead the dough for 15 minutes or longer until it becomes soft and smooth. Roll the dough into a cylinder (about 1.5 inches in diameter). Cover them with a wet towel and set aside. Mix the chicken buns filling ingredients and set aside.

  2. Take a small piece of parchment paper and cut it into 1.5 x 1.5 inch squares.

  3. Cut the dough into small pieces (about 1 inch thick) and use a rolling pin to flatten it. Put about 1 teaspoon+ filling into the center. Pleat the dough and seal it tight with your finger tips. Place it on top of a paper square. Repeat until you finish the dough and ingredients.

  4. Lay the chicken buns into a bamboo steamer (make sure you leave some space in between the chicken buns as they expand after steaming). Heat up a wok with water. Place two wooden blocks (for steaming purposes) into the wok and place the bamboo steamer on top of them. Steamed for 10 minutes. Transfer out and serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

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.

Nutrition Facts
Chicken Buns Recipe
Amount Per Serving (4 people)
Calories 360 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 39mg13%
Sodium 314mg14%
Potassium 327mg9%
Carbohydrates 58g19%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 14g16%
Protein 19g38%
Vitamin A 90IU2%
Vitamin C 2.6mg3%
Calcium 51mg5%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.