Chicken Bao Recipe For The Best Snack!

This Chicken Bao Recipe is not only easy to make, but also super yummy and wastes no time! Put your chef hat on!

Chicken Bao Recipe To Make Your Guests Love Your Food!

Chicken Bao, also known as steamed buns, are soft and fluffy pockets of dough filled with savory and aromatic chicken filling. Making these delectable delights from scratch at home is a rewarding culinary adventure. Follow this step-by-step guide to create homemade Chicken Bao Recipe that will impress your taste buds and your loved ones.


For the Dough:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon instant yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • Pinch of salt

For the Chicken Filling:

  • 1 lb chicken breast, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, minced
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 green onions, finely chopped

For Assembly:

  • Cornstarch or flour for dusting
  • Bamboo or parchment paper squares


Step 1: Prepare the Dough

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the all-purpose flour, sugar, instant yeast, and salt.
  2. Gradually add warm water while stirring, until a dough begins to form.
  3. Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface for about 5-7 minutes, or until it becomes smooth and elastic.
  4. Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover with a clean towel, and let it rest in a warm place for about 1 hour, or until it doubles in size.

Step 2: Prepare the Chicken Filling

  1. In a skillet over medium heat, heat some oil and sauté the minced garlic and ginger until fragrant.
  2. Add the diced chicken breast to the skillet and cook until it’s no longer pink.
  3. Stir in the soy sauce, oyster sauce, hoisin sauce, sesame oil, sugar, salt, and pepper. Cook for another 2-3 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld.
  4. Remove the skillet from heat and stir in the finely chopped green onions. Set aside to cool.

Step 3: Shape the Bao

  1. Punch down the risen dough to release the air.
  2. Divide the dough into equal-sized balls, about 2 inches in diameter.
  3. Roll out each dough ball into a circle, about 1/4 inch thick.
  4. Place a spoonful of the cooled chicken filling in the center of each dough circle.
  5. Gather the edges of the dough circle and pinch them together at the top to seal the filling inside. Twist and pleat the dough to create a sealed bun.
  6. Repeat this process with the remaining dough and filling.

Step 4: Steam the Bao

  1. Line a steamer basket with bamboo or parchment paper squares.
  2. Arrange the assembled buns in the steamer basket, leaving some space between them to expand.
  3. Cover the steamer basket with a lid and let the buns rest for another 15-20 minutes to rise slightly.
  4. Fill a pot or wok with water and bring it to a boil. Place the steamer basket over the boiling water and steam the buns for 12-15 minutes, or until they are puffed up and cooked through.

Step 5: Serve and Enjoy

  1. Carefully remove the steamed buns from the steamer basket and transfer them to a serving plate.
  2. Serve the Chicken Bao hot with your favorite dipping sauce or enjoy them as is.
  3. Garnish with additional chopped green onions or sesame seeds if desired.
  4. Enjoy the delicious homemade Chicken Bao with family and friends!


Making Chicken Bao from scratch at home may seem daunting at first, but with this step-by-step guide, you’ll be amazed at how easy and rewarding it can be. From preparing the soft and fluffy dough to crafting the savory chicken filling, each step is filled with love and flavor. Treat yourself to the delightful taste of homemade Chicken Bao and impress your taste buds with this culinary masterpiece.

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Harshita Bajaj

Harshita has a background in Psychology and Criminology and is currently pursuing her PhD in Criminology. She can be found reading crime thrillers (or any other book for that matter) or binge-watching shows on Netflix when she is not in hibernation.
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