Chicken Dim Sum

Cuisine: Chinese

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Serves: 4

Learn how to make steamed chicken dim sum in a jiffy — restaurant-style! These dim sums are great on a cold day or even when you’re down with the blues. They are the perfect comfort food to make you feel better inside and out. 

List of ingredients:

  • Minced chicken - 600 grams
  • Dumpling wrappers - 30
  • Egg - 1, large
  • Rice wine vinegar - 2 teaspoons
  • Light soy sauce - 2 teaspoons
  • Sesame oil - 2 teaspoons
  • Ginger - 2 teaspoons, minced
  • Chinese cabbage - ½ cup, chopped
  • Scallions - 4 tablespoons, finely chopped
  • Black pepper - 1 teaspoon, ground
  • Salt to taste

Pockets of warmth with an explosion of flavor

  1. Mix the minced chicken, egg, rice wine vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger, cabbage, scallions, pepper, and salt in a large bowl. 
  2. Take a dumpling wrapper, add a teaspoon of the filling in the center. 
  3. Use a little water to wet the edges of the wrapper, and then seal it. Make sure there are no air bubbles. You can pleat the outside by using a little more water to wet the outer edges of the folded dumplings.
  4. In a lined steamer, preferably a bamboo steamer, steam your dumplings for 8-10 minutes.
  5. Serve with soy sauce or with a dipping sauce of your liking. 

Chef Tip: If you’d like meatier dumplings, you can opt out of using the Chinese cabbage and replace it with a couple of teaspoons of chopped chives. 

This is an easy and quick steamed chicken dim sum recipe that’s going to keep your guests wanting more. Share it for brownie points from your friends!

Quick Bites

Fun Fact

• Dim sim translates to ‘touch the heart’ in Chinese and was originally prepared as small snacks.

• In southern China, specifically Hong kong, traditional dim sim restaurants start serving dim sim at 5 in the morning which is because of a belief in China that dim sim was the inspiration behind ‘brunch’ and hence restaurants don't serve dim sims for dinners.

Historical Fact

• Dim sum is associated with an ancient tradition named ‘yum cha’ which translates to ‘drink tea’.

• People describe it as “one accompanied by two pieces”.

Nutrition Fact

• An average serving of chicken dim sim weighing around 242g has 150 calories.

• It contains 13.2g of protein, 1.9g of fat, 17.1g of carbohydrate, 5g of fiber and 316mg of sodium. Steamed chicken dim sim is healthy in comparison to its deep-fried counterparts like spring rolls and dumplings.