Get better results on keto! Learn the secret ->

Chicken Shu Mai – [Easy] Steamed Chicken Siu Mai

Chicken Shu Mai – This easy Chinese steamed chicken siu mai dim sum is made with juicy and flavorful prawn chicken fillings and crunchy water chestnuts perfect for your quick family appetizer.

chicken shumai
chicken shumai

What Are Chicken Shu Mai?

Shu Mai are delicious crafted chicken dumplings, traditionally made with minced chicken, shrimp (though some prefer pure poultry), water chestnuts, scallions, ginger, and a touch of soy sauce and sesame oil. These fillings are then hand-folded into a little wonton wrapper, open from the top, and steamed to perfection.

Tips & Tricks

Get your hands dirty! Mixing the filling with your hands helps distribute the flavors and ingredients evenly.

Wonton wrapper? Don’t worry! Use store-bought wrappers if you’re short on time or practice your folding skills with wonton dough.

Steaming secrets: Line your steamer basket with Napa cabbage leaves to prevent sticking and add a delicate aroma.

Beyond the classics: Experiment with different fillings! Try pork and shrimp, vegetarian with shiitake mushrooms and tofu, or even a daring prawn and scallop combo.

chicken siu mai dim sum


Har Gow: These translucent beauties are filled with shrimp and steamed to reveal the delicate pink filling.

Xiao Long Bao: Soup dumplings, anyone? These wrappers burst with savory broth and tender pork filling.

Woo Mai: Deep-fried and filled with pork or shrimp, these crispy dumplings offer a textural contrast to their steamed shumai.

Vegetarian Delights: Don’t miss out on veggie-filled options like spinach and tofu or mushroom and cabbage.

Use parchment paper to prevent sticking the dumplings to the bamboo steamer. If you don’t have perforated parchment paper, use non-stick baking paper – cut it into the shape of the basket and make small holes in the middle with the help of fork.

chicken shu mai

How to serve this chicken shu mai?

Chicken shu mai are the perfect starter for a dim sum feast. Pair them with other dim sum classics like har gow, xiao long bao, and steamed buns. Don’t forget to have a variety of dipping sauces on hand, from chili oil to ginger-vinegar, to cater to different palates.

steamed chicken shu mai

Chicken Shu Mai – FAQs

Are Shu Mai healthy?

Yes of course! Make them with lean chicken, skip the deep-frying, and go easy on the dipping sauces. You can even add chopped vegetables like carrots or zucchini to boost the veggie content.

How do I eat shu mai?

Pick them up with chopsticks (bonus points for skillful dipping!). Take a small bite, savoring the juicy filling and delicate wrapper. Don’t forget to dip in a flavorful sauce, like soy sauce with chili oil or ginger-infused vinegar.

Where can I find the best shu mai?

Seek out dim sum restaurants with a focus on quality ingredients and traditional preparation. Look for restaurants with open kitchens where you can see the dumplings being made fresh.

trader joes chicken shu mai

Yield: 5

Chicken Shu Mai (Steamed Siu Mai)

chicken siu mai dim sum

This easy Chinese steamed chicken shu mai dim sum is made with juicy and flavorful prawn chicken fillings and crunchy water chestnuts perfect for your quick family appetizer.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 200 gram chicken, minced
  • 200 gram prawns, skin peeled off and minced
  • 3-4 dried shiitake mushrooms, diced (or fresh shiitake)
  • 3-4 spring onions, finely chopped
  • 20-25 wonton paper
  • 1/4 diced carrot

For the seasonings:

  • 1 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp Shao Xing Wine (Or Japanese mirin)
  • 1 tsp garlic
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 tsp sugar, optional
  • ¼ tsp white pepper
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch

For the Siu Mai Sauce:

  • 1 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp Chinkiang vinegar (or rice wine vinegar)
  • 1 tsp chilli oil, optional


  1. In a large mixing bowl, add minced prawns, shiitake mushrooms, minced chicken, spring onions, and garlic.
  2. Season with Shao Xing cooking wine, sugar, corn starch, salt, light soy, white pepper, and sesame oil.
  3. Mix the filling until well combined to a thick sticky paste.
  4. Place the wonton wrapper on one hand. Add the filling into the middle of the wrapper and gently squeeze in the filling to form a cylinder shape.
  5. Flat the bottom and top with your hand and fingers. Add carrots on the top and place them into the lined steamer. Do not overcrowd to avoid sticking together.
  6. Repeat the same process and make the remaining wonton wrappers.

Steaming Siu Mai

  1. Boil water in a large pot and place the steamer over it. Close the lid and steam the shumai on medium-high heat for about 8-9 minutes.
  2. Serve immediately with your favorite dipping sauce.

Recommended Products

As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 82Total Fat 3gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 33mgSodium 386mgCarbohydrates 7gFiber 0gSugar 1gProtein 6g

All Chicken, occasionally offers nutritional information for recipes contained on this site. This information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.

Did you make this recipe?

Please leave a comment on the blog or share a photo on Pinterest

So, there you have it! Your ultimate guide of making the chicken shu mai. From demystifying dim sum etiquette to mastering the art of homemade dumplings. Now go forth, fold, steam, and savor the joy of these bite-sized shumai.

Share this recipe!

This post may contain affiliate links. Click here to read the disclosure policy.

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Skip to Recipe