steamed chicken wings in a plate.

Easy Steamed Chicken Wings (Chinese Style)

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This Chinese-inspired Steamed Chicken Wings is my go-to recipe for a lazy dinner when I yearn for a meal that is both light, nourishing yet easy to make. Simply marinate the chicken wings for an hour, followed by a quick 15-minute steam.

steamed chicken wings in a plate.

❤️ Inspirations for this recipe

I drew inspiration for these steamed chicken wings from the poached chicken in Hainanese chicken rice. I also have a recipe for Instant Pot Hainanese Chicken Rice, really a quick fix for your meal.

Delicious and aromatic Instant Pot Hainan Chicken Rice, served with juicy chicken, fluffy rice, and delectable sauces.
Hainanese Chicken Rice

The only thing required for this recipe is a bit of preparation since we need some time to marinate the chicken wings before steaming.

🍗 Ingredients

  • Chicken Wings: Chicken thighs also work
  • Ginger and scallions: Popular ingredients in Chinese cuisine.
  • Chinese cooking wine: Can be replaced with sake or sherry cooking wine.
  • Seasonings: Light soy sauce, oyster sauce, sugar, sesame oil.
  • Goji berries and shiitake: Optional, but they enhance the umami flavors of the dish.
  • Starch (cornstarch, tapioca starch, or potato starch): Helps the sauce adhere to the chicken.

These Asian chicken recipes are also hits:

📝 Instructions

MARINATE THE CHICKEN

  • Separate the chicken wings. We use only the drumette and wingette; save the tips to cook chicken broth or phở gà (chicken pho).
  • Use a knife or fork to prick the chicken; it helps the marinade penetrate better.
  • Thinly slice the ginger into strips and finely chop the white part of the scallions. Cut the green part into 2-inch (5cm) pieces.
  • If you use dehydrated shiitake mushrooms, soak them in water for 3-4 hours, squeeze them, and then cut them into slices.
  • Mix the chicken with all seasonings, scallions, ginger, and cornstarch. Then add shiitake mushrooms and goji berries; mix well. Let it marinate for at least 1 hour or overnight.
chicken wings are marinated with all seasonings.
marinated chicken wings

STEAM THE CHICKEN

  • Before steaming, let the chicken come to room temperature for 20-30 minutes.
  • Place the chicken and all marinade in a deep plate. Steam over medium-high heat for 15 minutes. Add the green part of the scallions; steam for another 3 minutes.
  • Serve the steamed chicken wings hot with steamed rice (check out my microwaved jasmine rice).
steaming the chicken wings.
steaming the chicken wings

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🌟 What Steamed Chicken Wings Taste like?

If you’re a fan of Hainanese Chicken Rice, I’m pretty sure you’ll love this dish. The chicken is succulent, cloaked in a delectable savory sauce. Goji berries add a sweet touch, while shiitake mushrooms bring a delightful chewy, meaty texture with loads of umami flavor.

steamed chicken wings in a plate.

And here’s a little tip for an extra kick of flavor – the traditional ginger scallion sauce is fantastic. But if you’re feeling a bit adventurous, make some Vietnamese dipping fish sauce and Vietnamese green onion oil. Drizzle that goodness over the chicken and rice, and I guarantee it’ll be an amazing surprise.

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steamed chicken wings in a plate.

Easy Steamed Chicken Wings (Chinese Style)

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For a simple yet satisfying dinner, this Chinese-inspired Steamed Chicken Wings is my go-to when I crave a light and nourishing meal. Just marinate the chicken wings for an hour and then steam them for a quick 15 minutes.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course Family meal, Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 2 people

Ingredients
  

  • 1.2 pound chicken wings (550g)
  • 1 sprig green onion
  • 1 thumb-sized piece ginger
  • tbsp light soy sauce (to your taste)
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce (to your taste)
  • ½ tbsp sugar (to your taste)
  • 1 tbsp Chinese cooking wine (or sake, sherry cooking wine)
  • ½ tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch (or tapioca starch, potato starch)
  • 4 piece shiitake (optional)
  • 1 tbsp goji berry (optional)

Instructions
 

Marinate the chicken

  • Separate the chicken wings, using only the drumette and wingette; save the tips for making chicken broth or phở gà (chicken pho).
  • Use a knife or fork to prick the chicken; this helps the marinade penetrate better.
  • Slice the ginger into thin strips and finely chop the white part of the scallions; for the green part, cut into 2-inch (5cm) pieces.
  • If using dehydrated shiitake mushrooms, soak them in water for 3-4 hours, squeeze them, and then cut them into slices.
  • Combine the chicken with all the seasonings, scallions, ginger, and cornstarch. Then add shiitake mushrooms and goji berries; mix well. Let it marinate for at least 1 hour or overnight.

Steam the chicken

  • Let the chicken come to room temperature for 20-30 minutes before steaming.
  • Put the chicken and all the marinade in a deep plate. Steam over medium-high heat for 15 minutes. Add the green part of the scallions and steam for an additional 3 minutes.
  • Serve the hot steamed chicken wings with steamed rice.
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