Shortcut Steamed Bao Buns


Making these steamed bao buns is much easier than you think! Start with refrigerated biscuit dough to speed the process along, then whip up the filling and steam. Easy-peasy!

Prep Time:
20 mins
Steam Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
10 buns


  • 1 7.5 ounce pkg. (10) refrigerated biscuits

  • Nonstick cooking spray

  • 1 cup shredded rotisserie chicken

  • ¼ cup hoisin sauce

  • 2 teaspoon Asian chili paste (sambal oelek)

  • 1 ½ teaspoon rice vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon packed brown sugar

  • ½ cup packaged julienned carrots

  • ½ cup sliced green onions

  • Fresh cilantro leaves (optional)


  1. Fill a 12-inch skillet with 1 inch of water. Bring to boiling over medium-high heat. Line a steamer basket or bamboo steamer with parchment paper. Poke four to six evenly spaced holes in paper. Press biscuits into 3-inch rounds; coat tops with cooking spray. Fold biscuits in half and place, 1 inch apart and away from edge, in prepared basket. Place basket in skillet. Steam, covered, 10 minutes or until puffed. Remove basket and transfer buns to a wire rack.

  2. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl combine next five ingredients (through brown sugar). Stir in carrots and green onions.

  3. Carefully open buns and fill with chicken mixture. If desired, top with cilantro.

    Shortcut Steamed Bao Buns
    Jacob Fox


If desired, microwave the chicken filling 1 to 2 minutes or until heated through.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

115 Calories
4g Fat
14g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 115
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 19mg 6%
Sodium 409mg 18%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 1.4mg 7%
Calcium 22mg 2%
Iron 0.8mg 4%
Potassium 126mg 3%
Fatty acids, total trans 1g
Folate, total 19.7mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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