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Bao Buns with Crispy Chicken

I have had an obsession with bao buns since the first time I had them at a restaurant in London called ‘On The Bab’. The spicy mayo, crispy chicken and pickled onions against the softness of the hot freshly baked buns are a match made in heaven!!! I do hope you try this recipe because they are fairly easy to make they just need a bit of time and patience. This recipe makes about 16 buns which can feed 4 really hungry people.


Pickled Onions:

  • 1 big red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 teaspoons of sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of white vinegar

Spicy Mayo:

  • 1/2 cup of mayo
  • 1/4 cup of sriracha (add more if you like it spicier)

Crispy Chicken:

  • 2 chicken breasts, sliced into fat strips
  • 3/4 tablespoon of garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika, whichever one you prefer
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 3 cups natural yogurt
  • About 2 cups of flour or more

Bao Buns:

  • 2 1/2 cups of flour
  • 2 tablespoons of skim milk powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons instant dry yeast
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable or corn oil
  • 400 ml warm water, about


Pickled onions:

  • Slice the onion julienne
  • Add sugar and vinegar
  • Mix well to combine.
  • This can be refrigerated for 2 days.

Spicy Mayo:

  • Combine mayo and sriracha and mix well

Crispy chicken:

  • Sprinkle prepared chicken strips with garlic powder, paprika, salt and pepper and massage the spices into the strips.
  • Transfer chicken to the yogurt and let marinate for at least two hours.
  • After two hours transfer chicken and all the yogurt in a bowl with 2 cups of flour.
  • Using your hands mix to coat all the chicken pieces very well.
  • Heat vegetable oil and fry the chicken in batches.
  • Sprinkle sea salt on the cooked strips.

Bao Buns:

  • In a big bowl place all the dry ingredients and give it a good mix using a fork or a whisk and make a well.
  • In a small bowl mix the warm water and oil together and add this to the dry ingredients.
  • Using a wooden spoon start gradually incorporating the ingredients together, add a bit more warm water if dough seems too dry.
  • Flour a working surface, tip the dough and start kneading till you end up with a soft, non sticky dough.
  • Place in a clean bowl, cover and leave to rest in a warm place until double in size.
  • After dough has risen flour your working surface and knead the dough again for 5 minutes to get rid of all the air bubbles.
  • Using a rolling pin stretch the dough to about 1/2 cm thick.
  • Dip your fingers in a bit of vegetable oil and spread all over the dough.
  • Using a pastry cutter or a cup cut our circles of about 8-10 cm in diameter.
  • Fold each circle in half and place on a piece of baking paper. Repeat till you finish all the dough. Cover again and let rest for 30 minutes.
  • After 30 minutes place the buns in the steamer and cook for 5-6 minutes.

Time to assemble!! Carefully open a bun, spread spicy mayo, add chicken and top with pickled onions. You can add spring onions for garnish and amazing flavor!!!

Buon Appetito!!

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