Traditional steamed Chinese buns (or Baos) are no-doubt delicious, but can be an intimidating meal to take on at home. What I bet you never thought to do is replace the normally handmade dough with a store bought biscuit dough. I know it’s kind of cheating, but it will save you probably three or four hours and you won’t be able to tell the difference.

Teriyaki Chicken Buns

  • Prep Time:30 minutes
  • Cook Time:20 minutes
  • Total Time:50 minutes
  • Servings:16 steamed buns
  • Easy


  • 1 lb chicken
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger
  • 2 tablespoon water mixed with cornstarch
  • 1 bunch chives
  • 1 can biscuit dough
Photo by Max Faucher
  • Step 1

    Cut the chicken into tenderloin sized pieces (or just buy chicken tenderloins like I did) and boil them for 5 minutes until cooked through.

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  • Step 2

    While the chicken is cooking, build the teriyaki sauce. Add the soy sauce, water, vinegar, sugar, garlic, ginger and cornstarch mixture in a sauce pan. Bring it to a simmer and whisk together until the sauce thickens.

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  • Step 3

    Mince the chives and set aside.

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  • Step 4

    Shred the chicken and mix it together with 2/3 of the teriyaki sauce and roughly 3/4 of the chives.

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  • Step 5

    Cut the biscuits in half so that there are 16 small balls of dough. On a floured surface roll out the balls until flat.

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  • Step 6

    Add the chicken mixture and wrap the dough around it, pinching at the top to seal.

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  • Step 7

    Place the buns in either a steamer on top of a regular pot of boiling water.

    #SpoonTip: It can help if you spray the steamer basket with cooking spray so that it’s easier to get them out afterwards. 

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  • Step 8

    Steam the buns for about 20 minutes.

  • Step 9

    Serve the buns with the rest of the chives and sauce on the side.

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