Easy Steam Chicken


This steamed chicken is delicious and popular in Southeast Asian countries, where it's typically served with chicken rice. We love it so much. It is very easy to make.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 20 mins


  • 2 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

  • 1 cup salt

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 1 onion, finely chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

  • 5 tablespoons light soy sauce

  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil

  • 2 sprigs fresh cilantro


  1. Place chicken and salt in a bowl. Evenly rub salt into chicken. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

  2. Place a steamer basket into a saucepan and fill with water to just below the bottom of the steamer. Rinse chicken and place into the basket. Bring water to a boil; cover and steam chicken until juices run clear, about 30 minutes.

  3. Heat vegetable oil in a skillet over medium heat. Stir in onion; cook until tender, 3 to 4 minutes. Mix in garlic; cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in soy sauce and sesame oil, then remove from heat.

  4. Spoon sauce over chicken and garnish with cilantro to serve.

Editor's Note:

The sodium amount listed in the nutrition for this recipe does not include 1 cup salt, much of which is rinsed off in Step 2.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

408 Calories
30g Fat
10g Carbs
26g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 408
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 30g 38%
Saturated Fat 5g 24%
Cholesterol 61mg 20%
Sodium 1382mg 60%
Total Carbohydrate 10g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 26g
Vitamin C 6mg 29%
Calcium 37mg 3%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 325mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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