Chicken momos

 Chicken momos recipe

Chicken momo recipe with step by steps photos and video. Learn how to make best Chicken momos from scratch with details. This is a restaurant style recipe where I have used sesame oil and food wine( rice vinegar) to enhance the flavour of the momos. These delicious momos are steamed using a wooden momo basket.

Steamed chicken momos in a momo basket

This is a quick chicken momo recipe that can be served within 30 minutes.  You can even store the leftover for upto to 3 to 4 days in freezer after cooking them completely. Make these momos at home and enjoy. Momos are small basket shaped  snacks whose outer layer is made up with flour(maida) and filled with either mixed vegetables or chicken or pork with some herbs and spices. Generally momos are steamed and served with a spicy sauce or chutney.

Momos are everyone"s favorite and healthy as well. And the best part of the recipe is that you can easily make them at home like street style or restaurant style with few ingredients.  If you have been looking for such a momos recipe then you have come to the right place. Here i bring you the easy and best chicken momos recipe with step by step guide.,

What is Chicken momos?

Chicken momos are a type of steamed or fried dumpling filled with a mixture of ground or minced chicken, vegetables, and a blend of aromatic spices, all encased in a thin, translucent dough wrapper. These bite-sized delights are known for their tender chicken filling and a distinct savory flavor profile A popular street snack, a basket shaped dumplingS whose outer layer is made up with flour and inside with spiced ground chicken fillings with herbs.They are steamed till perfectly cooked and served with a spicy sauce called momos chutney.

Where was momos invented

Chicken momos are a popular dumpling dish that originated in Tibet and Nepal. They have since gained widespread popularity across Asia, especially in India and Bhutan. Momos are believed to have been inspired by traditional Chinese dumplings but have evolved into a unique and diverse culinary delight . It is believed that these momos are invented during 14 th century by Newar community in Kathmandu valley, Nepal. And later introduced to Tibet and China from this Newar community.

Ingredients required to make  chicken momos

  • Ground Chicken or Chicken keema
  • Flour (maida)
  • Onion, garlic and ginger
  • Soya sauce, pepper powder
  • Salt, sesame oil, spring onion
  • vegetable oil
What to serve with it?
Momos are generally served with a spicy red chutney called momos chutney. At restaurant they are often serevd three different types of chutney or sauce like one schezwan chutney, sweet chilly sauce and one green sauce with any types of momos.

How to store leftover momos?

If you have some leftover momos then you can store them in a freezer for 5 to 7 days. For that cook the momos completely and let them cool down quickly as soon as possible. Place them in a air sealed container and keep inside the freezer. Before serving, steamed them again for 6 to 8 minutes or microwave them in defrost mood for 3 to 4 minutes and serve hot with your favorite momo chutney.

Different types of Chicken momos
  • Traditional chicken momos : Filled with a mixture of minced chicken, onion, ginger, garlic and spices.
  • Spicy Chicken momos : Infused with chilli paste or chilli powder for a spicy kick.
  • Cheese Chicken momos : Filled with a combination of Chicken and melted Cheese for added richness.
  • Spinach Chicken momos : Incorporating finely chopped spinach for a unique flavour and added nutrients.
Chicken momos variations

Now a days you can get different viriations in momos like

  • Tandoori Chicken momos
  • Fried  Chicken momos
  • Grilled Chicken momos
  • Pan fried Chicken momos
  • Steam Chicken momos
  • Soup momos

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Difference between momos and dimsum

  • Momos are generally made using refined flour or all purpose flour but dim sums can be made either with refined flour, wheat flour, rice flour or any kind of starch like potato starch.
  • Momos are typically filled with ground meat or vegetables. They also include seasonings and spices. Whereas Dimsum includes a variety of bite size dishes and dumpling(momos) are just of of such  category. Dimsum dumplings even have sweet fillings like custard or sweet bean paste.
  • Momos are originated from Tibet whereas dim sums are a product from China.
  • All momos are dim sums but all dim sums are not momos

Steps to make chicken momos

1. Dough making for momos

For the dough you only need all purpose flour (maida), salt, oil and water. Momos dough are little bit hard compare to roti or chapati dough. Because it holds the stuffing inside it and if loose, it may break down while steaming. Mix salt and oil with maida and pour water slowly to make a little bit hard dough. Next grease some oil over the dough and cover to set for 10 minutes.

Dough for chicken momos

2. Filling making for momos

For best chicken momo recipe you need to make a perfect fillings with proper ingredients.  You can either use leg chicken mince or breast chicken mince. I have used the breast chicken mince as it can be easily make at home with a mixer grinder. Take the chicken mince in a mixing bowl and add chopped onions, garlic, ginger, green spring onions, sesame oil, rice vinegar, dark soya sauce, salt and black pepper powder. Keep the salt amount low as dark soya sauce also contains salt. You can even add some chopped coriander leaves into the mince mixture. 

Spiced chicken mince for chicken momos

To make spicy chicken momos add green chilli paste. To give it a restaurant style flavour I have used sesame seeds oil and rice vinegar ( food wine). Sesame oil gives chicken momos a nice aromatic flavours. In place of sesame oil and rice vinegar you can use cooking oil or white vinegar.

3. Shaping the momos

Momos can be made in different types of shapes. There is no hard and fast rules for shaping the momos. Whatever design you like you can shape them. If you are a beginner then choose to shape them simple way. After making them for one or two times you can definitely do much better Before starting to roll, knead the for one more minute then divide them into small round shaped balls.

Small round shaped dough balls for chicken momos

Take one ball and roll into two inch diameter circle if required dust with some flour while rolling.

Circular rolled dough for chicken momos

Place a small portion of the chicken fillings in the centre and bring one part of the edge at the centre. Now start pleating the edges completely, press and seal it. This the easiest way to shape a momo. You can give them different shapes.

Chicken mince in the centre of rolled dough for making momos

Pleating the edges to shape Chicken momis

Different shapes chicken momos

4. Steaming the momos 

How to cook chicken momos at home?

Generally momos are cooked by steaming but you can fry them as well to make fried chicken momos. In some places you can even get tandoori momos. I am cooking these momos by steam. For that you can use a idli steamer or a wooden momo basket. If using idli steamer then grease with oil and place the momos over the plate and close with a lid. Steam under medium heat flame for 15 minutes to done.

And if using a wooden momo basket then place banana leaves of cabbage leaves over the basket and grease with some oil. Then place the momos over the leaves. Close the basket. 

Cabbage leaves over momo basket

Chicken momos over cabbage leafs on momo basket

Closed momo basket to steam chicken momis

Place the basket inside a steamer and cook for 15 minutes. And if you don't have a steamer then take a deep vessel pan or any kitchen utensil and fill with some water. Place any stand inside the water and heat under medium flame. When the water start to boil place the momo basket over the stand and cover the utensil with a lid. Cook for 15 minutes or till done. The momos become transparent and shiny and if you touch them they are not sticky. These are the sign of well cooked momos.

Momos without a steamer

If you don't have a idli steamer or momo basket then you can use a steel appliances like bowl and place some cabbage leafs or banana leaves over it. Grease with some oil and place the momos. Now place the bowl over the stand and cover the water filled utensil with a lid. Cook on medium slow flame for 15 minutes.

Cooked chicken momos

How to make Chicken momos chutney 

Momo are generally serve with a spicy red  tomato garlic chutney known as momo chutney.  In some places schezwan sauce or hot garlic sauce are also served along with momos.

To make the tomato garlic chutney for momos use

  • 2 - 3 medium size tomato,
  • 2 - 3 seedless kashmiri chilly
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper powder
  •  a small pinch of salt and 
  • 1/2 teaspoon vinegar

Boil the tomato with kashmiri chilly till become soft. Drain and cool down. Remove the skin and seeds from tomato and add in a mixer grinder jar with garlic, kashmiri chilly, salt, black pepper,sugar, salt and vinegar. Grind them into a fine paste. Serve these chutney with the momos.


Chicken Cheese Momos

This is a popular type of chicken momos variation where the momos are filled with grated cheese, mince chicken and herbs. You can easily make chicken cheese momos at home with the above step by step method. You only need to add one cup grated cheese with the above fillings. Just keep the amount of salt less as compare with chicken momos. Chicken cheese momo can be made by using grated processed cheese, shredded mozzarella cheese or grated parmesan cheese. Mix the grated cheese with the mince chicken and other spices and fill to make the momos.

Fried chicken momos

To make fried chicken momo, you can either directly fried the them after filling with chicken mince. Fry them on medium heat flame till they become crisp golden. Or steam them till cooked to 50% and then fry till crisp golden. Similarly you can make tandoori chicken momos as well by mixing the momos with tandoori red masala paste. First make the chicken momos and deep fried them till crisp golden then mix with tandoori red masala evenly from all sides. Heat a non stick pan and grease some oil then add the tandoori masala coated momos in the pan and fry till all the become dry. Remove and sprinkle some chat masala and serve them. You can even thread those momos in a shewer and roast them in a charcoal tandoor or in an oven. You can even use tandoori chicken pieces cut into very small pieces or make mince and stuffed them as a fillings. This is how you can make Tandoori chicken momo as well.

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Are Chicken momos healthy?

Chicken momos can be a relatively healthy option espeacially when steamed. Frying them can add extra calories.

2. Can i make chicken momos with pre-made wrappers?

Yes, You can use pre-made dumpling wrapper or wanton wrappers to make momos hich can save time.

3. Can chicken momos be frozen for later use?

Yes you can freeze uncooked chicken momos for later use.

4. Are there vegetarian or vegan alternatives to chicken momos?

Yes you can make vegetarian or vegan momos by using fillings like vegetables, tofu or plant based protein substitutes in place of chicken.

5. Calories in one plate of steam chicken momos?

On average, a plate of steamed chicken momos, which typically contains 6 to 8 momos, may have approximately 150 to 250 calories. This is a general estimate and can vary based on the specific recipe and portion size.

Chicken momos recipe

Serving Chicken momos in momo basket

Chicken momos are dumplings made from all purpose flour with fillings inside of  spiced chicken mince. They are served with a spicy red tomato garlic chutney.

Prep time         cooking time        serving

10 min              15 min                       2

Author             Mobasir hassan


For the dough

  • 1 cup all purpose flour (maida)
  • Small pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon oil
For fillings
  • 1 cup chicken mince
  • 6 - 7 garlic cloves finely chopped
  • 1/2 inch ginger root finely chopped
  • 1 medium size onion chopped
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon rice vinegar ( food wine)
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon soya sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon maggi sauce ( optional)
  • 1/4 cup chopped spring onions
  • Salt as per taste
  • Small amount of chopped coriander leaves ( optional)
  1. Making the dough for chicken momos
  2. Take the all purpose flour in a mixing bowl and add salt and half teaspoon oil. Mix them nicely and then pour water little by little and start to knead the dough.
  3. Make a palpable semi hard dough. Apply the remaining half teaspoon oil over the dough and knead again.
  4. Cover the dough and keep rested for 10 minutes to set.

Making the fillings 
  1. Take the mince chicken in a bowl and add chopped garlic, chopped ginger, chopped onion, chopped spring onions, dark soya sauce, sesame oil, rice vinegar, salt and black pepper powder. Give everything a good mix.
  2. Now take the dough and knead again for one minute then divide into small round shaped balls. With a roller pin roll them into a 2 inch diameter circular shape having a thin crust.
  3. Now place a small portion of spiced chicken fillings in the centre of a circular rolled dough and bring the edges together making pleat. Join them and seal.
  4. Make more momos with different shapes from the remaining rolled dough.

Making the chicken momos

  1. Place banana leaves or cabbage leaves over a bamboo steamer basket and grease with some oil. Then place the momos over the leave and cover the basket.
  2.  Boil water in a steamer or deep vessel over medium heat flame and place a stand over it.
  3. Now place the momo basket over the stand  and cover the steamer or vessel with a lid and steam for 15 minutes or till the momos looks translucent and shiny.
  4. Remove the lid and open the momo basket. Check them by touching and if they don't stick then they are cooked completely.
  5. You can directly serve them with the momo basket or transfer them in a serving plate and serve with momo chutney or schezwan sauce.

                         Nutritional value
                          ( Serving size 1 momo)
Calorie : 84
Fats : 2 g
Protein : 5 g
Carbohydrate : 9 g

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