chicken momo

Chicken Momos – is a juicy dumpling from the cuisine of  Tibet and Nepal. The main ingredients in this steamed dumpling are all-purpose flour, water, meat, and vegetables, served with tomato chutney, garlic chutney, and many more.

The chicken momos aka dumplings come in different variations like steamed momo (the usual one), pan-fried momo, tandoori momo, and deep-fried momo. I will update all variations in Momos in the coming days. 

How to prepare dough for chicken momo

The dough is the foundation for excellent dumplings. The process of making dough is easy, especially with modern tools like a food processor. These homemade wrappers taste much superior to the store-bought ones. 

Knead by hand: In a mixing bowl, mix all-purpose flour, salt, and water by hand and knead the dough until it holds its shape. 

(or)

Kneading in a Food processor: To prepare the dough in the food processor, add flour, salt, and water to the bowl. After processing it 2 times, the dough looks rough but feels soft. Move the dough on to counter and start kneading it until it holds its shape.

2  Cover the dough in a pot with a lid or in a Ziploc bag, for at least 20 min.

3   After 20 min, give the dough final knead and let it rest for 60 min

If you don't have time for making your dumpling sheets, you can buy them at your local farmers market, Asian stores, or target. Look for dumpling wrappers in frozen sections. 
dumpling wrapper frozen

How to prepare chicken filling for chicken momo

1  Chop the red onion, spinach, cilantro, zucchini, green onion, and ginger into very small pieces. I used my Cuisinart food processor.

Carrots are a good addition too.

2  Chicken thighs are a good option for chicken momos. Add the ground thigh meat to a mixing bowl.

3  Mix meat with all other filling ingredients (as mentioned in 1) by hand together very well.

4  Add coriander powder, garam masala, salt, cumin powder, oil, and soya sauce. Mix it.

chicken momo

how to make dumpling sheets

1  Knead the dough for a minute before dividing it into equal parts.

Cover the rest of the dough in a container or Ziploc. If the dough gets dry then it will be hard to work with.

momo wrap

2  Place the dough on a chopping board and roll it into a thin sheet. It shouldn’t be too thin that you can see through it.

3  After rolling the dough into a sheet, cut it into little circles using a small cup or a glass upside down.

how to make chicken momos

1  Hold the momo in one hand, put 2 tsp of filling and with the other hand join another side of the circle at the center.

Apply water on the edges of the circles before joining

2  Pinch and twist the pleats to ensure the closure of the dumpling.

chicken wrap sheets

freezing the chicken momos

1  Freeze these circles by dusting flour in between each wrap, and stack them.

2  Can freeze stuffed dumplings on a tray and move them to Ziploc the next day. These dumplings can be steamed directly after removing them from the freezer.

How to steam chicken momo

INSTANT POT:

1  Now add 1.5 cups water in the instant pot liner and turn on STEAM, normal mode.

2  Bring it to a simmer then turn off STEAM mode.

3  Grease the steaming tray with oil and arrange the shaped momos.

4  Close the lid, a valve on sealing. Set on STEAM, NORMAL mode for 10 minutes.

5  When cooking time is done, wait for 10 minutes and do a quick release.

STOVE TOP:

1 Add 1.5 cups water to a pot and bring it to a simmer.

2 Grease the steaming tray with oil and arrange the shaped momos.

3  Place the steaming rack in the pot and close the lid and steam for 15 minutes.

pan-fried chicken momo

1  Add oil to a pan, before the pan gets hot place the dumplings.

2  When the dumplings start sizzling, add 1/4 cup water, cover, and cook until the water evaporated. 

3  Cook until bottoms are crisp and golden brown. 

panfried dumpling

full video

CHICKEN MOMOS AKA DUMPLINGS

CHICKEN MOMOS AKA DUMPLINGS

Yield: 25
Prep Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes

Chicken Momos – is a juicy dumpling from the cuisine of  Tibet and Nepal. The main ingredients in this steamed dumpling are all-purpose flour, water, meat served with tomato chutney, garlic chutney, and many more.

Ingredients

PREPARE THE DOUGH:

  • 1 cup 1 cup all-purpose flour 
  • 1/8 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 cup Water
  • 2 tbsp water

PREPARE THE FILLING:

  • 500 grams of Ground chicken thigh
  • 172 grams of red onion, 1.5 medium-sized onion
  • 50 grams of spinach, 1 cup
  • 15 grams of cilantro, 1/4 cup
  • 108 grams of zucchini, small
  • 4 green onion
  • 1 tbsp ginger (paste/grated)
  • 1.5 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp Garam masala
  • 1.5 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Cumin powder
  • 1 tbsp Oil
  • 1/2 tbsp soya sauce

Instructions

PREPARE THE DOUGH:

  1. In a mixing bowl, mix all-purpose flour, salt, and water by hand and knead the dough until its smooth and supple.

(or)

  1. Kneading in Food processor: To prepare the dough in the food processor, add flour, salt, water to the bowl. After processing it 2 times, the dough looks rough but feels soft. Move the dough on to counter and start kneading it until it holds its shape. Cover the dough in a pot with a lid or in a Ziploc bag, for at least 20 min.
  2. Give the dough final knead and let it rest for 60 min.
  3. After resting it for 60 min, divide the dough in half or 1-inch dough balls.

PREPARE THE FILLING:

  1. Chop the red onion, spinach, cilantro, zucchini, green onion, ginger into very small pieces. I used my Cuisinart food processor.
  2. Chicken thighs are a good option for chicken momos. Add the ground thigh meat in a mixing bowl.
  3. Add coriander powder, garam masala, salt, cumin powder, oil, and soya sauce.
  4. Mix meat with all other filling ingredients (as mentioned in 1) by hand together very well.

MAKING MOMO OR DUMPLING ROUND SHEETS:

  1. Knead the dough for a minute before dividing it into equal parts.
  2. Cover the rest of the dough in a container or Ziploc. If the dough gets dry then it will be hard to work with.
  3. Place the dough on a chopping board and roll it into a thin sheet. It shouldn’t be too thin that you can see through it.
  4. After rolling the dough into a sheet, cut it into little circles using a small cup or a glass upside down.

SHAPING A MOMO OR DUMPLING:

  1. Hold the momo in one hand, put 2 tsp of filling and with the other hand join another side of the circle at the center.
  2. Apply water on edges of circles before joining
  3. Pinch and twist the pleats to ensure closure of dumpling.

STEAMING A MOMO:

  1. Now add 1.5 cups water in instant pot liner and turn on STEAM, normal mode.
  2. Bring it to simmer then turn of STEAM mode.
  3. Grease the steaming tray with oil and arrange the shaped momos.
  4. Close the lid, valve on sealing. Set on STEAM, NORMAL mode for 10 minutes.
  5. When cooking time is done, wait for 10 minutes and do a quick release.

Notes

  1. Freeze these circles by dusting flour in between each wrap, stack them.
  2. Can freeze stuffed dumpling on a tray and move them to Ziploc next day. These dumplings can be steamed directly after removing them from the freezer. Freezing dumplings

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 25 Serving Size: 1 piece
Amount Per Serving: Unsaturated Fat: 0g

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