Steamed Chicken with Classic Chinese Garlic Sauce

Steamed Chicken with Classic Chinese Garlic Sauce

By Maomaomom

蒜蓉豆豉蒸鸡球3 Steamed Chicken with Classic Chinese Garlic Sauce
This is a wonderful traditional Chinese dish popular in many parts of China. It is well loved by my family as well. This recipe uses InstantPot, an electric pressure cooker . It cooks in quick and easy fashion and results a very tender meat dish with savoury garlic sauce, yummy~~

Prepare Time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 12 minutes
Level: Easy
Serves: 6 servings


1. Chicken drumsticks: 9 pieces (about 1 kg);
2. Marinade ingredients: 1 tablespoon dark soy sauce, 1 tablespoon Kikkoman light soy sauce, 2/3 teaspoon salt, 2 tablespoon water, and 1.5 tablespoon corn starch;
3. 1 tablespoon olive oil;
4: 2 tablespoon freshly minced garlic, 1 tablespoon minced Chinese salted fermented soya beans (black coloured);
5: 1 tablespoon freshly chopped green onion.


1: Clean chicken drumsticks the night before, remove bones and cut into pieces. Add all the marinade ingredients and mix well. Store in a container with a lid and place in the fridge overnight.
2: In a small non-stick sauté pan , heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add in minced garlic and minced Chinese salted fermented soya beans. Cook for a minute, set aside in a shallow bowl and mix well with the marinated chicken.
蒜蓉豆豉蒸鸡球1 Steamed Chicken with Classic Chinese Garlic Sauce
3: Add 2 cups water in the InstantPot , put the steam rack into the pot. Place the shallow bowl with chicken on the rack. Cover the pot lid and make sure the valve is at the “sealing” position. Choose “steam” function and set cooking time for 12 minutes.
3: When it is done, wait for 5 minutes then release the pressure and open the lid. Take out the bowl and add in chopped green onion, mix well before serving.

Maomaomom’s Note: 1 cup=240ml, 1t=5ml and 1T=15 ml.

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9 Responses to Steamed Chicken with Classic Chinese Garlic Sauce

  1. Sue says:


  2. Tatyana says:

    Hello! Thank you for sharing this recipe. I have a question. I purchased Chinese electrical pressure cooker Supor. But I don’t read Chinese, as far I could translate from the menu bar of my cooker, I don’t have a steam function. Although I have a simple rice cooking function, soup, and cake. All 8 function. Here I attached the photo of my cooker. Which button should I use when I cook your recipe?

    Sincerly, Tanya

  3. 毛妈妈的菜看起来很香,收藏了

  4. Would this recipe work with chicken thigh meat instead of drumsticks? Also, is it necessary to remove the bones?
    Thank you.

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