How to Make Delicious Chinese Yam Steamed Chicken: A Step-by-Step Guide

Q: Can I use a different type of yam for this recipe?
A: Yes, you can use other types of yams, but the texture and flavor might slightly vary from using Chinese yam (Dioscorea opposita).

Q: Is it necessary to marinate the chicken for over half an hour?
A: Marinating for over half an hour ensures the chicken absorbs the flavors, but if short on time, a minimum of 15 minutes can still work.

Q: Can this dish be cooked without a pressure cooker?
A: Yes, it can be steamed in a regular steamer or pot over water, but the cooking time may need to be adjusted.

Chinese Yam Steamed Chicken


  • Chicken, cut into pieces: 200g
  • Chinese yam (Dioscorea opposita), sliced: 250g
  • Doubanjiang (fermented bean paste): 10g
  • Salt: 1g
  • Chicken powder: 3g
  • Chinese cooking wine: 5g
  • Cornstarch: 8g
  • Ginger and garlic, crushed: as needed
  • Green onions, cut into segments: 3
  • Sichuan peppercorns: a few
  1. Clean and cut the chicken into pieces.
  2. Wash and crush the ginger and garlic.
  3. Cut the green onions into segments and set aside.
  4. Mix the chicken pieces with ginger, garlic, green onions, and all seasonings until well combined.
  5. Add the cornstarch to the chicken mixture.
  6. Marinate the mixture for at least 30 minutes.
  7. Peel and clean the Chinese yam, then cut into chunks. Lay these at the bottom of a steaming dish.
  8. Place the marinated chicken on top of the yam slices.
  9. Put the dish in a pressure cooker steamer basket.
  10. Cover and steam on high heat until the cooker reaches pressure, then switch to medium heat and steam for 20-25 minutes.
  11. Wait for the pressure to release before opening the lid.
  12. Remove from the cooker, garnish with green onion, and serve hot.
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  • Calories: Moderate (mainly from chicken and yam)
  • Protein: High (from chicken)
  • Carbohydrates: Moderate (from yam)
  • Fat: Low
  • Fiber: Moderate (from yam)
  • Good source of vitamins and minerals (from yam and green vegetables)