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Steamed chicken with wolfberries and red dates

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This is a modified version of steamed herbal chicken adapted from Quick & Easy Hawkers’ Fair. I had omitted dang guai (chinese herb – 当归) and chinese shaoxing cooking wine.

2 chicken whole legs
1 tbsp wolfberries (枸杞) (washed) – Add more if you like as it is a very nutritious (read this link for more details)
5 red dates (removed seeds)

1 tbsp oyster sauce
½ tsp salt
1 tsp sesame oil
½ tbsp cornflour (diluted with 2 tbsp water)


  1. Clean the chicken legs and pat dry. Remove bones and skins ( I asked the chicken seller to do it for me to save time). Trim the fat. Cut into 4 pieces.
  2. Marinate all ingredients with seasonings for at least 30 mins.
  3. Steam at high heat for 15-20 mins or until the chicken is cooked. Dish up and serve hot.
  4. If the chicken is dry, add 1 tsp fried garlic or shallot infused oil.

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  1. ICook4Fun says:

    I am salivating just look at this beautiful dish. I am so making this dish soon. Thanks for sharing.

  2. tigerfish says:

    In hawker centers here, they call it Emperor Chicken! Yes yess…I have done the steamed version at home before. It’s easy.

  3. Tastes of Home says:

    This looks and sounds great – I love emperor chicken. Thanks for the recipe

  4. Food For Tots says:

    Hi icook4fun,
    Tks for your kind comments. 😉

    Hi tigerfish,
    Oh, I must inform my Emperor about this important info asap. Tks for updating me. Hehehe…!

    Hi taste of home,
    Tks for dropping by. Do give it a try!

  5. Dora says:

    They’re really nutritious and goes well with steamed rice. 😉

  6. Bits of Life 'n' Taste says:

    Slurp! Slurp! Nice food, nice pic.. I am drooling…
    you deserve this award.

  7. Food For Tots says:

    Hi Dora,
    Tks for your wonderful idea.

    Hi bits of life ‘n’ taste,
    Tks a lot for your “E”xtra special award. I feel so honoured. 🙂

  8. Katie says:

    I just love the abundance of fruit in savory fall dishes. It really serves to add a distinct color, texture and flavor.

  9. noobcook says:

    wah, this is what I need right now… so homely, hearty and healthy! love the beautiful red hue too ^o^

  10. MamaFaMi says:

    If we’re not feeling well, this is a good dish to eat right? Never tried before but sounds healthy.

  11. Food For Tots says:

    Hi katie,
    Tks for your compliments.

    Hi noobcook,
    Hope that you will recover soon. Take care!

    Hi mamafami,
    This dish is suitable for everyone in the family regardless of your health. For ladies, you can add dong guai(Chinese herb).

  12. Peppercorn Press says:

    This looks wonderful! Chicken is such a staple at our house, I’m always looking for new ways to prepare it. The colors look amazing. And, since we brought our daughter home from China a couple years ago, we’ve been trying to integrate more Chinese meals into our family routine. This one looks great, and I can’t wait to try it. I think my daughter will like it too – with all the colors. Thanks for sharing.

  13. Food For Tots says:

    Hi peppercorn press,
    Hope your dd luv it. Wolfberries are my son’s favourite.

  14. skinnymum says:

    I made this for dinner on Saturday and it was such a hit with my hubby and kids. SImply yummy delicious.

    Thanks for sharing the recipe. I am so glad that I found your blog (stumbled upon it last Friday)

  15. Food For Tots says:

    Hi Skinnymum,
    Tks for dropping by. I am SO SO glad that your family luv this dish!

  16. shuey says:

    Hi, I have steam mid chicken wings before with wolfberry and home-made chinese wine, now that I know I can add in the red dates, thank for sharing. 🙂

  17. Food For Tots says:

    Shuey: Tks for dropping by at my blog. Do add red dates next time and let me know the outcome. 😉

  18. Anonymous says:

    Can 18mth old tots hv oyster sauce? if not, what can i use in replacement of this? I would like to try this dish.

  19. Food For Tots says:

    Anonymous: Oyster sauce will be a bit too salty for your 18-mth old tot. Just replace the oyster sauce and salt with a dash of light soy sauce. If possible, try to get a premium brand soy sauce. 😉 If you have any other queries, u are always welcome to write to me at 😉

  20. Anonymous says:

    Thank you so much for your prompt reply. 🙂 can’t wait to wok on it.

  21. JESSIE says:

    Hi,I tried to cooked this dish for our dinner tonight it was so simple & yet yummy delicious. My hubby & 16 months boy love it. I’m using Shiitake Mushroom Vegetarian Oyster Flavoured Sauce which is not too salty. Thanks for the sharing!

    • food-4tots says:

      Jessie: Thanks for your kind feedback! So glad that it suits your family’s palate. It’s good to keep your dish as less salt as possible for your lil tot. 😉

  22. Mei Ling says:

    Hi, I tried making this for dinner tonight. My hubby commented that this is the best homecooked food (cooked by me and maid) that he has ever eaten. I am so so pleased as this is the first time my hubby like my cooking. Thanks for sharing this recipe 🙂

  23. Deph says:

    Hi! I am so glad to have found your website. It stirred up my cooking interest (which I never thought I would like to at all). 🙂 This steamed chicken dish is the most successful dish I have ever cooked! It’s so easy for a novice like me. It’s such a great booster that I tried your scrambled eggs with cauliflower dish after that. The resulting colour wasn’t really nice. But the taste is not too awful for a start. I hope it will taste better and look nice as I continue to cook. 🙂 I have already decided what other dishes to try out. Thanks for the wonderful website! 🙂

    • food-4tots says:

      Deph: Thanks for dropping by and your encouraging words!! So glad that my recipe works for you. Looking forward to hearing more success stories from you. 😉

  24. Phoebii says:


    Just wanted to let you know that I tried this recipe and my hubby really liked it, me too! even my 3 yr old son love it! I will definitely cook this dish again 🙂

  25. Jeslyn says:

    HI, for the cornflour diluted with water, do i pour over the chicken or do i rub onto the chicken?

  26. Fiona says:

    Hi, u said u had omitted dang guai and cooking wine, so does that mean I don’t need them?

    • food-4tots says:

      Fiona: If you’re preparing this dish for a toddler, then it is better to omit them. Otherwise, you’re free to use. Their addition can enhance the flavour of this dish. 🙂

  27. Evie says:

    If I want to add some dang guai, how many grams of it should I use? What are the medical properties of dang guai? I am trying this today, thanks.

  28. Evelyn says:

    Hi, base on your recipe, how many grams was the chicken that you used here? If my portion of chicken is more than yours, do I increase the amount of measurements for the marinate in proportion?
    Thanks, can’t wait to cook this tomorrow

    • food-4tots says:

      Evelyn: Sorry, I didn’t measure the weight. The recipe is suitable for small to medium sized chicken whole legs. You can increase the measurement slightly if yours is larger.

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