Chicken Momo Recipe

Chicken Momo, Photo courtesy of The Nutty Trekkers

Chicken Momo, Photo courtesy of The Nutty Trekkers

Abhik Raj Shrestha '25, Guest Writer

The one thing that excites every Nepali person, no matter where they are from, are Momos. They are these soft and juicy dumplings usually with a meat filling (or a filling of your choice). It is a well-liked dish in the Nepali community, and I have made some of my best memories while eating them. Being far away from home for the first time, I miss the authentic flavors alongside the memories that were made, but this Chicken Momo recipe is a must try! 


4 cups all-purpose flour

2 1/2 pounds ground chicken thighs 

1 cup chopped fresh cilantro

1 cup chopped onions 

4 tablespoons minced garlic 

4 tablespoons minced peeled ginger 

2 tablespoons ground cumin 

2 tablespoons chili powder

Salt and black pepper 

Nonstick cooking spray

Food Steamer


  1. Mix the flour and 1 1/2 cups of room temperature water in a bowl. Knead the dough well until it is medium-firm and flexible. Cover and let rest for 1 hour.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix the chicken, cilantro, onions, garlic, ginger, cumin, chili powder, 2 tablespoons salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper in a bowl.
  3. To make the wrappers: break off 1/2 ounce of dough and form it into a ball. Place the ball on a flat surface and roll it into a 4-inch disc with a rolling pin. Repeat with the remaining dough.
  4. Spray the food steamer with cooking spray.
  5. Place a tablespoon of the chicken filling in the middle of the wrapper. Holding the wrapper in your left hand, use your right thumb and index finger to start pinching the edges of the wrapper together. Pinch and fold until the edges of the circle close up like a little satchel. Place the momo in the prepared food steamer. Repeat with remaining wrappers.
  6. Fill the steamer pot halfway with water and bring to a boil. Set the steamer with the momos on top of the pot and cover with a tight lid. Steam the momos until cooked, 8 to 9 minutes.