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Chicken Pot Stickers for Chinese New Year

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Did you know that Chinese New Year is a 15-day long celebration?

That’s 15 more reasons to eat Chinese food!

Of course, I didn’t cook 15 Chinese dishes, but I did serve my family Chinese Chicken Pot Stickers this week, which are always a huge hit with my family.

The preparation is a bit time consuming (about an hour), but if my whole family eats without complaint, then it’s totally worth it.

I’ve modified the Steamy Kitchen recipe to include ground chicken, because we prefer chicken and we typically don’t eat pork.  Also, my local supermarket doesn’t carry dumpling skins, so I use wonton wraps, which seem to work fine.  The pleating part gets a bit tricky, though.

Of course using the wonton wrappers, I make way more dumplings than my family could ever eat in one sitting, but they are great leftovers.

One of these days I’ll visit an Asian market to buy dumpling skins to make real Chinese Pot Stickers.  But for now, this will have to do.  Like I said already, it works and it’s just as tasty too.

(By the way, that’s Hot and Sour Soup in the background from our local Chinese take-out restaurant.  I have yet to learn how to make that.)

  Chicken Pot Stickers for Chinese New Year

Chinese Chicken Pot Stickers

1 package of frozen dumpling skins, defrosted overnight in refrigerator or 40 minutes room temp (Do not microwave or set in water.)
1 pound ground chicken
3 stalks green onions, cut into 2 inch sections
1/2 cup canned bamboo shoots, drained and rinsed
1 garlic clove
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
1 tablespoon rice wine (or dry sherry)
2 Tbsp canola oil
¼ cup water

For the slurry
1 tablespoon cornstarch mixed with 1/4 cup water in a small bowl water

Dipping Sauce
1 teaspoon Asian chili sauce
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 teaspoon sesame oil
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon rice wine vinegar

In a food processor, add the chicken, green onions, garlic, ginger and bamboo shoots and pulse several times.  Then, in a large bowl, combine soy sauce, salt, cornstarch, ginger, rice wine.  Add chicken mixture and combine well.

Spoon 1 teaspoon of the filling onto dumpling skin. With your finger, dab a bit of the cornstarch slurry around the edges of the dumpling skin. Fold over and press to secure edges. Make sure edges are sealed tightly. Shape the dumpling so that it has a flat bottom. Cover loosely with plastic wrap so that it doesn’t dry out.

 Chicken Pot Stickers for Chinese New Year

When ready to cook, heat a large nonstick pan with canola oil over medium-high heat.  (I use an electric griddle.) When the oil is hot but not smoking, add the dumplings, flat side down to the pan. Let fry for 1 minute until the bottoms are light golden brown.

Pour 1/4 cup of water into the pan and immediately cover with a tight fitting lid. Turn heat to medium and let the dumplings steam for 3 minutes. Open lid and let the remaining liquid cook off about 1 minute. Cut into a dumpling to make sure that the filling is cooked through.

Remove to plate covered with paper towel to drain excess oil and water.

Wipe the pan clean with paper towels (or wash) and repeat with remaining dumplings.

Serve with dipping sauce. (Serves 6-8)

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Living life as a mom on the run between races and raising three beautiful, brilliant children (ages 11, 7, 2). Before a blissful life as a SAHM, I taught elementary school for 7 years. In 2007, I discovered a passion for running. I'm currently training for a fourth marathon as well as a variety of other races and triathlons. In my spare time, I am the lead organizer for the Tampa Bay Bloggers on Facebook. I'm currently training for two marathons as well as a variety of other races and triathlons. From start to finish, I'm a mom on the run trying maintain an easy pace through it all.

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  • mommysmenu says:

    These look delicious! I am ALWAYS looking for a way to sneak in Chinese Food with my fiance who claims he ‘hates’ it! This will definitely be on the menu soon!! Thanks :)

    3 February, 2012 at 7:32 am
  • Michelle says:

    Thanks for hosting! I’ve wanted to try making pot stickers, but never could find the dumpling skins either. Good to know won ton wrappers can be subbed.

    3 February, 2012 at 10:39 am
  • Buckeroomama says:

    Oh, we make this a lot and always make a huge batch for freezing. Great for days when you don’t feel like cooking… :) Best of all the you could vary the stuffing with this recipe. We use grated carrots, celery, chopped up mushroom, water chestnuts in ours.

    I actually prefer wonton wrappers to real dumpling wrappers. Dumpling wrappers are generally thicker.

    5 February, 2012 at 12:34 am
  • Jessica Cassidy says:

    yum…I love Chinese foods as I Asian :-) this chicken pot stickers looks delish and am drooling too :-) Visiting from FTF, hope that you can return the visit too

    6 February, 2012 at 12:22 pm
  • cheerful says:

    wow, I will always be a fan of Chinese Food and this one looks so delicious, dip sounds so great! thanks for sharing your recipe. will try it one day! visiting late from FTF, hope to see you around. thanks and have a great week. :)

    9 February, 2012 at 11:05 am
  • Just Winging It says:

    Thank You for participating in Show Your Stuff Blog Hop, You are invited to come back:

    12 February, 2012 at 3:32 pm

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