Friday, April 15, 2011

Chicken Scallion Dumplings with Ponzu Sauce

I am obsessed with dumplings, wontons, and potstickers! They are cute little packages of intense flavor and so much fun to make!

I've made BBQ Wontons and Apple Potstickers before, but this one is definitely different because it's a "dumpling." The process is basically the same, except you boil the packages of goodness instead of steaming or baking them. I haven't made dumplings before, but when I took a cooking class on "Dumplings of the Far East" last month at the Good Food Store, I had to try it!

They are really easy to make, a little time consuming, but really fun for everyone to make (especialy kids)! My little sister and I had a blast making BBQ Wontons when I was home visiting over Christmas break. She loved folding the wontons and making them into little pouches. It's really interactive for kids/adults and has great rewards when you sit down and scarf them down!

Here is what you are going to need for 20 Dumplings:
-1/2 lb of finely minced raw chicken breast (or thigh)
-2 Scallions thinly sliced
-4 cloves of minced Garlic
-2 tsp fresh minced Ginger
-1-1/2 tbsp Reduced-Sodium Soy Sauce
-2 tsp Sesame Oil
-1-1/2 tsp Rice Vinegar
-1 tbsp Cornstarch
-20 Wonton Wrappers

In a medium-sized mixing bowl, add some minced Ginger.

2 Scallions thinly sliced.

4 cloves of minced Garlic.

Soy Sauce, Sesame Oil and Rice Vinegar.

Add some Cornstarch to the bowl too.

And oh yeah, the minced chicken! Don't forget the chicken!
If you can find chicken thigh meat, use it! My local grocery store was fresh out of thigh meat, so I had to settle for chicken breast. According to my cooking class instructor, chicken thigh meat has more moisture than chicken breast. More moisture = more delicious!

Stir it all together and now lets get the party started!

Lay your wonton wrappers out on the counter, 5 at a time. With your finger, dip it into a bowl of warm water and outline the outer edges of the wrapper with the water. Scoop 1 tsp of chicken scallion mixture and put it in the center of the wonton wrapper.

Fold the wonton over to make a triangle and tightly seal the edges...

Then bring the two bottom points together to make this cutie!
P.S. This is also how you make a tortellini too!

Then get a large pot of water boiling and boil the dumplings for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, put together the Ponzu sauce for dipping the dumplings or drizzling over them.

For the Ponzu Sauce:
-1/3 cup Reduced-Sodium Soy Sauce
-3 tbsp Lemon Juice
-1 tsp Sugar

Just combine the 3 ingredients in a small bowl and you are good to go!

After 5 minutes of boiling, remove the dumplings and place them in a large colander to drain off the excess water. Then serve them with some yummy Chile-Garlic Edamame!

I've been informed by Dusty's grandfather, that Billings has terrible Asian restaurants. I'm not surprised because Montana really lacks in both Asian and Mexican in general. When I was told this news, I started doing research and found this book....
I think I should invest in this book so I can make delicious Asian cuisine from my own kitchen! Do you have this cookbook? Do you have recommendations for any good cookbooks of Asian cuisine?

Happy Friday!

Print Chicken Scallion Dumpling Recipe Here!
Print Chile-Garlic Edamame Recipe Here!


  1. This is my favorite way to eat dumplings! Looks wonderful, Haley!!

  2. Mmm. I LOVE dumplings! My favourite are prawn. And you are so right about the chicken thighs! I always use them over breast in recipes. So much more flavour!!

  3. Yum! I haven't tried to make dumplingsmor pot sticker but have been wanting to and I LOVE ponzu sauce!!! Adding this to my list :)

  4. Mmmm way to go Haley! These look incredible :)

  5. these love delicious. but how would someone, like me, who can't touch raw meat get chopped chicken?

  6. Maybe you could use ground chicken or turkey burger???

  7. yes, i suppose, but i couldn't touch it to put it in the wonton. i guess i could spoon it in.

  8. Oh wow... this looks amazing! I've been to China and had 'jiaozi' while I was there and loved it. I haven't been brave enough to try making it yet. Maybe you'll inspire me! :) That cooking class you took sounds like a blast. I'm jealous!

  9. I love dumplings, wontons, and potstickers. There has never been a kind that I don't like.

  10. These look so tasty! They seem to be just what I was craving! Thanks for the recipe! Dinner is gonna rock tonight!!! :)


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