Sunday, February 5, 2012

Chicken Cilantro Dumplings

Hubby convinced me that we should make some chicken cilantro dumplings for the Super Bowl. So we did. And we made a family affair out of it and had a lot of fun. The funny part is that we didn’t even end up watching very much of the Super Bowl… But the dumplings were very tasty nonetheless.


Chicken Cilantro Dumplings 

Ingredients
  • 1 pound ground organic chicken (I bought organic chicken breasts and ground them myself in my food processor.)
  • 1 medium-sized onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 green onion stalks, sliced
  • Cilantro (I used one bunch; use less or none if you are not very fond of cilantro), finely chopped
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 inch round slice of ginger, grated
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1/2 tablespoon gochujang (Korean red pepper paste)
  • Approximately 5 ounces tofu
  • About 50-60 dumpling/potsticker skins (we got thick and thin ones; we much preferred the thinner ones)
Directions:
  • [Note: I chopped all the vegetables in my food processor and then ground the chicken breasts in it as well. It was quick and easy.]
  • Combine and mix all ingredients, except the dumpling skins,  in a bowl for the filling. Don’t overwork the filling.
  • Spoon a small amount of filling into the middle of the dumpling skins. Don’t use too much, or it will be hard to close the dumplings.
  • Wet one half of the outside of the skins with water and fold the skins in half.
  • Firmly press down on the seams and fold them over 2 to 3 times.
  • Makes approximately 50 - 60 dumplings.

The dumplings can be pan-fried or cooked in a soup.
  • To panfry: Spray a hot frying pan with oil. Lower the heat to medium high. Add the dumplings and cook on one side for about 3 minutes. Then add a few tablespoons of water to the pan and put a lid on the pan. Let the dumplings cook/steam for about 2-3 minutes. Then take the lid off and continue to cook until both sides are browned.
  • To cook in soup: Add the dumplings to some gently boiling broth. Make sure the broth doesn’t boil too hard, or the dumplings may open up. Cook for about 5 – 7 minutes.
Note: It’s practically impossible for me to figure out exactly how much filling I need for a certain number of skins, and I rather make a bit more. If you have leftovers (like I always do), you can form little “chicken balls” and cook them in some broth. By adding some vegetables (great to “clean out the fridge!”), they make a very tasty vegetable/chicken ball soup. Alternatively, you can make little “hamburgers,” which I love to add on top of salads. Tip: Make sure the chicken mixture is very cold before forming the “balls/hamburgers,” or they fall easily apart. Finally, I always freeze some uncooked dumplings for later use. When I want to use them, I add them to some broth and cook them a minute longer than fresh ones.

Questions: Did you watch the Super Bowl? Since the 49ers came so close but didn’t make it after all, hubby was still a bit heartbroken, and it was easy to convince him to spend the beautiful afternoon outside instead! Smile If you watched the Super Bowl, what did you eat while watching? If you didn’t watch the Super Bowl, what was the favorite thing you ate over the weekend? What’s on your menu this week? 

Be well,
Andrea

38 comments:

  1. love that you made dumplings! mmmm….i just had cantaloupe and cupcakes for dinner!

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    1. Sounds like a good dinner, especially the cupcake part... ;)

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  2. I've never had chicken dumplings, I think I will like it more than pork ones. yesterday we had dumplings at a Chinese restaunrant and they had homemade dumplings, even the skin is homemade, I love it so much! :) I think I will ask my mom ti do some soon! :)
    I didn't watch super bawl, rather had a relaxing napping afternoon!

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    1. I was thinking that I should make my own skins yesterday. Then they would be truly homemade! I'll have to investigate and experiment!

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  3. we went to a party and snackednoshed on lottsa, uh, non-health foods :)
    and loved every moment of it.

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  4. These sounds delicious, Andrea. They certainly beat what we were eating while watching the Superbowl...I can't even explain what they were (something with bread, cream cheese, and bacon). They sound better than they were!
    I've never made dumplings before, probably because I like quick recipes, but every once in a while I LOVE to take on a new and challenging (long) recipe. SO this is going on my list!
    Glad you enjoyed your weekend :)

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    1. The ingredient list is long, but the filling comes actually together very quickly. But, yes, filling the dumplings is time-consuming... :)

      Have a great week!

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  5. They look wonderful. I love the chicken/cilantro combination. We watched the super bowl but we were bummed the Patriots lost.

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    1. Yes, chicken/cilantro is one of my favorite combos.

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  6. these look absolutely delicious!

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  7. Wow Andrea, homemade dumplings are the best...and I love the combination of chicken and cilantro...they look great, with a crispy outer layer...delicious meal :)
    Hope you have a great week ahead!

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    1. Yes, they were nice and crispy! :)

      Have a great week, too!

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  8. They look PERFECT! Andrea, you are a dumpling MASTER! :) Lucky hubby!

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    1. Thanks! And, yes, he is! :)

      Have a great week!

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  9. How fun! I love how every culture has a different version of dumplings. Growing up, we used to go to my grandma's house during the 49er games and make won tons while we watched the game. Then we'd get to eat big bowls of won ton soup :) I think that's why I still crave the soup whenever a big game is on!

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    1. I love won ton soup! And I love food traditions as they can bring back so many memories...

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  10. These look incredible!
    I went to my parents for super bowl. We had lots of food and friends over. I didn't watch more of the game though. Just chatted a lot. :)

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  11. These look wonderful Andrea!!! Love that you get all your boys involved in the kitchen. Have a great week.

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    1. Thanks! Yes, we try to do a couple "cooking projects" a month. It's fun (minus the mess we all create...).

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  12. Hey Andrea, Happy Belated Chinese New Year to you & your family especially your hubby. If not mistaken, the Korean celebrating Chinese New Year too, right? And the very tradition Chinese will normally celebrate it by making dumplings. Yours look wonderfully done. Seems like your boy is having fun too! How great.
    Hope you're all well & take care. May all good things coming your way in the year of dragon. ((hugs))
    Blessings
    Kristy

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    1. Thanks, Kristy! Hope things are going well! Wishing you all the best!

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  13. ohhhhhhhhhh wow those look and sound perfect right about now!

    we missed superbowl but I sat outside in the sun instead.

    I think I am going to have to figure out how to chop chicken by hand or buy some ground chicken because those sound great!

    xo

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    1. Thanks! :)

      And sitting outside in the sun sounds perfect! :)

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  14. Now those just look amazing! My daughter would love these. Well when I get back to eating carbs these will be on the menu. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

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  15. These look really beautiful. We had sushi for superbowl, so traditional I know. Sorry the Giants had to beat the 49ers (sort of).

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  16. I'm imagining these are seriously delicious Andrea, and really need to seek out some gluten-free wrappers so I can make them. My husband (football lover) was out of town for the Super Bowl, so I was planning on watching it until my friends said they would come over and make dinner for myself and the kids-how can you turn that down? My parents also came over and my dad made bruschetta, then we had grilled trip tip (yes-gorgeous So.Cal day-perfect for grilling), roasted potatoes, and salad. Oh, and I made my lava cakes for dessert. I spent the earlier part of the day working in the garden, so it turned out to be pretty good day after all!

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    1. I was actually thinking of making the wrappers myself next time. I wonder if you could adjust a recipe to make it gluten free? Your Sunday sounds great! Your lava cakes are on the menu for our Valentine's Day celebration.

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  17. My husband A would *love!* eating at your house! Every time one of our children visits an Asian friend, he charms their moms and finagles some authentic home-made food out of them.

    :-) Marion

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  18. Why have I never thought to make meatballs with the leftover filling - I too always end up with too much!

    And I love grinding my own chicken breasts too - the ground meat at the store just scares me!

    Happy Friday Andrea - hope you have a great weekend!

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    1. I'm glad I'm not the only one who ends up with too much filling... :) And, yes, I don't like buying ground meat...

      Have a good weekend, too!

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  19. I didn't watch much of the super bowl either. I don't think I missed too much :) Other than these dumplings! I love the cilantro in them.

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