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Pan-Fried Chicken Dumplings

Elevate your culinary skills and embark on a delightful culinary adventure with our Crispy Pan-Fried Chicken Dumplings recipe! Bursting with savory flavors and wrapped in a crispy golden crust, these dumplings are a beloved staple in Asian cuisine. Whether you’re a dumpling aficionado or new to the world of dumplings, this recipe is sure to impress with its irresistible combination of juicy chicken filling and crispy exterior. Let’s dive into the recipe and learn how to make these mouthwatering pan-fried dumplings from scratch.

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Ingredients: For the Dumpling Filling:

  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • 2 cups finely chopped cabbage
  • 2 green onions, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

For the Dumpling Wrapper:

  • 1 package round dumpling wrappers (about 40 wrappers)
  • Water, for sealing dumplings

For Pan-Frying:

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

For Dipping Sauce:

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon chili oil (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped green onions (optional)

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Instructions:

  1. Prepare the Dumpling Filling: In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground chicken, chopped cabbage, green onions, minced garlic, soy sauce, sesame oil, grated ginger, salt, and pepper. Mix until well combined.
  2. Assemble the Dumplings: Place a small spoonful of the chicken filling in the center of a dumpling wrapper. Moisten the edges of the wrapper with water using your finger. Fold the wrapper in half to form a half-moon shape, pressing the edges together to seal. Repeat with the remaining filling and wrappers until all the dumplings are assembled.
  3. Pan-Fry the Dumplings: Heat vegetable oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium heat. Once the oil is hot, add the dumplings in a single layer, leaving space between each dumpling. Cook for 2-3 minutes, or until the bottoms are golden brown and crispy.
  4. Steam the Dumplings: Carefully pour 1/4 cup of water into the skillet and immediately cover with a lid to create steam. Steam the dumplings for 6-8 minutes, or until the filling is cooked through and the wrappers are translucent.
  5. Make the Dipping Sauce: While the dumplings are cooking, prepare the dipping sauce by combining soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, chili oil (if using), and finely chopped green onions in a small bowl. Stir until well combined.
  6. Serve and Enjoy: Once the dumplings are cooked, remove them from the skillet and transfer to a serving plate. Serve hot with the dipping sauce on the side for dipping.

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Tips for Success:

  • Proper Sealing: Ensure that the dumplings are tightly sealed to prevent the filling from leaking out during cooking.
  • Even Cooking: Cook the dumplings in batches to avoid overcrowding the skillet, which can result in uneven cooking.
  • Crispy Bottoms: For extra crispy bottoms, allow the dumplings to cook undisturbed for a few minutes before adding water to steam.

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Variations:

  • Vegetarian Dumplings: Substitute the ground chicken with finely chopped mushrooms or tofu for a vegetarian-friendly option.
  • Shrimp Dumplings: Replace the ground chicken with chopped shrimp for a seafood twist on this classic dish.
  • Spicy Dumplings: Add a kick of heat to the filling by incorporating finely chopped chili peppers or a dash of chili oil.

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With our Crispy Pan-Fried Chicken Dumplings recipe, you can recreate the irresistible flavors of your favorite Asian restaurant in the comfort of your own kitchen. These golden-brown dumplings are a perfect balance of crispy and juicy, making them an instant crowd-pleaser. So, gather your ingredients, roll up your sleeves, and get ready to savor every bite of these delicious pan-fried dumplings!

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