Seriously Yummy Chicken & Veggie Potstickers (Kids Cook Monday)
|February 25, 2013||Posted by Stacy under Dinner, Recipes|
We don’t eat a lot of Chinese food in my house, mainly because of the lack of good take-out close by. But I love it, and I want my kids to love it, too. So I decided to try making a chicken and veggie potsticker recipe that I found on weelicious (one of my favorite sources of kid friendly food inspiration). The verdict? Mmmmmmm. They looked and tasted as good as ones in the best Chinese restaurants.
When I told a friend that I was cooking potstickers, she questioned why I wouldn’t just buy them. Even if you don’t live near a take-out place, you can find them in the freezer section, she pointed out. Well, here’s why: Making them by hand allows you to control what goes in them, whether it means using organics, including extra veggies or skipping the meat.
The recipe below isn’t a huge departure from the original. I added about 1/4 to 1/2 cup of additional grated zucchini and carrot. I found that each potsticker only held about 1 teaspoon of filling (the weelicious recipe calls for 2 teaspoons). So I ended up needing two packages of wonton wrappers (though I didn’t end up using them all).
The potstickers were so flavorful that we ate ours without sauce. But if your kids like dipping, check out the original recipe on the weelicious website for a simple one made with soy sauce and rice vinegar.
This recipe is a really fun one to make with kids. My 4-year-old daughter Reese (in her purple cast) helped moisten the edges of the wontons and pinch the seams to seal them. She was really proud of her creations!
Chicken & Veggie Potstickers
Adapted (just barely!) from weelicious
Yield: About 72 potstickers
- 1 pound ground chicken
- 3/4cup grated carrot
- 3/4 cup grated zucchini
- 1/4 cup chopped scallions
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 large egg
- 2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 2 packages wonton wrappers (48 per package)
- extra-light virgin olive oil
- In a bowl, mix together the chicken, carrot, zucchini, scallions, garlic powder, onion powder, egg, soy sauce, and sesame oil until combined well.
- Place 1 teaspoon of the mixture in the center of a wonton wrapper.
- Moisten the edges of the wrapper with a fingertip moistened in water, fold over into a triangle and pinch the seams together to seal.
- Use enough oil to just coat the bottom of a large sauté pan over medium heat. Pan-sear potstickers for 1 1/2 minutes on each side, until the chicken is cooked through and the wonton is crisp.
Have you ever tried making potstickers, dumplings or any other type of Asian-inspired finger food? If so , how did it go over? To share your thoughts, scroll down and leave a comment.