Chinese Dumpling with Chicken & Napa Cabbage Filling

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Chinese Dumpling with Chicken & Napa Cabbage Filling
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  • 4Servings

Ingredients

  • Flour, for dusting
  • 1 10 ounce package pot sticker or gyoza wrappers (about 40 wrappers)
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • 2 cups finely chopped napa cabbage
  • Salt and ground white or black pepper
  • 12 ounces ground chicken, preferably dark meat
  • 1/4 cup chopped scallions
  • 1 tablespoon minced peeled fresh ginger
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon dry sherry

Preparation

In a medium bowl, toss the cabbage with 1/2 tsp. salt; let stand 15 minutes. Rinse quickly, drain well and wrap in a kitchen towel. Squeeze to remove excess liquid.

Wipe out the bowl, then add the drained cabbage, chicken, scallion and ginger; combine. In a small bowl, whisk the soy sauce, both oils, sherry, 1/8 tsp. pepper and 1/2 tsp. salt.

Pour the soy sauce mixture over the chicken mixture. Mix until well incorporated, stirring quickly at the end to create a thick, smooth mixture. Cover and let stand at room temperature 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.

Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment and dust with flour. Place 1 wrapper on a work surface; brush the edges lightly with water. Place the wrapper in the palm of your hand, cupping it slightly in the center. Scoop about 2 tsp. of the filling into the center of the wrapper, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Fold the wrapper in half, enclosing the filling. Press the edges firmly to seal.

Pleat the dumpling's sealed edge by folding every 1/4 inch, forming 4 to 5 pleats; press firmly to seal. Transfer the dumpling to the prepared baking sheet; cover with a kitchen towel. Repeat with the remaining wrappers and filling, spacing the dumplings 1/2 inch apart on the baking sheet.

In a large nonstick skillet with a lid, heat 2 tbsp. oil over medium-high. Working in batches, add the dumplings, one at a time and seam-side up, to the skillet. Fry until golden, 1 to 2 minutes.

Holding the lid between you and the skillet in order to protect yourself from splatters, add 1/3 cup water, then cover the skillet immediately. Reduce the heat to medium; cook 3 minutes. Adjust the lid so it's slightly ajar (this allows steam to escape). Cook until most of the water evaporates and the dumplings begin to sizzle, 1 to 2 minutes.

Uncover and cook until the dumplings are browned and crispy on the bottom, 2 to 4 minutes. Remove from the heat. When the dumplings stop sizzling, transfer them to a plate. Serve with the dipping sauce.