Sunday, February 9, 2014

Steamed Chicken Dumplings - Asian

These were so easy to make, my 8 year old made an entire basket for me!  Ground chicken was on sale at the store, so I picked up a pound to create these.  I usually go to Chi's on Markham and order the pork shu mai from their dim sum menu.  But if your religion doesn't allow you to eat pork, you can use chicken to make delicious Asian dumplings.  I once told a Muslim friend of mine over a game of trivial Pursuit that it was okay to eat pork now and that Muhammed only prohibited it back in the days when people didn't cook it properly.  They were getting ill or dying from the pork, so he said no more pork.  But these days, we know that pork and chicken must be properly cooked to the right temperature to avoid death or illness.  My friend didn't buy it.  And he wouldn't eat the pepperoni pizza with the pepperonis removed.  Talk about committed!  Ashraf, these chicken dumplings are for you old friend!  Hope all is well in Dubai....

You can find all of the ingredients below at Kroger.  The wrappers are made of wheat, so this is not a Gluten Free or Paleo recipe.  If you're interested in the liquid aminos, find them at Hillcrest Artisan Meats or Whole Foods.  But - support our local neighbors first, Little Rock.

Ingredients:
  • 1 lb. ground chicken
  • 1 tbsp liquid aminos or tamari or soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp granulated garlic
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • fresh grated ginger from about an inch long piece
  • chopped green onions
  • 25 won ton wrappers (from the organic section - half a package of the Nasoya brand)
Directions:
  1. Mix the first 6 ingredients thoroughly but lightly.
  2. Refrigerate overnight or leave to marinate a few hours.
  3. Fill a ramekin with some water.
  4. Fill each won ton wrapper with a heaping teaspoon of meat mixture.  Bring the wrapper sides around the mixture as if to close up but leave the top exposed.  (As seen above in the picture.)  Use water to seal the sides if needed.
  5. Line 2 bamboo steamer baskets with parchment or banana leaf.
  6. Steam over high heat for about 15 minutes or until the chicken is done.




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