Saturday, January 18, 2014

Thai inspired Chicken Potstickers

Some of my Asian friends cringe when I call them potstickers instead of dumplings, but whatever you call it, its some really tasty grub.  What makes these Thai inspired is the inclusion of flavors such as lemongrass, fish sauce and cilantro in the filling, flavors of Phuket and Bangcock.

This is one of those recipes where having a kitchenaid with a meat grinder attachment is really handy.  Makes it possible to get a fine grind on the chicken without turning it to paste like you would get with a food processor.  Different tools for different results.

I even run the ginger and chinese garlic through the through the grinder to clean it out and give them the fine mince as well.  It works wonders especially with the ginger as that stuff is so tough and fibrous.

All of the ingredients here can be found in an Asian Market or well equipped mainstream groc.  If you can't find Chinese garlic, substitute 4 cloves of regular garlic.

Thai Chicken Potstickers

  • 40 round dumpling wrappers
  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1" piece ginger
  • 2 4 inch pieces of chinese garlic
  • 3  spring onions sliced
  • 1/2 c fresh cilantro leaves and stems, minced
  • 1 T lemon grass
  • 1 T Fish Sauce
  • 2 T low sodium Soy Sauce
  • 1 T Oyster Sauce
  • 1/4 t ground pepper
  • 1 t corn starch
  • 1 egg white

In meat grinder with fine disk grind chicken followed by ginger then chinese garlic.  In small skillet over medium heat cook meat mixture until cooked through, but not browned.  Cool to room temperature.

In bowl add cooled meat mixture, spring onion and cilantro.  Toss lightly.  Add lemon grass, fish sauce, soy sauce, oyster sauce, black pepper, corn starch and egg white.  Toss until combined.

Take a dumpling wrapper and wet edges.  Place 2 t filling mixture into center of wrapper.  Take one edge and fold over to the other side, turnover style.  Pinch edges firmly to seal tightly.  Repeat until all the filling is used up.

In a very large non-stick skillet over medium heat spritz it with cooking oil. Arrange potstickers in pan in one layer. (You may need to cook in batches if your skillet can't hold them all). Cook 5 minutes then add 1/2 water to pan. Cover and steam 5 minutes longer. Remove lid, turn potstickers over and cook another minute or two until browned and all water has evaporated. Serve hot with your favorite dipping sauce.
Herbage and onions at the ready for mixing with cooked cooled meat mixture
Potsickers formed and ready for cooking

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