Chicken Potstickers - Step by Step Easy Folding Instructions!

The Black Cat Kitchen
by The Black Cat Kitchen
40 potstickers
50 min

I love the challenge of an involved recipe every now and then. But sometimes, I need a simplified version that can also be made ahead of time. These potstickers make a fairly large batch which I find is a great appetizer to share with family and friends that doesn't leave you spending loads of time in the kitchen.

I started by purchasing pre-made wonton wrappers which can be found in most well-stocked grocery stores in the refrigerator section. It is usually by the produce or with the yogurt/plant-based proteins like tofu, etc. I included step-by-step instructions for the folding here, in hopes that it will make it easier for you to try. Round wrapper are better (Wonton). My store only had square, but I'll show you how I made it work.

Feel free to substitute in ground pork or turkey if you would like. I love the garlic/ginger combination, but play around with the flavors if you favor others. If you don't have kale, you can try another sturdy green like chard or spinach as well. I wouldn't omit the carrots, here!

If you cook from fresh, you will sear in a bit of oil (one with a higher smoke point), and then steam to serve. If you want to make ahead: you would just freeze after you fold up the wrappers. I recommend freezing with the potstickers uncooked in a single layer on a tray in the freezer. When frozen solid, you can then move into another freezer-safe container. If you don't freeze them separately first, the potstickers will all stick together and be a mess. Trust me on this ! :) If cooking from frozen, just increase cook times slightly, 8 min boil and about 10 min to steam. You do not need to thaw first.

I didn't make a fancy sauce for these, but you could whisk together some garlic, ginger, sesame oil, a bit of honey and soy sauce for a nice dipping sauce.

Again, I was not going for "looks" here. This is a simple and quicker way to enjoy some great flavors. There are certainly more 'proper' ways to fold potstickers and if that is something you are interested in, I encourage you to check out some great blogs that teach those methods. Enjoy!

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Chicken Potstickers - Step by Step Easy Folding Instructions!
Recipe details
  • 40  potstickers
  • Prep time: 30 Minutes Cook time: 20 Minutes Total time: 50 min
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  • 1 packet of wonton wrappers (see notes)
  • 1 pound ground chicken (or turkey/pork)
  • 1/2 C shredded kale
  • 1/2 C shredded spinach
  • 1 tsp (or inch) of fresh ginger, grated
  • 2 cloves garlic, grated
  • 3 green onions, finely chopped
  • 2 carrots, shredded (in a pinch I used a veggie peeler on baby carrots I had at home for a similar effect)
  • 1/4 C soy sauce
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • little salt and pepper to taste
  • sesame seeds and sesame oil for frying
Prep the veggies by slicing and grating
Combine ground chicken, kale, spinach, carrots, ginger, garlic, green onions, soy sauce, sesame oil, salt and pepper.
Place a small cup of lukewarm water next to your work station as you get out the wonton wrappers
Work with 1 wrapper at a time, spoon about 2 tsp-1 tbsp of filling into center of each wrapper.
Brush water with your fingertips around the edge of the wrapper.
Fold the dough over the filling to create a half moon shape or cylinder if using square while pinching the edges together to seal with the water. Repeat.
Place the sesame seeds if using on some wax paper or a shallow bowl. Brush bottom of potstickers with water and dip them into the sesame seeds. I like to mix black and white with mine!
Heat about 2 Tbsp oil in a large skillet and set over medium heat. When the oil is hot, place potstickers in gently and cook until the bottoms are light brown, about 2-3 minutes.
Carefully pour 1/4 C water into the skillet (CAREFULLY!) Immediately cover with a tight fitting lid, turning the heat down to medium low. The dumplings need to steam for about 5-6 minutes until the filling is cooked through inside.
Mix up a sauce if you would like (notes above).
  • Try ground turkey or pork for a different flavor profile in these potstickers
  • These are definitely not a traditional potsticker, but a nice introduction to making your own. Try making with a kiddo-the folding is a great fine motor sk
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