Garlic-Ginger Chicken Dumpling Recipe (Momo)

Juicy chicken, flavorful vegetables and aromatic garlic and ginger in every bite!  The perfect hors d’oeuvre or appetizer that you won’t be able to stop eating!Garlic Ginger Chicken Dumpling Recipe (Momo) - Juicy chicken, flavorful vegetables and aromatic garlic and ginger in every bite! The perfect hors d'oeuvres or appetizer that you won't be able to stop eating!My 10-year-old came downstairs recently with tears in his eyes, saying we had to help the red pandas. They’re in danger of becoming endangered.

When I asked him to explain, he said that he was googling red panda facts, because he thinks they’re cute. He discovered that their habitat in the Eastern Himalayas is in decline – and he really wanted to help. I may be biased, but certainly this is one of the sweetest souls around. save the red pandasHe then googled, “How can I help the red pandas?” and found the Red Panda Network. After confirming this was a good organization, we symbolically adopted a red panda.Garlic-Ginger-Chicken-Dumpling-Recipe-(Momo) and helping the red pandasWhat does any of this have to do with dumplings, you ask?

Well, here’s what came next . . .

My son felt good about the little we’d done for the red pandas, but it wasn’t enough. He wanted to spread the word, and came up with a great (delicious) idea!

On his own, he began searching for “foods from Nepal,” where a great percentage of the red pandas live.  He said we should come up with a typical Nepalese recipe that I could put on Cooking On The Weekends, and that, that would be a great segue for me to tell my readers how to help the red pandas.  Brilliant, I tell you! Garlic Ginger Chicken Dumpling Recipe (Momo) - Juicy chicken, flavorful vegetables and aromatic garlic and ginger in every bite! The perfect hors d'oeuvres or appetizer that you won't be able to stop eating!Momo is a traditional delicacy in Nepal — it’s a bite-size dumpling with a meat or vegetable filling, wrapped in a dough and accompanied by spicy sauce.  I hope you like our Momo recipe, which is by no means authentic, but I’m hoping you’ll find it incredibly delicious. Garlic Ginger Chicken Dumpling Recipe (Momo) - Juicy chicken, flavorful vegetables and aromatic garlic and ginger in every bite! The perfect hors d'oeuvres or appetizer that you won't be able to stop eating!Please check out the Red Panda Network and learn more about red pandas and their situation.

Believe me, I know there are dozens upon dozens of animals – and other causes that need our help.  We can all only do what we can, and today I’m honoring my son, and his desire to help red pandas.

Whatever you do, please make this recipe — it’s so tasty!

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Garlic-Ginger Chicken Dumpling Recipe (Momo)
 
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Makes about 4-dozen dumplings
Ingredients
For the sauce
For the dumplings
  • 1-pound ground chicken
  • ⅓ cup finely grated, peeled carrots
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped, fresh cilantro, washed and dried
  • 2½ tablespoons Mirin (sweet rice wine)
  • 2 finely chopped green onions
  • 2 tablespoons ginger pulp
  • 1 tablespoon finely minced garlic
  • 1½ tablespoons grape seed oil, plus more for the pan
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • a few turns freshly ground black pepper
  • about 4 dozen round (3½-inch) gyoza/potsticker wrappers
  • ¼ cup water
Instructions
For the sauce
  1. In a small dish, combine the black vinegar with the honey and chile paste. Set aside.
For the dumplings
  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine all of the ingredients except the gyoza/potsticker wrappers. Mix only long enough to evenly combine the ingredients.
  2. Place several of the gyoza/potsticker wrappers on a clean, dry surface and drop about 1½ teaspoons of the chicken mixture in the center of each one. (If you have a cookie scoop this size, that's perfect.) arlic-Ginger-Chicken-Dumpling-Recipe-(Momo) - Juicy chicken, flavorful vegetables and aromatic garlic and ginger in every bite! The perfect hors d'oeuvres or appetizer that you won't be able to stop eating!
  3. Next, wet your fingertip with water and run it along the entire edge of the wrappers (one at a time) -- this will work as glue. Now carefully, bring all of the edges together, to wrap up the chicken mixture, into a little bundle, and then gently pinch the top so it adheres together. arlic-Ginger-Chicken-Dumpling-Recipe-(Momo) - Juicy chicken, flavorful vegetables and aromatic garlic and ginger in every bite! The perfect hors d'oeuvres or appetizer that you won't be able to stop eating!
  4. Coat the bottom of a medium-sized sauté pan (about 10-inch) generously with grape seed oil and place it over medium-high heat. Once it's sizzling hot, add as many of the dumplings as you can without crowding the pan -- there should be about an inch between them. (You will do this in a few batches.) Let them sauté for about 1 minute, to brown the bottoms. Then add about ¼ cup of water to the bottom of the pan, turn the heat to the lowest setting, and cover the pan with a lid or foil. Let the dumplings steam for about 3 minutes, just long enough to cook the chicken. Use a small metal spatula to lift them from the pan. Repeat this until all of the dumplings are cooked.
  5. While they're still hot, serve them with the sauce on the side.
Notes
You can find the gyoza/posticker wrappers in most Asian markets, and sometimes in the regular grocery stores. If you don't see the round wrapper, a square wonton wrapper, which is easier to find, will work also. Simply use a round cutter or paring knife, to cut it into a circle.

 

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Comments

  1. says

    I LOVE dumplings but have never made them myself! Might use this as inspiration to make some meat-free ones, thank you! The spices sound delicious 🙂

  2. says

    I love that your son understands philanthropy in its purest form at such an age. He gives me great hope for the next generation! (Oh, and the dumplings look great, too!)

  3. says

    What a lovely story, your son is so sweet and an inspiration. As for the recipe, dumplings must surely be the way to my heart. We often make them with pork but have never (yet) tried them with chicken. Looking forward to new dumpling adventures, let the dipping begin! 😀

    • valentina says

      Thank you so much Laura. My son makes me smile — a lot! Pork is usually my favorite dumpling as well. Hope you enjoy! 🙂

    • valentina says

      Thank you! You just reminded me how much I want to go out for dim sum! Been too long. Luck you to have a local place!

  4. says

    Momos!! One of my most favourite dishes on earth. I love eating momos, especially the ones which are stuffed with chicken. Just love them. Thanks for sharing the recipe Valentina.

  5. Amber says

    I’ve loved red pandas since 1986 when I wrote my very first book report on them! Have you been able to visit some in a zoo yet?

    I made this today with tofu instead of chicken and didn’t have any black vinegar—amazing! Thanks to both you and your kind-hearted son 🙂

    • valentina says

      Hi Amber! Thanks so much for sharing this with me. I love that you made the recipe, and I bet they were delicious with tofu. I just told my son you tried it, and he was thrilled. Twice the red panda exhibit has been closed at our zoo, but we’ll definitely keep trying to see one! What a great first book report subject you had. 😀

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