Chicken dumplings with sesame dipping sauce

Chicken dumplings with sesame dipping sauce


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About this recipe: Water chestnuts and chopped coriander combine with chicken, spring onions and ginger to create a Chinese-style treat. These tasty wonton-wrapped dumplings are poached, not fried, to keep them low in fat and calories.

Norma MacMillan

Serves: 12 

  • 225g (8oz) minced chicken
  • 4 tbsp thinly sliced spring onions
  • 4 tbsp finely chopped canned water chestnuts
  • 4 tbsp chopped fresh coriander
  • 4 tsp low-sodium soy sauce
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 24 wonton wrappers, about 7.5cm (3in) square
  • For the dipping sauce
  • 4 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tsp rice vinegar
  • ½ tsp caster sugar
  • 4 tbsp thinly sliced spring onions

Prep:30min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:45min 

  1. In a medium bowl, combine the chicken, spring onions, water chestnuts, coriander, soy sauce, ginger and pepper. Mix together well.
  2. Working with several wonton wrappers at a time and keeping the remainder loosely covered with a damp tea towel, make the dumplings: place a heaped teaspoon of filling on the bottom half of a wrapper. With a wet finger or pastry brush, moisten two adjoining sides of the wrapper. Fold the two moistened sides over the filling to form a triangle and press to seal. Repeat with the remaining wonton wrappers and filling.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, sesame oil, vinegar, sugar and spring onions for the dipping sauce.
  4. Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil. Add the dumplings and cook for about 4 minutes or until they float to the surface and the filling feels firm to the touch. Drain and serve hot with the dipping sauce.

Some More Ideas

Vegetable dumplings: Instead of minced chicken, mix some shredded carrots, finely diced red peppers, and 100g (3½oz) baby spinach leaves with the other filling ingredients.

Health points

*These dumplings are so low in fat because they are poached, not fried. The texture of the water chestnuts satisfies the desire for crunchy foods.
*Soy sauce usually contains a lot of sodium, so should be used sparingly and always in a low-sodium version.

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