We are big potsticker fans in this house. That's all my daughter wants when we go to our favorite teriyaki restaurant (though I do make her eat a side order of veggies while she's at it), and I love them for quick dinners at home since they cook in less than 15 minutes. We like the Ling Ling brand, but they're almost $8 a bag at our regular grocery store now! I used to make them from scratch frequently (once in a while even making my own wontons), but have gotten out of the habit. We're focusing more on our budget once again, so I dusted off my old recipe and got to work.
My food processor makes quick work of mixing everything together, but if you don't have one, just start with ground chicken and finely chop the veggies.
Makes approximately 60
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts (I'm sure thighs would work just fine as well)
2 green onions
1 T fresh ginger, sliced
4 cloves garlic
1 T. soy or tamari sauce
1 T. rice cooking wine, dry sherry, chicken broth, or water
1 heaping T. cornstarch
1/2 t. salt
1/4 t. pepper
60 gyoza wrappers (ours come in packs of 48 so that's how many I make - see note at end)
vegetable oil to saute
water or chicken broth to simmer
Place chicken, onions, ginger and garlic in the bowl of a food processor. Process until nearly smooth. Add soy/tamari sauce, wine or broth, egg, cornstarch, salt and pepper and process again until blended.
Lay gyoza wrappers on a parchment lined baking sheet. Place a scant tablespoon of the meat mixture onto the wrapper, just off center. Wet a finger and run it around the edge of the wrapper. Fold in half, pressing out as much air as possible.
Crimp the edges by folding over slightly and pressing together.
If you won't be eating them right away, lay them in a single layer on the baking sheet and freeze overnight or until solid. Place in a freezer bag until you're ready to cook and serve.
To cook, heat a few tablespoons of oil in a large skillet. Lay the potstickers in a single layer, until the bottoms are golden. Add water or chicken broth just to cover them. Cover and simmer 10 - 12 minutes. Serve immediately.
If you run out of wrappers (or just want that great filling flavor without all the work of making the potstickers), you can shape the filling into patties and fry them until cooked through.