How to Make Chicken Gyoza (Pot Stickers)

How to Make Chicken Gyoza (Pot Stickers) ~ these tender little dumplings are one of the highlights of going to a Japanese restaurant, and I’ll show you how to make them right at home!

The world is divided into two camps.  Those who are good at origami and those who suck at it.  It always gave me a headache, but one of my daughters is a whiz.  One year she made beautiful paper crane ornaments for our Christmas tree, and every January I carefully pack them away, in awe of her dexterity.  If you’re lucky enough to be in the good-at-origami camp, these Japanese pot stickers will be a breeze for you to make.   But don’t despair if you’re in the suck-at-it camp, these are waaaay easier than a paper crane, and anyway, the folds are purely decorative, so you can say the heck with it if you want to leave it plain.

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At our favorite Japanese restaurant they serve amazing feather light chicken gyoza.  We always order some for the table the minute we arrive.  They come four to an order.  And we have a family of four.  So no one ever, ever gets to have two.  It’s really frustrating.  (Another order is out of the question, they’re really expensive!)

This recipe made 27 pot stickers, which means we each get to eat 6.75 of them.  That’s reason enough to make these delicious little dumplings at home.


The gyoza wrappers are sold next to the wonton and egg roll wrappers, usually in a corner of the refrigerated section of your grocery store.  Ask for them if your store doesn’t carry them, that’s how I got mine.  These are similar but not the same as the square Wonton wrappers.

The filling is made up of ground chicken, minced napa cabbage, along with some scallion, garlic, soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic, and fresh ginger.  I added a minced hot pepper.  A teaspoon of filling goes in the center of each wrapper, then the perimeter gets moistened and folded over.  One edge gets pleated by making little folds in the dough, and then is pressed firmly against the other side to to seal the gyoza.

If there’s one thing that’s harder than folding origami, it’s trying to teach someone how to do it.  You’ll just have to play with it until you figure it out.  It’s not that hard, promise.

Chicken Gyoza (Pot Stickers)

Yield: approximately 27 dumplings

Chicken Gyoza (Pot Stickers)

Ingredients

  • 1 package gyoza wrappers
  • 1/2 lb ground chicken
  • 1/2 cup finely minced Napa cabbage
  • 2 scallions, minced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 small hot pepper, seeds and all, minced (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp grated fresh ginger
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp sesame oil
    Dipping Sauce #1 (Simple soy and vinegar)
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp sesame oil
  • 1/8 cup rice wine vinegar
  • add minced garlic or grated ginger if you like
  • sesame seeds for garnish
    Dipping Sauce #2 (Sweet Chili)
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
  • juice of 1 lemon or lime
  • 2 Tbsp red chili paste
  • 1 Tbsp sriracha chili sauce
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp fish sauce
  • dash salt

Instructions

  1. Mix all the ingredients, except the wrappers, together in a bowl. Make sure it is thoroughly combined.
  2. Spoon approximately a teaspoon of the meat mixture onto the center of a gyoza wrapper.
  3. Dampen the perimeter of the wrapper with a wet finger. Fold in half over the filling.
  4. Keeping the back side of the dumpling straight, bring together four or five small pleats on the front side of the dumpling, and press to seal.
  5. Cover the bottom of a large skillet with vegetable oil and heat on medium until the oil is hot.
  6. Working in batches, place the gyozas, flat side down, in the hot oil and let them brown.
  7. When the bottoms have become crisp and brown, pour about 1/4 cup water into the pan, and cover to let the dumplings steam.
  8. After a few minutes, take the lid off and let any remaining water evaporate off. Check the temperature with an instant read thermometer to make sure the chicken is cooked. It should be at least 160 degrees. If not, put the lid back on and steam a little longer.
  9. Serve hot with dipping sauces.
  10. To make sauce # 1, mix the ingredients together and taste to adjust. Garnish with sesame seeds.
  11. To make sauce # 2, mix the cornstarch and water in a small glass and set aside. Mix the rest of the ingredients in a small sauce pan and bring to a boil. Simmer for about 4 minutes, then add the cornstarch. Let the thickened sauce simmer on low for another minute. Cool and refrigerate or serve.
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26 Comments

  • Reply
    Susan@LunaCafe
    January 2, 2014 at 2:33 am

    You photos are gorgeous! And your folding technique is great. :-) I’m working on a potsticker post this week and will point to yours.

    • Reply
      Sue
      January 2, 2014 at 8:06 am

      Thanks Susan!

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    Susan
    August 24, 2013 at 11:36 am

    I love these. I have to make them. They look perfect.

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    Indigomemoirs
    June 14, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    Beautiful recipe – and very neat dumplings! I’ve been scouting around NYC to find the best ones in town and would recommend Vanessa’s Dumplings – nothing beats a local making food for the locals :p and dead cheap too.
    http://www.indigomemoirs.com/best-food-in-nyc/

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    Mrs. Munchkin
    September 10, 2012 at 5:39 am

    Do you cook the chicken prior to making the filling? Or do you use raw chicken? Hope I can find the wrappers here in Moscow…yes Russia :-) wish me luck!

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    From Beyond My Kitchen Window
    September 3, 2012 at 12:39 am

    You made it sound so simple. I might just give these a try. We love chicken gyoza and I would like to be able to make them at home.

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    l o v e l y t h i n g s
    September 2, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    Sue,
    I think you should give origami another try…your potstickers are gorgeous…as is your photogrpahy and food styling.
    xo
    annie

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      Sue/the view from great island
      September 2, 2012 at 4:22 pm

      Thanks Annie—I tried to find some origami paper or one of my daughter’s cranes for this post, but everything is in random boxes after our 2 recent moves…I know you can relate!

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    Sulpicia (III)
    September 1, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    These look fabulous! I absolutely love gyoza.

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    Magnolia Verandah
    September 1, 2012 at 3:17 am

    Love these little pot stickers and that chilli sauce – these are a definite must do!

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    The Café Sucré Farine
    August 31, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    Yum, yum, yum! I would love these for an entire dinner, maybe just a bowl of rice on the side! Love all your photos but they’re making me very hungry!

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      Sue/the view from great island
      September 2, 2012 at 4:16 pm

      We had them leftover the next day, heated in the microwave, no less, and they were still great. They definitely could be an entire meal, especially with a couple of different sauces.

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    Eileen
    August 31, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    These gyoza sound wonderful! I’d be inclined to make up a big recipe and keep a bunch of them in the freezer for future nearly instant dumplings in soup. :)

    • Reply
      Sue/the view from great island
      September 2, 2012 at 4:14 pm

      Just as I’m answering these comments I realize I should have mentioned that these would freeze really well, and it makes all the effort of folding them, etc, worthwhile if you can stash a few meals worth away.

  • Reply
    Bryan
    September 1, 2012 at 12:41 am

    Woah, never made these before, will have to try it out. Thanks for sharing, looks good!

    • Reply
      Sue/the view from great island
      September 2, 2012 at 4:18 pm

      Thanks Bryan, they are really easy because the wrapper dough is so pliable. The trick is finding the wrappers, I had to request that my store get them in, and they did.

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    Servia
    August 31, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    Heavenly! I doubt mine would ever look so perfect but you always encourage us to give it a try….maybe this weekend.

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    Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez
    August 31, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    Gorgeous, Sue! And what I wouldn’t give to have that plate for dinner tonight…mmmmm….

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    Gerlinde in Dallas
    August 31, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    Your gyoza have great looking pleats!

  • Reply
    Averie @ Averie Cooks
    August 31, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    your oragami is gorgeous! All those little folds and nooks and crannies…my hubs would LOVE it if I’d make these. He adores them!

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      Sue/the view from great island
      September 2, 2012 at 4:10 pm

      These were big hits with my husband, too. I think I’m going to use up the rest of the wrappers (there’s a huge number of them in the little package) and freeze them.

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