The ‘Gate Plate: Ground Chicken & Ginger Crispy Dumplings

Simple and scrumptious recipes for college students.

If you are looking for a fun dinner recipe to try, these delicious potstickers are both easy and engaging to create. The end product looks sophisticated, but the process is fairly simple and straightforward, taking just under thirty minutes including both prep and cook time. In addition, testing out dipping sauce combinations can be a great way to expand your flavor palette and experiment with what you like best.

Ground Chicken & Ginger Crispy Dumplings

SERVES: 2-4 people

PREP TIME: 15 minutes 

COOK TIME:  10 minutes

EASY TIPS: It is super easy to make a variety of dipping oils using your favorite staple sauces, such as hoisin, soy sauce, sesame oil, rice wine vinegar and sriracha, to name a few.


  • ½ pound ground protein (I used chicken, but substitute for whichever is your preference)
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup spinach, chopped
  • 2 scallions, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • ½ shallot, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon sesame oil
  • ¾ teaspoon freshly ground ginger
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Wonton wrappers (can be found in frozen section of the grocery store or international section)
  • Additional sesame oil or olive oil for cooking
  • Sesame seeds (optional)
  • Dipping sauces of your choice.


  1. Add protein, spinach, ginger, garlic, shallot, scallion, soy sauce, sesame oil, salt and pepper to a bowl and combine until well mixed.
  2. Fill a small bowl with water, to help seal the potstickers.
  3. Take one wonton wrapper at a time, place a small amount of filling in the center of a wrapper, and fold it in half. Use the water to seal the edges of the dumpling so no filling can come out. Repeat until no filling remains (or freeze remaining filling).
  4. If you would like, coat the uncooked dumplings with sesame seeds. They give it a nice and crunchy texture but are optional.
  5. In a deep pan, heat the sesame or olive oil. Add the dumplings and cook until both sides are slightly browned. Then, add water, to steam the dumplings and continue to cook them. Add a lid, and let simmer for 4-5 minutes. You can cut the crispy dumplings open to see if they are fully cooked.
  6. Serve with sauces of your choice!