Steamed Chicken and Leek Dumplings


Serves 6 to 8
1 lb (500 g) ground chicken
1 tbsp (30 ml) microplaned or grated ginger
2 garlic cloves, microplaned or grated
¼ cup (60 ml) chopped Chinese leek (Use Chinese chives or regular leeks if you cannot find Chinese leeks)
2 tbsp (30 ml) light soy sauce
2 tbsp (30 ml) dark soy sauce
1 tsp (5 ml) sesame oil
1 tbsp (15 ml) sugar
2 tbsp (30 ml) cornstarch
1 package round dumpling wrappers, about 1 lb (500 g)
Dipping Sauce, to serve, recipe follows (optional)
2 tbsp (30 ml) soy sauce
1 tbsp (15 ml) Chinese black vinegar
1 tsp (5 ml) sesame oil
1 tsp (5 ml) sugar
1 pinch crushed, roasted sesame seeds


  1. To make chicken filling, combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl except wrappers and dipping sauce. Have dumpling wrappers ready and a small bowl filled with water.
  2. To make dumplings, place 1 tbsp (15 ml) of chicken filling in middle of a wrapper. Dip your finger in water and run it around edge of half of wrapper. Fold wrapper in half and pinch outside edges together, overlapping as you go, to seal edges in a crescent shape.
  3. Repeat with remaining dumplings. Dumplings can either be steamed right away, or frozen in a single layer, then placed in an airtight bag or container and frozen until ready to serve.
  4. To cook dumplings, line a bamboo steamer with parchment paper or a lettuce leaf. Lay dumplings in a single layer (not touching) in steamer. From fresh: Steam over medium heat for about 8 minutes, or until dumplings are cooked through. From frozen: Steam over medium heat for about 15 minutes, or until dumplings are cooked through. Serve with desired dipping sauce.
  5. For DIPPING SAUCE, mix all ingredients together. Serve dumplings with dipping sauce and chili sauce or oil.
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