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February 24, 2006
Chicken dumplings - yum!

[bento with chicken dumplings and veggie stir-fry]

Today we have chicken dumplings, which my hubs just informed me are his new most favorite bento item, and a broccoli and red bell pepper stir-fry. On the side is the ever present rice and furikake.

Have a good weekend!

CHICKEN DUMPLINGS
Ingredients (for one serving)*
3 oz. ground chicken
2 tsp. flour
2 tsp. cornstarch
1 tsp. beaten egg
1/2 tsp. salt
minced scallion (or naganegi if you can get it)
pepper
4 strips of nori** (approx. 1.5" x 2.5")
Canola oil for frying

Steps
  1. Combine the ground chicken, flour, cornstarch, egg, scallion/naganegi, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Knead to combine.
  2. Divide the chicken mixture into 4. Shape each dumpling into a half-circle, then wrap a strip of nori along the flat edge of the dumpling.
  3. Heat 1 tsp. of oil (more if needed) in a frying pan over medium heat. Add the dumplings and fry on both sides until golden. Reduce heat and continue cooking for an additional 2 minutes, or until done.
So simple right? ;)

** You can also wrap half of the dumplings using shiso (also called beefsteak) leaves if you have them. I didn't have any fresh ones on hand, so I used nori for all.
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