I absolutely LOVE dumplings! This recipe was born of that love. It is an easy and healthy way to make dumplings at home. Baking the dumplings instead of frying is the first step in making them healthier. You could also steam the dumplings, but I prefer them nice and crispy. Start by preheating the oven to 350*.
Brown one pound of ground chicken (turkey, pork, beef or mushrooms would work well too) in a large skillet over medium-high heat on the stove top. This will take about ten minutes. Grate in a two-inch piece of ginger and three cloves of garlic. Add in four green onions and one eight ounce can of water chestnuts, minced. Stir well to combine and add in one to two tablespoons of low sodium soy sauce. Simmer over low heat five minutes or so to allow the flavors to marry.
You will need two packages of wonton wrappers. Lay out the wrappers on a cutting board and spoon approximately one tablespoon of the filling in to the center of each one. Moisten the edges of the wonton wrappers with water. Fold in half to form a triangle and press the edges well to seal. Make sure they are sealed well or the filling will seep out while cooking. Once sealed, transfer onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
Arrange the dumplings in a single layer on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Approximately twenty dumplings fit on my baking sheets. Just before putting in the oven, spray with a plain cooking spray. I had canola on hand so I used that, but I think brushing them with vegetable or even sesame oil would work nicely too. This little bit of oil helps the dumplings get brown and crispy.
Bake until nicely browned and crispy, about twelve minutes. I served with plum sauce that I dressed up with some dried red pepper flakes. These dumplings had me doing the happy food dance for sure!
As a side note, this recipe made over ninety dumplings!! We ate some for lunch, then I divided them up into three additional batches and froze them. To reheat, just take out frozen, place on a parchment line baking sheet, spray lightly with cooking spray, and bake about ten minutes at 350*. They come out just as well as they did originally!!