Orange Chicken Dumplings

White plate with dumplings and green onion next to dipping sauce

Dumplings are one of those foods that are just as much fun to make as they are to eat. There is something about pinching the wrapper and smelling the aroma in the house as they steam that warms you up in anticipation for the meal. These Orange Chicken Dumplings will surely do just that. While we could eat classic steamed dumplings on a daily basis, we chose to incorporate another favorite asian dish in these dumplings. Check out the recipe below and let us know how you like them!

Chopsticks holding a dumpling being dipped into a dipping sauce

Inspiration

As mentioned above, we are HUGE dumpling fans. It’s a staple addition to our take out order and we tend to always keep a pack or wrappers in the fridge. Dumplings come together so easily, meat or no meat you can really add any kind of mixture you would like, pinch them together and steam over a boiling pot of water. We had taken out ground chicken to make Chicken Parmesan Meatball Subs but realized we forgot the ricotta, which is a make or break for me so we started to think up how to use the ground chicken. Seeing the dumpling wrappers led to a few ideas, General Tso’s dumplings, chicken and broccoli dumplings, the list goes on. How we decided to make Orange Chicken Dumplings out of all the good ideas we had, I am really not sure, but we sure were happy with the result.

A large white plate filled with dozens of dumplings covered in chopped green onion

Tools Needed

Bamboo Steamer: We love using our bamboo dumpling steamer to make these. If you don’t have one you can easily steam these in colander over a large pot of water. Since the wrappers get very sticky we use a large piece of lettuce between the dumping and whatever you are using to steam.

Ingredients

Ground Chicken: Ground chicken really absorbs the flavors of this dish well. You can substitute for ground turkey, but do not substitute for beef or pork it will be too greasy for this dish.

Fresh Orange Juice: Like any Orange Chicken recipe, we add in fresh orange juice. Regular store bought orange juice can do but the fresh juice has so much more flavor!

Ginger: Fresh grated ginger adds the perfect punch these Orange Chicken Dumplings require!

Brown Sugar: For a touch of sweetness, we opted for brown sugar.

Cornstarch: In order to thicken up the sauce and dumpling filling we added some cornstarch to the mixture to create the perfect consistency.

A dumpling cut open with juicy filling inside next to a plate of dumplings and dipping sauce.

Step by Step

Start this Orange Chicken Dumpling recipe by making the dumpling sauce. In a sauce pan over medium heat add 2 tbsp of rice vinegar and 1 tsp of garlic. After a minute or two, add in the soy sauce, grated ginger, onion powder, paprika, salt, pepper, and bring to heat. Once simmering, add in the brown sugar mix until it dissolves and then stir in the fresh orange juice. Let the dumpling sauce come to a simmer before adding in you tsp cornstarch mixed with 2 tsp of water. Mix well with the sauce, lower the heat and cook until sauce becomes your desired thickness. Take off heat and let cool.

Once the sauce is cooled, mix half of the sauce well with the green onion and ground chicken. Let marinate in the fridge for at least 30 minute before assembling the dumplings. Lay out the dumpling wrappers and scoop the chicken mixture on the middle of each wrapper. Wet the edges of the wrappers with water and pinch shut. Using a bamboo steamer or another kitchen steamer bring a pot of water to a boil. Place the dumplings into your steamer per the steamers instructions and cook for about 5-7 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees. Remove from the steamer and serve with the remaining dumpling sauce.

From our kitchen to yours, cheers!

Close up shot of dumplings on a white plate with green onions on top
White plate with dumplings and green onion next to dipping sauce
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Orange Chicken Dumplings

Orange Chicken Dumplings to mix up your dumpling rotation. Made with ground chicken, ginger, orange juice, soy sauce and more!
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 people

Ingredients

Orange Chicken Dumplings

  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1 tsp cornstarch

Other ingredients needed

  • 1 package dumpling wrappers
  • cup chopped green onion

Instructions

  • Start this Orange Chicken Dumpling recipe by making the dumpling sauce. In a sauce pan over medium heat add 2 tbsp of rice vinegar and 1 tsp of garlic. Let the dumpling sauce come to a simmer before adding in you tsp cornstarch mixed with 2 tsp of water. Mix well with the sauce, lower the heat and cook until sauce becomes your desired thickness. Take off heat and let cool.
  • After a minute or two, add in the soy sauce, grated ginger, onion powder, paprika, salt, pepper, and bring to heat. Once simmering, add in the brown sugar mix until it dissolves and then stir in the fresh orange juice.
  • Let the dumpling sauce come to a simmer before adding in you tsp cornstarch mixed with 2 tsp of water. Mix well with the sauce, lower the head and cook until sauce becomes your desired thickness. Take off heat and let cool.
  • Once the sauce is cooled, mix half of the sauce well with the green onion and ground chicken. Let marinate in the fridge for at least 30 minute before assembling the dumplings.
  • Lay out the dumpling wrappers and scoop the chicken mixture on the middle of each wrapper. Wet the edges of the wrappers with water and pinch shut. Using a bamboo steamer or another kitchen steamer bring a pot of water to a boil.
  • Place the dumplings into your steamer per the steamers instructions and cook for about 5-7 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees. Remove from the steamer and serve with the remaining dumpling sauce.

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