Chicken potstickers, whether they are pan fried potstickers or deep fried, are the most delicious Asian appetizer. Trust me, this simple chicken potstickers recipe will become your favorite!
I always have been, and probably always will be, a sucker for potstickers. The crispy golden fried bottoms. The tender flavorful filling. A platter of them just makes me so…so… happy.
And whenever I’m out at Asian restaurants, I noticed plate after plate of potstickers going out so I don’t think I’m alone in this love affair.
Also known as dumplings, these bite-sized appetizers are made with round dough wrappers and stuffed with savory filling. They can be deep-fried, boiled and steamed. But the most popular is to steam-fry. The top parts are tender and the bottom has a perfect crunch. It’s really the best way to eat them!
What is inside chicken potstickers?
Like any potstickers, the filling possibilities are endless. These particular potstickers are stuffed with tender ground chicken, spicy jalapeños, garlic and nutty sesame oil.
TIP #1: The trick is to make sure that they aren’t over stuffed. I usually use a heaping teaspoon of the filling. If you use much more than that, the wrappers break open.
TIP #2: Speaking of wrappers. You may be wondering what kind of wrappers to use. Potsticker wrappers are small round flat pieces of dough made of flour. We are fortunate enough to have amazing Asian markets, like Uwajimaya, here in Seattle so gyoza (or potsticker) wrappers are really easy to find. If you don’t have an Asian market near you, I often find the wrappers in the produce section of my grocery store.
TIP #3: Don’t worry about the fancy crimped edges that you see on the dumplings at restaurants. All you want to do is make sure that the potstickers are sealed. Simply folding the wrapper over the filling and pressing the edges to seal will work just fine.
You betcha! Whenever I make egg rolls or potstickers, I always make sure that I make extra so that I can store some in the freezer for whenever I get the craving.
The best way to freeze pot stickers is to arrange them in a single layer on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Then put them in the freezer. This ensures that you freeze each potsticker individually and none get stuck together.
Once the potstickers are frozen, put them in a freezer bag and grab them as you want them. Just make sure that you thaw them in the fridge before cooking.
When you’re making dumplings, you cannot forget the sauce. Traditionally soy-vinegar sauce and it is a must have! Good thing it is crazy easy to make. All you need to do is whisk together soy sauce, black vinegar, garlic and green onion.
DES’ TIP: Black vinegar is a dark Chinese vinegar made from fermented rice. It has a fruity taste and while most similar to balsamic, it’s not as sweet. If you cannot find black vinegar, you can substitute rice vinegar in this recipe.
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Note: Recipe updated with tips, photos, video and new dipping sauce recipe 2020.
StephanieDecember 29, 2021 at 10:52 am
I wanted a clarification on your recipe, your ingredients say won ton wrappers but your instructions you say gyoza wrappers. These are a bit different in texture, I’d prefer using the gyoza ones , there a little thinner? Which ones are you actually using?
DesereeDecember 30, 2021 at 2:13 pm
Thanks for catching that! I typically use the gyoza for potstickers :)
SalmaSeptember 13, 2020 at 9:42 pm
So delicious recipe.i lov it
EileenAugust 5, 2019 at 7:54 am
In the filling ingredients it calls for 1/4 teaspoon ginger. Is the ginger ground, minced or chopped? Thank you!! I’m looking forward to trying this. It looks yummy!
DesereeAugust 5, 2019 at 1:41 pm
Hi Eileen! Ground ginger :)
TilliJune 23, 2019 at 4:50 pm
Delicious! Restaurant quality!
DesereeJune 24, 2019 at 11:59 am
Thank you! So happy you enjoyed them!
Sandra | A Dash of SanityApril 8, 2019 at 1:34 pm
This will be a sure hit at my house!!
CathyApril 1, 2019 at 8:09 am
Clearly I NEED these in my life!!!
CatalinaMarch 31, 2019 at 12:59 am
I am sure these will be a new favorite in our house! I love how crispy they look!
Chrissie BakerMarch 30, 2019 at 10:55 pm
I am going to try these! I love the recipes on this site. Never been disappointed!
KimberlyMarch 30, 2019 at 9:16 am
These need to happen today, they look SO good!!
Katerina @ diethood .comMarch 30, 2019 at 8:52 am
Oh my goodness, these look incredibly delicious!! I can’t wait to try them!
MichelleMarch 29, 2019 at 6:04 pm
Those do look absolutely scrumptious! I’ve never tried making my own potstickers, but your pictures are making me want to!
JoMarch 24, 2019 at 8:27 pm
You had me at spicy. That’s enough for me to drool over the dish. But boy those pot stickers looks beyond deliciousness. Simply the best pot stickers i’ve seen in a long time
DanielaMarch 24, 2019 at 7:58 pm
Yum! These chicken potstickers looks so good and I love all your photos of them! Making me drool. Thanks so much for sharing :).
Pearl RodriguesMarch 23, 2019 at 1:22 pm
Tender ground chicken with sesame oil makes a great combination. I love how juicy and appetizing this looks. I’m sure my family would love to bite into it so a must try for me
Veronika's KitchenMarch 22, 2019 at 11:58 am
I’ve never tried pot stickers but they look absolutely delicious! Plus, they are easy to make and will be so great for a weekend!
AletaMarch 21, 2019 at 8:01 pm
Yes please! I loooove pot stickers! The spicy sesame chicken sounds extra delicious, I can’t wait to try this recipe :P
ANNE LAWTONMarch 20, 2019 at 6:04 pm
Potstickers are so good! I’ve never thought of making them but that will change real soon these look absolutely tasty and easy to make
Toni | Boulder LocavoreMarch 20, 2019 at 10:23 am
These look really amazing! My kids will surely love these!
NicolettaMarch 20, 2019 at 7:05 am
We love potstickers! For me only the vegetarian ones, but my husband would love this chicken version too. Yum!
CatalinaMarch 20, 2019 at 12:58 am
This is always a winner in my house! I will try your recipe!
Melanie BauerMarch 19, 2019 at 7:59 pm
Looks spectacular! Our whole family will surely love this, need to try this soon!
Katherine | Love In My OvenMarch 19, 2019 at 7:47 pm
YUM! You can never go wrong with potstickers! Especially spicy sesame! Mmm…love that you steamed them first! These look terrific!
Pam GreerMarch 19, 2019 at 4:26 pm
Oh my gosh that filling sounds amazing and that color is gorgeous!! I love that you steam them and then pan fry them!
Cindy GordonMarch 19, 2019 at 1:13 pm
You can never go wrong with a good potsticker. This is a new one of making it for me! I can’t wait to give it a try.
Danielle WolterMarch 19, 2019 at 11:03 am
potstickers are the BEST! i love them so much. the flavors in these are so incredible. i’m lucky to have tons of markets near me so i can get whatever i need :-)
Carrie | Clean Eating KitchenMarch 19, 2019 at 7:21 am
These potstickers look amazing, and I love the chicken filling! I always have them in restaurants, but never make them at home – maybe now’s the time!
Elaine BenoitMarch 19, 2019 at 5:40 am
Hehe, I’m like you. I, too get full before my meal, especially if I get to eat something as delicious as your chicken potstickers as an appetizer!! This looks so yummy!
JadeMarch 19, 2019 at 3:17 am
These actually look incredible! I have never made these before yet you have made them look so sweet and simple! I am so looking forward to making these!
Katerina @ diethood .comMarch 19, 2019 at 3:00 am
These look incredibly delicious!! SO much better than take out!! YUM!!
Beth PierceMarch 18, 2019 at 7:48 pm
These look so tasty! Way better than any restaurant version; can’t wait to give these a try!
KeithaMarch 14, 2019 at 8:01 am
I made these last night. I had to use pork because my store didn’t have ground chicken for some reason. They were still delicious though! I did however cook the meat before hand. I didn’t feel comfortable putting raw meat in there. I would put more soy sauce and salt and pepper in the mixture next time! But my boyfriend and I scarfed them down! Thank you for the recipe!
DesereeMarch 14, 2019 at 9:20 am
You are so welcome! I agree that ground chicken can be kind of hard to find, and when you do it can be kind of on the expensive side for some reason. Pork is a great substitute! It’s also good to know that you can cook the meat ahead of time and it still turns out well for those that are nervous about that :)
Sara HamlingOctober 14, 2014 at 10:00 pm
These were tasty and easy — mine made about 40 potstickers though instead of 20.
JessicaAugust 6, 2014 at 2:56 pm
Do you cook the meat first and then add in the wrapper?
DesereeAugust 6, 2014 at 11:21 pm
The meat isn’t cooked when you add it to the wrappers but it cooks while you are cooking the potstickers.
Katy LawlerJanuary 30, 2014 at 7:20 pm
This recipe was really really good. I made a lot of extras to freeze. And just fyi i cook them straight from frozen just add a few more mins to the cooking time but they come just as good. Thanks for the recipe. At least one batch will be in my freezer st all times.
DesereeJanuary 30, 2014 at 11:03 pm
Thank you Katy! And you’re welcome :)
ghjJanuary 18, 2014 at 6:08 am
Gyoza! or Dumplings!
Cinnamon FlowersJanuary 17, 2014 at 3:27 am
I made these and my daughter and I love them. I wondered how you keep the water from spraying everywhere when you add it to the pan that has hot oil in it. We made quite a mess. Delicous thanks so much for such a yummy recipe we have made them a number of times:)
LeeannJanuary 11, 2014 at 7:24 am
I LOVE the sweet/spicy sauce that looks like soy sauce that they serve with them. Would love to have the recipe for that!
MISSYMarch 25, 2014 at 2:20 pm
It’s so delicious.
I’ve used this one and it never fails.
4 T soy sauce
1 t sesame oil
1T rice vinegar
2 t chopped ginger
2 T chopped green onion
Happy Asian cookin’!
CJ HuangNovember 19, 2013 at 3:28 pm
I’m definitely looking forward to trying this recipe! Potstickers are a favorite around here too. :)
Nami | Just One CookbookAugust 14, 2013 at 11:22 pm
I love potstickers (we call it gyoza) and my kids always get excited when I make them and put them in bento box. Yours make me drool! I should make a spicy version next time. This looks delicious!
Kumar's KitchenAugust 12, 2013 at 8:16 am
oh so perfectly crisp edged pot stickers….makes us go for more than two helping every time we have them, but this recipe we guess will make us finish off a number of plate-fulls,thanks a lot for sharing these delicacies :-)
sheilaAugust 11, 2013 at 7:34 pm
I’m a sucker for a pot sticker or two also! these look amazing!!
Cathy Pollak ~ Noble PigAugust 9, 2013 at 9:56 am
Yes, they have to have a crispy edge…which these obviously do! Now I can’t think of anything else! These sound delish.