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Festive Chicken Dumplings to Impress Your Loved Ones

Recipe for the Start of Winter solar term

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This year, November 7 ushers the Beginning of Winter, which is the 19th solar term in the year, according to the Chinese calendar, and it’s a good time to enjoy some festive chicken dumplings with your loved ones.

As the name of the solar term suggests, winter begins and it’s time for our body and spirit to store energy and be nurtured.

It’s also a good time to keep our emotions stable and calm, avoiding excitement or excessive movement.

The ancient text The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine advises people to go to bed early and get up late during this time.

Living our daily lives by following the laws of the sun and nature is the best way to nourish our spirit and have a happy and healthy mind.

During the Beginning of Winter solar term, eating tonic food can not only improve the body’s disease resistance, but can also help it recharge while laying a foundation for health in spring and even the whole year.

This is also the season to eat more sweet and warm foods such as chestnuts, sticky rice, chives, chicken, lamb, beef, and silver carp. Of course, vegetables such as soybeans, carrots, rapeseed, mustard greens, and leeks are also indispensable.

That said, take the opportunity to enjoy this delicious recipe for festive chicken dumplings with your loved ones.

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Ingredients (serves 4):

50 g peas
50 g canned corn
1 carrot
1 chicken breast
150 g flour
80 ml water
1 ½ teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon white sugar
1 tablespoon light soy sauce
12 chives
100 ml oil

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Instructions:

1. Wash and cut the carrots and the chicken.

2. Blanch the chives in boiling water for 5 seconds, then remove.

3. Add water to the flour, add ½ teaspoon of salt, and form a dough. Seal and keep aside.

4. Heat oil in a pot, then add the diced chicken, carrots, corn, green beans, sugar, soy sauce and 1 teaspoon of salt. Stir fry for three minutes on medium-high heat.

5. Divide the dough into 12 portions, knead into balls, press into small rounds, and soak in a bowl of oil.

6. Add water to the steamer, cover it with a damp cloth, and heat it up.

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7. Roll the dough into a crêpe-like shape with a diameter of about 15 cm, and place it in the steamer.

8. Do this for all 12 pieces and layer the crêpes one beneath another. Once you place the last one in the steamer, cover the lid and wait for two minutes. Turn off the heat.

9. Take out one crêpe, add the fried meat and vegetables in the centre, wrap it up, then tie it with the chives from step 2. Repeat the process for all the crêpes.

Enjoy your delicious chicken dumplings!

 

This story is from Magnifissance Issue 115

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