Chicken and Rice Dumplings for Kids and A Free Activity

Hi everyone. September is creeping up on us and I am already preparing myself for my finicky lunch eaters’ lunch boxes. I will be offering a couple of “Thinking Out of the Lunch Box” workshops in the Fall but until then, I have a great idea for you-the following simple chicken dumpling recipe.

Not only will my kids eat these, but they really do enjoy making them. I got a kick out of watching my daughter (who will be double digits tomorrow :-0) proudly demonstrate how to make them for her friend. Oh, how i love modeling behaviors. They made all different shapes and ate every last one up. A great, free afternoon activity as well and, as you all know, I need those.
Enjoy!

Chicken and Rice Dumplings:

3/4 cup ground chicken made from leftover 4-5 oz. chicken breast put in a food processor or chop very finely
1 cup brown or white rice
optional- tiny pieces of carrots and cabbage or whatever veggie your kid will eat
15 square or circular flour wonton wrappers (can get at any Asian food market or whole foods)
1 tsp canola oil

On a cutting board, place the individual wonton wrappers. Take about one tsp rice and one tsp ground chicken, mold together into a ball.
Place in the center of the wrapper, put a few drops of wateron the edges and fold over one side. Press down the edges with a fork so they stick.
Place in a steamer covered in parchment paper and steam for about 15 minutes.
Remove from steamer and brown them in a frying pan heated over medium heat with the canola oil.
Serve with soy sauce, chili sauce or whatever your kids like. Enjoy and serve in lunch box if you like!

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