Looking for a healthy appetizer? You should make these Instant Pot Chicken Dumplings! They are sure to be a crowd pleaser at any get-together.
Chicken Dumplings are a traditional Chinese dish, and they just so happen to be healthy and yet also rich in taste. This Instant Pot Chicken Dumplings recipe takes a little bit of time but is really easy to make using your Instant Pot pressure cooker.
Where Can I Find the Wrappers?
You should be able to find wonton wrappers in the refrigerated or freezer section of Asian grocery stores and many large grocery store chains. Nasoya is a popular brand. They are commonly available in square or round form, either works fine for this recipe.
Here’s a tip: keep the wrappers under a lightly damp paper towel, working with only one at a time. This will prevent the other wrappers from drying out while you’re forming the dumplings.
If you have extras, they will last in your fridge for a while, and they also freeze well! If the outer layers dry out over time, simply toss those and the rest should work perfectly fine.
How Do I Fold the Wrapper to Form a Dumpling?
There are a couple of different folding techniques you can use to form dumplings. The easiest way is pulling the edges over the top of the filling, as shown in these photos.
You could also choose to lightly flatten the filling and fold the dumpling in half into a semi-circle, sealing the edges with a little water. There are other more complicated techniques you could use too, but I prefer to keep it simple with these two.
Any way you choose to fold them, you really can’t go wrong! The important thing is that you use a small amount of water to seal the wrapper dough.
Also, try to get as much air out as possible by keeping the wrapper right up against the filling to avoid large air pockets in the dumplings if possible.
Do I Need to Use Oil?
No. This recipe is oil-free (unless you used oil to make the chicken…)
If you wanted more of a fried dumpling instead of a steamed dumpling like this version, you could always use your air fryer lid to crisp them up at the end!
Can I Make them Vegan?
Good news—store-bought wonton wrappers are usually vegan! For a vegan version of this dumpling recipe, try these Instant Pot vegan steamed dumplings.
Should I Use Fresh or Dried Herbs?
Fresh herbs work very well in this recipe, but you could also use dried herbs if that’s what you have on hand.
How Should I Serve the Dumplings?
These dumplings make an excellent appetizer. I love to eat these dumplings with soy sauce on the side for dipping.
They can also be served as part of a main course when served over jasmine rice.
Looking for More Traditional Chinese Recipes?
We have lots of Chinese inspired dishes on the site, made quicker and easier using your Instant Pot! Try them all!
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 pound chicken breast cooked & shredded
- 1 cup carrots shredded
- 1 cup frozen peas
- 2 tsp oregano
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp basil
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp black pepper
- 1 package wrappers
- In a bowl mix all the ingredients except the water and the wrappers.
- Place a wrapper on a cutting board and add a few drops of water.
- Place 1 tbsp vegetable filling in the middle of the wrapper and fold it to form a dumpling. Repeat the process.
- Pour water into the Instant Pot, place the trivet and put the dumplings onto the trivet.
- Cook at high pressure for 12 minutes.
- When cooking ends, do a quick pressure release.
- Serve with soy sauce.