Wingstickers (Teba Gyoza)

Wingsticker (noun): The unabashedly gluttonous lovechild of a chicken wing and a potsticker.

These are probably fighting words, but I’ve never been crazy about chicken wings–they’re just too darn bony. For that reason, I’d like to thank whoever came up with the idea for teba gyoza. Look at this boring chicken wing, they must have thought. Clearly, I should take out the bones, swap them for ground meat, and fry it like a dumpling! This may sound like one of those purely-for-marketing fast food monstrosities (KFC Double Down, I’m looking at you), but in reality they’re crisp, juicy, and not as heavy as you might imagine.

Fans of Shokugeki no Soma may recognize this dish, but meaty stuffed wings are not limited to the realm of anime. I’ve started seeing teba gyoza on restaurant menus around NYC (Mu Ramen’s foie gras-stuffed version is especially noteworthy), but at $10 apiece, the price alone is a good reason to make them at home. I’ve dubbed my rendition wingstickers, which I think captures their vaguely ridiculous nature. But whatever you call them, there’s no arguing that they’re delicious.



8 wings

Total Time

1.5 hours

Active Time

1.5 hours

  1. Mix all the ingredients for the dumpling filling in a bowl and set aside. 
  2. Combine the tare ingredients in a saucepan and simmer until reduced slightly. Strain and set aside to cool.
  3. To prep the chicken wings for stuffing, separate the drumettes from the remainder of the wings with a chef’s knife, leaving the wing tips attached. Reserve the drumettes for another use. 
  4. Using kitchen shears, snip between the two wing bones to separate them. Carefully cut each bone away from the surrounding meat, inverting the skin as you go, until you can snip them off at the bottom. Once the bones are removed, the skin should form a pocket that can be stuffed with filling. (Don’t worry if you accidentally pierce the skin a bit–it won’t be as pretty, but the dish will still work!)
  5. Stuff each wing with filling, then use a toothpick to secure the opening. It won’t be entirely closed, but the toothpick will help keep the filling in place while you fry the wings.
  6. Fill a 10” cast-iron pan with 1/4″ oil. Heat over medium until sizzling, then add four chicken wings and fry for 4-5 minutes, brushing with tare occasionally. Flip and repeat on the other side. The wings are done when the skin is golden brown and the filling is cooked through (if you have an instant-read thermometer, aim for a minimum temperature of 165°F). Drain briefly on paper towels, then transfer to a 200°F oven or tent with tinfoil to keep the first batch warm. Repeat with the remaining four chicken wings.
  7. Garnish with lemon juice and sliced scallion and serve immediately.

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