Entree

Sweet And Spicy Potsticker Stir Fry

This sweet and spicy potsticker stir fry is both indulgent and healthful. Vibrant veggies and crispy and juicy potstickers are coated in a luscious sauce made with orange juice, honey, and chili garlic paste. A one-pot meal that is quick, easy, and versatile.

The ever-popular stir fry! There are infinite possibilities when it comes to stir-fries, but it wasn’t until recently I discovered potsticker stir fry. I always considered pot stickers an appetizer!

I had a craving for a stir fry one night but wanted to avoid cutting up the chicken (yes, I was in a lazy mood). So, while looking in the freezer for a different dinner option, I saw the potstickers! Voila!

Now, it has become a staple among my dinner rotation—no need for a fancy wok or complicated ingredients for a rich, mouth-watering sauce.
I mean, when you think about it, stir-fries are essentially the perfect meal to use up whatever veggies and protein you have on hand.

My sauce is a combination of an orange chicken sauce and a teriyaki sauce, and every veggie and potsticker is coated in a thick, sweet, and spicy sauce.

Ingredients Notes And Substitutions

Ingredients for sweet and spicy potsticker stir fry

Potstickers ~ so many options! Chicken, pork, beef, shrimp, or vegetarian

Veggies ~ mix and match, or use up what’s lurking in your crisper drawers. My favorite is carrots, broccoli, sugar snap peas, bell peppers, and onions.

Garnishes ~ toasted sesame seeds, cilantro, green onions, chopped almonds

For the sauce

Chicken Stock ~ broth can be substituted or vegetable stock for a vegetarian option.

Soy sauce ~ is essential for a stir-fry sauce. I use Kikomans low-sodium soy sauce.

Orange juice + zest ~ The juice will add some sweetness, and the oils in the zest will give it that citrusy flavor. A little zest goes a long way.

Honey ~ balances the saltiness, and spiciness

Ginger & garlic ~ sorry, no substitutions here, ya’ll. Fresh only, no powders allowed! TIP – most grocery stores sell fresh garlic and ginger in the tubes. Trader Joe’s sells them in the frozen section in individual 1-teaspoon portions. They are fresh and great time savers!

Chili garlic paste ~ you can control the spice level; I like it spicy.

Cornstarch ~ this will thicken the sauce.

Why You’ll Love Potsticker Stir Fry

  • Versatility: Potsticker stir fry is incredibly versatile. Whether you prefer meat-filled potstickers, vegetarian options, or a combination, you can customize the dish to suit your taste. The variety of available potsticker fillings makes it easy to please everyone!
  • Quick and Easy Preparation: Perfect for those busy days when you crave a delicious (and last minute) The stir-fry process is quick, and the potstickers cook rapidly, making it a convenient option for a satisfying weeknight dinner.
  • Sauce Magic: You’ll never buy store bought again! The sweet and spicy sauce is the star of the show, and it comes together in 5 minutes. All fresh ingredients, no artificial anything.
  • Crowd-Pleaser: Who doesn’t love a potsticker? A casual and budget-friendly way to enjoy with family or friends. Prep everything ahead for stress-free entertaining!
  • Fun to Make: I love the creative possibilities with this dish, and it’s a great meal to let the young chefs in your family create an easy and satisfying dinner.

How To Make Sweet And Spicy Pot Sticker Stir Fry

  1. Whisk together soy sauce, chicken stock, honey, red chili flakes, chili garlic paste, orange juice, zest, and cornstarch in a bowl.
  2. Heat a wok or skillet over high heat. Add the potstickers, cover, and cook, turning once or twice until they develop a golden-brown crust. Remove them to a plate while you cook the veggies.
  3. Heat another tablespoon of sesame in the same skillet, then add all your veggies, garlic, ginger, salt, and pepper. Stir-fry until the veggies are tender-crisp, maintaining their vibrant colors.
  4. Turn the heat to low, add the pot stickers back to the pan, and gently stir in the sweet and spicy sauce. Allow the sauce to thicken as you stir everything together.
  5. Garnish with chopped green onions, sesame seeds, and slivered almonds for an extra pop of flavor and texture.
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Sweet And Spicy Potsticker Stir Fry


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  • Author: Teri Wallingford
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 2-4 1x

Description

This sweet and spicy potsticker stir fry is both indulgent and healthful. Vibrant veggies, crispy and juicy potstickers are coated in a luscious sauce made with orange juice, honey, and chili garlic paste. A one pot meal thats quick easy and versatile.


Ingredients

Units Scale

For the sweet & spicy sauce * See Note Below

  • 1 cup chicken stock or broth
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce. I use low-sodium
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 12 teaspoons orange zest
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 teaspoon garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon chile-garlic paste. More or less for your heat preference
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch

For the stir fry 

  • 1 teaspoon EACH sesame oil and olive oil. (vegetable, avocado oil, or coconut oil can also be used)
  • Any variety of potstickers ( vegetable, chicken, pork ) I usually server 4 per person
  • 1 cup chopped broccoli
  • 1 cup sliced or slivered carrots
  • 1 cup sliced or slivered red or yellow peppers
  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • 1 cup snap peas or snow peas, ends trimmed
  • Garnishes- cilantro, green onions, sliced almonds, toasted sesame seeds.


Instructions

For the sweet & spicy sauce

  1. Whisk together soy sauce, chicken stock, honey, chili-garlic paste, red chili flakes, orange juice, zest, ginger, garlic, and cornstarch in a bowl. Set aside.

For the stir fry

  1. Heat the sesame oil and olive oil in a wok or skillet over medium-high heat. Add the potstickers, cover, and cook, turning once or twice until they develop a golden-brown crust. Remove them to a plate while you cook the veggies.
  2. Heat another tablespoon of sesame oil (or other preferred oil) in the same skillet, then add all your veggies, garlic, ginger, salt, and pepper. Stir-fry until the veggies are tender-crisp, maintaining their vibrant colors. * Note. If you prefer more cooked vegetables, add a few tablespoons of water and cover to steam them a little.
  3. Turn the heat to low, add the pot stickers back to the pan, and gently stir in the sweet and spicy sauce. Allow the sauce to thicken as you stir everything together.
  4. Garnish with chopped green onions, sesame seeds, and slivered almonds for an extra pop of flavor and texture.
  5. Enjoy!

Notes

* I like a lot of sauce.This sauce recipe makes a quite a bit. You can either cut it in half if you prefer to go light with the sauce or you could easily add more vegetables to make larger portions and have enough sauce.

  • Prep Time: 15 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Category: Entree
  • Method: Stove top
  • Cuisine: Chinese inspired

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