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Trader Joe’s Steamed Chicken Soup Dumplings [Reviewed]

Trader Joe’s Steamed Chicken Soup Dumplings

Trader Joe’s has a good selection of asian inspired dishes. One of the most popular dishes is the Trader Joe’s steamed chicken soup dumplings. They come in 6 oz. carton and can be found in the frozen food aisle.

At the time of writing this article, the price was $3.49 per box at the Boca Raton location in Florida.

We rated this dish a 5/5 and highly recommend it. The difficulty of preparation of this dish ranges from easy to moderate. It can be cooked in about 2 minutes in the microwave, or in about 8-10 minutes steamed on the stovetop.

Continue reading below for our full breakdown.

Trader Joe’s Steamed Chicken Soup Dumplings Quick Look

Where to FindFrozen Food Aisle
Cook Time1.5-2 minutes (Microwave) 8-10 Minutes (Steamed on Stovetop)
Food AllergensContains Soy, Wheat
Our Rating : 5/51- Bad
2- Tolerable
3- Good
4- Love it
5- Must Try It

What Do Trader Joe’s Steamed Chicken Soup Dumplings Taste Like?

How to Eat Soup Dumplings

The Trader Joe’s Steamed Chicken Soup Dumplings have a decadent taste. The outside of the dumpling is soft while the inside soup is hot and steamy with a tender chicken filling. Needless to say, we were in awe. These little soup dumplings were delicious.

You instantly get a melt in your mouth dumpling that has a sweet, but savory taste from the broth. The chicken filling dissolves in your mouth and has a slight green onion taste to it. This is by no means a salty dish and can be paired well with a variety of dipping sauces.

We ate these the way Trader Joe’s recommends, which is by biting a small hole on either the top or bottom of the dumpling and letting the soup fill up the spoon before taking a bite.

For the best taste, the dumpling should be eaten all at once.

If you are looking for restaurant style dumplings in terms of quality and taste, these are a must try item on your next trip to Trader Joe’s.

How Do You Cook Trader Joe’s Steamed Chicken Soup Dumplings?

Cooking Instructions

When reading the heating instructions on the side of the box, there are two preferred methods to cook the dumplings.

Both methods of cooking steam the dumplings. The microwave route cooks the dumplings a lot faster than the stove top method.

However, we believe that using a steamer on the stove top will produce a better tasting dumpling than steaming them in the microwave. Use whichever method you can or have the time for.

We opted to cook the dumpling in a steamer on our stove top so we could get the best experience possible.

Microwave Instructions

The microwave instructions are specific to a 1,200 wattage microwave. If you have a lower wattage microwave (such as a 900 watt), you may need to heat for additional time.

Frozen Dumplings Out of the Plastic Bag

Once you open the package and take out the dumplings, you are left with 6 dumplings on a plastic tray that are sealed in plastic bag. Simply cut one corner of the bag to vent it, and place it in the microwave for 1.5-2 minutes.

Once they have finished heating, leave them untouched in the microwave for an additional minute. This will steam them in the microwave for an additional minute without overcooking it from the heat of the microwave.

Stove Top Instructions

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The most preferred method to cook the dumplings are on the stovetop with a steamer. The first step is to warm up boiling water in your steamer basket or pot on the stove.

Once it reaches a boil, place all your dumplings into the steamer. Be to give them enough room from each other so they can cook evenly.

Freshly Steamed Chicken Soup Dumplings

Cover them with the lid and allow them to steam for 8-10 minutes, or until they are cooked through. The dough should be slightly translucent when it is fully warmed up.

Carefully remove them from the steamer when they are finished cooking. The dumplings will be very tender and may break easily if not handled with care.

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How Do You Eat Trader Joe’s Soup Dumplings?

Trader Joe’s recommends eating their soup dumplings by first taking a bite of the dumpling, either from the top or the side. This will create a tiny hole for the soup to leak out onto your spoon.

Once the soup has cooled on the spoon, place the entire dumpling with the soup into your mouth. This is the preferred way to eat the dumplings for the best experience possible.

Trader Joe’s Steamed Chicken Soup Dumplings Nutrition Information

Nutritional Information

Each box of Trader Joe’s Steamed Chicken Soup Dumplings contains 1 serving. 1 serving is equal to 6 dumplings or 170g.

Each serving contains 250 calories, 7g of total fat, 29g of total carbohydrates, and 16g of protein. The sodium content is moderate at 610mg per serving.

These dumplings contain a moderate amount of fat and carbs, and a high amount of protein.

Overall, the nutritional content from these dumplings are good, especially if you are looking for more protein in your diet.

Trader Joe’s Steamed Chicken Soup Dumplings Ingredients

Ingredients from Packaging
  • FILLING: Chicken, Water, Green Onion, Soy Sauce (water, soybeans, wheat, salt)
  • Ginger, Gelatin, Sugar, Cooking Rice Wine (water, alcohol, salt)
  • Sesame Oil, Soybean Oil, Salt, Yeast Extract, White Pepper, Seasoning (yeast extract, flavoring, salt)
  • DOUGH: Enriched Wheat Flour (wheat flour, malted barley flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid)
  • Water, Wheat Flour, Modified Tapioca Starch, Salt, Soybean Oil

Contains Soy, Wheat

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Dumpling?

A dumpling is a broad term used to describe a dish that uses a piece of dough that is wrapped around a filling.

In this case, the dough is wrapped around a chicken soup filling. In most cases, the dough can be made out of bread, flour, buckwheat, or potatoes and can be filled with a variety of different meats, vegetables, and soups.

Are the Trader Joe’s Chicken Soup Dumplings Fully Cooked?

Trader Joe’s Chicken Soup Dumplings come ready to eat. Simply warm them up in a microwave or stovetop steamer for a quick appetizer that can be eaten before your main course.

What Do You Dip Trader Joe’s Soup Dumplings In?

The most common sauce that dumplings are dipped in are usually sauces with a mixture of water, soy sauce, sugar, and rice wine vinegar, along with a mix of herbs and spices.

These sauces are usually labeled simply as dumpling sauce or gyoza sauce.

Final Thoughts

Overall, we gave the Trader Joe’s Steamed Chicken Soup Dumplings a 5/5 rating.

This dish is one of our favorite dishes to buy when we shop at Trader Joe’s. It is almost always a definite pickup when doing our weekly grocery trips. The soft doughy outside along with the sweet and savory chicken soup inside, makes this an addicting dish.

Also, since this is microwaveable, it can be prepared in a pinch when you need something quick to eat. The only drawback of this item is that it only comes with 6 pieces.


Shane is a fitness enthusiast who also has a passion for trying and cooking new foods. His favorite stores to shop at include Trader Joe's, Wholefoods Market, Sprouts, Stater Brothers, and Target.

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