Trader Joe's has the most wonderful chicken filled Thai dumplings in a lovely big bag in the freezer. I have been doing the 'panfry' suggestion and it is messy and they never get very crisp. So the other day I decided to make a clear soup and use the dumplings in that.
I dumped a quart box of chicken stock into a pan, brought it to a boil, and added julienned carrot sticks, leftover green beans and probably some other things...kind of empty the fridge of wilted stuff.... and the dumplings. When the dumplings were deemed cooked, I ladled the soup up with cilantro.