Creamy Chicken Wontons
Are you looking for a snack that’s so creamy and flavorful, it’ll make your taste buds do a happy dance? Well, look no further than creamy chicken wontons! These little pockets of deliciousness are crispy on the outside, but inside, they’re filled with a creamy, dreamy mixture of chicken and spices that will make you want to lick your fingers clean.
With Ramadan just around the corner, these easy chicken wontons are perfect for satisfying those hunger pangs after a long day of fasting. Not only are they easy to make, but they’re also packed with protein and flavor, making them the perfect Iftar snack.
Imagine biting into a crunchy, golden brown wonton, only to be met with a warm, creamy explosion of flavor. It’s like a party in your mouth, and everyone’s invited!
Plus, these little bites are perfect for sharing, so you can impress your friends and family with your culinary skills and leave them begging for more.
Grab your apron and get ready to whip up a batch of the most irresistible wontons you’ve ever tasted.
Trust me, once you’ve had a taste, you’ll be hooked!
What are creamy chicken wontons?
Creamy chicken wontons are a delicious appetizer or snack made from a filling of chicken, cream, and seasonings, wrapped in a thin wonton wrapper and then fried until golden brown and crispy.
The filling is usually made with chicken, thick cream or cream cheese, and a combination of spices such as salt, black pepper, or herbs.
Once the filling is mixed together, it is then wrapped in wonton sheets, formed into triangular shapes, and fried until crispy.
The result is a tasty and satisfying snack that is perfect for any occasion. Creamy chicken wontons can be served as a standalone dish or paired with dipping sauces, such as sweet chili sauce, soy sauce, or spicy mustard sauce, to enhance the flavor.
Origin of Wontons
Wontons themselves are a traditional Chinese dumpling that’s often filled with ground meat or shrimp and served in a savory broth. However, the creamy chicken filling used in the wontons we know today is a modern twist that was likely created by chefs experimenting with new flavor combinations.
While the exact origin of creamy chicken wontons is unknown, it’s believed that they originated in Asia and quickly spread to other parts of the world.
Today, they’re a popular appetizer in Asian fusion restaurants and can be found in many grocery stores and specialty food shops.
Creamy Chicken Wonton Recipe
To make easy creamy wontons, you’ll need to mix together the filling ingredients, wrap them in wonton wrappers, and then cook them either by frying or steaming.
Ingredients You Will Need
Here is a breakdown of the ingredients you will need:
- Skinless, boneless chicken breast: This is the main protein component of the dish, that needs to be finely chopped.
- Ginger and garlic: Crushed ginger and garlic adds flavor and aroma to the filling.
- Thick cream: Cream adds richness and creaminess to the filling, which is what gives creamy chicken wontons their signature texture and flavor.
- Salt and black pepper: This basic seasoning enhances the flavor of the other ingredients. Black pepper adds a slight spiciness to the filling, which can help balance out the richness of the cream and chicken.
- ½ teaspoon chicken powder: This is a seasoning made from dehydrated chicken that can add a savory, umami flavor to the filling.
- White pepper: Like black pepper, white pepper adds a subtle spiciness to the filling.
- Canola oil: This is used to cook the chicken and sauté the ginger garlic paste before adding it to the filling mixture. You can use any flavorless oil of your preference.
- Small/medium roll sheets: These are the wrappers that will be filled with the chicken mixture to make the wontons.
- Oil as needed for frying: This is used to fry the wontons until they are crispy and golden brown.
Slurry for sticking the wrappers
- All-purpose flour as needed
- Water as needed
How to make creamy chicken wontons at home
At first glance, making chicken wontons might seem intimidating, but fear not!
With a little bit of patience and practice, anyone can master the art of creating these little pockets of flavor. Whether you’re a seasoned cook or a beginner in the kitchen, this recipe is sure to impress.
Making the creamy chicken wonton filling
- To get started, you’ll need a few simple ingredients, including wonton wrappers, chopped chicken breast, cream, ginger, garlic, and a few spices. Begin by cooking the chicken in oil with crushed ginger and garlic, then mix with the thick cream and spices.
Assemble the Wontons
- Once you’ve created your filling, it’s time to assemble the wontons. Lay out a wonton wrapper on a flat surface, add a small spoonful of the filling to the center, and then fold the wrapper in half, pressing the edges together to seal the wonton.
- Repeat this process until you’ve used up all of your filling and wonton wrappers.
Frying the wontons
- Now it’s time to fry up these little pockets of goodness! Heat up some oil in a pan, then add your wontons and fry them until they’re golden brown and crispy. Once they’re done, remove them from the oil and let them cool for a minute or two before serving.
These easy creamy chicken wontons are perfect for a quick and easy snack or as a delicious appetizer at your next party. Serve them up with your favorite dipping sauce and watch as your guests gobble them up in no time!
Variation of Creamy Chicken Wontons
The creamy chicken filling used in wontons is typically made from chicken, cream/cream cheese, and a variety of seasonings and herbs. However, there are many different variations of the filling that you can try, each with its own unique flavor profile.
Sesame chicken wontons: Coat your wontons in a mixture of sesame oil, soy sauce, and sesame seeds for an extra burst of flavor.
Mortadella wrapped chicken wontons: Wrap your creamy chicken wontons in mortadella before frying them up for a savory and delicious twist.
Buffalo chicken wontons: Toss your cooked wontons in a mixture of buffalo sauce and butter for a spicy and tangy flavor.
Variation of Fillings
Vegetarian filling: Swap out the chicken for some veggies like mushrooms, carrots, bell peppers, or tofu for a delicious vegetarian version of this classic dish.
Spicy Creamy Chicken Filling:: If you like your food with a bit of heat, try making a spicy creamy chicken filling for your wontons. To do this, simply add a diced jalapeno pepper and a teaspoon of chili powder to the classic creamy chicken filling recipe. You can also use hot sauce or red pepper flakes to add additional spice.
Sesame Ginger Creamy Chicken Filling: For a more complex flavor profile, try making a sesame ginger creamy chicken filling with shredded chicken, cream cheese, minced ginger, sesame oil, soy sauce, rice vinegar, and green onions.
Cheesy chicken wonton filling: You can use cream cheese, cheddar, feta, parmesan and mozzarella!
Shrimp and herb filling: Shrimps cooked in different herbs and spices to enhance the flavor, such as ginger, garlic, or cilantro would make an excellent filling!
Dipping Sauce Options
One of the best things about wontons is the variety of dipping sauces that you can use to complement their flavor. I love a simple mint-coriander chutney but here are a few other popular options:
Sweet Chili Sauce: Sweet chili sauce is a sweet and slightly spicy dipping sauce that pairs perfectly with creamy chicken wontons. To make your own, combine rice vinegar, sugar, garlic, red pepper flakes, and cornstarch in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Then, reduce the heat and simmer until the sauce has thickened.
Creamy ranch dressing: my favorite!
Soy Sauce: Soy sauce is a classic dipping sauce that’s perfect for savory dishes like wontons. To make a simple soy sauce dipping sauce, mix together soy sauce, rice vinegar, sugar, garlic, and ginger. You can also add a bit of sesame oil for extra flavor.
Teriyaki Sauce: Teriyaki sauce is a sweet and savory dipping sauce that’s commonly used in Japanese cuisine. To make your own, combine soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, ginger, and cornstarch in a saucepan and cook until the sauce has thickened. You can also add a bit of honey or mirin for extra sweetness.
Different types of wrappers used for creamy chicken wontons
While traditional wonton wrappers are made with wheat flour, you could also try using wrappers made with different types of flour like rice flour or even vegetable-based wrappers like those made with spinach or beetroot. Even better would be rice paper wrappers to make Vietnamese-style summer rolls, or use egg roll wrappers to make larger, crispy wontons.
How can you make healthy chicken wontons?
- Baked instead of fried: While frying is the traditional method for cooking wontons, you could also try baking them in the oven for a healthier alternative. Simply brush them with a little bit of oil and bake them in a preheated oven at 375°F for 10-12 minutes, or until they’re golden brown and crispy.
- Use lean chicken: To cut down on calories and fat, use lean chicken breast instead of dark meat when making your creamy chicken filling.
- Choose whole grain wonton wrappers: Look for whole grain wonton wrappers made with whole wheat flour or other whole grains, which are higher in fiber and nutrients than traditional white flour wrappers.
- Add in veggies: Sneak in some extra veggies by adding finely chopped carrots, bell peppers, or mushrooms to the chicken filling. This will increase the nutrient content of your wontons and add some extra flavor and texture.
- Go easy on the cream: While cream is a key ingredient in here, you can cut back on the amount you use to make them healthier. Try using low-fat cream cheese, or use a smaller amount of cream overall.
- Serve with a side salad: To balance out the richness of the creamy chicken wontons, serve them with a side salad or some steamed veggies. This will help add some extra fiber and nutrients to your meal.
By making these simple tweaks, you can enjoy your creamy chicken wontons guilt-free and still satisfy your cravings for a delicious snack.
STORING AND REHEATING WONTONS
Can I make creamy chicken wontons ahead of time?
Yes, you can make creamy chicken wontons ahead of time and store them in the refrigerator or freezer until you’re ready to cook them. If you’re planning on freezing them, make sure to store them in an airtight container or freezer bag.
How long do creamy chicken wontons last in the refrigerator?
They last in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days if stored in an airtight container
Can I freeze creamy chicken wontons?
- Yes, creamy chicken wontons can be frozen for up to 2-3 months.
- Spread them out on a tray and freeze. Once they’ve frozen, move them to an airtight container or freezer bag.
- To reheat, fry them until they are heated through and crispy.
Serving suggestions & presentation ideas
Chicken wontons are a versatile dish that can be enjoyed in a variety of ways. They can be served as a quick and easy snack, a delicious appetizer, or even as part of a main meal. Here are a few ideas on how to serve and enjoy your chicken wontons:
- As a snack: Creamy chicken wontons make the perfect snack to enjoy any time of the day. Serve them up with your favorite dipping sauce for an extra burst of flavor.
- As an appetizer: Impress your guests with these delicious and crispy wontons as a starter at your next dinner party. They’re sure to be a hit!
- In a stir-fry: Add some extra protein and flavor to your stir-fry by tossing in some creamy chicken wontons. They’re a great addition to any veggie stir-fry.
- As a main dish: Why not turn creamy chicken wontons into the star of the show? Serve them up with a side of rice or veggies for a filling and delicious meal.
- Party food: Creamy chicken wontons are perfect for parties and potlucks. Make a big batch and keep them warm in a slow cooker, so guests can help themselves throughout the evening.
- Fusion cuisine: Get creative with your creamy chicken wontons by incorporating them into other dishes from around the world. For example, you could use them as a filling for Mexican-style quesadillas or serve them alongside Japanese-style gyoza.
No matter how you choose to enjoy your creamy chicken wontons, one thing is for sure: they’re a delicious and satisfying dish that’s perfect for any occasion. So why not try these easy creamy chicken wontons and see what all the fuss is about?
Get creative with the presentation: Finally, don’t be afraid to get creative with how you present your creamy chicken wontons. You could stack them in a pyramid, arrange them in a wreath shape, or even make them into cute little animals using edible markers and toothpicks.
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Whether you’re looking for a new twist on a classic dish or you’re simply looking for a tasty snack to enjoy with your family and friends, creamy chicken wontons are sure to impress. So why not add a little excitement to your Ramadan Iftar with this mouth-watering snack that’s sure to please everyone at the table?
Ready to try this easy creamy Chicken Wontons Recipe?
Creamy Chicken Wontons
- 300 g chicken boneless finely chopped
- 1 tbsp. heaped yogurt I think skip yogurt because it bursts? Or add ½ tbsp. only
- 1 teaspoon ginger garlic poaste
- 2 tablespoons thick cream
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- ½ teaspoon chicken powder
- ½ teaspoon white pepper
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- Small/medium roll sheets
- Oil as needed for frying
Slurry to stick the wrappers
- All-purpose flour as needed
- Water as needed
Making the creamy chicken wonton filling
- Heat 2 tablespoons of canola oil in a pan over medium heat. Add the 1 teaspoon of ginger garlic paste and sauté for a minute.
- Add the finely chopped chicken to the pan and cook until it is no longer pink.
- In a mixing bowl, combine the cooked chicken, thick cream, salt, black pepper, chicken powder, and white pepper. Mix well until all ingredients are combined.
Assemble the Wontons
- To assemble the wontons, take a small/medium roll sheet and place about 1 teaspoon of the filling mixture in the center.
- Moisten the edges of the wrapper with slurry and fold it in half to create a triangle. Press the edges together to seal.Then press the triangle from the middle to create a wonton shape.
- Repeat until all the filling mixture is used up.
Frying the wontons
- Heat oil in a deep fryer or a heavy-bottomed pan over medium-high heat.
- Once the oil is hot, carefully add the wontons to the oil, a few at a time. Fry until they are golden brown and crispy, about 2-3 minutes.
- Remove the wontons from the oil with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Your easy creamy chicken wontons are ready.
- Serve immediately: Creamy chicken wontons are best served hot and crispy, so be sure to serve them immediately after frying with your favorite dipping sauce.
Tips for the perfect crispy creamy chicken wontons
How to fold and seal creamy chicken wontons properly
Don’t overfill the wontons:
Be careful not to overfill your wontons with the creamy chicken mixture, as this can cause them to burst open while frying.
Use a flour slurry to seal the wontons:
When sealing your wontons, use cold water instead of warm or hot water. This will help the edges to seal properly and prevent the filling from spilling out.
Fry in small batches:
To ensure that your wontons cook evenly and don’t stick together, fry them in small batches. Make sure the oil is hot enough to prevent them from becoming greasy. Don’t overcrowd the pan and make sure to flip them frequently to ensure even cooking.
Serve the wontons hot and crispy for the best flavor and texture.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What’s the nutritional information for creamy chicken wontons?
Creamy chicken wontons are relatively high in fat and calories due to the use of cream cheese in the filling and the frying process. However, by making a few adjustments like using lean protein and steaming instead of frying, you can make them healthier.
How do I use pre-made wonton wrappers for creamy chicken wontons?
Pre-made wonton wrappers can be found in most grocery stores in the refrigerated section. Just make sure to keep the wrappers covered with a damp cloth to prevent them from drying out while you’re filling them. In this creamy chicken wontons recipe, I am using pre-made wonton wrappers.
Can I make chicken wontons spicy?
Yes, you can make these wontons spicy by adding hot sauce, chili flakes, or chopped jalapenos to the filling mixture.
Can I make creamy chicken wontons vegetarian?
You can make creamy chicken wontons vegetarian by using a plant-based protein such as tofu or tempeh instead of chicken, and using vegetable broth instead of chicken broth.
Can I make creamy chicken wontons without cream?
Yes, if you want to make these without cream, you can use other soft cheeses such as ricotta or goat cheese, or grated parmesan cheese.
How many chicken wontons should I serve per person?
This will depend on the size of the wontons and whether they are being served as an appetizer or a main dish. As a general rule of thumb, 3-4 wontons per person should be sufficient as an appetizer, while 6-8 wontons per person may be more appropriate as a main dish.
Can I bake chicken wontons instead of frying or steaming them?
Yes, you can bake chicken wontons in the oven. Simply brush them with a little bit of oil and bake them in a preheated oven at 375°F (190°C) for 12-15 minutes, or until they are golden brown.
Are wontons gluten-free?
No, creamy chicken wontons are typically made with wonton wrappers which contain gluten. However, there are gluten-free wonton wrappers available in some specialty stores or online.
Are creamy chicken wontons healthy?
Creamy chicken wontons are not necessarily considered a healthy food due to their high fat and calorie content. However, they can be enjoyed in moderation as part of a balanced diet.
Can I make creamy chicken wonton filling with other meats besides chicken?
Yes, you can make creamy wontons with other meats such as tuna, shrimp, or beef.