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How to Make Wontons

There is a restaurant in my town that makes amaaaazing green chili wontons.  They’re stuffed with shredded chicken, cheddar and jack cheese and green chili.  And while they’re super delicious just on their own, they’re even better paired with a cool creamy ranch dressing and perfect thai dipping sauce.  

I set out to recreate this dish at home, and learn how to make wontons.  The process is actually very simple, and inexpensive. 

How to Make Wontons

  • 1 boneless, skinless chicken breast 
  • 1/4 cup green chili
  • 1/2 cup shredded monterey jack and cheddar cheese
  • Salt to taste
  • Wonton wrappers
  • Oil for frying

Bring a large pot of water to a boil, and add in raw chicken breast.  Boil for 15-20 minutes, or until chicken is completely cooked through.  You can also add in some spices to the boiling water, such as garlic, chili powder, and cumin.  

Remove chicken from the pot and cut into large chunks.  Add to a food processor, along with the green chili and cheese.  Pulse in the food processor until you get a fine consistency, and add salt, if desired.  

Add 1 tsp of the filling to the center of a wonton wrapper.  Grab a small bowl, and add a bit of water.  Dip your (hopefully clean) finger into the water, and trace along the outside edges of the wonton.  Take the corner of the wonton wrapper and fold it to meet the opposite corner.  Seal the slightly wet edges.  You should have a triangle at this point.  You can leave it like that, or you can fold in the bottom two corners to the center of the wonton, so you don’t have the edges sticking out.  That’s totally up to your preferences. 

Set wontons on a plate, covered with a towel, while you’re making them, so the wrappers don’t dry out.  

 Heat an inch and a half of oil in a pan, until the temperature reaches 375.  (Side note, I almost never measure the temperature of oil when frying.  I just go with my gut.)  Fry wontons in oil until they are golden brown, about 15-30 seconds a side.  Remove from oil and place on a paper-towel lined plate.  

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If you don’t want to eat all of the wontons at one sitting, you can take the assembled, but uncooked wontons, put them in a freezer bag, and freeze them for future use.  They should keep well for around 3 months. 

You can literally take this principal and add any of your own spices or filings to it.  Don’t like green chili?  You can add pineapples instead and make it a Hawaiian wonton.  You can fill it with  ground beef that’s been tossed with spaghetti sauce and make them Italian wontons.  There are infinite possibilities open to you, once you learn how to make wontons. 

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If you’re in the mood to make your own Chinese take-out, try these other tasty dishes: 

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