Wontons are ridiculously easy, and you can fill them with whatever your heart desires. This time, I did chicken. Mostly because my kids will eat anything with the word chicken in it and anything that comes in the form of dipping… Because duh, dipping is fun!
For the kids, I just served these with a side of regular bottled teriyaki glaze… but momma likes spice and this sauce delivers.
So, to begin I threw about a half a pound of ground chicken into a bowl and mixed in the shredded carrot, green onion, cilantro, garlic, ginger, the egg, and some salt & pepper.
Then I grabbed the wonton wrappers, and a small bowl of water.
I put a small spoonful of the chicken mixture in the center of the wonton wrapper and coated all four sides in a tiny bit of water. All I did was dip my fingers in the bowl of water and carefully run them along each side.
Then I folded it up diagonally, making sure that all the sides were sealed tightly. I carefully worked my fingers from the middle to the edges to push out any air bubbles. This takes a delicate hand, so just go slow until you get the hang of it.
So, while I was filling all of the wontons with practiced patience and zen (NOT) I started to heat up the oil. As soon at it starts to ripple, it’s ready. I usually take a little piece of wonton and double check for heat.
Then I fried these bad boys in a little golden bath of screaming hot oil.
Make sure to only throw in a few at a time, or they like to stick together and become one giant glob of wontons and filling. No one wants that. So be sure move them and flip them, and watch them like its your religion because they can burn quickly.
Once the wontons were done frying, I set them on a paper towel lined plate to drain any excess oil and let them cool slightly while I worked on the sauce.
In a small bowl I combined the soy sauce, sesame oil, cilantro, sweet chili sauce, lime juice, honey, crushed red pepper, garlic salt and pepper.
And voila, drop the mic because this dish is done. I like to serve these with some kind of fresh salad or vegetable on the side just to kind of cut the oil. Hope you enjoy!
Crispy Chicken Wontons with Spicy Chili and Lime Sauce
For the Filling:
½ lb. ground chicken
¼ cup shredded carrot
1 tbsp. finely chopped cilantro
½ tbsp. chopped green onion
1 clove finely chopped garlic
1 tsp. grated ginger
Salt and pepper to taste
Water, for sealing
For the Sauce:
4 tbsp. soy sauce
2 tbsp. sweet chili sauce
1 tsp. sesame oil
2 tsps. finely chopped cilantro
2 tsps. thinly sliced green onion
1 tsp. garlic salt
2 tbsp. of lime juice
1 to 2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes (or to taste)
In a large mixing bowl, combine the chicken, carrot, egg, cilantro, green onion, cilantro, garlic, ginger, and salt & pepper. Stir to combine, and set aside. Then, wrap the wontons by placing about a ½ tbsp. in the center of the wrapper and fold up diagonally. Pinch edges tight to seal. Next, heat up some cooking oil in a deep pan, and fry the wontons until golden brown. Lastly, make the sauce by combining all the ingredients into a bowl, and whisk thoroughly. Serve wontons hot with dipping sauce. Enjoy!