Monday, May 10, 2010

Chicken Wontons with Mango Sauce

It's so great to be pulling handfuls of fresh herbs out of the garden again. So many recipes are adaptable, so it's an act of creativity to wander and wonder what flavor combos will work best, deciding right there on the spot. One thing thats growing wild in my yard right now is field garlic. It's everywhere and pitches in as a substitute for chives, scallions, garlic and even onion when sauteed.

Combined with fresh cilantro, chopped chicken and water chestnuts, it makes a great wonton filling.  This recipe was given to me long ago by Jack Young, a member of one of my long-lost online book groups, when I asked for something different to do with chicken.  The kids enjoyed folding the dumplings and making the mango sauce, too.


1 package of wonton wrappers (also known as Large Fresh Dumpling Peel)

For the filling:
8 water chestnuts (fresh or canned)
2 medium chicken breasts
1 handful of field garlic or one large scallion, chopped
1/4 c. cilantro, chopped
1 egg
1 T. soy sauce
1/3 c. bread crumbs
salt & pepper to taste

For the sauce:
1 mango, sliced with pit removed
1/4 c. white vinegar
1 T. sugar
1 jalapeno pepper, chopped

In a food processor, process the water chestnuts until coarse.  Add the chicken breasts and continue to process until the mixture is smooth (about 10-15 seconds).  Transfer to a mixing bowl and add the field garlic or scallion, cilantro, egg, soy sauce, salt and pepper.  Fold in the bread crumbs.

Make the wontons using the traditional technique normally found on the wonton wrapper pacakaging.  Use about 3/4 teaspoon of the filling for each wonton. (Wontons may be makde ahead, placed on a plate or tray covered by plastic wrap and refridgerated until ready).

For appetizers, deep fry wontons in peanut or corn oil for a few minutes over medium-high heat, being careful to not overcook.  Place them on paper towels to absorb excess oil.

Serve with Mango Sauce which is easily made by combining  mango, vinegar and sugar in a food processor.  For extra zest, add in a chopped jalapeno pepper to the sauce.

I'm looking for some other good wonton fillings - any ideas?


TALON said...

Oh, JGH, those look and sound delicious! As soon as I have a kitchen back (we're in the middle of a total kitchen reno) I'm going to make these. I wish I could give you suggestions for fillings, but I'm drawing a blank.

I love getting herbs straight from the garden. It just makes food taste fabulous. Once you have fresh, it's really hard to get excited over the dried stuff.

Jingle said...

fresh and home based...
very enjoyable in sight.

AshKuku said...

Hey WOW!!!! Awesome recipe u posted.... I do not thinks u often post preps, right? But this is tempting for sure.... Thanks for sharing.... & would look forward to some more of your preps....

As for the fillings veg would be healthy & tasty too.... just substitute chicken with cooked & sauteed vegetables.... OR may be u could add a dash of lime & minced ginger to the chicken....

Love & Hugs)))))


Joanne said...

I do have an idea ... blog friend dinner at your place!! We'll all share in those wonderful looking chicken wontons. Those even look good right now, and it's breakfast time :)

Lzyjo said...

MMMM!!! Jen, those look so delicious and fun to make!

tina said...

Yum! Can you package them up and deliver them??:)

Ronda Laveen said...

I can smell and taste this one! Yipee...I love won tons.

patti said...

What a post for me to read b/f I leave for China!@

Other fillings?
How about chicken stomach, minced scorpions...some of the things I am looking forward to!!!

Hey, will be talking to you.
Yep, a surprise is coming your way!!

LOVE THIS BLog...and you.


June said...

Cannot wait to try it!!! Thank you, Jen!

It is so nice to be inspired by what is growing right at hand. Wish I had some field garlic.

Jingle said...

Happy Wednesday!
Thank you for the comment on my post.

MLL said...

We just had these for dinner, mango sauce and all....delicious!!! Thanks for the recipe - I got a new food processor for Mother's Day and have been looking for some good recipes to use it for.