Sauteed chicken wontons

Yield: 4 Servings

Measure Ingredient
9 Scallions
5 ounces Boneless chicken thighs
2 teaspoons Tamari or other soy sauce + more for serving
Oriental sesame oil (optional)
Salt and pepper
½ pounds Wonton skins
6 tablespoons Peanut oil
½ teaspoon Minced fresh ginger
1 tablespoon Sesame seeds
Salt and pepper


For the filling, cut the scallions into thin slices. In a meat grinder or food processor, grind the meat to a coarse texture, being careful not to overprocess. Stir in ¼ of the scallions, 2 teaspoons tamari, the sesame oil, ¼ teaspoon salt and ⅛ teaspoon pepper.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Put about 1 tablespoon of the filling in the center of a wonton skin. Brush the edges of the skin with warm water, top with another skin, and press gently around the filling to seal the edges. Repeat until all the filling is used.

Slide wontons into boiling water, stirring gently, and cook for 2 minutes. Drain carefully and plunge into cold water to stop cooking.

Drain again. Toss with 1 tablespoon of the peanut oil.

Mince the ginger. In a large frying pan, heat 1 tablespoon of the peanut oil over medium heat. Add the sesame seeds; cook, stirring frequently, until just golden, about 1 minute. Stir in the ginger.

Add the remaining scallions and cook until soft, about 2 minutes.

Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Recipe can be made up to this point several hours ahead.

Cooking and Serving: Heat 2 more tablespoons of the peanut oil over medium heat. Brown the wontons in batches, adding the remaining peanut oil between additions, or use 2 pans. Cook until both sides are golden, about 4 minutes total. Top wontons with the scallion-sesame mixture. Serve additional tamari on the side for dipping.

[ The Best of COOKS Magazine, 1987 ] Posted by Fred Peters.

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