Have you ever made homemade wontons? Well, since we might have some extra time on our hands right now, why not give it a try? My absolute favourite flavour (and I have tried a lot!) are chicken and cilantro wontons. The combination of chicken with cilantro, immersed in Asian flavours, all wrapped inside a wonton is just meant to be.
What are Wontons?
Wontons are a type of Chinese dumpling made by stuffing a wonton wrapper with delicious filling and wrapping it up. The wonton wrapper is essentially like a big square noodle.
When I met my hubby, wontons did not really exist in my life. Being from Shanghai, wontons are a thing of pride for him. Basically, they are life. For me, it wasn't quite like that. In fact, I was never super adventurous with food growing up, so it wasn't until we were together that I actually tried them.
I always had the idea that the stuffing was always made with pork (and it usually it is). At the time, I only preferred my pork in bacon form. So when my mother-in-law came to visit us a few years ago, she whipped up a batch of chicken and cilantro wontons, I was hooked. The wontons lasted about a week.
How to Make Chicken and Cilantro Wontons
Making the wonton stuffing is quite easy. You basically throw in your ingredients into a food processor and pulse. What takes a lot of time is the actual wrapping. This recipe makes about 80-90 wontons, which takes me about an hour to wrap, so I usually do this in front of the TV.
You will need:
Sure, it is a little time consuming to fold these little dim sum bites, but the effort is SO worth it, because we all know that homemade is always better than store-bought.
And if you have extra time, I suggest even doubling this recipe so that you have lots to store in the freezer for later. The way I see it is that if I am going to spend a large amount of time making these, I might as well make a big batch to last a couple of months.
How to Fold Wontons
Figuring out how to fold the perfect wonton can be pretty intimating, but once you try a few of them and get the hang of it, you will find that it is actually super easy. There are three simple steps to follow:
- Dip your finger in water and smear along the edges of the wonton wrapper.
- Fold the wrapper over to create a rectangular shape and and press down along the side and top edges to seal the mixture inside.
- Take the two bottom edges and wrap them under to overlap. Add a dap of water on the bottom edges to make them stick together.
Video on How to Fold Wontons
How to Store Wontons
How to Serve Chicken and Cilantro Wontons
My favourite way to eat these wontons are in wonton soup. Two of my favourite soups to make are easy 10-minute wonton soup or 10-minute Shanghai-style wonton soup. You can also boil them and serve with a chili oil sauce on top (see my spicy chili oil wontons). Or just pan-fry them and serve with some dipping sauce on the side.
More Dim Sum Recipes
- Pan-Fried Pork and Shrimp Wontons
- Crispy Bottom Pan-Fried Vegetable Buns
- Egg and Chive Vegetarian Dumplings
- Shanghai Style Vegetarian Steamed Buns
- Crispy Bottom Shanghai Pan-Fried Pork Buns
- Spicy Chili Oil Wontons
- Crispy Fried Vegetarian Spring Rolls
- Savoury Chive Pancakes with Sourdough Starter
Did you make this recipe? I would greatly appreciate a comment and rating below, letting me know what you thought of the recipe. You can also snap a picture and tag me on Instagram @aheadofthyme or share it on the Pinterest pin so that I can follow along.
This post was originally posted in January 2017. It has been updated with new photos, videos, and written content.