FabuLESS Freezer Cooking: Crispy Southwest Wontons

March 3, 2009 9 Comments | Disclosure

If you haven’t checked out our Freezer Meal Cooking Series you must! It is a great way to save money on your grocery budget. We show you how to get a freezer meal cooking group together, how to do your shopping and how to organize your group on cooking day.

Here is another recipe that you can use in your freezer cooking! It is from one of my favorite, my favorite recipe blog Picky Palate!
I actually learned about Picky Palate from Cathy one summer when she was made some of Jenny’s fabulous browine recipes for a BBQ. Speaking of brownies you have to try my favorite ones The Carmel Filled Magic Brownies.

Crispy Southwest Chicken Wontons

2 Tablespoons canola or vegetable oil

½ Cup finely diced white onions

½ Cup finely diced red bell pepper

2 large cloves fresh garlic, minced

1 12 oz can chunk chicken, drained (from Costco)

¼ Cup packed fresh cilantro leaves, finely chopped

¼ Cup Verde Salsa (I use Herdez brand)

2 Tablespoons prepared ranch dressing

½ package wonton wrappers (I used the brand Nasoya, found in produce section of grocery store)

1 egg white whisked with 2 Tablespoons water

1. Heat oil into a large skillet over medium heat. Saute onions and bell pepper for 5 minutes or until softened. Stir in garlic for 1 minute and remove from heat.

2. In large bowl add onion mixture, chicken, cilantro, salsa, ranch, salt and pepper. Mix until well combined.

3. Place 1 Tablespoon chicken mixture in center of wonton wrapper. Brush bottom edge with egg white wash, fold over filling and press edges together firmly, forming a triangle shape.

4. 2 options of cooking. 1st is place about 1 inch of canola or vegetable oil in a medium skillet over medium high heat. When hot, place 4 wontons at a time into oil. Cook 1-2 minutes per side or until golden brown. 2nd option is place wontons on a baking sheet; bake at 375 degrees F for 15-20 minutes or until crispy, flipping once half way through cooking.

5. Serve with Ranch dressing or salsa if desired.

TO FREEZE: Prepare as stated above. Place wontons in freezer bag and freeze.

TO PREPARE AFTER FREEZING: Bake from frozen at 350 for 15 minutes.

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  1. Allyson says:

    I think it would be a lot more frugal to use 1.5 cups home-cooked chicken for this recipe. I like to cook up a bunch of chicken before my freezer cooking days and this would work perfectly! When these are frozen do the veggies make the filling too wet or do they still get crispy when you bake them in the oven?

    • Great idea Alyson! I think you are right about the an option for more frugal chicken. And the wontons still turn out crispy even when you freeze. Are you getting ready for a major freezer cooking day?

  2. Michelle says:

    If I’m freezing these, do I bake them before AND after I freeze, or just after?

  3. I am so excited to try these!!!! I think they will be great. I’m thinking of some sort of cilantro dipping sauce. I can’t wait to see how they freeze.

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