Recipe Review

These Chicken and Chive Wontons Will Be Love at First Bite

published Oct 7, 2022
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While they say the way to a person’s heart is through the stomach, constantly going out to dinner for date night can get pricey. It’s for this exact reason that Los Angeles-based home cook @Shanilcooks (known for dairy-free eats) loves to come up with fun date-night dinner ideas with his significant other, Josh. 

“If you’re looking for your next dinner date idea, look no further than your kitchen,” he writes on his food blog. “Date nights don’t have to mean going out and spending money.” Case in point: The latest creation on repeat at his house.

“It’s such a cute way to spend time and make something together. It’s more prep work than cooking but that’s the whole point,” he said of his chicken and chive wontons recipe to his 25,500 Instagram followers.

The ingredients for the simple meal — wonton wrappers, ground chicken, garlic paste, ginger paste, soy sauce, sesame oil, and both chives and scallions (yes, there’s a difference) — are probably already in your fridge or pantry. The filling is a quick mix of all the ingredients, and then the fun begins. 

Setting up your workspace with wrappers and a small bowl of water, fill each small square with a teaspoon of filling (he warns against overfilling, as they can burst). Dip your finger in the water and trace along the sides of the wonton wrapper before folding into shape. (If you need a little help folding these tricky triangles, here are a few tips). Drop them into a pot of boiling water for about four minutes, remove, and strain. The result is your easy-to-make wonton — also known as the perfect way to wrap some quality time into making a meal.

As far as a dipping sauce goes, you can whisk up a mixture of soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, sesame oil, sesame seeds, chopped scallions, and a little bit of chili crisp to add a little fire to your love. 

If you want to venture into more wonton options, try these ultra-crispy cream cheese wontons to keep the party going.