Chicken Salad in Wonton Cups

11 Feb

chicken salad wonton cups

Over the weekend I went to a good friends’ housewarming party so I took the opportunity to try this recipe I’ve had on my “Must-Try” list forever. I didn’t follow it to the letter but I don’t think you have to when making something like chicken salad. I particularly liked that this version called for a lot of shredded carrot and was served up in easy, DIY, baked wonton cups. I love recipes that can be made ahead, they’re perfect for entertaining. They went pretty quickly at the party so I think I found a keeper! I’ve always wanted to experiment with wonton cups too, so I’m happy to cross that off my cooking bucket list.

My recipe tweaks are in italics below:

Ingredients:

  • 36 wonton wrappers
  • 2 cups diced, cooked chicken
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans (normally I’d have added these, but I didn’t for the party because of potential nut allergies)
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions
  • 1/3 cup shredded (then finely chopped) carrot
  • 1/3 cup finely diced celery
  • 1/4 cup Criscoยฎ Pure Vegetable Oil
  • 2-3 tablespoons Smart Balance mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley (I used both dill and parsley)
  • 1/4 cup chopped dried cranberries

PREPARATION DIRECTIONS:

1. HEAT oven to 350ยฐF. Spray one side of each wonton wrapper with no-stick cooking spray. Press wonton wrappers, coated-side-down into miniature muffin cups.

2. BAKE 10 to 12 (mine burned!) 8-10 minutes until golden brown. Check on them around 9 minutes! Remove from pans; cool.

3. COMBINE chicken, pecans, green onions, carrot and celery. Stir in oil, vinegar and thyme.

4. SPOON chicken mixture into wonton cups. Sprinkle with parsley or dill.

 

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