Spicy Chicken Wontons
This super easy Spicy Chicken Wontons recipe comes together in a half hour or less – perfect for busy weeknights or weekends when you just want to relax. Frozen wontons are the main ingredient and we add them directly to a spicy wonton sauce for a meal that’s savory with a hint of sweetness and all-around delicious. This easy meal is definitely my new favorite way to eat wontons!
Why This Recipe Works
- Comes together quickly. There’s no need to steam or otherwise cook your wontons before adding them to the sauce, helping dinner get on the table faster.
- Totally customizable. You can adapt this recipe in several different ways. Adjust the spiciness to your taste and use whatever wontons you like. I used chicken and cilantro wontons, but you can use vegan wontons, shrimp wontons, spicy pork wontons – the sky’s the limit!
- Toasted sesame oil: I don’t think enough people know about toasted sesame oil. Just a small amount of this oil adds a complex, nutty sesame flavor to any dish. If this is your first time buying sesame oil, make sure to keep it in your fridge so the oil doesn’t go rancid.
- Mushrooms: Mushrooms add great texture and flavor. Plus, they’re packed with vitamins, minerals, and even protein! I use white mushrooms in this recipe, but shiitake mushrooms would work as well.
- All-purpose flour: Adding a tablespoon of flour to our spicy sauce makes it thick enough to stick to our wontons a bit for ultimate tastiness. You can use wheat flour but it will affect the taste.
- Chicken broth: Chicken broth adds flavor and is the backbone of our sauce. Swap it for vegetable broth if you’re making this dish vegetarian or vegan, or add extra broth to make this a spicy wonton soup.
- Teriyaki sauce: Teriyaki sauce adds a bit of sweetness to the sauce and also helps with thickening.
- Frozen wontons: For this wonton recipe, I love that you don’t need to cook your wontons before throwing them in the sauce. I used chicken cilantro wontons from Costco.
- Chili crisp: Chili crisp is having a moment right now, and for good reason! This Chinese condiment is not like regular hot sauce. It consists of chili pepper and other aromatics infused in oil. It’s spicy, crunchy, and oh so good – you might start putting it on everything. Find it at an Asian store or your local grocery store.
- Cook the mushrooms and garlic. Heat 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add 8 oz sliced white mushrooms and saute until soft, then add in ½ teaspoon minced garlic and cook an additional minute.
- Add flour. Add 1 tablespoon of flour to the cooked mushrooms and stir, coating the mushrooms in the flour.
- Add the rest of your ingredients. Pour in 1½ cups chicken broth, ½ cup teriyaki sauce, 14 oz frozen chicken wontons, and 1 tablespoon chili crisp (or a little bit more or less, depending on preference). Stir to combine and let simmer for 5-6 minutes, until everything is heated through and the sauce thickens slightly.
- Garnish and serve. Top your wontons with sliced green onions and sesame seeds, and enjoy!
If you have young kids who don’t like spicy food, add half the amount of chili crisp or skip it altogether. Then, after dishing up wontons for your kids, add the chili crisp to the pan, stir, and serve yourself.
If you want to add more vegetables to this recipe, like broccoli or bok choy, increase the amount of chicken broth to 2 cups and teriyaki sauce to ¾ cup to ensure the wontons stay plenty saucy with additional vegetables.
Wontons make easy appetizers. If you’d like to make these wontons to serve as an appetizer, cook the wontons separately and use the sauce as a dipping sauce.
Make Ahead, Storing, and Freezing
Make Ahead: Cook mushrooms and garlic and store in an airtight container for later use. They will be good in the fridge for 5-7 days. When you’re ready to make the rest of the simple sauce, heat the mushrooms in a pan, add the flour, and then add the rest of the ingredients.
Storing: Store leftover spicy chicken wontons in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days.
Freezing: I would not recommend freezing these leftovers. However, you may try making a big batch of the mushrooms and sauce, then freezing the sauce so you can pull it out at a later date. Pour prepared sauce into a ziptop bag, make sure it’s sealed well, and lay it flat if you can to freeze. Allow the sauce to thaw in the fridge. You can simply add steamed or cooked wontons to the sauce directly, or cook wontons in the sauce on the stove.
Yes! You can use any wontons you like for this recipe.
Hoisin sauce is thicker and saltier than teriyaki sauce, but both have a soy sauce base. You can use it, but try using just ¼ cup instead of ½ cup, and you may need to add a pinch of sugar or honey to sweeten it.
First of all, if you make your wontons from scratch, good for you! Second of all, I think homemade wontons would be great in this recipe. If your wonton filling has raw meat, though, steam them first to make sure they’re fully cooked before adding them to the sauce.
You can find chili crisp at Asian grocery stores, but you can also probably find it at your local grocery store since it has grown in popularity.
I would not recommend using sweet chili sauce in place of the chili crisp. I think it would make the dish too sweet, and it won’t add the same texture.
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Spicy Chicken Wontons
- 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
- 8 oz white mushrooms - sliced
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic - minced
- 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
- 1/2 cup teriyaki sauce
- 14 oz frozen chicken wontons - (I use the frozen mini chicken cilantro ones from Costco)
- 1 tablespoon chili crisp - (add more to level up the spice, or less if you don’t want any spiciness).
- sliced green onions - for garnish
- sesame seeds - for garnish
- Heat 1 tablespoon of toasted sesame oil in a large nonstick skillet set over medium heat. Add the white mushrooms and sauté until softened, about 5 minutes). Stir in the garlic and cook for 1 minute more.
- Stir in the flour to coat the mushrooms. Then pour in the chicken broth, teriyaki sauce, frozen wontons, and chili crisp. Stir everything to combine. Simmer for 5-6 minutes. The sauce will thicken slightly and the wontons should be heated through.
- To serve, garnish with sliced green onions and sesame seeds. We love to eat this alongside cooked rice and steamed broccoli. It’s sooo good!!