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Chicken Wonton Dumpling Appetizers

Have some leftover roasted chicken?  Here is a scrumptious appetizer you'll absolutely love.  It's equally beautiful too and elegant enough to serve at a ladies luncheon or dinner party and fast enough to make for a quick snack or small meal. 


Chicken Wonton Dumplings

Appx 1 cup leftover roast chicken, shredded 

1 cup ricotta cheese
couple sprigs fresh thyme, chopped (or about 2 tsp dried)
About 2 tsp fresh grated lemon zest
salt to taste
fresh cracked pepper to taste
Stir above ingredients to blend and set aside

***Wonton wrappers
1 egg, beaten in small bowl and set aside
Fresh grated parmesan cheese
2 tblsp butter

Take a few Wonton wrappers and lay flat.  Roll chicken mixture into small balls and place in center of wonton wrapper.
Brush each edge of wonton wrapper with egg wash.  The egg wash acts as a glue.
Pull opposite corners up, two at a time, and pinch together.  Squeeze other sides together.   Try to wrap them with no air inside if possible.
Drop 8 -10 in a pan of boiling water (I use a skillet with about 1.5-2" of water) and cook for about 3 minutes.
Remove from boiling water with a slotted spoon to allow water to drain off.
Place in another skillet with a tablespoon or two of melted butter and either toss them around to coat in the butter or, if desired, you can brown them up a bit to add a little crunch.  We like them both ways.
Pour onto serving plate and add some fresh grated Parmesan cheese and a sprig of thyme.

***When working with Wonton wrappers, use only a few at a time and keep the others covered with a moist towel to prevent drying them out.

These can be prepared ahead and kept in a plastic container, well sealed or covered in the fridge with a damp cloth to prevent them from becoming dry or hard.  You can boil them when ready.  I usually boil them about a minute longer when coming from the fridge to insure that they are thoroughly heated.

Shredded, leftover chicken

Topped with about an equal amount of Ricotta cheese
a couple sprigs of fresh, chopped thyme

a little freshly grated lemon zest, and some salt and pepper

Roll chicken mixture into small balls and place on Wonton wrapper
Brush each side of the wonton with the egg wash

Lift corners to center and pinch together, sides too, to seal

Drop up to 8-10 (not too many as you don't want them sticking together)  into boiling water and cook for about 3 minutes.  Remove with strainer and cook in butter and top with freshly grated parmesan cheese.  Moist, tender and very tasty.
Below, the two photos on the brown transferware plates, are the Wonton Dumplings boiled and tossed in butter, not browned in butter.

Here, shown on the black transferware plate,  I've allowed the dumplings to brown in the butter a bit.  Aesthetically speaking, I think they look better both browned, and served on the black plate. ;-)

My Michael is an Alfredo sauce connoisseur and decided to top his dumplings off with some of my homemade Alfredo sauce.  It looked good and tasted equally delicious.  In fact, all the kids preferred these with a dab of the Alfredo sauce.   Next time I make these and use the Alfredo sauce I'll add a dash of nutmeg on top.  It'll look nice and be complimentary to the other flavors in the dish.

Aren't the Mother of Pearl appetizer forks gorgeous?  They are available from a shop called simply4classic as well as the matching spreaders and demi spoons shown below.  The black transferware plate is Spode May and is also available in my Etsy shop, as is the Spode demitasse cup & saucer

Jonah and Ethan never mind the partaking of food

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  1. Hi Nancy, this looks absolutely delicious, and I love the fact that you used leftovers to make them! I actually have some wontons that I stuck in the freezer the other day because I hadn't gotten around to using them - this will be a perfect recipe to make. Those pics of your boys are adorable - Ciao, bella. And beautiful transferware by the way!

  2. These look and sound delicious. A MUST TRY, for sure. Thanks for the recipe.

  3. Nancy, these look fabulous! As the mom of 6, of whom 5 are boys, there are rarely leftovers when they're all around!
    xoxo Pattie

  4. Hi Nancy!
    That looks too good! Love those black transferware plates and the 'silverware'. By the by your Transferware has inspired me...I'm working on a table runner that'll be ready for my fall shows soon and my Etsy site. A mix of new and vintage textiles that remind me of your transferware. ;)

  5. Melody,

    I can't wait to see your Etsy shop and the fabrics you've mentioned. I am sooo curious! Hopefully you'll blog the runner for us all to see!


  6. Those do look tasty! Before you mentioned Alfredo sauce, I was thinking that these would be good with a red sauce, too--like ravioli, only prettier.

  7. Hello again..I will blog them first and I've even got a vintage inspired apron in the works too ;)

  8. Oh, dear! I am suddenly starving!!!

    Nancy, I sooooo thought of you, yesterday, when I was at the Shelburne Museum. I wish that I'd taken more pictures! Heh, heh, heeeeh! I will post about it and make sure that you know when I do. It might take a few weeks, though! =D

    Love, Katy

  9. Nancy, these are gorgeous!
    I have half a tub of ricotta in the fridge, so tomorrow I'll try these for lunch, maybe a veggie version so the girls can eat them too.
    I agree re the black plate, now I'm off to see the motherofpearl stuff, thanks for the link.

  10. Good looking food, but better looking boys! What a GREAT pic of the son in orange! That says it all.

  11. Thanks for the link, but I'm not the hostess for Tasty Tuesdays. That would be Alicia at A Beautiful Mess ( ). Because it's a Blog Hop, the full linky list appears on more than one participating blog.

    I just wanted to clarify that, but I'm still glad you linked up!

  12. Nancy, this looks so delicious. I may need to rethink dinner tonight! :-)
    ~ Sarah

  13. Great post Nancy. I love the little black and white plate! The wontons looks delicious and it's fu to see your sons.

    Have a great day!

  14. Hi Nancy! I just wanted to invite you to pop by...I've got my post up about the Transferware Inspiration :D
    Melody @ Brown Gingham Creations

  15. Nancy, this looks sooooo good...I think not an appetizer but a main dish! Yummy! Love the black and white transferware and the boys, of course, are so great to eat all that yummy stuff you cook! Joni

  16. Yum! I love recipes that use leftovers. Great recipe!

  17. They look great, very pretty on the dishes!

  18. These sound delicious. It's wonderful the yummy things that can be made from leftovers!

  19. Oh, I just love the looks of this--from the preparation to the serving (even the eating, at the end!)!

    Thanks for participating in Food on Fridays at!

  20. Nancy...these look delicious and oh, so pretty on your transferware :)


  21. These look so good and a great way to use chicken leftovers! Thanks for sharing! Anita

  22. Hi Nancy,
    My family loves most Asian dishes. They would be thrilled for me to make this recipe. Will give it a try.
    You displayed your food so nicely on that lovey china. Your Enlish transfer ware is ultra feminine.g


  23. That looks absolutely delicious. I would love to try your style oneday


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