Monday, April 30, 2012

Chicken Parmesan Wonton Bites

Lately, it looks as though on Pinterest there have been an immense amount of recipes including wonton wrappers.  I've never used them before so I figured why not give them a try?  (This of course after I put them on my grocery list for over two months without being able to find them. Did you know they live in the produce area?)

Anywho, last night for dinner I gave it my first try.  Here are my Chicken Parmesan Wonton Bites.


Ingredients:

Package of Wonton Wrappers
5 large chicken breasts (or shredded pre-cooked chicken)
2 C Marinara sauce
Spinach  (about 3 leaves per bite)
1 C Mozzarella cheese
Parmesan cheese
Ricotta cheese
1 tbsp Garlic powder
1 tsp Thyme
Salt + Pepper


1. Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees.

2. Start by cooking through your chicken.  You will eventually want the chicken to be in very small pieces so you can cut the chicken before or after, depends on how much you like to touch the raw chicken.  Season the chicken well at this point.  You want the chicken to be very flavorful so you can taste it when its mixed with the rest of the ingredients.  Also, add the garlic powder and thyme at this point.  (If you want to skip this part you can use left over chicken, or even buy a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store to save some time.)


3. In the same pan as the cooked chicken, (or in a separate bowl) add about half a bottle or about 2 cups of marinara sauce and about 1 cup of mozzarella cheese to the chicken and mix well.


4. At this point find some room on your counter and set up your wonton wrapping station.  You will want to start by laying some wrappers down.  Follow it with some spinach leaves, about a spoonful of chicken, a spoonful of ricotta cheese, and a half spoonful of parmesan cheese.

5. Fill up a small bowl with water and keep it around for easy access.  Once your wrapper is filled, paint the outside perimeter of the wrapper with the water and top the mixture with another wrapper.  You'll want to press the two wrappers together mushing down the filling so it's evenly spread out on the inside.  With some of the bites I tried to mush them down with a fork, (the right one in the picture)  but I didn't feel like it made much of a difference.  If you find a better way, let me know.  


6. You'll need to but a wire rack on a baking sheet and then plop those babies right on the cookie sheet.  Spray them with a little Pam so they don't dry up and they turn golden brown and pop them in the over for about 12 minutes on until the sides start turning golden brown.

7.  They'll be pretty hot when then come out of the oven so make sure you let them sit, (unlike me who just took a giant bite and then had to spit it out on the counter 'cause it was so hot.  Luckily I was the only one home. =) and enjoy!

I served these with some marinara sauce to dip in and a side of garlic green beans.
Yummy yummy in my tummy!

Just a note to anyone that wants to try this recipe:  make sure you have some time; it took me about 45 mins all together to make.  The actual making of the bites is rather time consuming and I promise it will look much better if you take your time to mush them together properly.  Although, if you don't care what they look like, disregard!

Now... I need some work-out motivation... ugh.

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