Recipe: Warm yourself up with Chicken Wonton Soup – Metro US

Recipe: Warm yourself up with Chicken Wonton Soup

Recipe: Warm yourself up with Chicken Wonton Soup

Let’s start things off by answering a pretty common question: “What’s a wonton?” Well first of all wontons, with their specially prepared fillings sealed in a flour based wrapper, look a lot like dumplings. As a matter of fact, in ancient times wontons actually looked just like dumplings, but during the Tang Dynasty they took on distinct differences: A wonton wrapper has a square shape, while a dumpling wrapper is round. Wonton wrappers are also thinner than dumpling wrappers.

The origin of the wonton and its name are told in Chinese legend. According to legend the Han Dynasty was plagued by violent groups from a nomadic tribe called Xiongnu. The tribe had two infamously brutal leaders: one named Hun, and the other named Tun, which sounds like the word wonton in Mandarin, huntun.

So, in a symbolic way of getting back at these leaders, people made wontons out of these villains—they minced their meat, wrapped them in wrappers, cooked them and ate them up. Pretty voodoo sounding right? Now let’s cook our chicken wonton soup!


24 wonton sheets

8 oz of chicken, minced
1 egg
2 tablespoons of Chinese mushrooms, minced
2 tablespoons of carrots, minced
1 tablespoon of cilantro, minced
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of sugar
2 teaspoons of light soy sauce
A pinch of white pepper
A dash of sesame oil
2 teaspoons of cornstarch mixed in 2 tablespoons of water


2 cups of chicken broth
2 tablespoons of scallions, minced
A pinch of salt
A pinch of white pepper
½ teaspoon of light soy sauce
¼ teaspoon of sugar
A dash of sesame oil

1. Combine all the ingredients for the stuffing. Stir until everything is blended together perfectly.

2. Place a teaspoon of filling in the center of a wonton sheet. Dip your index finger in water and brush a little water on the edges of the wrapper. When the edges are moist, fold the wrapper in half to create a rectangle shape. Fold the sides inward so that they overlap. Wet the portion where the sides meet. Pinch to close and seal.

3. Boil 2 cups of chicken broth, add all the seasonings, then add the wontons and cook for about 5 minutes until they are completely cooked.

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