buffalo chicken wontons

I love my mom. Really, I do. Just as I think my day couldn’t get any better as I wallowed on the couch with freshly painted toes, a book and two furry animals, she puts these in my face.

And I just can’t stop.

These buffalo chicken wontons are the perfect appetizer for a big group, and my mom swears they only take about forty five minutes to make. There’s only three of us, so she made eighty. Perfect.

Mom drizzled these with straight blue cheese dressing, but I’d think they’d be great doused with a healthy dash of Texas Pete as well.

The inside of the wontons are filled with tender chicken, cheese and some sort of heavenly elixir known as “wing sauce”…..heaven help me, I’ve gone into buffalo chicken coma and simply can’t come out of it.

Mom loves to fatten me up. I’m not complaining.

Buffalo Chicken Wontons

from Paula Deen

makes about 80 wontons

2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into small chunks

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/4 cup butter, softened

1/3 cup wing sauce

2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

80 wonton wrappers

vegetable oil for frying

blue cheese dressing or sauce for dipping

hot sauce to top (optional but recommend)

Season diced chicken with salt and pepper. In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium high heat. Add the chicken and cook until browned. Add the garlic and cook three more minutes. Remove from the heat and add wing sauce. Let cool.

Once cool, stir in the cheddar and mozzarella cheeses. Spoon about a teaspoon of mixture into each wonton wrapper. Moisten edges of wrapper and bring together in the middle, forming a little purse (this works best if the wrapper edges are wet so you can more easily seal them).

Heat vegetable oil in a large dutch oven. Fry wontons in batches until golden (about two minutes on each side) and then drain on paper towels.

After frying, you could easily freeze these (which is what mom did). To reheat, just pull them out of the freezer and warm up in a 350 degree oven for about twelve minutes. Serve with sauce on the side.

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  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down)
    December 24, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    These look fabulous! I love crunchy things filled with chicken and hot sauce. :mrgreen:

    Merry Christmas!

  • Glamorous Newlywed
    December 24, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    Wow, these look so delicious! I think they might earn a spot on my New Year’s Eve menu!!!

  • megan @ whatmegansmaking
    December 24, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    yum, I’m hungry just thinking about these! Merry Christmas Jenna!

  • Val @ Balancing Val
    December 24, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    Those seem perfect for NYE appetizers. I’m sure they taste good baked too!

  • Natalia - a side of simple
    December 24, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    I’m convinced that “Mom’s cooking” only fills the heart and soul up, not the pants. 🙂

    • kristin
      December 24, 2010 at 3:43 pm

      This quote I love! I kind of want to write it all cute and frame it for my mom to hang in her kitchen!

  • Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga)
    December 24, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    Any recipe based off Paula Deen is guaranteed to be good! That woman knows how to cook with some butter. Only Ina Garten rivals Paula’s butter consumption. lol

    Hope that you and your family have a wonderful Xmas eve!!!!

  • Baking 'n' Books
    December 24, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    Never had them, but anything filled with cheese is a no-brainer. Of course! Send me your Mom later please 🙂

  • Lauren at KeepItSweet
    December 24, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    yum i wish i was making these tonight!

  • kristin
    December 24, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    Be still my heart, these look ahhhhhmazing. They have something kind of like them at Cheesecake Factory that pretty much rock my world but are a weeee bit spicy for me. I’m excited to try making them on my own with something a bit milder! Thanks Jenna!

  • J.
    December 24, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    The theme for me lately is: starchy carbs, sugary carbs, doughy carbs…and a lotta fat.
    4 new food groups…oye 😉

  • Lacey @ Lake Life
    December 24, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    “There’s only three of us, so she made eighty”

    Literally LOL!!

  • Mauimandy@The Grains of Paradise
    December 24, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    Wow those look incredible and I’m a 20 plus year vegetarian. haha! I might have to makes those for the BF on Super Bowl Sunday 🙂 Mele Kalikimaka!

  • Maissa
    December 24, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    Can I borrow your mother? I will bring her back promise! I just want her to cook for me. Those look awesome. May make the, for the fried wonton loving boyfriend.

  • Lisa @ Dishes of Mrs. Fish
    December 24, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    Oh wow. I so need to make these! Your mom rocks!

  • Juana
    December 24, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    I have cooked so much this weekend that every single dish in my apartment is currently in my sink dirty, but these might convince me to start up again Sunday morning. Now, if only you could convince my boyfriend to like blue cheese or wing sauce….

    Merry Christmas!

  • LimeCake
    December 24, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    Wow this is something I’ve never heard of. The wonders of Paula Deen. Happy holidays!

  • jenna k
    December 24, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    wow, i’ll have to make these soon. the thought of having extra to freeze for an easy treat later sounds wonderful! plus i would actually know what was in it, unlike the frozen stuff from the grocery store…
    also, this made me laugh: “there’s only three of us, so she made eighty.” reminds me of the other day when my dad told me it was a crime to cut a recipe in half.

  • Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen
    December 24, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    Oh those sound awesome! Merry Christmas!

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing
    December 24, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    I am in LOVE with anything buffalo chicken. Holy crap.

  • notyet100
    December 24, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    wow this looks so good,..

  • Justeen @ Blissful Baking
    December 24, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    mmm these look delicious! they remind me of crab rangoon, which i absolutely love!

  • Marina
    December 24, 2010 at 11:45 pm

    merry Christmas to you and your family Jenna!

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)
    December 25, 2010 at 6:00 am

    these could be a very, very bad thing for me…or really good, depending on how you look at it!

  • Paige @ Running Around Normal
    December 25, 2010 at 6:45 am

    Oh what a perfect sounding day!! 🙂 Merry Christmas!

  • Dana
    December 26, 2010 at 3:31 am

    it sue looks very appetizing. I can just imagine how I will feel when i taste one of them.
    Happy holidays!

  • Alyssa
    December 27, 2010 at 4:28 am

    WOW. what an amazing combination. I believe that your mom is a genius.

  • kaila
    December 27, 2010 at 9:21 am

    I’m from buffalo so I know wings lol! the wing sauce your mom is referring to is probably franks red hot…..the only sauce true wings are doused in!

  • Leslie
    December 30, 2010 at 5:52 am

    What wing sauce do you like, Jenna?

  • Sarah
    January 31, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    I made these for a party this weekend. Everyone loved them! I added some extra mozzarella to the leftover filling and made a yummy quesadilla for lunch.

    February 6, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    Oh my gosh – the wontons were a hit ! THEY WERE DELISH! AND REALLY EASY. Almost . . . almost as good as the PACKER WIN! SUPERBOWL CHAMPIONS! OH YEA BABY!

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    December 24, 2011 at 6:49 am

    So I guess you aren’t the only chef in the family, Jenna?! These look fabulous! I love wing sauce!

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