Have a look at how to make chicken wontons in spicy red chili sauce. Chinese cuisine is all about flavor, aroma and texture. When you think Chinese you think about the rich flavored sauces and the Chinese aroma, right? So here I have made an attempt to make Sichuan style wontons in rich and spicy red chili sauce. It has come out really delicious and appetising.
The soft and moist wontons drenched in flavorful sauce is just lip-smacking and soooooo very Chinese. I didn’t realise that tasty Chinese food can be prepared easily at home until I tried out this one. This classic Chinese dish is a must try.
The fun part was making the wontons. Wonton wrappers are available in stores, but I have made on my own. It is quite easy and simple. Once you have the dough ready, rolling them out to thin, almost translucent sheets is a challenge. The real fun comes in wrapping the wrappers after filling in with the chicken filling. The Sichuanese term used for wontons is ‘Choushou’. It means ‘folded arms’. Usually people prepare this dumplings-in-soup dish during cold weather. And what does one normally do when it is chilling cold outside? Simply fold your arms tight to keep yourself warm, isn’t it? So these wontons are shaped to represent that. This is the story behind the unique shape of wontons.
Red chili oil is a key ingredient in making the spicy red chili sauce. You can check my recipe on how to make red chili oil here.
So the next time you crave for something Chinese, do try these chicken wontons in spicy red chili sauce.
Chicken Wontons in Spicy Red Chilli Sauce
For the Spicy Red chilli sauce
To prepare the wonton wrapper dough, take the flour and salt in a bowl.
Add an egg and mix nicely with clean fingers.
Add water little by little to form a soft dough.
Allow the dough to rest for half an hour.
In the meantime, prepare the filling.
For this take the minced chicken, egg, spring onions, grated carrot, and ginger in a bowl.
To this, add salt, pepper and orange juice.
Mix well and keep it aside.
Now take the dough and knead once more.
Divide the dough into two parts.
Dust the work surface with flour and roll out one half of the dough to a thin sheet. Cut out small squares of about 2 and half inch sized sides.
When held against light, it should appear almost translucent.
Repeat the process for the second half of the dough too.
Now our wonton wrappers are ready to be filled.
Take a square wrapper and place 1 tsp of the filling at the centre.
Apply water with your index finger along the edges of the square.
Now fold the wrapper halfway and seal the edges, to form a rectangle.
Next, bring together the folded corners to overlap slightly, so that they appear like folded arms.
And seal properly. (Apologies that I couldn't manage to take a pic as both my hands were occupied 🙂 )
Place it on a parchment paper.
Similarly prepare all the wontons.
Once all the wontons are done in this way, we have to cook them in boiling water.
For this boil 2 cups of water along with 1 tsp salt and 1 tbsp vegetable oil.
Once the water boils, carefully drop the wontons one by one into the boiling water.
After that add 1-2 lettuce leaves and let it boil for another 1 minute.
Drain the wontons from the water with a slotted laddle and keep them in a bowl.
For preparing the sauce, take the chili oil, dark soya sauce, light soya sauce and vinegar in a bowl.
Then add sugar, salt, spring onions, sesame seeds, and corriander leaves. Mix well.
Now add the prepared wontons along with the lettuce leaves to this spicy sauce.
Add about 1/2 to 1 cup of boiling water, used for cooking the wontons to the sauce mixture.
Enjoy the authentic sichuan chicken wontons drenched in spicy red chilli oil sauce.