- 2 lb chicken thighs – diced, skinless, and boneless
- 3 stalks lemon grass – cut into 1 in pieces
- 1/4 cup fresh ginger root – chopped
- 1/2 bulb garlic cloves – separated and peeled
- 1 fresh red chile pepper – chopped
- 2 bunches fresh cilantro
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- 50 wonton wrappers
- 1 qt vegetable oil for frying
You’ve probably had some variation of these spicy chicken and cilantro wontons. Wontons are just dumplings after all, and just about every cuisine culture has a dumpling of some kind. These dumplings are stuffed with flavorful chicken that is seasoned with lemon grass, ginger, chile pepper, and cilantro. Feel free to enjoy them as a snack or delicious appetizer. Serve them with some soy sauce on the side that you can use for dipping purposes.
Wontons filled with cilantro are not just delicious, they’re also healthy. Cilantro is typically thought of as a garnish, but it’s also a disinfectant and detoxifying agent. It has antifungal and antiseptic properties and is great for treating certain skin disorders like dryness, eczema, and fungal infections. Cilantro also helps to treat dysentery and improves digestion and regulates the functions of the bowels and liver. A component in cilantro is even great for treating mouth ulcers and regulating blood pressure.
Wontons originated in China. A tradition followed in the eve of new year in China is placing a coin inside a dumpling. Served in the family, the person who gets to bite the coin in the dumpling is considered luckiest!