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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Chicken Mango Salad in Wonton Cups

Are you looking for an impressive appetizer for a summer party? Look no further. When I first heard of these, I thought it would be too much work. I had tried making these cups once and it just didn't come out right. Maybe I didn't have the right recipe (Ha! Irony!). But now I'm convinced it's a great way to add a little zing to your next gathering.

The great part about this recipe is once you make these tasty cups, you can fill with almost anything! Kids think they are fun because it's like a filled chip and most adults like the presentation. Here's how I did it:

Wonton Cups
1 package of wonton skins usually has 48 pieces. When you are preparing, think about how many people will be at the event and how much other food is being served. I would estimate each person would eat 2-3 of these so make as many as you need.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Brush vegetable oil (canola or peanut, for example but not olive) on one side of the wonton. Place this in a mini muffin tin, pressing down to form a cup. Brush a little more oil on the inside of the cup. Place in the oven and bake 8-12 minutes or until golden. Be careful; they can go from light to very dark quickly. Once they are done, remove from the tin quickly and allow to cool. These will keep, covered at room temp, probably 2-3 days before you need to use them (if it's very humid where you are, they may not stay crisp as long).

Mango Chicken Salad
This recipe really can be any kind of salad you want: chicken, tofu, quinoa, shrimp; use your imagination!

1 1/2 cups of chopped chicken (you can cook your own or use leftover rotisserie chicken)
1/4 cup of mayonaise
1/4 cup mango chutney (you can use more depending upon your taste)
1-2 Tbl chopped red onion
2 Tbl chopped cilantro
Juice of 1/2 lime
1/2 tsp curry powder (or you can use just curry or just tumeric; again, use more if you like)
1/2 tsp tumeric
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper

Optional: chopped red pepper; chopped cashew or peanuts; 1/4 cup chopped mango (fresh or frozen)

Mix all ingredients. This will taste better if it can sit in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour. When you are ready to serve, place about 1 Tbl of filling in the wonton cup. You can garnish with a little cilantro on top.

If you have extra filling, it's great in a pita pocket or in a wrap. Enjoy!

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