Chicken Wonton Tacos
Jay's go to restaurant--- Applebee's. Don't know why. Maybe the great Long Island Ice Tea they serve, or the awesome 80's music at the Schererville location. Scratch that- he doesn't like 80's music. But for some reason, this is where he picks. He and my brother-in-law were out one day, and of course, this is where they end up eating lunch. The surprising thing- Jay tried something new! Since then, we have had the wonton tacos quite a few times- but I always thought it would be simple enough to make at home.
I have been rooting around the CopyCat sites for as long as they have been around. The things you find- quite amazing. Did you know- with Chocolate milk, Cool whip, and Sweetened Condensed Milk you can make a Wendy's Frosty? Yup. I buy the copycat cookbooks, stalk the sites- I love eating out. But would like to eat it at home. Made with great ingredients, with care- love if you will.
This has brought many good (uh- and a few not so good) new recipes to my table. I made the Applebee's Maple Butter Blondie, Olive Garden's Parmesan Crusted Chicken, and a Bunco favorite- P F Chang's Chicken Lettuce Wraps. Who says you have to leave your house to eat great restaurant food? Well, you do have to go to the store and buy all the wonderful ingredients (I spend hours- I MEAN HOURS, at the store- I don't know about you, but it just makes my head right)
So- onto this cool recipe, I found it at Applebees at Home
I don't always follow the recipe exactly as it's written- but this one I tried to do exactly.
I started with 8 oz diced chicken breast
2 TB stir fry sauce
4 TB (I used a little less- I thought it was pretty strong) Asian Sesame Vinaigrette
1 TB olive oil
1 TB soy sauce
1 TB teriyaki
a little pepper (not in recipe)
and some fresh garlic (not in recipe)
I let it marinate for a little bit- while I got my accoutrement's ready.
I mixed a little Broccoli Slaw with some Asian Sesame Vinaigrette and Soy Sauce- just a little of each. Sliced some scallions, and cleaned some cilantro.
I also fried my wonton shells- it was kind of a pain in the but- by the third shell I figured out that I had to put a wooden spoon in (a nice thick one- so it stays open) the middle to keep it open. I fried these in a shallow pan, which probably made it harder. Next time I will bake the wontons- draping them on a large baking pan edge- spraying them with cooking spray and cooking for 5 minutes at 375°. (see- I learned how to make the degree symbol- I was dying to show off!)
I got a hot skillet ready and fried up chicken
Finished product- squirt a little lime over each- YUM!
My newest discovery- listening to great 80's music while blogging can cause feel good food vibes!
Wes and his best buddy Ian- aren't they adorable!
My pal and best pizza maker upper- Alex- we at the RT like to be the food.
Best friend a girl could ask for- doesn't hurt that she is a complete animal. This is mile 10- she looks like she just started!