Superbowl is upon us again, and I had to create something new for the occasion I was told, or I would let down my readers. I figured I better get in the kitchen and figure something out!
These chicken and jalapeño party bites are a perfect finger food for the big game. Crispy on the outside and bursting with flavour when you bite into them, they’ve got just enough heat to give a little kick!
Start by softening a package of cream cheese. I tossed it in the microwave for one minute to make it easier to blend.
You’ll need two cups of finely shredded cooked chicken. For mine, I used two chicken leg quarters that I had boiled while making a broth.
Add 1 tbsp of chili powder, 1 tbsp minced garlic, 3 finely sliced scallions and two tbsp of finely diced jalapeño peppers. I used pickled jalapeño because I wanted the tartness as well as the heat. You can use fresh if you prefer and add more or less according to your taste.
Mix the ingredients thoroughly. You want to make sure the flavours are evenly blended so every bite will have a bit of everything. Once you’ve got the mixture well blended, add 1 1/2 cups of grated cheddar.
Once you have the cheese well blended comes the somewhat tedious part of this recipe; wrapping the mixture in wanton skins to make tidy little bundles. You may want to curse me halfway through this process, but I promise you it’s worth it!
When filling the wontons, make sure the filling doesn’t get between the edges you are sealing together. Without a clean seal, your bundles will burst in the hot oil and you will lose your filling.
Moisten the top of the wrapper that is over your filling, and fold the open edge over it. Use a bit of extra water to run your finger along the seam to seal without pressing too hard. Seal the edges with a good pinch.
Using a heavy skillet, heat about 2 inches of oil until it’s at 375 degrees, or until the end of a wooden spoon inserted causes spirited bubbling.
These will fry up VERY quickly so don’t put too many in your pan at one time or they’ll overcook before you have time to turn them all. Don’t crowd them either or they will stick together.
Flip the bundles once they’re golden brown, which only takes about a minute.
That’s all there is to it! When you bite into these crispy and light party bites, they burst with the flavours of the creamy filling and the slow heat of the jalapeño. Sure to be a big hit at your Superbowl party!