How to Make Chicken and Cabbage Wontons From Scratch

Up your summer appetizer game with these delicious wontons

Up your summer appetizer game with these delicious wontons

Some things are just better when they’re made from scratch—and making something with your own two hands provides such satisfaction. When you cook from scratch, you know exactly what ingredients go into your meals, and it offers you the flexibility to adjust your recipe for dietary or taste preferences.

Everyone is starting to gather again, and the prospect of BBQ parties and park potlucks are super tempting. Finger food where everyone can take their own individual portions is a smart way to go, and sure, you could go to the frozen food section and pick up some generic flavorless appies, but it’s super easy to make some from scratch, and you can put whatever you’d like in them.

These are easy to modify to be vegetarian by switching out the chicken for more veggies or crumbled tofu. Andto go veganmake another binder in lieu of egg white. The sweet and sour sauce on the side cools them nicely, or you can go for a spicier dipping sauce. Plus, you can bake them, so they’re healthier than fried counterparts.

Chicken and Cabbage Wontons


  • Wonton wrappers
  • 1 chicken breast, cooked and shredded
  • 1 small carrot, peeled and shredded
  • ½ cup cabbage, shredded
  • ¼ cup of water chestnuts, chopped finely
  • 2 green onions, finely diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger, minced
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce (low sodium)
  • 1 egg white
  • Sweet and sour sauce for dipping


  1. Finely dice your cooked chicken breast (Pulse in a food processor to make it even easier), and place in a bowl.

  2. Add shredded carrot, cabbage, water chestnuts, green onions and mix. Then add the garlic, ginger, soy sauce and egg white, stirring until evenly distributed.

  3. Preheat the oven to 425 or 450 degrees (if your oven runs hot, choose the lower setting).

  4. Lay out the wonton wrappers and place 2 teaspoons of the mix into the center. Get a small bowl of water for sealing them and set it next to the wontons. Dip your finger in the water and wet the edges of the wontons, and then roll them into logs, sealing the edge, and pinching the sides until they are closed.

  5. Repeat until the mix is used up. Cover the wontons as you finish them, so they don’t dry out.

  6. You can also freeze them at this stage by placing them on a parchment paper-lined tray and freezing for about 30 minutes, and then place in an air-tight freezer bag to bring out when you want to cook them.

  7. Place finished logs on a greased baking sheet, and spray with cooking spray on the top (or lightly brush with oil).

  8. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes. You’ll have to watch to make sure you don’t burn them, but you want them to be nice and toasty brown, with a bit of a bubble and crisp to them.

  9. Plate and serve with dipping sauce. Optionally, top with sesame seeds or green onions.

  10. If cooking from the freezer, they may need some extra time, so use the low setting to ensure the insides have enough time to thaw and heat up, while the outsides cook properly.

Makes 24 wontons (but can be doubled)