Chicken Wontons in a Ginger Soy Broth

April  6, 2011
1 Ratings
  • Makes 4 bowls
Author Notes

A nice soup to start a meal... - inpatskitchen —inpatskitchen

Test Kitchen Notes

This recipe artfully provides everything you’d want in a light chicken soup, with the bonus of slightly chewy, perfectly delicious wontons. It’s well worth the bit of extra effort required to make and simmer those tasty little triangles. If you like your vegetables a bit tender, simmer the carrots and harder ends of the bok choy for a few minutes before serving. Though warming and providing just the right degree of comfort on a cool, rainy spring day, this colorful soup is light, fragrant and full of bright flavors. It’s definitely a keeper and I highly recommend it! - AntoniaJames —AntoniaJames

What You'll Need
  • For the broth
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons fresh minced ginger
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable or peanut oil
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • Filling and assembly
  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups finely minced or shredded cooked chicken thigh meat
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tablespoon grated garlic
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 green onions, finely diced
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper
  • 12 wonton wrappers
  • 1 baby bok choy or shanghai bok choy sliced thinly
  • 8 -10 peapods sliced on the diagonal into 4 pieces each
  • 3 - 4 tablespoons grated carrot
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • Additional soy sauce for serving
  1. For the broth
  2. In a medium size sauce pan saute the garlic and ginger in the oil for about a minute until fragrant.
  3. Add the broth and soy sauce, bring to a boil and simmer for about 10 minutes. Let the broth steep, covered for about 30 minutes.
  4. Strain the broth and set aside. ( this can be made early in the day)
  1. Filling and assembly
  2. Mix the chicken, egg white, garlic, ginger, sugar, white pepper and soy sauce together and chill for at least an hour.
  3. Place about a teaspoon of the chicken mixture in the center of each wonton. With your finger, wet the edges of each wonton with water and fold into a triangle, making sure that the edges are sealed.
  4. Bring the soy ginger broth back to a boil. Boil water in another pot and gently simmer the filled wontons, a few at a time for a few minutes.
  5. Place 3 wontons in each soup bowl and drizzle each bowl with 1/2 teaspoon of the sesame oil.
  6. Add about a quarter of each vegetable to the bowls and pour the hot broth over all. Serve with additional soy sauce if desired.

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  • LeBec Fin
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  • Bevi
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  • boulangere
  • Lizthechef

Recipe by: inpatskitchen

I think I get my love for food and cooking from my mom, who was an amazing cook. She would start baking and freezing a month before Christmas in order to host our huge open house on Christmas afternoon. I watched and I learned...to this day I try not to procrastinate when it comes to entertaining. My cooking style is pretty much all over the place, although I'm definitely partial to Greek and Italian cuisine. Oh yes, throw a little Cajun in there too!

10 Reviews

LeBec F. February 17, 2015
hi pat, w/ regards to raw protein, Shrimp and Ginger Wontons were a mainstay for my catering co. for some 20 years. I put ice in a small bowl and nestled my raw shrimp filling bowl into it, as I worked, replenishing from the frig as needed. xo
Bevi February 17, 2015
Pat, I made this soup last week, for the second time. It was perfect as is. Thanks for this great recipe.
inpatskitchen February 17, 2015
As always Bevi, you are too kind! Thanks so much...so happy you enjoyed!
LeBec F. February 17, 2015
pat, this looks delicous and very clean tasting! I have a question. Whenevr i have made chinese dumplings( of all kinds) i use raw meat. And i think the texture is preferable over cooked meats. Have you tried this w/ raw? You might also enjoy playing with filler additions of tofu and minced shiitakes! Thx for the inspiration!
inpatskitchen February 17, 2015
Why thanks Mindy! I often use raw meat for dumplings but occasionally I get concerned over food safety issues and for me, chicken is one of those issues. Your suggestions are terrific!
inpatskitchen April 21, 2011
I'm so glad you liked this soup AntoniaJames...thank you so much for your kind words!
boulangere April 7, 2011
Beautiful comfort food!
inpatskitchen April 7, 2011
Thanks so much!! It was the perfect lunch for a cold, rainy day here in Michigan..
Lizthechef April 6, 2011
I could make this over and over - great flavors and easy to play with ingredients!
inpatskitchen April 7, 2011
Thank you! I loved the flavor too along with the vegetable "crunch".