Wonton Nachos with Pulled Chicken and Mango Salsa

Wonton Nachos with Pulled Chicken and Mango Salsa - A fun way of using wonton wrappers to create a colorful and healthy festival feast. | omnivorescookbook.comWonton nachos are a fun way to use wonton wrappers to create a colorful and festive feast. The wonton chips are baked with minimal oil until crunchy and crispy. The mango salsa and pulled chicken create a decadent and exotic flavor at a very modest calorie count.

Braised Pork Shank with Black Beans - an easy one-dish meal that requires very little active cooking time and ensures the best flavor. | omnivorescookbook.comAfter I created some super comforting braised pork shanks last week, I couldn’t wait to use the leftovers to create even more dishes. When cooking that recipe, I threw a few boneless, skinless chicken thighs into the pot of braising pork, to create some tender chicken at the same time. Today, I’m sharing this wonderful nacho dish that uses the leftover chicken.

Before talking about this dish, I need to thank my reader Debbie. She got the inspiration for this dish from some delicious pulled pork nachos at Polynesian Disney World. She suggested it would be great to make a nacho dish using fried wonton wrappers and Asian style pulled pork. I didn’t even need to test it to say that the idea would work out wonderfully!

However, before cooking the braised pork shanks (by the way, the pork shanks can be easily shredded into pulled pork. I made tacos with them and they turned out perfectly.), I found it a bit too rich to put on chips and combine with cheese. Plus, I considered it wasteful to discard the braised pork skin. So I came up with the idea to braise some chicken thighs at the same time, to create a “skinnier pulled pork”.

Wonton Nachos with Pulled Chicken and Mango Salsa - A fun way of using wonton wrappers to create a colorful and healthy festival feast. | omnivorescookbook.com

I love the way the rich sauce infuses such a great flavor into the chicken. The chicken is great to serve by itself or over steamed rice, but I prefer to use it in tacos, put it on chips, or make sandwiches with it.

As for the salsa element of this recipe, I came across this great mango salsa recipe from Sweet and Savory by Shinee a while ago. One more thing, Shinee posts lots of creative and easy-to-prepare party recipes on her blog. If you’re gonna host a party or cook for a bunch of people, definitely check out her fabulous blog!

I thought the sweet and punchy flavor of the mango salsa would be perfect for a summer dish, and should work well with the savory pulled chicken. I was more than correct. The dish turned out even better than I expected.

The wonton wrappers were crispy and crunchy, yet minimally oily. The chicken was tender and moist, with the great flavor of pulled pork. The salsa combined sweet, sour, and spicy in a way that was so refreshing and juicy. Everything worked out amazingly to create this colorful and healthy summer party food with awesome flavor!

By the way, if you don’t want to cook the chicken with pork, check out this braised chicken recipe to create Asian style pulled chicken.

Wonton Nachos with Pulled Chicken and Mango Salsa - A fun way of using wonton wrappers to create a colorful and healthy festival feast. | omnivorescookbook.com

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Wonton Nachos with Pulled Chicken and Mango Salsa
 
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The mango salsa in this recipe is adapted from one at Sweet and Savory by Shinee.
This recipe generates 4 big servings if served as a main course. If you serve it as an appetizer or snack, it can feed 8 people.
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Recipe type: Appetizer, Snack, Main
Cuisine: Fusion
Serves: 4 to 8
Ingredients
  • 1 (12 ounces / 350 grams) pack wonton wrappers (see footnote 1)
  • Olive oil or vegetable oil
For mango salsa
  • 1/4 red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 (7 ounce / 200 gram) can pickled jalapenos
  • 1/4 cup lime juice (from 2 limes)
  • 2 pounds (1 kilogram) mango (about 6 small or 2 big mangos)
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, or to taste
For the nachos
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 C).
  2. Slice wonton wrappers in half, into triangular pieces.
  3. Spray a thin layer of oil onto a baking tray. Place wonton wrappers on top of oil to coat the bottom. Spray a thin layer of oil on top of the wonton wrappers.
    Wonton Nachos with Pulled Chicken and Mango Salsa Cooking Process | omnivorescookbook.com Wonton Nachos with Pulled Chicken and Mango Salsa Cooking Process | omnivorescookbook.com
  4. Place wonton wrappers on a muffin tin or a cooking rack, to form the shape(s) you prefer. (I personally like to use a muffin tin because the chips will easily come off, and the shape is generally better for scooping sauce.)
    Wonton Nachos with Pulled Chicken and Mango Salsa Cooking Process | omnivorescookbook.com Wonton Nachos with Pulled Chicken and Mango Salsa Cooking Process | omnivorescookbook.com
  5. Bake the wrappers one batch at a time at 350 degrees F (180 C) until golden brown, about 12 minutes.
    Wonton Nachos with Pulled Chicken and Mango Salsa Cooking Process | omnivorescookbook.com Wonton Nachos with Pulled Chicken and Mango Salsa Cooking Process | omnivorescookbook.com
  6. While baking the wonton chips, combine all the ingredients for the mango salsa in a large bowl and mix well.
  7. Shredded chicken thigh.
    Wonton Nachos with Pulled Chicken and Mango Salsa Cooking Process | omnivorescookbook.com Wonton Nachos with Pulled Chicken and Mango Salsa Cooking Process | omnivorescookbook.com
  8. (Option 1) To assemble nachos, place wonton chips on a big plate, top with salsa and shredded chicken, and scatter crumbled cheese on top.
  9. (Option 2) Serve wonton chips, salsa, shredded chicken, and cheese separately. This works better if you’re hosting a party. The chips won’t get soggy if served separately.
    Wonton Nachos with Pulled Chicken and Mango Salsa - A fun way of using wonton wrappers to create a colorful and healthy festival feast. | omnivorescookbook.com Wonton Nachos with Pulled Chicken and Mango Salsa - A fun way of using wonton wrappers to create a colorful and healthy festival feast. | omnivorescookbook.com
Notes
1. If you don’t feel like baking your own wonton chips, you could use tortilla chips instead.
2. I cooked the pulled chicken in this braised pork dish, to infuse it with a rich flavor. If you don’t want to cook the pork at the same time, check out this braised chicken recipe to create pulled chicken.

The nutrition facts are calculated based on 1 of the 8 servings generated by this recipe.

Wonton Nachos with Pulled Chicken and Mango Salsa Nutrition Facts | omnivorescookbook.com

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Born and raised in Beijing, Maggie now calls Texas home. She’s learned to love barbecue, but her heart belongs to the food she grew up with. For her, Omnivore’s Cookbook is all about introducing cooks to real-deal Chinese dishes, which can be as easy as a 30-minute stir-fry or as adventurous as making your own dim sum. Recipes, step-by-step photos and video are the tools she uses to share her knowledge—and her enthusiasm for Chinese food.

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30 thoughts on “Wonton Nachos with Pulled Chicken and Mango Salsa

  1. Bam's Kitchen

    Wow! This is an amazing comfort dish. I love your fall off the bone pork shanks and then turning that into a fun fusion Asian/Tex Mex is really unique. I can tell that your little time in the US is already starting to rub off on you. Love how you hung the wonton wrappers in the oven, that’s a great idea. Pinning and sharing, of course!

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    1. Maggie Post author

      Thanks Bobbi! Yes, I’m still enjoying the time in Austin, and I got quite some inspirations all the time. Really looking forward to making more experiments with new ingredients. Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

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  2. [email protected]

    Firstly Maggie, I don’t know whether it’s just the whole “getting engaged” thing but something has happened to your photos…they are really amazing!! I love them. Seriously.

    Secondly – what an awesome reader recipe!! This is LEGENDARY! Pinning away!

    (Seriously…this is so clever. You should sell this recipe to David Chang! I reckon this is the type of thing he would love! He he!)

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    1. Maggie Post author

      Hi Nagi, I’m pretty sure that something is your photography tips in our FBC group 😉 I learnt a great deal of new skills from your posts and I really appreciate all the hard work you put in!
      Ha, I wish David Chang will even want to talk to me! I’m so glad you like this one. Because I do too 🙂

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  3. Debbie

    Thanks for mentioning me, Maggie! I love the idea of baking the wonton wrappers to make chips, rather than frying them. While I love fried chips of all kinds, I don’t like the calories. I am getting a smoker soon and will be trying some pulled pork in it. There will be plenty of leftovers to try nachos with them. Since I prefer dry rubbed meats rather than sauced type, I think it will work well over nachos.

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    1. Maggie Post author

      Hey Debbie, I should thank you for sharing this wonderful idea! I really love the way these nachos turned out.
      A smoker sounds great! Yes I believe the dry rubbed meats will work great here. Even the I used braised chicken in this recipe, I didn’t add any sauce on the nachos. I simply picked out the chicken and shredded them.
      It’s grilling season here in Austin and we’re trying some BBQ lately. There is a public grill near our apartment. Really convenient. Hopefully I can share some dry rubbed recipe soon 🙂

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  4. Nancy | Plus Ate Six

    Wow Maggie I love the wonton nachos – I normally just put them flat on a sheet in the oven but your way is much more fun. So many possibilities to use this – when are you back in Beijing? Or is it this it now and you’re permanently there?

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    1. Maggie Post author

      Hi Nancy, I’m just visiting Austin for a month and will be back in Beijing at the beginning of June. I will probably permanently move around August (I hope!). Will you visit Beijing anytime? If yes, let’s definitely hang out! Really looking forward to hearing your adventures in China 🙂

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      1. Nancy | Plus Ate Six

        I don’t think I’ll make it there now til August or September as I’m leaving Shanghai July 6-August 12th to go to the UK and my folks are here from June 26th. Let’s keep in touch I’d love to catch up with you before you leave permanently.

      2. Maggie Post author

        Wow, you’re traveling a lot! The weather in the UK will be great by then and I’m pretty sure it’ll be much more comfortable than coming to Beijing 🙂 Let’s keep in touch and see whether we can find a time to meet up. Take care and have a great trip!

  5. Helen @ Scrummy Lane

    This is a truly amazing idea, Maggie … really, amazing!
    And your photos are just stunning. They always are, but I love the colours in this post. I could stare at these photos for hours!!

    Reply
    1. Maggie Post author

      Hi Whitney, actually I only send out weekly newsletter on Saturday which includes the new posts of the week. Think that’s the reason you didn’t get the update earlier. Thanks for subscribing and hopefully you got the one I sent out today 🙂
      Have a great weekend!

      Reply
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  7. Sarah

    Wanton Nachos?!? This is genius! I love nachos and all mexican food and my girls can sometimes get bored with it as they aren’t as adventurous as they stick to the same general stuff. My oldest LOVE wantons, not a love I share but hey I’m totally making these for the family!

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    1. Maggie Post author

      Glad to like these Sarah! The wonton nachos don’t require a lot of oil to cook and they tasted really crunchy. I like their texture. I’m glad to hear to would like to try something new with the nachos. Happy cooking and let me know how the dish turn out! 🙂

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  8. Dorothy Boucher

    I am so loving this recipe,, I will definitely be doing this over the next couple of days , probably monday loll Something new but sounds and looks delicious!! I am giving you a 5 star 🙂 yum!! hehe

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  9. Meggan | Culinary Hill

    What a fun and fabulous idea! And I’m with Nagi, your photos are really skyrocketing off the charts! I agree we have some very helpful friends. 🙂 I hope you are loving Austin! I can’t believe you’re here! (there). 🙂 Also, I find that most recipes I make with wonton wrappers don’t use the whole package, so I really like the idea that I can sort of throw these nachos together if that happens with whatever I have on hand. Your reader Debbie hit the nail on the head with these! Or Disney did. 🙂 OF COURSE Disney did. Either way. Pinning!

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  10. Christine

    This recipe has blown my mind in about nine different directions. Not the least of which is the brilliance of cooking two meats at the same time. I’m speechless.

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    1. Maggie Post author

      Thanks for stopping by my site and leaving such a nice comment Christine! I just discovered the cooking two meats method and really loved how the result turns out 🙂

      Reply
  11. Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai

    YUM’d! This looks delicious. A definite must try! Please come share your blog posts over at the Home Matters Linky Party! We’d love to have you for a visit. The Door OPENS tonight at 9pm Pacific Time. 🙂

    ~Lorelai
    Life With Lorelai

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