One of my New Year’s resolutions is to enjoy more and stress less. One of the ways I really want to achieve this is during party planning. I am the type of person that gets so bogged down in the details of party planning that I obsess until I get everything perfect…you can only imagine how that does wonders for my stress levels. I worry so much about the menu and making everything from scratch that I find myself in the kitchen instead of enjoying the party, but this year, I want to change that.
For New Year’s Eve this year, we had people over and I decided to buy some store bought Tyson’s frozen boneless wings. Everyone loved them and it was one less thing I had to make. Imagine my excitement when I realized that I could make that step even easier, by buying the Tyson’s boneless wings already cooked in the deli department at WalMart!
Since this is football party entertaining season, I wanted to create an easy make ahead appetizer using the Tyson’s boneless wings from WalMart. One of the flavors they offer is General Tso’s which is really different than your normal buffalo or bbq wing. One of our favorite Asian inspired dishes is this crunchy ramen coleslaw, which I knew I wanted to somehow incorporate into the dish.
After a bit of experimenting, I definitely found a winning recipe! A crispy wonton cup filled with diced boneless wings and then topped off with the sweet and crunchy ramen salad! I had my parents over to enjoy these with us and everyone loved them! These are so different than your normal party appetizer and they will go great with any party menu! The best part of these is that you can make the salad and wontons ahead of time, purchase the chicken before your party, and then assemble right before your guests come!
Is your favorite football team still in the running? Whether or not you like the teams, will you be hosting a party for the Big Game? If you are, add these to your menu!
General Tso Won Ton Cups with Crunchy Ramen Salad
Makes 24 Wonton Cups
1 lb. Tyson’s Boneless General Tso Wings
1 package wonton wrappers
2 packages ramen noodles, flavor pack discarded
1 bag asian salad blend (a mixture of cabbage, cilantro, and almonds, buy regular coleslaw mix and slivered almonds if you can’t find this)
1/4 cup green onions
1/4 cup canola oil
1/4 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
2 tbsp. sugar
To make the salad combine the coleslaw mix and ramen noodles in a large bowl. Break up the ramen noodles with your fingers, leaving some large chunks. In a separate bowl, whisk together the oil, vinegars, and sugar. Pour dressing over the salad. Refrigerate and cover until ready to serve. Let sit for at least 1 hour so that the noodles can soften.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. To prepare the wontons, spray 2 12 cup muffin tips with cooking spray. Lay two wonton wrappers in opposite directions in each cup. Bake for 5-6 minutes or until golden brown and crunchy. Remove from tin when finished and set aside until ready to serve.
To prepare the cups, chop up the boneless wings into small bite sized pieces. Put 1 tbsp. of chicken into the bottom of each wonton cup and then top with about 2 tbsp. of the ramen salad. Garnish with the chopped green onions. Serve and enjoy!