How to Make Southwest Chicken Wonton Cups

How to Make Southwest Chicken Wonton Cups

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This Low Fat gem is both tasty and pretty darn easy to make! Southwest Chicken Wonton Cups are a go-to on our Tappas nights when meal planning. What is a Tappas night? It is a night we pull together an assortment of "nibbles", or basically appetizers for dinner. We usually have freshly sliced cheese and crackers, grapes, and 2-4 hot items like meatballs, something like our Greek Inspired Spanikopita Philo Cups, or even our Air Fryer Cajun Bloomin’ Onion w/ Green Onion Ranch Dip! It all makes for a fun variety on occasion and keeps us from eating out as much!

Let’s look at how this saves money. You can easily make appetizers at home! A bag of 5 yellow onions is roughly $0.99 here – making each onion about $0.20. Add a little breading, whip up a little sauce, air fry it and you have a treat that sells for $8.99ish at a local restaurant. Potatoes are less than $0.50 a pound. Add a little melted cheese and bacon bits? Why pay TGI Fridays $9.99 for potato skins?

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Southwest Chicken Wonton Cups

These chicken wonton cups will be your NEW favorite appetizer and a permanent fixture in your tappas rotation.

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You will need:

  • 1 pound boneless chicken breasts, skinless and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 envelope reduced sodium taco seasoning
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 (16 ounce) jar low sodium salsa, divided
  • 1 (8 ounce) package low fat cheddar cheese, divided
  • 36 wonton wraps


Spray a large skillet with a non stick cooking spray and place over medium heat. Place the chicken into the skillet and sprinkle the taco seasoning over the chicken.

chicken wonton cups raw chicken in a pan with seasoning
Stir slightly to coat the chicken. 
Cook the chicken 7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until juices run clear. 
chicken cooked in a pan

Place the cooked chicken into a mixing bowl.
Add the onion to the chicken and toss.

Pour in half of the jar of salsa and half of the package of cheese.

Stir well to combine.
Bring the oven temperature to 375 degrees.
Coat the cups of a mini muffin tin with a non stick cooking spray.

lined muffin cup for chicken wonton wraps

Press the wonton wraps into each of the cups.
Place the cups into the oven and bake 4 minutes or until a light golden brown.

Remove the cups and fill each one with the chicken mixture.

chicken wonton cups ready to top with salsa and cheese before popping into the oven

Top each cup with the remaining salsa.
Sprinkle the remaining cheese on each cup.

Bake 8 minutes or until heated through and the cheese has melted completely.

chicken wonton cups just out of the oven and still in the muffin tin

Nutritional Information:

(Approximate Values based on 2 cups) 124 calories; 3 g fat; 2 g saturated fat; 24 mg cholesterol; 408 mg sodium; 12 g carbohydrates; trace fiber; 10 g protein

People often want to know “How long do wonton wrappers last in the fridge?”

Unopened packs of wonton wrappers can last in your refrigerator for a while; use opened ones within about a week. You can freeze wonton wrappers, wrapped well in plastic and popped in a zip-top bag, for up to several months.

The other big question they ask: “Can you freeze baked wonton cups?”

The answer is Yes. You can freeze cooled filled wonton cups in freezer containers, separating layers with waxed paper. To use, reheat wonton cups in coated muffin pans in a preheated 350° oven until crisp and heated through.

These babies are perfect for your next party or simply for when you want something a little different.

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