start dinner off with these chicken pad Thai wontons
For the filling:
1ouncerice stick noodlesrehydrated with hot water until al dente and drained
1poundground chicken breast
1cupraw bean sproutschopped into 1/4 inch pieces
1cupminced scallionwhite and green parts
3tablespoonschopped roasted peanuts
1teaspoonfinely grated ginger
1thai bird chileseeded and minced, or 1/4 teaspoon ground dried chile
75square wonton skins
For the dipping sauce:
1/4cupcrunchy peanut butter
Oil for deep-frying
chopped cilantro for garnish
To make the filling, chop the rehydrated rice noodles into 1/2 inch pieces. Combine the chopped noodles in a bowl with the ground chicken, bean sprouts, scallion, minced cilantro, peanuts, garlic, ginger, scrambled egg and chile. Mix well until combined.
In a separate bowl, mix the sugar, tamarind and fish sauce until the sugar dissolves and the mixture is smooth. Add this sauce to the filling mixture and combine until well incorporated.
Form the wontons using the beggar's purse fold. Place 1 tablespoon of filling in the center of each wonton skin. Fold the skin diagonally, eliminating any air in the middle around the filling. Gather and crimp the wonton skin from corner to conner, pressing to seat the wonton. Place on a lightly floured parchment-lined baking sheet. Repeat until all the filling and skins are used. Cover and refrigerate until ready to cook.
To make the sauce, combine all the ingredients using a whisk, food processor or blender. Process until smooth and homogenous. Refrigerate until needed.
Preheat a few inches of oil to 350 degrees. Carefully drop the wontons one by one into the hot oil. Frying in small batches and being sure not to overcrowd the oil. Cook the wontons for 2 minutes, until the filling is cooked and the exterior is golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Repeat with the remaining wontons until all are cooked, making sure the oil temperature returns to 350 degrees before frying the next batch. Serve immediately with the spicy peanut dipping sauce, topped with chopped cilantro.
Tip: You can keep the wontons crisp and warm by spreading them on a baking sheet in a single layer and keeping them in a warm oven until ready to serve.