Had a visit to the Cheesecake Factory not long ago and tried one of their appetizers, the Buffalo Blasts, and let me tell ya, good stuff! I thought, man…these could be a really great snack for when you’re gaming, or just having a get together. I set off on a search to see if anyone had a recipe or an idea on how they were made. Many searches later and mixed results and I came up with this. Serves 4, but do some math and make more.
· 1 Whole boneless chicken breast (shredded or diced, your choice)
· 4 Wonton wrappers (or 1 egg roll wrapper cut into 4 quarters)
· 1 Cup shredded cheddar cheese (mixed/blended cheese also works well)
· 1 Cup Panko Japanese style breadcrumbs
· 1 Cup Italian style breadcrumbs (plain will also do, it’s more for flavor and look)
· ½ Cup Frank’s Hot Sauce (or any other brand depending on personal taste)
· 2 Eggs (this will make the egg wash)
· Heat deep fryer to 375°F
· Flour dust a flat surface to prepare wrappers on, as they may stick to countertop. Wax paper also may work for this, just go with what you feel is best.
1. Cook your chicken! Depending on the style you chose, pan fry until meat is no longer pink, then dice. If you want shredded, then boil the chicken for approx ~ 20 minutes or until no longer pink, making sure not to overcook as it may ‘rubberize’ your meat. Then seperate with a fork into shredded bits.
2. Toss the chicken into a bowl and add the hot sauce, and throw in your cheese
3. Seperate the yolks from the egg whites from the two eggs, and add about a teaspoon or two of water to make your egg wash, whisk it until corporated.
4. Mix the Panko and Breadcrumbs together in a bowl, getting a nice even mixture.
5. Lay out your wrapper and place a half dollar sized amount of chicken onto the center of it.
6. Apply some of your egg wash along the edges of the wrapper and then fold diagonally corner to corner so that it resembles a triangle, making sure to press down along the edges to seal the wrapper.
7. Now apply the egg wash to the outside of the wrapper and carefully dredge it into the breadcrumbs.
8. After doing this for the remaining portions, place them in the fryer basket and cook for approximately 4 minutes or until golden brown.
9. Place the finished product onto paper towels to soak up excess oil.
10. Eat your awesome snack!!!
That’s all there is too it. You can also alternatively mix hot sauce into your egg wash in order to give the outside of the wrapper a more spicey taste. Also, you can season your chicken however you like, with garlic powder, pepper, or all season being some suggestions. Blue cheese dip, ranch dip, or even sour cream are awesome choices to dip your snacks into. Try ‘em and see what you like best.
I hope you have great success with this recipe, and enjoy it as much as I do.