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Chicken Wontons in Spicy Chili Sauce

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Big, beautiful, bossy flavors ahead! Shiitake mushrooms and chicken wontons swim in a brothy flavor-filled sauce and get finished with a swirl of sesame oil and chili crisp on top. Yum!

This recipe is part of our SOS Series, which is focused on easy recipes with 7 ingredients or less! I love this series because I love easy, actually good recipes – you can find the full collection here!

Shiitake mushrooms with chicken wontons in a spicy, rich brothy-type sauce laced with sesame and chili oil. WOWZA. Big, bossy flavor, incredibly satisfying, and takes exactly 15 minutes to make!

I love this recipe!

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Lindsay’s Notes

Frozen chicken wontons are a staple in our freezer, but I usually just steam or pan-fry them and serve them as a meal add-on. Which is fine, but, a little boring.

Until now!

This is my new chicken wonton method – steaming them up with with a spicy sauce that is somewhere between dipping sauce and soup broth. It’s meant to be eaten in a bowl, like a soup – kinda, but it’s so much more than just broth with wontons. It’s luscious, dippable, scoopable, slurpable, and full of umami from the shiitake mushrooms and greens (like spinach or bok choy), if you choose to add some. The sesame oil gives even more depth, and the chili oil gives a bit of heat and a pop of color.

It’s a full meal, and it’s one of my current faves.

My girls can’t handle the spiciness in the chili oil, but I just steam a few of the chicken wontons for them to eat plain or dipped in teriyaki sauce, and they love it. Meanwhile, Bjork and I have our bowls tipped up to the sky getting every last lick of that spicy broth-sauce out of the bowl. No drops left behind!

How To Make Chicken Wontons with Spicy Sauce

Step 1: Cut Up Your Vegetables.

I like shiitake mushrooms (for flavoring the brothy goodness) and green onions (for topping). I’ve also loved the versions I’ve made with either spinach or bok choy!

Bowl of shitake mushrooms and green onions

Step 2: Sauté the Mushrooms and Wontons.

I usually start with the mushrooms in some sesame oil, and once they’re good to go, I add my wontons.

Chicken wontons being sauteed in a pan.

Step 3: Build the Sauce.

I add chicken broth, a bit of teriyaki sauce, a spoonful of chili oil, and a drizzle of sesame oil. It’s somewhere between a dipping sauce, a soup broth, and a finishing oil. It’s all three in one.

White hand adding chili oil to chicken wontons in a pan.

Step 4: Scoop It Into Bowls, Garnish, and Serve.

Serve it up, top with green onions and sesame seeds, and dive in.

Bowl of chicken wontons in a soup-y broth.

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Chicken Wontons in Spicy Chili Sauce

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


Big, beautiful, bossy flavors ahead! Shiitake mushrooms and chicken wontons swim in a brothy flavor-filled sauce and get finished with a swirl of sesame oil and chili crisp on top. Yum!


Units Scale

Chicken Wontons with Spicy Sauce:

  • 3 tablespoons sesame oil, divided
  • 14 ounces shiitake mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, grated
  • one 12-ounce bag frozen wontons (I like the mini chicken cilantro ones from Trader Joe’s or Costco)
  • 12 cups chicken broth (depending on how soupy you like it)
  • 1/2 cup teriyaki sauce
  • 12 tablespoons chili crisp


  • green onions, sliced
  • sesame seeds


  1. Heat 1 tablespoon sesame oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add mushrooms; sauté until softened and yummy. Add garlic for the last minute or two of sautéing. 
  2. Add the frozen wontons, chicken broth, and teriyaki sauce. Simmer for 5 minutes, with a lid on, until the wontons are heated through.
  3. Finish with remaining 2 tablespoons sesame oil, chili crisp, and top with sesame seeds and scallions. 
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Sauté
  • Cuisine: Asian-Inspired

Keywords: chicken wontons, chicken wonton soup, wonton soup

Frequently Asked Questions For Chicken Wontons

What brand of wontons do you use?

I like the frozen mini wontons sold at Trader Joe’s, Costco, and/or the Bibigo brand. I prefer the chicken and cilantro or chicken and vegetable ones!

What can I use instead of mushrooms?

The mushrooms give a nice umami flavor to the whole dish, but if you’re not a fan of them, try using spinach or bok choy for something green instead. If you can’t find shiitake mushrooms but you like mushrooms, I’ve also used just white button mushrooms in a pinch and it worked great.

How long do the wonton leftovers last?

I actually really enjoy them as leftovers – I even eat them cold! The sauce does absorb a bit, but there’s enough for them to still be saucy and delicious.

What other protein would work well here instead of the wontons?

There are many types of frozen wontons and dumplings – I would suggest any that have a similar cooking time of 5-7 minutes of steaming.

Can you make this vegetarian / meatless?

Yes! Use vegetarian wontons or dumplings.

Are wontons dairy-free?

Yes, they should be naturally dairy free.

Are wontons gluten-free?

The pre-made ones I buy in the freezer section are not. But you can buy either make them gluten-free, or buy them! Just use a gluten-free brand like this one.

Can you make the wontons from scratch?

Yes, of course! It would not be an SOS-style fast and easy recipe in the same way but it would absolutely be delicious. Here’s a top-rated wonton recipe from the Woks of Life.

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  1. Pinch of Yum Logo

    This looks amazing! Do you have any SOS-style ideas for subs for the wontons? Tofu comes to mind…any other ideas?

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        Whipped this up tonight after grabbing a bag of mini wontons at BJs. I tossed in some bean sprouts, and loved the addition. No chili crisp for me, but it had a great flavor and a little heat without it.

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        Excellent! Spicy for sure, but you could always leave out the chili crisp if that’s not your thing. I gave this to my toddlers before adding that ingredient. I think adding just one cup of broth is plenty. We served ours with the Trader Joe’s fried veggie rice. Will be making again!

  2. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Wow Lindsay, this blog post can make anyone’s mouth virtually water just by looking at those delicious chicken wontons in that spicy chili sauce. Anyone who tries this recipe and will surely be adding some flavorful excitement to their next dinner! 🌶️🥟😋

  3. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I had one of those nights last night where I wasn’t in the mood to cook. I threw this recipe together SO fast. It had so much flavor and couldn’t have been easier. I’m definitely keeping this in my back pocket for those nights. It was filling and comforting and pretty healthy!

  4. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I am in a very dinner time SOS stage of life and this recipe was just perfect. So fast, easy, and full of flavor. I just pulled a few of the wontons out for the little one before adding the chili at the end.

    1. Pinch of Yum Logo

      Shiitake mushroom are usually in a ~3.5oz package. Is it correct that you used the equivalent of 4 packs? This doesn’t seem right and very expensive!

      1. Pinch of Yum Logo

        If you have a Costco near you I highly suggest looking there for shiitakes! Near me in Colorado it is $8.99 for 12 or 14oz vs. $5.99 for 5oz at the grocery store! It does get expensive! Or you could get dried shiitakes online or from an Asian market. Seems like button mushrooms are a good swap too, and a whole lot cheaper.

  5. Pinch of Yum Logo

    This looks so yummy and easy to make. This is just so perfect especially for those people who likes to eat spicy food

  6. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I tried this tonight and it was absolutely delicious! My husband and I both had two bowls and just a bit leftover for tomorrow. I will make it over and over again! Thank you for an easy, comforting dinner.

  7. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I made the vegetarian variation and it was really delicious and easy peasy- thank you! My only tip is that I used 1 cup of broth because it seemed plenty when I made the dish, but when I put away the leftovers, the potstickers absorbed the remaining broth, so next time I’d use closer to the 2 cups of broth.

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      Just made this on a Sunday of “I can’t even” after running after my toddler all weekend, and in true SOS fashion I didn’t have wontons or teriyaki sauce 😅 I subbed frozen potstickers and used the frozen sauce that came with the potstickers with a splash of mirin and honey to flavor the sauce. It was amazing! Def going into rotation as the weather cools down.

      1. Pinch of Yum Logo

        Do you really use half a cup of teriyaki sauce in this? I’ll do it I just want to make sure lol.

  8. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I made this today with some homemade vegan dumplings and it’s bomb! I really love spice so I went a bit heavy on the chili oil 😄 – perfect quick dinner when you need something good to eat 🙌🏾🙌🏾

  9. Pinch of Yum Logo

    This recipe has become my staple and go to! I always have these ingredients handy.
    This is a wonderful recipe to use up random bits and pieces of veg I may have at the end of the week. I follow thw recipe exactly and just swap out the veg for whatever I have on hand.
    Tonight I sautee’d cabbage with garlic then did all the rest exactly the same. DELICIOUS! EVERY! TIME!😍

  10. Pinch of Yum Logo

    This is a really great weeknight dinner. Great taste! Next time I will use different mushrooms as the shitakes were leathery. I may have cooked them too long.

  11. Pinch of Yum Logo

    This is a really great weeknight dinner. Great taste! Next time I will use different mushrooms as the shitakes were leathery. I may have cooked them too long. Made with potstickers from Costco.

  12. Pinch of Yum Logo

    So good and so easy! We made this for dinner tonight. I can’t believe how good and easy it was! It took me a few stores to find chili crisp, but glad I didn’t give up. This will go 8 to our regular rotation!

  13. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Delicious recipe and sooo easy! I threw in a dollop of natural peanut butter and crushed peanuts on top for a spicy peanut flavour! Will make these often. Thank you!!!

  14. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Hey! Excited to try this!! Question: do you guys have a home-made teriyaki sauce recipe??

  15. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Made this last night after thinking about it for days and it did not disappoint ! I didn’t have mushrooms, so I swapped for the Trader Joe’s garlicky cabbage (frozen) and it was excellent ! Also used their miso ginger broth, and a scoop of gochujang in place of the teriyaki. This will definitely be on repeat as a cozy quick meal ! I’m always tempted to order dumplings in curry for take out, maybe that will be next !

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    Have made this 3x in the last week! Obsessed would be putting it lightly.

  17. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Loved this dish from the SOS series! I used vegan dumplings and veggie broth, and I put a small side of rice in each bowl to mop up some of the sauce. The meal came together in about 15 minutes. Delicious!

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    This was super tasty! I used two cups of broth and liked that it was soupier without being soup, if that makes sense lol I actually didn’t have chili crisp because my grocery order didn’t arrive in time, so I omitted it and drizzle some sriracha on top to give it some heat. I also substituted white mushrooms for the shiitake. All in all, it was amazing. I’ll make it again once my chili crisp arrives 🙂

  19. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Made this today. Delicious!!!!
    Have never used the chili crisp before and it took a couple of trips to two different stores to figure out they make spicy and mild. I bought both but used the mild. The crunch really adds something to the dish. My grandchildren are going to love this.

  20. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I was so excited when I saw this recipe posted because I had the TJ’s wontons in my freezer and hadn’t tried them out yet or have any ideas on how I would prepare them. The only ingredients I needed to buy were the mushrooms. Sauces and other veggies were already on hand. This meal did not disappoint with its flavor and ease of preparation. Will def be making these many more times!