Spicy Slow Cooker Chicken Wonton Tacos

Crisp wonton tacos with spicy slow cooker shredded chicken. A delicious party appetizer or meal.

Spicy Slow Cooker Chicken Wonton Tacos Recipe from bakedbyrachel.com

I’m bracing for a mini heatwave. Three to four days of 90 degree weather and that’s not normal for the northeast this time of year. Nope. Usually May and June are far from spectacular months. Case in point, today was 60 and rainy. I wasn’t complaining at all. We took advantage of the dreary day and went shopping…by request of my 3 year old. How could I say no to that kind of request? Rainy and 60’s was a slight dip from the previous few days but it’ll be a big jump up tomorrow. Normally it’s in the 60’s and 70s this time of year…maybe an 80 degree day here or there but 90 isn’t normal. New England is finicky. Of course, that’s not to say I won’t be enjoying the warm weather. We’re ready for it. We have the ac’s in, the kids all have swim suits and the furniture is on the deck. I’m even going to prep and blow up a kiddie pool for the deck so they can splash around and play in the afternoon.

Once the summer temps roll in, a lot of people avoid the kitchen. I know we always did that growing up. You turn to the grill or takeout on the super hot nights. Keep the heat out, not in. But you know what’s awesome about this dish besides how absolutely amazing it tastes? The prepping is done in the slow cooker! That’s right. No oven required. No heating up your kitchen with a major appliance. It’s just not necessary this time of year. Pull out your slow cooker and get busy whipping these babies up. They may look basic but they’re full of flavor. We were fighting over the remaining chicken scraps. So good! Next time I’ll make a double batch.

Spicy Slow Cooker Chicken Wonton Tacos Recipe from bakedbyrachel.com

Do not skimp on the seasonings. Do layer with cheese, lettuce and other fixings on the bottom of your wonton, followed by chicken and an ever important drizzle of spicy slow cooker liquid. Yes, you absolutely must save that golden liquid. It’s fantastic. The other essential part of this recipe – the wonton shell. Do not fear frying these. I tried a baked version first and they were no where near as good. Trust me and fry your wontons.

Spicy Slow Cooker Chicken Wonton Tacos Recipe from bakedbyrachel.com

More tasty recipes to try:
Spicy chicken bites
Sausage and red pepper stuffed mushrooms
Bacon wrapped barbecue chicken tenders
Deep dish Chicago style pizza
Chicken Parm meatballs
Spiced shawarma chicken wraps
Lobster rolls
Spicy barbecue chicken salad

Yield: Serves 2-4

Cook Time: 4 hours

Total Time: 4 1/2 hours

Spicy Slow Cooker Chicken Wonton Tacos

Crisp wonton tacos with spicy slow cooker shredded chicken. A delicious party appetizer or meal.

Ingredients:

  • 1 chicken breast
  • 3/4C chicken broth
  • 3/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 10-15 wonton wrappers
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • Optional filling ingredients: lettuce, cheese, tomatoes, jalapenos, sour cream

Directions:

Place trimmed chicken breast, chicken broth and seasonings in the bowl of a small slow cooker. Cook on low for 4 hours. Shred chicken at the two hour mark, return to slow cooker.

Coat the bottom of a medium skillet with vegetable oil. Heat over medium heat until hot. Place half of one wonton wrapper over the end of a nylon spatula, pressing the lower half into the oil to fry for 15-30 seconds. Grab cooked portion with tongs, flipping and cooking the other half of the wonton wrapper for 15-30 seconds or until crisp. Drain on paper towels. Repeat with remaining wrappers.

Fill fried wontons with spicy shredded chicken and additional optional fillings. Enjoy warm.

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37 Responses to “Spicy Slow Cooker Chicken Wonton Tacos”

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    nessa — May 30, 2013 at 7:34 am

    I love wontons! These look like total insanity! Can’t wait to make!

    • Rachel — May 30th, 2013 @ 10:25 am

      Aren’t wontons great?! Love the crunch.

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    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — May 30, 2013 at 7:52 am

    What a creative idea – I love the flavors on the chicken!!

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    Tieghan — May 30, 2013 at 8:12 am

    Well, you guys are getting ready for a heat wave and I woke up to snow! Can we switch places?

    This chicken sounds so flavorful and I love that you used wonton wrappers. So fun!

    • Rachel — May 30th, 2013 @ 10:26 am

      NO thank you ;) You’re welcome to keep all of that snow to yourself.

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    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — May 30, 2013 at 8:41 am

    Tasty flavors!

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    Leah | So, How's It Taste? — May 30, 2013 at 9:22 am

    Yum, those look so good and crunchy!

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    Megan {Country Cleaver} — May 30, 2013 at 10:06 am

    I love recipes like this for summer! We don’t have AC, and I dread making dinner when its hot out. Love the spice Rachel :)

    • Rachel — May 30th, 2013 @ 10:27 am

      How do you survive?! Whatever you do – don’t ever buy a house without central air… dumbest decision we made but at least we’ve got the window units.

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    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — May 30, 2013 at 10:10 am

    I have a ton of left over wontons in my refrigerator right now. When I get back from vacation I’m totally making this.

    • Rachel — May 30th, 2013 @ 10:28 am

      Best use of leftover wonton wrappers for sure! :)

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    Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) — May 30, 2013 at 10:37 am

    These look so delish! Perfect for the summer too.

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    marcie@flavorthemoments — May 30, 2013 at 10:43 am

    We’re bracing for a heat wave here in CA this weekend, too. Funny, I was just in Boston last week and it was rainy, now it’s going to be so hot back there! These are such a great idea. I need to utilize my slow cooker more often during the summer as it’s not just for winter!

    • Rachel — May 30th, 2013 @ 12:32 pm

      It’s terrible how quickly the weather can change here. Too bad you missed the warmer weather!

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    Carla @ Carlas Confections — May 30, 2013 at 10:44 am

    I am dying over the wonton shells! These would be so perfect for a party of mini foods! I love it Oh, and Im jealous of your heat wave. I would take sunny over all this rain too. Im ready for better weather

    • Rachel — May 30th, 2013 @ 12:32 pm

      Yes! Mini food everywhere! That means we can eat more, right? ;)

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    Tina | My Life as a Mrs — May 30, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    I could seriously put down a bunch of these! They look GREAT! I love using wonton wrapper – so versatile! :)

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    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie — May 30, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    How cute are these tacos! Never thought to use wontons as a taco shell, brilliant.

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    Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry — May 30, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    There is never such thing as a heat wave in Seattle but on the days when it reaches seventy, I hate to turn on the oven. These tacos look so easy and delicious.

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — May 30, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    Yep, pretty much need to eat these now!

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    ashley - baker by nature — May 30, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    Note to self: but wontons asap!

    I love this meal idea! Like, SO much. xx

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    Sherri @The Well Floured Kitchen — May 30, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    What a great idea, frying the wonton into that shape! They look just like tacos. Yum!

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — May 30, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    After just dusting off my slow cooker for my last recipe, and seeing this, I need to use it m ore!

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    Cassie | Bake Your Day — May 30, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    These won ton taco shells are genius! I love everything about this.

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    Jennifer @ Mother Thyme — May 31, 2013 at 9:46 am

    Oh my gosh, I love these! It is blazing hot here too. It went from practically snowing last week to above 90. Got to love the Northeast! :) These yummy wontons would be perfect for our soiree this weekend! Everyone would devour these for sure! :)

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    amanda @ fake ginger — May 31, 2013 at 11:15 am

    I love wonton tacos but I’ve never made them at home! They look amazing! Send me the hot weather! It’s in the 70s here but the wind cuts right through you. Brrr!

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — May 31, 2013 at 11:53 am

    I bet these are such a delicious mix of melt in your mouth and crispy! These look soooo mouthwatering, Rachel!

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — May 31, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    What a great way to use wontons!

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    Deborah — June 1, 2013 at 1:27 am

    These are so fun – what a great way to change up taco night!!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — June 1, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    It’s really warm here in LA too so yay for prepping in the slow cooker! I try to steer clear from the oven during summertime – it’s unbearable in the house when the weather is 90+ and the AC isn’t really even doing much.

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    Julie @ Table for Two — June 1, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    I would down a bunch of these in no time!! So easy to make and even easier to eat ;)

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    Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl — June 3, 2013 at 9:24 am

    Loving these, pinning for the next get together. Anything taco inspired – I’m there!

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    Angie — June 3, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    I love the idea of using a wonton wrapper, it makes tacos so cute!!! Great idea!

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    sally @ sallys baking addiction — June 4, 2013 at 11:27 am

    I just came from 90-degree humidity/heat with the Caribbean sun beating down on me. Sunburnt shoulders… but I wouldn’t trade it for the world! I missed a hot weekend on the East coast though! These tacos look so good, Rachel. Wonton shells – genius ;)

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    katie — June 5, 2013 at 7:52 am

    Stop it! I’m drooling here… what a genius idea!!! Perfect for entertaining!

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    Nutmeg Nanny — June 5, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    Oh yum! I love won tons :) this looks amazing!

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    justme — October 18, 2015 at 11:11 pm

    I’ve had these before, it’s also good adding coleslaw on top and dip the tacos in yum yum sauce. Just a suggestion

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