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Spicy Sichuan Turkey Wontons in Mapo Sauce

When you want turkey but don’t want to roast a whole bird, make these spicy Sichuan turkey wonton and satisfy that turkey craving
Posted November 18, 2019 by Stephanie
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It’s almost Thanksgiving and that means…TURKEY! I love a good classic roast turkey, especially spatchcocked or sheet-panned but I also love turkey as turkey. Turkey is one one of those proteins people don’t use much of but when I see it at the store, it calls to me. Our grocery store sells ground turkey thighs on the regular and the other day we picked up a package with the express intention to make these spicy Sichuan turkey wontons in mapo sauce.

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Wonton are awesome because they are incredibly versatile little dumplings. You can put almost anything you want in those delicious slippery skins (I always go with store bought wonton skins for ease) and this time around I just used my usual wonton recipe, swapping out the pork for turkey. Green onions, ginger, soy, Shaoxing wine, and sesame oil give the filling some extra flavor.

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And to boost the flavor even more I made mapo sauce: simply the meaty, spicy saucy part of mapo minus the tofu. The result was tender little wontons in a ultra red turkey sauce that hugged the wontons in deliciousness.

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If you’re looking to make turkey for Thanksgiving but aren’t looking to go all out and make a whole turkey dinner or if you just love turkey as a meat, this is the recipe for you.

The spice must flow!
xoxo steph

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These spicy Sichuan turkey wontons in mapo sauce are a fun twist on wontons in red chili oil #wonton #sichuan #turkeywonton #turkey #spicy #chinesefood #recipes

Sichuan Style Spicy Turkey Wonton in Mapo Sauce

Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr

Ingredients

Turkey Wonton

  • 1/2 lb ground turkey
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onions
  • 1 tbsp minced ginger
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp Shaoxing wine
  • 1 tsp toastead sesame oil
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 1/4 tsp white pepper
  • fresh wonton wrappers as needed

Mapo Sauce

  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1/2 lb ground turkey
  • 1.5 tbsp doubanjiang chopped, see notes
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch whisked into 2 tbsp water
  • sliced green onions and chopped cilantro to serve

Instructions

  • In a bowl, mix together the turkey, ginger, green onions, soy, Shaoxing, sesame oil, cornstarch, salt, and white pepper.

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  • Take a wonton wrapper and place 2 teaspoons of the meat filling in the middle. Dip your finger into water and lightly wet the edges of the wrapper. Fold in half and pinch to seal. Bring the opposite bottom edges together, wet, and pinch to seal. Alternatively, just wet the edges of the wrapper and bring together and pinch into a small pouch. Keep the wrappers and finished wonton covered with saran wrap as you work, to keep them from drying out.

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  • Bring a large pot of water to boil over medium high heat and start on the mapo sauce. In a pot, heat up the oil over medium heat. Add the turkey and cook, breaking up, until the turkey is cooked through. Turn down the heat and add the doubanjiang and cook, stirring, until the oils release from the doubanjiang and everything looks bright red.

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  • Stir in the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the stock and soy sauce and bring the heat up so everything comes up to a simmer. Stir in the cornstarch slurry and bring up to a gentle simmer, until the sauce is thick and glossy, about 1 minute. Set aside.

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  • When the water for the wontons is at a rapid boil, add in your wonton. Stir gently so they don’t stick to the bottom of the pot. Cook for 3-5 minutes (depending on size) or until cooked through – cut one open to check.

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  • Drain well and toss in the mapo sauce. Enjoy with extra cilantro, green onions, and toasted sesame seeds if desired.

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Notes

Doubanjiang is a spicy fermented mix of soy and broad beans. You can find it locally at a Chinese grocery store, or online. Read more about Doubanjiang here

4 Comments

  1. Liza says:

    Is there a recommended alternative to wontons? I’m gluten intolerant but want to eat that.

    1. Stephanie says:

      hi liza,
      you can make the mapo sauce and eat it with rice!

  2. WK says:

    I can’t wait to try this next week.
    Dumb question: your site keeps redirecting me to another site to update Chrome when I visit. What gives?

    1. Stephanie says:

      thanks for the heads up, i asked mike to look into it :)

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