Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Spicy Peanut Chicken Cups + Crunchy Lettuce Toss

What a fantastic long weekend we had. My mom visited, and the boys loved the attention from Grandma (although they missed Grandpa…darn work—but fun!—trip to Hong Kong, Vietnam and Taiwan). We had a lot of fun: we shopped, we went to the Children’s Museum, we played (a lot!), and we ate (duh!). I’m so excited to share with you the stars of the weekend menu. 

Spicy Peanut Chicken Cups and Crunchy Lettuce Toss are the perfect meal combination. The chicken cups definitely bring the heat and have such a great flavor. The salad is coated with a delightfully sweet yet tangy vinaigrette. What makes the lettuce toss extra special is the addition of broccoli and toasted ramen noodles. Seriously, what’s not to love? My husband couldn’t get enough of both! And would you believe that my three-year-old actually ate the salad? I can’t even make that up.

The beauty of the chicken cups is that there is a lot of room to alter the recipe to suit your own taste and to yield as many as you want. I used a bottled peanut sauce, but Closet Cooking’s Thai Spicy Peanut Sauce would be extra-fantastic. Although I intended to add chopped water chestnuts to the chicken mixture before baking, I completely forgot! I actually developed this recipe as a way to use up the remaining won ton wrappers from our Taco Cups we had earlier last week.

Spicy Peanut Chicken Cups
Source: Ashley original

Cooked, shredded chicken breasts
Peanut sauce (I used House of Tsang Bangkok Padang Peanut Sauce)
Won ton wrappers
Green onions, chopped
Fresh cilantro, chopped
Dry roasted peanuts, chopped

Combine chicken and peanut sauce in a bowl. Use as much peanut sauce as you prefer (I used enough peanut sauce to coat the chicken generously, but I didn’t want the mixture too runny). In a mini muffin pan, place as many won ton wrappers in the cups as you are planning to make. Make sure you push the wrappers gently into the wells; you may need to fold the sides to get a good fit. Spoon in the chicken mixture into each wonton wrapper being careful not to fill too full (you will want to leave room for the toppings). Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes (or until the wrappers have slightly browned). Top cups with green onions, cilantro and peanuts.   

Crunchy Lettuce Toss
Adapted from: Taste of Home

1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup cider vinegar
2 tsp. soy sauce
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 pkg. (3 oz.) ramen noodles, broken
2 Tbsp. butter
1 1/2 cups chopped broccoli
1 small bunch leaf lettuce, torn
5 green onions, thinly sliced
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

To make the vinaigrette, combine sugar, oil, vinegar, soy sauce, salt and pepper in a jar with a tight-fitting lid. Shake well. Discard the seasoning packet from the ramen noodles or save for another use. In a skillet, sauté the ramen noodles in the butter until golden brown (be careful because once they start to brown, they brown fast!). In a large bowl combine lettuce, broccoli, and onions. Just before serving, toss in noodles and walnuts. The vinaigrette may be drizzled over the salad (and tossed again) or it can be served separately (my preference). 


If you are living in the Land of the Cold, I hope you are staying warm. The wind chill was -30 degrees yesterday. Woof. As cold as it gets, it sure is pretty around here. I am thankful for beautiful South Dakota sunsets. Truly spectacular. And definitely no photo editing needed.

I was not compensated to use House of Tsang Bangkok Padang Peanut Sauce. The opinions expressed in this blog are my own.


  1. I love these!! I always get this salad at my favorite restaurant - chicken with peanuts, cilantro and lettuce and LOTS of peanut butter dressing on top. It's my favorite. These are a remixed version and even better. They are adorable!

    1. Hi, Sally! Thank you! I'm seriously obsessed with mini food. I think they're so cute and so much more fun to eat. Peanut butter dressing? That would turn any salad into a favorite salad of mine! Sounds delicious!

  2. Ashley these are perfect for my next party (or superbowl game day)!!! LOVE THEM.

    1. You totally read my mind about the Superbowl, Aimee! These will be making an appearance again very soon!

  3. YUM! These look wonderful. And Aimee is right - how perfect for the upcoming Super Bowl game!

    1. Thanks, Courtney! Are you planning to fuse foods from the coasts together for your Superbowl celebration? Not everyone can say they've lived in the cities both Superbowl teams represent!