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These pretty appetizers are a holiday party staple. The best part is, they can be baked ahead of time and reheated right before serving.

  • 1 lb. boneless/skinless chicken breast meat
  • 1 pkg. won ton skins (usually in the produce section)
  • 1 TB. water
  • 1-2 TB. vegetable oil or butter
  • 1 TB. water
  • 1/2 Cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 Cup mayonnaise (regular works best)
  • 1/4 Cup red bell pepper, finely chopped (optional)
  • 1/3 Cup black olives, finely chopped or 1 small can of pre-chopped olives (optional)
  • 1 Cup Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
  • 1 Cup Cheddar cheese, shredded

In a large bowl, mix the TACO SEASONING with water, then chop the chicken into small bits and add it to the bowl. Stir well, cover and refrigerate until the wonton cups are made. Preheat oven to 350°. You will need at least two mini muffin pans for this recipe - the recipe makes about 36 baskets. Spray the pans well with vegetable oil spray, and then gently press each wonton skin into a muffin cup in the pan. Repeat this process until all the cups are filled. Bake the skins for 5-6 minutes or until lightly browned. Be careful - they can turn brown quickly and you don't want to overcook them because they will be baked again once they are filled, but they also won't get much browner in the second cooking, so make sure the edges are at least golden when you pull them out. When you take them out of the oven, be sure that they are open; the flaps have a tendency to flop over. While they are still warm it is very easy to ease them open to form a basket. Remove to a cookie sheet and repeat the process until all of the won ton skins have been baked. While the skins are baking, heat 1 TB. vegetable oil or butter in a large frying pan. Cook the chicken for 6-8 minutes over medium heat, until browned and cooked through. Mix the BUTTERMILK RANCH DRESSING BASE with water and let stand 5 minutes. Whisk in the buttermilk and mayonnaise, blend until smooth, and set aside. Combine the cooked chicken, red bell pepper, black olives, cheeses and dressing. Stir to combine. Using a teaspoon, fill each of the won ton baskets with filling--about 1 rounded tsp. per basket. Bake another 4-5 minutes or until the cheese has melted. Sprinkle with ALEPPO PEPPER. Serve while warm.

Prep. time: 45 minutes, including baking time for the won ton skins before filling
Baking time: 5 minutes
Yield: about 36 baskets

Chicken Taco Seasoning 2.1 oz. 1/2 cup jar
Taco Seasoning 2.9 oz. 1/2 cup jar
Buttermilk Ranch 2.5 oz. 1/2 cup jar
Aleppo Pepper 1.9 oz. 1/2 cup jar

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