Wonton soup is usually on the light side, but if you have guys with high metabolism, there’s only one way to serve soup as the sole dish for dinner: beef—er, chicken—it up. Though this recipe makes six servings, there’s only one serving left for my lunch tomorrow. A major hit for our family. Note: I worried that my wontons might open and lose their filling during cooking, but those little beauties were intact when they made the journey from soup pot to bowl to spoon.

Hearty Chicken Wonton Soup

1 lb ground chicken (or turkey), divided

1 egg

2 green onions, sliced thin

3 tbsp soy sauce, divided

1 tsp + 1 tbsp sesame oil, divided

1/2 tsp sea salt

3/4 tsp ground ginger, divided

1/8 tsp ground pepper

30 wonton wrappers

8 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth

2 tbsp chopped cilantro

1) To medium-sized bowl add 8 oz of ground chicken (reserving 8 oz), egg, green onions, 1 tbsp soy sauce (reserving 2 tbsp), 1 tsp sesame oil (reserving 1 tbsp), salt, 1/4 tsp ginger (reserving 1/2 tsp), and pepper; mix well

2) Lay out wonton wrappers in diamond shapes and spoon about 1 tsp in center of each; lightly moisten wrapper edges with water and fold bottom points up to encase filling and form triangles; press edges together to seal; bring left and right points to center, moisten with water, overlap, and pinch together; place wontons on cookie sheet, cover with damp towel, and refrigerate until ready to use

3) To large soup pot, add reserved 1 tbsp sesame oil and heat over medium-high; add reserved 8 oz ground chicken and cook, stirring often, until no longer pink; reduce heat to medium and stir in chicken broth, reserved 2 tbsp soy sauce, and reserved 1/2 tsp ground ginger; cook 10 minutes

4) Increase heat to medium-high; when soup begins to boil, gently lower filled wontons into soup and, gently stirring often, cook 5-6 minutes; sprinkle cilantro over soup, remove from heat, and serve

Servings: 6 dinner-sized portions


  1. Nice, Tamara! I only ventured to make my own wonton soup once…you may have me doing it again, with this one!

  2. Karen says:

    Hi there. Do you cook the chicken mixture that is going into the wontons ahead of time?

  3. Paola says:

    I’m a little confused. The directions say to cook the chicken, then add the broth. Then afterwards you add the wontons to the soup. I understand that the chicken in the wontons is raw until cooked in the soup. So is the final product going to be a soup with wontons, and pieces of chicken by themselves?

    • Hi, Paola,
      Sorry for the confusion. To make this soup hearty, half the ground chicken goes into the wonton filling and the other half is cooked in the sesame oil to which the broth is added–chicken filled wontons swimming in broth with free-floating ground chicken. My guys loved it. I hope I clarified that well and that you enjoy the soup. Have a great week.

  4. Joan Russo says:

    Just made your wonton soup for my daughter fo lunch she loved it.
    I just happened to have all the ingredients. Didn’t know what I was going to make her. This hit the spot delicious . Thank you! Joan R

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