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Southwestern Chicken Cups

These Southwestern Chicken Cups are such a cute, quick and easy dinner recipe! They’re perfect for serving to guests and they make great snacks for a party!Make these fun Southwestern Chicken Cups using Wonton Wrappers in a Muffin Tin! Great for using up leftover rotisserie chicken or boneless, skinless chicken breasts.

A few years ago I made Mini Lasagna Cups and they were a huge hit. They are now one of the most popular recipes on my entire site! We love them too, so I wanted to make a fun southwestern spinoff that we could enjoy. These bold Southwestern Chicken Cups with cheesy chicken, black beans, and corn were a huge success!

Make these fun Southwestern Chicken Cups using Wonton Wrappers in a Muffin Tin! Great for using up leftover rotisserie chicken or boneless, skinless chicken breasts.

Crunchy… hot… cheesy… melty… So many fabulous flavors all in one bite!

Make these fun Southwestern Chicken Cups using Wonton Wrappers in a Muffin Tin! Great for using up leftover rotisserie chicken or boneless, skinless chicken breasts.

The ingredients are fresh and simple. Chopped chicken, corn, black beans, garlic, onions, bell peppers, cheese and wonton wrappers.

Make these fun Southwestern Chicken Cups using Wonton Wrappers in a Muffin Tin! Great for using up leftover rotisserie chicken or boneless, skinless chicken breasts.

Add a tablespoon or so of olive oil to a large skillet over high heat.

Make these fun Southwestern Chicken Cups using Wonton Wrappers in a Muffin Tin! Great for using up leftover rotisserie chicken or boneless, skinless chicken breasts.

Tips for Making Southwestern Chicken Cups

When the oil is very hot, carefully add the onions, bell peppers, and plenty of salt. I love buying a mixed bag of frozen bell peppers and onions, already diced and ready to go! It’s such a time saver, you can always keep them on hand, and you can add them to this recipe straight from the freezer.

If you’re using frozen corn, you can go ahead and add it here too. If you’re using canned or fresh corn, you can add it later with the beans.

Make these fun Southwestern Chicken Cups using Wonton Wrappers in a Muffin Tin! Great for using up leftover rotisserie chicken or boneless, skinless chicken breasts.

Cook the veggies, stirring occasionally, until slightly blackened on the edges.

Make these fun Southwestern Chicken Cups using Wonton Wrappers in a Muffin Tin! Great for using up leftover rotisserie chicken or boneless, skinless chicken breasts.

Turn the heat down to medium-low, add the minced garlic, and stir until fragrant and well incorporated, about 30 seconds.

Make these fun Southwestern Chicken Cups using Wonton Wrappers in a Muffin Tin! Great for using up leftover rotisserie chicken or boneless, skinless chicken breasts.

Add the beans, chicken, and plenty of pepper. Stir to combine. Remove from heat and set aside.

Make these fun Southwestern Chicken Cups using Wonton Wrappers in a Muffin Tin! Great for using up leftover rotisserie chicken or boneless, skinless chicken breasts.

Generously coat a standard-size muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray.

Make these fun Southwestern Chicken Cups using Wonton Wrappers in a Muffin Tin! Great for using up leftover rotisserie chicken or boneless, skinless chicken breasts.

Now grab some wonton wrappers. You should be able to find these in any grocery store. In ours, they’re located in the produce section between the tofu and fresh ravioli.

Make these fun Southwestern Chicken Cups using Wonton Wrappers in a Muffin Tin! Great for using up leftover rotisserie chicken or boneless, skinless chicken breasts.

Line each muffin tin with a wonton wrapper.

Make these fun Southwestern Chicken Cups using Wonton Wrappers in a Muffin Tin! Great for using up leftover rotisserie chicken or boneless, skinless chicken breasts.

Add about 1-2 tablespoons of the chicken mixture.

Make these fun Southwestern Chicken Cups using Wonton Wrappers in a Muffin Tin! Great for using up leftover rotisserie chicken or boneless, skinless chicken breasts.

And top with cheese.

Make these fun Southwestern Chicken Cups using Wonton Wrappers in a Muffin Tin! Great for using up leftover rotisserie chicken or boneless, skinless chicken breasts.

Add one more wonton wrapper…

Make these fun Southwestern Chicken Cups using Wonton Wrappers in a Muffin Tin! Great for using up leftover rotisserie chicken or boneless, skinless chicken breasts.

Chicken layer…

Make these fun Southwestern Chicken Cups using Wonton Wrappers in a Muffin Tin! Great for using up leftover rotisserie chicken or boneless, skinless chicken breasts.

And one more layer of cheese.

Bake at 375 degrees F for about 12 minutes, until heated through and edges are golden.

Make these fun Southwestern Chicken Cups using Wonton Wrappers in a Muffin Tin! Great for using up leftover rotisserie chicken or boneless, skinless chicken breasts.

Garnish with a little cilantro if desired. These are like my favorite salad or burrito at Chipotle, but in a fun little cup!

Make these fun Southwestern Chicken Cups using Wonton Wrappers in a Muffin Tin! Great for using up leftover rotisserie chicken or boneless, skinless chicken breasts.

Hot… cheesy… melty… goodness!!

Make these fun Southwestern Chicken Cups using Wonton Wrappers in a Muffin Tin! Great for using up leftover rotisserie chicken or boneless, skinless chicken breasts.

So fun and everyone will love them! Hope you enjoy!! :)

Make these fun Southwestern Chicken Cups using Wonton Wrappers in a Muffin Tin! Great for using up leftover rotisserie chicken or boneless, skinless chicken breasts.

Make these fun Southwestern Chicken Cups using Wonton Wrappers in a Muffin Tin! Great for using up leftover rotisserie chicken or boneless, skinless chicken breasts.

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Southwestern Chicken Cups

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 32 minutes
  • Yield: 12 cups 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: Southwestern

Description

These Southwestern Chicken Cups are such a cute, quick and easy dinner recipe! They’re perfect for serving to guests and they make great snacks for a party!

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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cups frozen diced bell pepper and onion mix (or 1 cup each, fresh)
  • 2 cups corn kernals (canned, fresh, or frozen)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 34 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup canned black beans, drained
  • 12 oz (2 cups) cooked chicken, chopped or shredded
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 24 wonton wrappers

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Generously coat a standard-size muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Add olive oil to a large skillet over high heat. When the oil is very hot, carefully add the onions, bell peppers, salt. If you’re using frozen corn, add it now. If you’re using canned or fresh corn, add it later with the beans. Cook the veggies, stirring occasionally, until slightly blackened on the edges, about 5 minutes.
  3. Reduce heat to medium-low, add the minced garlic, and stir until fragrant and well incorporated, about 30 seconds. Add the beans, chicken, and pepper. Stir to combine. Remove from heat and set aside.
  4. Place a wonton wrapper in the bottom of each cup in the prepared muffin tin. Add 1-2 tablespoons of chicken mixture and top with about 1 tablespoon cheese. Layer on one more wonton wrapper, chicken mixture, and cheese.
  5. Bake at 375 degrees F for 12 minutes, until heated through and edges are golden.

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17 Responses
  1. Liza

    Love this recipe! A new favorite. I should definitely mention that I truly dislike cooking and this was so easy. I added a little rice because it was leftover. Also next time I’ll use fresh onions and peppers, the frozen mix I got just didn’t cut it. I’ll be putting this in my rotation for sure.

  2. Jason

    No details on how much of each ingredient or in what proportions? Seems like a fun recipe but I’m reluctant to try it because of the vagueness…. too much potential for waste.

  3. Jane

    I need a make ahead appetizer and these look so delicious and pretty.  Have you ever made them ahead and reheated them??

  4. Hayley

    I made your lasagna cups last week and they were out of this world! I can’t wait to try these tomorrow night! I can’t stop thinking about all the possibilities of cooking with a package of won ton wrappers and a muffin tin! :)

  5. Cookin Canuck

    What a great idea for a quick weeknight dinner! I’m now imagining all of the things I could tuck into baked wonton cups.

  6. Katelyn @munchie pie

    WOW I saw the picture of these and was thinking they would be really putsy to make but they look so easy! And delicious! Great spin off of the lasagna cups!

  7. Amanda Finks

    These are adorable! They’re like little baked fajita cups. Btw, it’s refreshing to see a food blogger with a muffin tin that looks like it actually gets used :)

  8. Suzann

    You can use wonton wrappers to make ravioli—I think this was on Everyday Italian.
    I tried it and they were tasty!!
    These look so good and they would be great for a brunch.

  9. Laura ~Raise Your Garden

    Ok, so in an effort to be transparent, I’m trying to cook more. My husband and I tend to end up at Chipotle every night and I only wish I were kidding. This looks BETTER than Chipotle and that’s the best compliment I can pay. I’m so excited about this. I’m pumped. Thanks!!

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