Whiskey Glazed Fried Dumplings are crispy wontons dipped in an addictive whiskey glaze!

Leftover Turkey Wontons

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 45 wontons 1x

These fried wontons are filled with turkey, cheese and bacon! Dip these fried dumplings into our famous whiskey glaze!



  • 12 oz. package square wonton wrappers
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound ground turkey (or leftover turkey or chicken)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup scallions, chopped
  • 6 strips bacon, cooked, cooled and chopped into small pieces (you can substitute 1 cup of bacon bits)
  • 2 tablespoons real maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1 egg beaten with 2 teaspoons of water (egg wash)
  • Canola or vegetable oil for frying
  • For the Whiskey Glaze:
  • 6 cloves of garlic, minced or pushed through a garlic press
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3/4 cup pineapple juice
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup teriyaki sauce
  • 1/2 cup whiskey
  • 1/21 teaspoon cayenne pepper (depending on how spicy you like the glaze)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch mixed with 1 1/2 tablespoons of water


  1. Start making the whiskey glaze by adding the oil to a pot along with the minced garlic.
  2. Cook over medium heat for 30 seconds while stirring, then add the rest of the ingredients to the pot (except the cornstarch and water) Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Pour the cornstarch mixture into the glaze and whisk to combine, then bring the glaze back to a boil to thicken and remove from the heat.
  4. To make the wonton filling, add the oil to a large skillet over medium heat.
  5. Add the turkey and brown, breaking up with a spoon into small pieces. (*See Note If Using Cooked Turkey or Chicken) Once the turkey has cooked, add the scallions, stir and cook for 1 more minute.
  6. Add the salt, pepper, garlic powder, bacon, maple syrup and cream cheese. Stir to combine and melt the cream cheese into the filling and then remove from the heat.
  7. Lay out the wonton wrappers on a board, then fill each wrapper with 2 teaspoons of the filling. Brush the edges of the wonton wrapper with the egg wash and fold in half to form a triangle. Make sure the edges are sealed very well so that the filling doesn’t leak out when you fry them. Repeat with the remaining wontons.
  8. Heat a deep pot of oil (halfway filled) to 350 degrees.
  9. Once the oil is hot, add a few dumplings at a time, depending on the size of your pot, and fry for two minutes until golden brown. Remove to a paper towel lined baking sheet to drain while you fry the rest of the dumplings.
  10. Serve the dumplings warm with the whisky glaze on the side.

Recipe Notes

If using leftover cooked turkey or chicken, start with the scallions and the seasonings then add in the cooked turkey.

You can also spray these wontons with cooking spray and make them in your air fryer!

  • Category: Appetizers
  • Method: Stove top
  • Cuisine: American