Chicken Crescent Rollups
Easy to throw together and oh so irresistible these Chicken Crescent Rollups are perfect for an appetizer, meal prepping, or a quick family dinner. And if you are seeking the perfect comfort food recipe for a night in then these will also do the trick. I am speaking from experience here.
These are perfect to make with kids or for the novice cook. Just a few simple ingredients and these tasty chicken crescent rollups become a reality.
I have made these as an appetizer and they disappeared quickly. The secret to taking these to the next level is in the garlic butter I cover them in when they are hot from the oven.
Read on to learn just how to make these delicious little rollups.
Ingredients in Chicken Crescent Rollups
My family loves this recipe, and I love just how easy it is to make it for them. If you are like me and enjoy cooking but sometimes want a quick easy meal to make then this recipe is for you.
The combinations in this dish are well balanced and do not overpower each other. And for me the taste and texture of the crescent rolls can’t be beat.
- Canned Pillsbury Crescent Rolls: Using these crescent rolls is such an easy way to cut down on the time it takes to make this recipe. The refrigerated crescent roll dough is able to stretch out flat and separates easily from each other.
- Chicken: Using pre-cooked shredded chicken or the meat from a rotisserie chicken works well for this recipe.
- Cream Cheese: Acting as a binder the cream cheese also brings a delicious creamy flavor.
- Cheese: For this recipe for chicken crescent rollups I prefer to use sharp cheddar cheese. It is possible to use another cheese, I have also tried pepper jack with this recipe and loved it. Once these rollups are baked the cheesy chicken combination is absolutely delicious so be generous with that cheese.
- Bacon: Adding cooked chopped bacon really makes this recipe. It is possible to use turkey bacon, but for me turkey bacon just doesn’t bring the same flavor.
- Dry Ranch Dressing Mix: I actually have a ranch dressing problem, or maybe obsession is a better word. So much so that I have a Costco sized container of the dry mix in my cubpard. And I am not ashamed to admit that it is only half full. And that fact makes me a bit nervous, I think I need to go to Costco and get more. All kidding aside the dry ranch dressing mix in this recipe brings so much flavor. I would advise you not to skip it.
- Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper: I had a pinch of both of these to my taste. Keep in mind that cheese, bacon, and the ranch dressing all have salt in them. So go sparingly with the salt.
Assembling the Chicken Crescent Rollups
The first step I follow in this recipe is making sure that I have all of the ingredients. There is nothing worse than starting to make a recipe and then realizing that you are missing a key component of the recipe.
When it comes to mixing the ingredients I like to mix the cream cheese and the ranch dressing mix together first. This works best if the cream cheese is at room temperature.
I will then add the rest of the ingredients and mix them together completely.
Adding the rest of the ingredients to the bowl and mixing them together works best in a sturdy bowl that is easy to hang on to.
I have these Pyrex 8-Piece 100 Years Glass Mixing Bowl Set. They are very easy to use and hang on to, come with a set that they nest in, are easy to clean, and come with a lid. This is great if I have any left over ingredients I know that I can just store them in the mixing bowl.
Once all of the ingredients are mixed together open up the refrigerated crescent roll package. Roll out the dough and gently separate the dough triangles.
Place two spoonfuls of the chicken mixture on the broad end of the triangle.
Be mindful not to over fill the chicken crescent rollups as the ingredients will spill out of the sides.
Start rolling up the chicken mixture into the roll.
Wrapping all of the dough around the chicken mixture until it is covered and in the shape of a croissant.
It is okay if a small amount of the chicken can be seen at the ends. The important thing is that the majority of it is wrapped up by the crescent roll.
Continue with this process until all of the chicken crescent rollups are made and placed on a baking sheet. Be mindful to place the chicken crescent roll ups on the baking sheet with a few inches between them. During the baking process they will rise and could stick together.
I like to spray my baking sheet with a Cooking Spray Like Pam.
I also like to use Pre-Cut Parchment Paper. They are great to keep food from sticking to the baking sheet.
I try keep these on hand as they are great to place onto the baking sheet and keeps me from having to dirty a baking sheet. Which makes clean up that much easier.
Place the baking sheet into an oven that has been preheated to 375 Degrees F.
Keep in mind that all ovens are different, but I find that cooking time in my oven is usually around 15 minutes.
While the chicken crescent rollups are cooking I mix together the garlic butter. This is optional but adds so much to the flavor of this dish.
When chicken crescent rolls are golden brown I remove them from the oven and baste them with the garlic butter. If you love garlic like I do then this is a step you are not going to want to skip.
Then they are ready to eat and enjoy!
Optional Add Ins To The Chicken Mixture
king to add some extra flavor and texture to your chicken rollups? Consider adding in one of these optional ingredients to take your dish to the next level:
- Spinach: Adding chopped spinach not only adds an extra nutrient boost but also a delicious earthy flavor.
- Sun-dried tomatoes: For a burst of sweet and tangy flavor, chop up some sun-dried tomatoes and mix them into your chicken mixture.
- Feta cheese: Crumbled feta cheese adds a salty kick and creamy texture that pairs perfectly with chicken.
- Mushrooms: Sautéed mushrooms bring an umami depth of flavor that complements the savory taste of chicken.
- Jalapeños: If you like things spicy, finely diced jalapeños will add heat and a pop of color to your dish.
- Pesto sauce: Mix pesto sauce into your chicken mixture for an herby twist on traditional rollups. I have done this instead of using the ranch seasoning and absolutely love it. Try this with mozzarella cheese instead of the cheddar. It is absolutely delicious.
By incorporating any of these optional add-ins, you can easily customize your chicken rollups according to your preferences or mood!
Tips To Make Chicken Rollups
- I prefer to use the Pillsbury brand but any refrigerated crescent roll dough will do. This recipe will work with any premade dough.
- I like to purchase a rotisserie chicken from Costco and use the meat. I find that shredding it into bite size pieces works best. It is possible to use canned chicken as well, but I have never tried it. You can also use left over chicken.
- Chicken crescent rollups can be stored in the refrigerator for up to four days. As a result, I then have a quick and easy meal at hand.
- They can also be kept in a freezer for up to 3 months. These are great to make in bulk and put into the freezer. I can get them out and pop them back into the oven to reheat. And I find the key is to let them sit out for a good 30 minutes to help defrost them.
- Make these as meal prep for the week. Just store them in the refrigerator and pop them into the oven or an air fryer for a few minutes to crisp them back up.
Other Recipes to Try
Chicken Crescent Rollups
- 1 Mixing Bowl
- 1 Cookie Sheet
Chicken Crescent Rollups
- 1 Can of Crescent Rolls
- 1 Cup of cooked shredded chicken
- 4 ounces Cream Cheese Room Temperature
- 1/2 Cup Sharp Shredded Cheese
- 4 Pieces of cooked Bacon Finely Chopeed
- 2 Tbsp Diced Green Onions
- 1 Tbsp Dry Ranch Dressing Seasoning
- 2 tbsp Butter
- 1 Garlic Clove Diced
- 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
- 1/2 tsp Dried Parsley
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.Spray a cookie sheet with a non-stick cooking spray like Pam and set the cookie sheet aside.
- In a mixing bowl add:Softened cream cheese and ranch dressing. Mix thoroughly.Add to the bowl the cup of shredded cooked chicken, cheese, bacon, and green onion. Mix all the ingredients together and set aside.
- Open a can of Pillsbury crescent rolls.Roll out the dough and gently separate the rolls.
- Take one of the crescent roll triangles and add a few spoonfuls of the chicken mixture to the bottom of the crescent roll.Once the chicken mixture is on the dough start to roll the dough over the chicken mixture forming the shape of a croissant. Place rolled crescent roll onto the cookie sheet.Repeat with the remaining crescent rolls until they are all done.
- Take the cookie sheet with the chicken crescent rollups and place it into the oven. Cook for 15-17 minutes or until crescent rolls have a light brown color.
- While Crescent rolls are cooking prepare the lemon butter.Melt the butter in a small microwave safe bowl, about 15 seconds for room temperature butter. Add the garlic, garlic powder, and dried parsley to the butter and mix.
- Remove the chicken crescent rollups from the oven.While they are still hot use a spoon or baking brush to brush the garlic butter over the tops of the rollups.
- Serve as an appetizer, or has a great main dish!Enjoy!