Cheesy Chicken Roll Ups

Friday, July 20, 2012

{ Cheesy Chicken Roll Ups  }
Friends and Family Recipes

I'm sure it's no secret that I love to share recipes. haha. I love sharing them with everyone. Friends, family, readers, strangers....I'm always willing to share a recipe that we've fallen in love.  No "Secret Family" recipes here. I mean we do have family recipes, but I don't have any that are "hush, hush". 

I'd have no joy in having to tell people "NO" if they asked for the recipe to something I made.  I've been debating the idea of sharing more family recipes on the site, only because I didn't want to feel like I was "stealing" someones recipe and pawning it off as my own. 

You know, like mom's casserole recipes, or dad's spaghetti, or in this case my sister in law's chicken roll ups. You see, I love this food, but it's not mine, I want to share it with you, but I've never made it. I've eaten it a ton, and yes I could just get the recipe and take it home and make it. I could just put a note somewhere in the blog post that "so & so" made it. But what's the fun in that. Recipes are so much more than words on paper. 

Well to me they are. They tell a story, they link people together.... well maybe not the recipe but the food that is created from it. Recipes hold a special place in peoples hearts. They're passed down like relics here in the south and I'm sure they are done the same in other parts of the country and world as well. Recipes can bring back memories, they can inspire, they can create memories. They're important. 

That's why when I wanted to share my sister in law's chicken roll up recipe, it was more than just sharing the words that where written down on paper. My sister in law's name is Rachael. She's my husband's sister, the mother to my amazing, beautiful niece, Savannah and the wife to a hardworking, loving husband and father, Henry. She makes this because it's one of Henry's favorite meals, well I'm sure she likes it too haha ;). It's a recipe that was given to her by her Aunt Ruth. 

Now as much as I loved this recipe and this dish, it's something that I can't make at home. Big Bear is allergic to onions and peppers, which I'm sure I could leave out of the recipe, but I don't know if it would taste quite the same. And I'm not really wanting to kill off my hubby :)

But just because I can't make this for Big Bear doesn't mean that it's not a good recipe, or that I don't want to share it. Because it it, and I do ;). So since recipes and food = family and friends to me, I spent the afternoon with Rachael and learned just how she makes these Cheesy Chicken Roll Ups. Rachael is a "a little bit of this and a little bit of that" kind of cook, but I was there with my pen and paper to write down exactly what she did. 

These steps in the photo above are the of her rolling the cheesy chicken roll ups, just in-case you need a visual.  **Make some for now and freeze some for later** / **or divide recipe in half**

Cheesy Chicken Roll Ups

  • 10 boneless skinless chicken tenders
  • 1 tablespoon of butter or olive oil
  • 16 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
  • ½ onion, diced
  • 1 can (4oz) chopped green chilies
  • 20 small flour tortilla shells
  • 1 pint heavy cream
  • 2-4 cups shredded cheese


Fill a large stock pot with water and bring to a boil.  Add chicken and boil for about 15-20 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. (Chicken should turn white when finished cooking).

In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of butter (or olive oil) on medium heat.  Once heated, add chopped onion to skillet and cook until translucent.

Once the onions are translucent, add in the green chilies. Cook for about 6 minutes, stirring occasionally.  While the onions and chilies are cooking together, chop the chicken into bite size pieces.

After the onions and chilies have cooked for about 6 minutes, add in the cream cheese.

Stir the cream cheese into the onions and chilies. Continue to stir until the cream cheese has melted. Once the cream cheese has completely melted, add in the chopped chicken. Stir everything together until completely combined. Cook while stirring every so often for 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
Preheat the oven to 350F.

To make the roll ups:

Fill a tortilla with 1 spoonful of cream cheese chicken mixture; place the scoop of mixture towards the back of the tortilla. Roll the tortilla over the mixture, continue rolling, tucking the ends in as you go. Place into a casserole dish, seam side down.

Once all of the rolls are in the pan, cover with cheese. Pour heavy cream over the cheese in a “Z” pattern and an “X” pattern. (You want the heavy cream to be all over)

Bake at 350F for 25-30 minutes. Check on them after 20-25 minutes just to make sure they don’t burn.

DetailsCook Time: about 1 hour 3 minutesYield: 20 Roll Ups