As most of my readers know, I’ve been writing a lot lately about recipes and how great it can be to spend time in the kitchen, hopefully with family, fixing meals, and enjoying the effort. It has seemed like the right thing to do, especially during the holidays when we all get together for great food and conversation. That is the goal today as I write about chicken tortilla rollups.
Mark commented that he thought we were making a whole lot of trips to the store so we’d have all the ingredients necessary to complete the various recipe posts. Before we moved, I could count on being prepared with all the items in my pantry to make just about anything. With the new surroundings, it has been a little tougher to complete the meals without a grocery store visit.
That’s why today I wanted to write about chicken tortilla rollups. I knew that all the ingredients were in the fridge or pantry, and I just needed to put them together for a fun treat everyone would enjoy.
A side benefit, there was no cooking involved, just mix up the materials, spread them on the tortillas, let them set up in the fridge for a few minutes, cut and serve.
I really do get a great deal of satisfaction from my time in the kitchen, it truly brings me joy. But there are also times that throwing a delicious meal together in minutes without much labor also brings happiness, and today’s recipe fills that bill.
Some people seem to think that tortillas are only for meals with a Mexican flair. Not so, tortillas make great wraps and rollups that can be served hot or cold. This is my kind of easy recipe.
These chicken tortilla rollups are creamy and crunchy all in one bite. They have cream cheese, green onions, cilantro, tomatoes, and chicken, what’s not to love? In case you missed this post, How To Make Turkey Cranberry Roll-Ups
Chicken Tortilla Rollups
Items You May Need In Your Kitchen
- Mixing Bowls
- Cookie Sheet
- Plastic Wrap
- Hand or stand mixer
Chicken Tortilla Rollups
I gathered the ingredients and started the recipe by softening the cream cheese.
I promised myself I would show you how to shred cooked chicken using your KitchenAid stand mixer using the wire whip. This is the BEFORE picture.
Squeal, look how nice it shreds the chicken so evenly! It’s perfect for any recipe that calls for shredded chicken. Easy peasy!
Combine the softened cream cheese with the taco seasoning, green chilies, and finely chopped cherry tomatoes. Add the cheese, chicken, cilantro, and green onions.
Scoop 1/2 cup of the mixture onto each tortilla, make sure you spread the mixture over the entire tortilla right to the edges.
Roll them as tight as possible and wrap each one in plastic wrap. Place the tortilla rolls in the refrigerator for at least one hour.
After chilling, remove the plastic wrap and slice the rollups in one-inch size slices using a serrated knife. Enjoy.
Chicken Tortilla Rollups Recipe
- 2-8 Ounce packages of cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 pkg. Taco Seasoning, I used McCormick brand
- 1 Can green chilies
- 1 cup Cherry tomatoes, chopped
- 1-1/2 cups Mexican shredded cheese
- 2 cups Cooked Chicken, I used rotisserie chicken
- 1/2 cup Chopped cilantro
- 6 green onions, finely chopped
- 8-10 medium-sized flour tortillas
Combine the softened cream cheese with the taco seasoning, green chilies, and finely chopped cherry tomatoes. Add the cheese, chicken, cilantro, and green onions. Scoop 1/2 cup of the mixture onto each tortilla, make sure you spread the mixture over the entire tortillas and to the edges. Roll them as tight as possible and wrap each one in plastic wrap. Place the tortilla rolls in the refrigerator for at least one hour. After chilling, remove the plastic wrap and slice the rollups in one-inch size slices using a serrated knife.
What can I serve along with these rollups?
We enjoyed a variety of chips, along with some red grapes I had in the fridge. Again, an easy, cool temperature meal we all appreciated.
Is there a special kind of tortilla I need to make these rollups?
I like to buy the flour tortillas I find at Costco. They come in a fairly large package and are less than $6.00. They are so moldable that rolling them up is not a chore. I don’t think corn tortillas would work.
They call for a dip in some hot oil, making them unable to be rolled or wrapped.
Do I need a certain size tortilla to make them work right?
The small tortillas would be hard to roll up once you have the materials spread out. You could use larger tortillas rather than the medium ones listed.
Of course, you’d need slightly larger quantities of the ingredients or just live with fewer rollups when you’re done. We did end up with some extra mixture, so I plan to make some homemade enchiladas this week, which is fine with me.
Could different varieties of meats be used in place of the chicken?
Sure, different meats could be used based on personal preference. I’ve just found that chicken tends to shred easier than many other types of meat, particularly beef that can be a little stringy.
Give other meats a try and see what you think, keeping in mind that the mixture needs to be spread on the tortillas
Is it possible to serve these rollups hot?
If your preference is a hot sandwich, then put them in the microwave or even your oven. Note that the texture will change, particularly in the oven since the tortilla will become crispy rather than the soft rollup you are probably used to. We like our rollups to be eaten on the cold side since they still stay soft and pliable.
How should I store them if I have leftovers?
I’d for sure store them in the fridge rather than the freezer. I haven’t had good experiences with tortillas from the freezer since they tend to get a little brittle and possibly soggy when thawed out. They should be good for 3 – 4 days in your fridge. I have frozen the filling to be used later, which is awesome. Just thaw the mixture in the refrigerator the day before you want to use it.
I had a lot of fun making these chicken tortilla rollups this week. It didn’t take long, I had the ingredients, and my family was anxious to have a more casual meal than what we’d been having during the holidays.
If you want to teach your kids some talents in the kitchen, this would be a good recipe to try. Thanks for visiting my site today and reading this post. May God Bless this world. Linda