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Chicken Roll-Ups + 30 More New Years Appetizer Ideas

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Is anyone sick of holiday eating yet? Me either! :-) Especially since New Years Eve and New Years Day often involve New Years appetizers, or “small bites” as I like to call them. I am a big fan of small bites! This recipe we are sharing today is absolutely perfect for whatever type of celebration you have in mind this week. And of course one small bite won’t be enough…so we have a whole lot more to offer as well! You might be hard-pressed to choose! :-)

Kaitlyn writes……

I’ve never been a big partier so my idea of a perfect New Year’s Eve is being curled up on the couch in my PJ’s with close friends and family playing games, watching the ball drop and eating yummy treats. And if I’m being completely honest the treats are totally my favorite part ;-) Today I wanted to share with you my favorite easy appetizer recipe along with some other recipes from here at One Good Thing by Jillee and around the web. This recipe for chicken roll-ups came from my cousin via a family cookbook. I’ve been making these for a few years now and any time I take them to a party they get snatched up before I can even blink! Nobody can resist the savory cream cheese herb filling and the flaky crescent roll shell.

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Chicken Roll-Ups

Ingredients

  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1-2 cups shredded chicken
  • 2 cans refrigerated crescent roll dough

Directions

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Mix cream cheese, lemon juice, basil, onion salt, oregano, and thyme. I use my Kitchenaid mixer to shred my chicken so I like to use it to mix all the other ingredients together as well. But the mixing can also easily be done by hand.

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Add the chicken to the cream cheese mixture and combine well. I like to make this recipe with a lot of chicken so I use two cups – but if you like less, go with one cup. Two cups shredded was about 1 1/2 large chicken breasts.

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Separate the 2 cans of crescent roll dough into 8 rectangles. Each rectangle is made up of two triangular pieces – what would normally be one crescent roll.

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Press the perforated edges together to seal the dough.

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Spread about 1/4 cup of the cream cheese mixture over each dough rectangle.

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Roll up the dough, jellyroll fashion, and cut into 4 pieces.

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Place onto a lightly greased baking sheet (or one lined with a silicone baking mat) and bake at 375 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.

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Serve warm. These do keep well in the fridge for a few days. I haven’t ever frozen them but I have a feeling they would freeze just fine.

Chicken Roll-ups
Chicken roll ups, perfect for New Year's appetizers.

Chicken Roll-Ups

Jill Nystul
This recipe for chicken roll-ups come from a family cookbook. I’ve been making these for a few years now and any time I take them to a party they get snatched up before I can even blink! You won’t be able to resist the savory cream cheese herb filling and the flaky crescent roll shell!
4.30 from 10 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 321 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1-2 cups shredded chicken
  • 2 cans refrigerated crescent roll dough

Instructions
 

  • Mix cream cheese, lemon juice, basil, onion salt, oregano, and thyme.
  • Add the chicken to the cream cheese mixer and mix well.
  • Separate the 2 cans of crescent roll dough into 8 rectangles.
  • Press the perforated edges together to seal the dough.
  • Spread about 1/4 cup of the cream cheese mixture over each dough rectangle.
  • Roll the dough, jellyroll fashion. Cut the roll into 4 pieces.
  • Place onto a baking sheet either lightly greased or lined with a silicone baking mat. Bake at 375 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Serve warm. These do keep well in the fridge for a few days. I haven’t ever frozen them but I have a feeling they would freeze just fine.

Nutrition

Calories: 321kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 7gFat: 23gSaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 44mgSodium: 662mgPotassium: 79mgSugar: 6gVitamin A: 380IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 31mgIron: 1mg

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What is your favorite New Year’s Eve appetizer?


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Jill Nystul is an accomplished writer and author who founded the blog One Good Thing by Jillee in 2011. With over 30 years of experience in homemaking, she has become a trusted resource for contemporary homemakers by offering practical solutions to everyday household challenges.I share creative homemaking and lifestyle solutions that make your life easier and more enjoyable!

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  • Ok I just made the Chicken Roll Ups for lunch for my husband and myself and they were fantastic!

    The recipe is very forgiving. I didn’t have 1 or 2 of the herbs so I switched all the herbs out for Italian seasoning. I only had onion powder. I added garlic salt and shredded cheddar cheese for fun. We used stone ground mustard as a dipping sauce and wow, we loved it!!! The mustard went so perfectly with them that I plan to include it into the chicken mixture next time.

    Thanks so much Jillee for such a winner!!!

  • This is totally awesome! To have a great looking list of fun snacks to make for New Years Eve, or any other gathering, for that matter, is right up my ally.
    I thank you so much for this list of inspirational yumminess!

  • Roll ups sound great! Thanks!
    And because I am ga-ga over Jill’s Cafe Rio chicken recipe post, I’m going to make them Rio style. Planning on making the chicken on the stove with the dressing & 1/2 ranch mix & 1/2 water. Figuring on shredding the chicken with a wee bit of the juices & then blending the cumin, chili powder & rest of ranch mix with the cream cheese to finish the filling. Maybe the leftover juices for dipping. I can taste them now.

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