Creamy on the inside and golden brown on the oustide, these chicken crescent roll ups are the perfect quick dinner idea! Filled with homemade ranch seasoned chicken, these roll ups require minimal ingredients with maximum flavor!
Chicken crescent roll ups are a great 30-minute dinner when you have leftover chicken in the fridge!
While I don’t usually use a lot of processed ingredients, sometimes you need something quick and easy that the whole family will love.
That said, I wanted to make sure this recipe was as “unprocessed” as possible, so we’ll be making the filling from scratch, rather than using a can of soup, or pre-packaged seasoning, like other recipes do.
I hope you enjoy the recipe! See below for the ingredients you will need:
Crescent rolls – 1 tube of crescent rolls will make a total of 8 rolls!
Shredded chicken – I used pre-cooked chicken that I shredded. You can use a rotisserie chicken, or simply cook and shred chicken breasts. It’s up to you!
Cream cheese – 8 oz of cream cheese will add the perfect creaminess to the filling.
Sour cream – A bit of sour cream will compliment the cream cheese and other flavors!
Parmesan cheese – I love parmesan, and this recipe wouldn’t be the same without it! I used pre-grated, but fresh parmesan is always a delicious substitute if you have that on hand.
Garlic & Onion powder – This will add flavor to the filling and start the ranch seasoning flavors.
Dried dill – This herb will also add to the ranch seasoning flavor!
Butter – We’ll brush the tops of the rolls with butter (adds both flavor and helps them brown nicely!)
Parsley – Parsley is optional, but it makes for a great garnish after taking the rolls out of the oven!
How to Make Ranch Chicken Crescent Roll Ups
There are a variety of ways to make chicken crescent roll ups. In this recipe, we’ll be using ranch seasonings. These are very easy chicken crescent roll ups, even though we’re using minimal processed ingredients! See below for the step by step process.
Step 1: Decide What Chicken to Use
Before you get started, keep in mind that you will need cooked, shredded chicken for this recipe. If you are making this yourself, you will want to do that ahead of time using the method of your choice (crockpot, instant pot, oven, etc.!)
However, there are a few ways to make this recipe even faster. You can use a rotisserie chicken, OR, you can also used canned chicken.
I know, I know, canned chicken doesn’t sound ideal. But it actually isn’t bad in this recipe, since it is combined with lots of creaminess and seasonings!
Step 2: Make the Filling
To make the filling, combine the softened cream cheese, sour cream, parmesan cheese, garlic powder, onion powder, and dill.
Stir everything together till well combined. Then, add the shredded chicken and mix again.
Step 3: Stuff the Rolls
Next, take your tube of crescent rolls, open it, and separate the dough triangles from each other.
Take a spoonful of the filling and add it to the fat end of the crescent roll. Repeat with all 8 rolls.
Roll up each crescent and tuck in the sides (see photos).
Step 4: Bake!
Place all the roles in a greased casserole dish. Brush them with melted butter and bake for 12-14 minutes. When done, the rolls should be lightly golden brown.
Remove and serve warm, with fresh parsley if desired!
Sides for Cream Chicken Crescent Roll Ups
These chicken crescents are best served right out of the oven! You can serve them with ranch as a dipping sauce.
In addition to side dishes, there are a variety of ways you can switch up this recipe’s ingredients to your liking.
One thing I might add next time is crumbled crispy bacon and green onions (right to the filling!) I’m thinking the smokiness and added flavor would be amazing.
If you don’t have parmesan, these roll ups would also be great with mozzarella cheese (though you may get a slightly different texture, with more of a cheese pull!)
Different Kinds of Chicken Crescent Roll Ups
Okay, now let’s talk about seasoning. While I went ranch-style, you could totally change it up! Take out the dill and it won’t be ranch flavored anymore. You can keep in the garlic and onion powder and add in other spices to get a completely different flavor profile. Let’s talk about some other combos below!
Buffalo Chicken Crescent Roll Ups
To make these into buffalo chicken crescent roll ups is very easy! I would replace the sour cream in this recipe with buffalo sauce, and replace the parmesan cheese with blue cheese.
You can choose whether to leave in the ranch seasonings or not, since buffalo sauce is often served with ranch.
Similarly, you can serve them with more buffalo sauce, or ranch, whichever you prefer.
BBQ Chicken Crescent Roll Ups
For a BBQ style roll up, again, replace the sour cream with BBQ sauce, and replace the parmesan cheese with mozzarella cheese.
For seasonings, I would take out the dill and use smoked paprika instead. The garlic and onion powder would still work though.
Italian Chicken Crescent Roll Ups
For Italian seasonings, you don’t have to change up a whole lot! Just replace the dill with some oregano and basil!
The cheese you can keep the same; you could also add some Italian dressing to the filling if you wanted to.
Alfredo Chicken Crescent Roll Ups
The last adjustment we’ll talk about is alfredo roll ups! This is also very easy to do. Replace the sour cream with alfredo sauce. Then add some fresh garlic to the filling, and maybe some Italian seasoning instead of dill.
Bottom line: don’t be afraid to experiment and see what you like best! I’ve seen even more unique combinations too, like chicken cordon bleu roll ups, chicken broccoli roll ups, and more.
Chicken Crescent Roll Ups
- Sharp Chef's Knife
- 9" by 13" Casserole Dish
- Pastry Brush
- Cutting Board
- 1 tube crescent rolls
- 2 cups pre-cooked, shredded chicken
- 8 oz cream cheese softened
- 1/4 cup sour cream
- 1/3 cup parmesan cheese
- 1/2 tsp dried dill
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 2 tbsp butter melted
- fresh parsley chopped
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees, and grease a 9" by 13" casserole dish.
- Add the cream cheese, sour cream, parmesan cheese, and spices to a medium bowl, and stir well to combine.
- Stir in the chicken. Taste for salt; add some if desired (see note).
- Unroll the crescents, and add a scoop of the chicken mixture to the fat end of each crescent roll.
- Roll up the crescent roll and tuck the sides in.
- Repeat with all crescents, then add to the casserole dish.
- Melt the butter and chop the parsley. Brush the tops of the crescents with butter.
- Bake for 14-16 minutes, then remove from the oven and sprinkle with parsley. Serve warm!
- Cook the chicken according to your preferred method. You can use rotissierie chicken, or chicken breasts cooked in the crockpot, instant pot, etc. If you really need dinner ready quick, you can even use canned chicken.
- I found the parmesan cheese gave the filling enough saltiness, but you can add some salt to the filling if you like more.
- Fun additions: green onions, bacon, or mozzarella cheese
- Serve plain or with ranch!
- Feel free to change up the seasoning combos; other ideas include buffalo chicken crescent roll ups, BBQ roll ups, alfredo roll ups, and Italian roll ups.