Mexi-Chicken Roll Ups

It’s one of those weeks.  My vacuum is broken, and my house is in desperate need of a suction.  My husband is missing in action for the next few days with work and, wouldn’t you know, Nicholas is home sick with a fever that won’t seem to go away.  We’re expecting a delivery of new bedroom furniture for the boys rooms, but as it stands now, their accommodations are such a disaster that I can barely step foot in them, let alone move heavy furniture around.

I’m starting to feel that all too familiar caress of the “I must have a “Calgon take me away” bath and a large glass of wine IMMEDIATELY”  syndrome.  When you’re alone in the house with three boys, though, bathes and wine aren’t always an option.  Step in choice number two.  Which, I might add, ranks right up there with hot water and wine.

I cook up something amazing.  A dish that’s both delectable and tummy pleasing; mind calming and sheer comfort food all rolled into one.  For me, that’s stuffed chicken.  It can be stuffed with just about anything anyone wants to throw in and I’m ready to take it on just so long as one of the accouterments is cheese.  Lots of cheese.

This little creation lives up to it’s purpose.  With the addition of both cream cheese and jalapeno jack, it’s loaded with everything an overworked mom needs to replenish her sanity for another day on the job.  Heck, just looking at that picture and seeing the cheese oozing out of the chicken makes my blood pressure drop a notch.

Grab a large glass of wine and let’s do this.

Start out by grabbing a few thawed chicken breasts and pounding them down to about 1/4″ thick.  Seriously, if the wine doesn’t help, the pounding most definitely will.  Smack that chicken; give it all ya got.

Now you’ll want to mix a few ingredients together including your cream cheese, a little salsa verde and a couple other goodies that will make the whole dish sing.

Spin it all together into one glorious concoction and then spoon a bit of the goodness onto your chicken breasts.  Follow it up with a little spinach and cheese.

Roll the whole symphony of flavors up and dip it into a bowl of crushed tortillas.

Pop those beautiful chicken rolls into a baking dish and cook them up covered until baked through.

Pull them out, serve em up, and with each gratifying bite, feel your sanity gradually restored.

Mexi-chicken roll ups, take me away.

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Mexi-Chicken Roll Ups

Total Time: 1 Hour


4 Oz Cream Cheese
1/2 Cup Salsa Verde
1 Small Bunch Cilantro, Chopped
1 tsp Cumin
1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
6 Chicken Breasts
3 Oz Fresh Spinach
3 Oz Pepper Jack Cheese, Shredded
6 Oz Tortilla Chips, Crushed


Flatten out the chicken breasts to about 1/4" thickness.

Blend together the cream cheese, salsa, cilantro, cumin and garlic powder to form a sauce.

Spread spoonful of sauce across each breast. Top with spinach leaves and then cheese.

Roll closed and cover in crushed tortilla chips.

Bake at 350 covered for 30 to 35 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.

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35 Responses to “Mexi-Chicken Roll Ups”

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    Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum — March 23, 2011 @ 7:27 am

    Beautiful chicken! And hang in there – I’m sure your stresses will iron themselves out in the coming days. :) Also – definitely loved the reference to the Calgon Take Me Away bath! I got a good laugh out of that one. :)

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    Denise @ Creative Kitchen — March 23, 2011 @ 8:39 am

    A post I could definitely relate to….well, ALL moms can relate to. 😉 Funny that I was pounding chicken breast last night as well…we had chicken parmesan. You’ve inspired me to stuff chicken breast as I’ve never gotten around to it. Naw, I wasn’t intimidated, really.

    I’ve had an especially wonderful dish when eating out before…I’ve been dying to recreate it at home. I simply must do it now….the chicken was stuffed with fontina cheese (which I can never seem to find, btw!) Thanks for the inspiration & relatable post. Hope everything falls into place soon!!

    Denise @ Creative Kitchen

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    Julie @ Willow Bird Baking — March 23, 2011 @ 9:11 am

    So sorry your week is stressful so far!

    And I cannot tell you how badly I want to eat this RIGHT NOW.

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    Biren @ Roti n Rice — March 23, 2011 @ 9:16 am

    We all have those days. Hang in there! Now, this Mexi-Chicken Roll Ups should cheer everyone up. It looks and sounds delicious!

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    Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels — March 23, 2011 @ 9:42 am

    I’m sorry you’re having such a hard week!
    Wow do those Mexi-Chicken Rolls Ups look amazing. I’m putting these on my must make recipes list!

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    anne — March 23, 2011 @ 10:22 am

    I have a housefull of boys as well, when they were little, and my husband was away, I would make them an easy dinner, put them to bed and then whip myself up something really good, that maybe Hubby didn’t like and enjoy the quiet and the good meal all to myself! Hang in there, anne

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    Jenna — March 23, 2011 @ 12:30 pm

    Yep, you’ve definitely made my mouth water on this lovely morning. The cheese oozing out did it to me.

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    Feast on the Cheap — March 23, 2011 @ 12:35 pm

    Oh boy… So unique, I don’t think I’ve ever had anything quite like this. Looks incredible. A very cool twist on an Enchilada…

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    Cookin' Canuck — March 23, 2011 @ 12:39 pm

    I hope your week starts looking up. This chicken dish looks wonderful and I love how easy it is.

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    Jenn Erickson/Rook No. 17 — March 23, 2011 @ 12:45 pm

    Yum! You had me at “Mexican”. I could eat Mexican food every day of the week! I like that your recipe is a healthier alternative to a big ol’ loaded chicken burrito!

    So sorry to hear about your hectic week. Our vacuum cleaner went up in flames (literally) about an hour before the shower I was hosting for my sister. We went two weeks without a vacuum, so I can definite relate to what you’re going through, being without one yourself.


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    Melissa R — March 23, 2011 @ 1:18 pm

    Seriously wished I lived anywhere close to you!! I want to just come over for dinner every once in a while : ) (or every night)!!

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    Kulsum at JourneyKitchen — March 23, 2011 @ 1:52 pm

    Oh yum!! this look fantastic Julie.
    I’m coming to take them away

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    Laura in Cancun — March 23, 2011 @ 2:07 pm

    pepper jack , cilantro, salsa verde? YUM!

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    Mari's Cakes — March 23, 2011 @ 4:23 pm

    MUY RICO!!! I love it. Wait until I try this, I will be baking it over and over again, I am so sure my family will love it. Thanks Julie :)

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    Joey @ Big Teeth & Clouds — March 23, 2011 @ 8:36 pm

    Pounding the chicken flat is always good for some relaxation whilst cooking!

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    Rach — March 23, 2011 @ 10:00 pm

    That just looks amazing! Sorry it’s been such a rough week!

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    Laurie Gallamore — March 24, 2011 @ 2:32 am

    That looks delicious!! I hope your week gets better… it sounds like mine. Three little boys, one is sick, hubs is mia for a while. Pour the wine! :)

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    Megan — March 24, 2011 @ 11:10 am

    Chicken roll ups are so much fun and this recipe will be a hit with my daughter. She’s been loving anything with fresh spinach. Now, let me go get that glass of wine! :)

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    Katerina — March 24, 2011 @ 12:14 pm

    Hang in there girl and eat these beautiful rolls to give you strength to cope with all these that have happened to you!

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    Amanda — March 24, 2011 @ 4:18 pm

    Those sounds so good! I wish I could get my family to eat stuffed things. I’ll have to make this for myself for lunch one day!

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    5 Star Foodie — March 24, 2011 @ 8:23 pm

    Nice! I love the coating of the crushed tortillas!

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    Kay, The Church Cook — March 24, 2011 @ 10:49 pm

    I was so happy that your recipe was featured today at TK!! Great looking, Julie!!

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    Baking Serendipity — March 25, 2011 @ 12:17 am

    This looks fantastic! With a glass of wine, I think it’d fix just about anything :) Hope your week starts to settle down soon!

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    Anna Johnston — March 25, 2011 @ 12:51 am

    Mmmm, I do like the sound of these Julie., you do sound a touch frazzled, hope things even out & you can take a deep breath & relax soon. :)

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    grace — March 25, 2011 @ 2:23 am

    tasty work, julie. i must say that i appreciate the fact that you instruct us to grab a LARGE glass of wine rather than just a glass of wine. :)

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    Heather Davis — March 25, 2011 @ 10:09 am

    Oh that does sound like a hard week! Hope it improves. These do look delicious and would definitely ease the pain.

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    Roz — March 25, 2011 @ 2:59 pm

    I am loving all of your recipes ever since I found your blog! This is such a great chicken recipe that I know my hubz will thoroughly enjoy and devour! Your photography is perfect!!!!!

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    Maranda — March 26, 2011 @ 4:16 pm

    You are just mean. I am having trouble figuring out how to make that plate of delicious, cheesy, oozy chicken to appear here on my table in front of me. I need me a chicken whacking tool STAT!

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    OK Chick — March 28, 2011 @ 8:25 am

    Oh friend that looks mighty tasty. You have made me hungry for Mexican Food and it’s 7:25am! HA!

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    Robyn | Add a Pinch — March 30, 2011 @ 8:02 pm

    I think I need these and soon!

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    Candace — April 1, 2011 @ 10:28 pm

    I hope things have gotten less stressful for you and that Nicholas is fever-free! I’m quite sure that pounding the chicken and having some wine had to have helped reduce the stress level. It would have worked for me. :)

    This chicken looks fabulous! We are huge Mexican food fans in our household and this is something that I’ve never made. My family will love this so much. All of that yummy cheese melting out of the chicken is driving me to the kitchen for a late night snack. Thanks so much for stopping by to see me today and leaving such a sweet comment! Have a great weekend, Candace

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    Martha (MM) — April 2, 2011 @ 10:31 am

    Delicious! I’ve made a similar version using flank steak. I’m definitely going to try this! Have a wonderful weekend! :-)

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    Holly L — April 4, 2011 @ 1:21 pm

    I am so hungry right now…that is the only bad thing when I come to visit…I get HUNGRY! You are one amazing lady in the kitchen!

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    Gitte — May 3, 2011 @ 8:17 pm

    Salsa Verde and Cilantro, sounds wonderful Julie.

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