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These Buffalo Chicken Roll Ups are a delicious quick dinner recipe! Mixing rinsed cottage cheese with hot sauce and ranch spices gives these roll ups a spicy and creamy center that’s satisfying.
This recipe is a spin off my healthy buffalo chicken dip. I used the Ninja Foodi Air Crisp mode for this recipe, and you can use any air fryer or oven to cook yours.
Ingredients in Buffalo Chicken Roll Ups
- chicken breast, sliced into cutlets and flattened
- Shamrock Farms Cottage Cheese, rinsed
- ranch dressing seasonings (in printable recipe, below)
- hot sauce (I used Frank’s hot sauce, not Buffalo wing sauce)
- cheddar cheese
- powdered chili pepper, black pepper
- Egg/water/milk to help the breadcrumbs stick
- whole wheat breadcrumbs
How to make Buffalo Chicken Roll Ups:
- Fillet your chicken Slice breasts in half to make thin chicken cutlets. Pro Tip: If you’re in a hurry or not excited about rolling these up, an alternate prep method is to slice a pocket in the chicken and stuff the ingredients inside.
- Tenderize Take a meat tenderizer and flatten the chicken as much as you can. This makes it easier to roll. I place parchment paper on top of the chicken and use the flat side of the tenderizer.
- Make your filling In a food processor, mix together your cottage cheese and spices. Blending the cottage cheese like this makes it smooth. Add in the hot sauce and pulse again to mix it together.
Tip: If you’re using a blender for this step, I’d add it all together so the cottage cheese doesn’t get stuck below the blades.
- Add the cheese Remove blade from food processor (or put mixture in a bowl) and add cheese. Mix well.
- Season the chicken Sprinkle a little bit of black pepper and chili pepper on top of the chicken–if you’d rather not have the extra spice, skip this step.
- Add the spinach Place spinach leaves on top of the chicken.
- Add cottage cheese mixture Place the cottage cheese mixture on top of the spinach. Make it a thick layer, as you’ll end up losing a bit in the cooking process.
- Roll it up Gently roll up your chicken. While you want these to be secure, you don’t want them to be rolled too tight so the cottage cheese mixture comes out the sides. Gentle but firm is the key.
- Secure the roll ups Add a toothpick into the roll ups so they don’t unroll.
- Optional: Brush with egg or water This is an optional step. Brushing something in egg helps the breadcrumbs stick. Some people like to use water or milk, but I generally use an egg to coat the chicken roll up.
- Bread the chicken It’s time for the breading! I use my homemade wheat breadcrumbs, but you could use whatever you like best. To minimize the amount of filling that “escapes,” I like to place these in the bowl of breadcrumbs and gently roll and sprinkle the breadcrumbs on the chicken.
- Cook the roll ups Place the chicken roll ups in your air fryer or oven. In the Ninja Foodi, I cooked these on Air Crisp at 375º for 20 minutes. Internal temperature for cooked chicken is 165º, but these are a little difficult to measure because of the filling. I think use your best judgement for these and maybe cut into one to see.
- Oven Directions In the oven, cook these at 350º for 20 minutes, taking note of the above thoughts about the temperature.
I add a few extra veggies to my plate when I make this meal–the spinach in the roll ups isn’t enough for me. I love plating these with a bed of spinach under them, and raw veggies are a quick and easy way for me to get veggies in when I’m making a recipe that requires more than a few minutes.
Why cottage cheese?
Cottage cheese is high in protein and a good source of calcium–13 grams of protein for 1/2 cup, and 110mg of calcium! Calcium helps with bone health and can be a great addition to your weight loss menu. Cottage cheese is low in carbs and fat, making it perfect for your low carb diet.
How to lower the sodium in cottage cheese:
Cottage cheese is a bit high in sodium for several reasons–sodium is used to enhance the flavor, it helps with the texture, and is a preservative. You can lower the sodium in cottage cheese by rinsing it out under a strainer. When I do this, I like to blend the cottage cheese in a food processor as well.
On days when I make a recipe like these buffalo chicken roll ups, I make sure to drink plenty of water and avoid other high sodium foods.
Shamrock Farms Cottage Cheese
We prefer our local brand, Shamrock Farms, when we eat cottage cheese and other dairy products. The smooth, creamy texture and always fresh products are what we have come to expect and love from Shamrock Farms, and we love that they offer both traditional and low fat cottage cheeses.
Shamrock Farms recently updated their packaging, so make sure to look for the new green lid at your local grocery store!
Shamrock Farms cares for their family farm cows with a state of the art farm and doesn’t use growth hormones (like rBST). Shamrock Farms provides their cows with nutritious diets, healthy living conditions, and medical care and is proud of their Arizona farm–they invite the public to tour it daily.
More delicious Buffalo Chicken recipes
- Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese
- Buffalo Chicken Dip without Cream Cheese
- These air fryer Buffalo Cauliflower Bites are one of my favorite recipes!
Healthy Eating Plans:
Counts for this entire recipe are 5 1/4 red containers, 3 yellow containers, 1 blue container, and 1/2 green container. This doesn’t include the egg if you used it, because you’ll end up using about 1/8 of one egg for each roll up.
One fourth of this recipe is 1 1/3 red container, 3/4 yellow container, 1/4 blue container, and a negligible green container.
2B Mindset: For lunch, eat this chicken with some extra veggies on your plate. For dinner, you’ll want to skip the breading and eat 1/2 a piece of chicken along with a large salad or veggies on the side.
One fourth of this recipe is 6 Blue Plan Points | 8 Green Points | 6 Purple Points | 6 2023 Points using 2% cottage cheese, and whole wheat breadcrumbs.
Trim Healthy Mama:
This one is a great THM-S meal, but I’d substitute the whole wheat bread crumbs for Ezekiel or sprouted whole wheat bread and maybe top with a little blue cheese?
Buffalo Chicken Roll Ups with Cottage Cheese
- Ninja Foodi
- Kitchen Knife
- Food processor
- 1 1/4 pounds chicken breast cutlets (I used four cutlets)
- 1 cup cottage cheese rinsed
- 3/4 tsp dill
- 3/4 tsp onion powder
- 3/4 tsp parsley
- 3/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1/3 cup cheddar jack cheese shredded
- 1/4 tsp black pepper or chili pepper optional
- 12 pieces spinach (2-3 for each piece of chicken)
- 1 egg optional, for helping breadcrumbs stick
- 1.5 cups breadcrumbs whole wheat
- ½ cup hot sauce I used Frank's
- Fillet your chicken to make cutlets–I sliced mine in half. Take a meat tenderizer and flatten the chicken as much as you can. This makes it easier to roll. I place parchment paper on top of the chicken and use the flat side of the tenderizer. 1 1/4 pounds chicken breast
- In a food processor, mix together your cottage cheese and spices. Blending the cottage cheese like this makes it smooth. Add in the hot sauce and pulse again to mix it together. If you're using a blender for this step, I'd add it all together at first so the cottage cheese doesn't get stuck below the blades. 1 cup cottage cheese, 3/4 tsp dill, 3/4 tsp onion powder, 3/4 tsp parsley, 3/4 tsp garlic powder
- Remove blade from food processor (or put mixture in a bowl) and add cheese. Mix well. 1/3 cup cheddar jack cheese
- Sprinkle a little bit of black pepper and chili pepper on top of the chicken–if you'd rather not have the extra spice, skip this step. 1/4 tsp black pepper or chili pepper
- Place spinach leaves on top of chicken. 12 pieces spinach
- Place cottage cheese mixture on top of the spinach. Make it a thick layer, as you'll end up losing a bit in the cooking process.
- Gently roll up your chicken. While you want these to be secure, you don't want them to be rolled too tight so the cottage cheese mixture comes out the sides. Gentle but firm is the key.
- This is an optional step that I wanted to show you. Brushing something in egg helps the breadcrumbs stick. Some people like to use water or milk, but I generally use an egg to coat the chicken roll up. 1 egg
- It's time for the breading! I use my homemade wheat breadcrumbs, but you could use whatever you like best. To minimize the amount of filling that "escapes," I like to place these in the bowl of breadcrumbs and gently roll and sprinkle the breadcrumbs on the chicken. 1.5 cups breadcrumbs
- Cook the chicken roll ups until the internal temperature reaches 165 ºF. If cooking in the oven, set to 350º for 20 minutes. If using an air fryer or Ninja Foodi, cook at 375º for 20 minutes.
- Serve with extra hot sauce or by itself! ½ cup hot sauce
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Shamrock Farms. The opinions and text are all mine.