Fiery Chicken Roll-Ups: A Quick and Flavorful One-Pan Meal

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one pan chicken roll ups

What’s Up, Hungry People!

Sometimes less really is more. On nights where you don’t want to cook (and especially don’t want to clean up after cooking) cooking your meal in a single pan is the way to go. If my boyfriend had anything to say about the food I cook, he’d probably prefer more meals like this one!

ingredients for chicken roll ups

Here’s What You Need:

  • Tortillas: The base for the roll-ups, holding all the flavorful fillings together.
  • Cooked & Shredded Chicken: The main protein source, providing heartiness and flavor.
  • Onion: Adds a savory and aromatic taste to the filling.
  • Bell Peppers: Brings a fresh and colorful crunch to the filling.
  • Tomatoes: Adds juiciness and acidity to balance the spices.
  • Chipotle Pepper: Provides a smoky and spicy kick to the filling.
  • Cayenne Pepper: Adds an extra level of heat and depth to the dish.
  • Onion Powder: Enhances the overall savory flavor.
  • Garlic Powder: Adds a robust and aromatic element to the mix.
  • Oregano: Infuses the filling with earthy and herby notes.
  • Parsley: Adds a touch of brightness and freshness to the finished dish.
  • Favorite Hot Sauce: Gives a burst of fiery flavor to the filling.
  • Lime Juice: Adds tanginess and brightness to the dish.
  • Olive Oil: Used for sautéing the vegetables and keeping the filling moist.
  • Hot Pepper Cheese: Provides a spicy and creamy topping.
  • White Cheddar Cheese: Adds a rich and melty topping.
  • Salt & Pepper: Enhances all the flavors and balances the dish.
  • Sour Cream: A creamy and cooling accompaniment to serve alongside the roll-ups.

Let’s Cook!

The best part about these spicy chicken roll-ups is that they are incredibly versatile! You can easily customize them to suit your taste and whatever ingredients you have on hand. The foundation of this recipe is simple: chicken and tortillas. Beyond that, you can let your imagination run wild!

Expanded Information, Tips, and Troubleshooting:

  • Cooking the Chicken: Sear the chicken until browned on both sides, then slow-cook with water for tender and juicy results.
  • Customization: Get creative with your fillings! Experiment with different veggies, cheeses, or even add some beans for a vegetarian twist.
  • Spice Level Control: Adjust the chipotle pepper and cayenne pepper to suit your heat preference. Be cautious with the spiciness if serving to kids or those with a milder palate.
  • Marinating the Chicken: For an extra flavor boost, marinate the chicken in your preferred spices and a bit of olive oil before cooking.
  • Tortilla Options: Choose between flour or corn tortillas, depending on your taste and dietary preferences.
  • Prevent Tortilla Sogginess: If you’re making ahead, avoid soggy tortillas by assembling the roll-ups just before baking.
  • Proper Rolling Technique: When rolling up the tortillas, fold in the sides and then roll tightly from the bottom for neat and secure roll-ups.
  • Cheese Variations: Experiment with different cheese blends for unique flavor profiles. Pepper jack or mozzarella would also work well.
  • Garnish Freedom: Besides parsley, you can also add some chopped cilantro or green onions for added freshness.
  • Reheating Leftovers: To reheat leftovers, use an oven or toaster oven to retain the crispy texture.
  • Avoid Overstuffing: Don’t overfill the tortillas to prevent them from tearing during the rolling process.
  • Vegetarian Option: Skip the chicken and replace it with roasted veggies for a tasty meatless version.
  • Make It Ahead: Assemble the roll-ups in advance, refrigerate, and bake when ready to serve.
  • Double the Batch: Make extra and freeze the roll-ups for quick and delicious meals later.
  • Serving Suggestion: Accompany the roll-ups with a fresh green salad for a well-rounded meal.
  • Sauce Variation: Experiment with different sauces like salsa, guacamole, or a yogurt-based dip.
  • Avoiding Dryness: If your chicken filling is too dry, drizzle some olive oil or extra hot sauce before rolling up.
  • Spice Substitution: Swap out the chipotle pepper for smoked paprika if you prefer a milder smoky flavor.
  • Gluten-Free Option: Use gluten-free tortillas to make the recipe suitable for those with gluten sensitivities.
  • Folding Techniques: For a different presentation, fold the tortillas into pockets or triangles instead of traditional roll-ups.
  • Reinventing Leftovers: Repurpose any leftover chicken filling into tacos, quesadillas, or a tasty salad topping.
  • Sharing the Heat: Offer a selection of hot sauces on the side for those who love their meals extra spicy!

And there you have it, Hungry People!

Spicy Chicken Roll-Ups, a fantastic one-pan meal that’s ready to spice up your taste buds and make your cooking adventures a breeze. With tender chicken, zesty spices, and gooey cheese all rolled up in tortillas, this dish is a burst of flavor in every bite. So, the next time you’re in the mood for a quick and customizable dinner, give these roll-ups a try and let your taste buds dance with delight! Happy cooking, and until we meet again, keep experimenting and exploring new flavors in your kitchen. Enjoy!


Spicy Chicken Roll-Ups

The Starving Chef
Create a delightful one-pan meal with juicy chicken, zesty spices, and melty cheese, rolled up in tortillas for a burst of flavor in every bite!
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine International, Mexican
Servings 6



  • In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add two tablespoons of vegetable oil. Add the chicken to the pan and sear until browned on both sides.
  • Add one cup of water to the pan and cover until the chicken is cooked through, about 45 minutes. Remove from the pan and shred using forks. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Chop the onions and bell peppers.
  • Wipe out the skillet used to cook the chicken, then add the remaining two tablespoons of vegetable oil to the pan and bring to medium-high temperature.
  • Add the onions and bell peppers to the pan and sauté until beginning to soften.
  • Sprinkle in the chipotle powder, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder. Squeeze in the fresh lime juice.
  • Toss the cooked shredded chicken into the pan with the vegetables. Add a dash of spicy hot sauce and stir well.
  • Add about a half cup of the chicken and vegetables to the center of a tortilla, then roll up the tortilla. Repeat with the remaining filling and tortillas.
  • Wipe out the pan used to cook the chicken and vegetables. Spray with some non-stick cooking spray.
  • Arrange the chicken roll-ups in the pan, then top with about a half cup of the shredded spicy cheese.
  • Bake the chicken roll-ups for 15 to 20 minutes or until the cheese on top is melted, and the ends of the tortillas are crispy. Serve with sour cream and garnish with parsley. Enjoy!
Keyword cheese, chicken, spicy, tortilla
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