Right on the heels of that killer healthier buffalo chicken salad (with creamy avocado ranch dressing), I’m throwing another buffalo chicken recipe at you. I warned you: it’s been a craving for at least a few weeks now. Or has it been at least month already? Who knows.
And believe it or not, this is also a healthy buffalo chicken recipe. Minus the blue cheese dressing that I drenched my egg rolls in, of course. I’m shocked, myself, that I’ve been able to persuade myself into putting a lighter spin on buffalo chicken when my natural instinct is to gravitate towards breaded and fried…well, anything. But it’s meals like this one that make me feel like I don’t need to absolutely kill myself at the gym for.
You’re going to use some shredded roast chicken (roast your own or use a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store) rolled around in some hot sauce then fold it up inside some egg roll wrappers with shredded cheddar or crumbled blue cheese if you so choose and some shredded cabbage. Clearly, there’s a lot of shredded food going on here. You could also throw some chopped celery in there but since Kyle is allergic to it, I obviously opted not to. Then you’ll bake them! Yes, that’s right – no sloppy frying going on here. They turn out crispy-crunchy and way, way healthier than frying (like only about 100 calories each, healthy). These buffalo chicken egg rolls are seriously perfect…and whether you eat a couple for a light lunch, for dinner with a salad, or serve them for a snack at your next party, you absolutely cannot go wrong. /craving (psych!) (lol ::snort:: did I really just say that??)
I haven’t tried this yet, but I’m sure these egg rolls will freeze well – just assemble and freeze a bunch on a parchment-lined baking sheet before you bake them. Once they are frozen, toss them in a zip-top bag and freeze until you need them. Bake the egg rolls directly from the freezer in a preheated 400° F oven, adding 4 to 5 minutes to the baking time.
- 12 egg roll wrappers (roughly 4 square inches)
- 1 cup cooked and shredded chicken
- ½ - 2/3 cup hot sauce
- 4 oz cheddar, shredded or crumbled blue cheese
- 1 cup shredded cabbage or coleslaw mix (without the dressing)
- Small bowl of water
- Cooking spray
- Blue cheese dressing , for serving
- Ranch dressing
- Celery sticks
- Preheat oven to 400° F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, toss the chicken with ½ cup of hot sauce, adding up to a total of 2/3 cup if the chicken seems to soak up the sauce really quickly – it probably will.
- Lay an egg roll wrapper out on a clean work surface with one corner facing you and spread about 1 tablespoon cabbage or coleslaw horizontally across the wrapper. Top with 2 tablespoons (or a small cookie scoop) of chicken then 1 tablespoon of cheese.
- To roll the egg roll, pull the corner closest to you up towards the center of the filling and wrap it under the filling. Fold in the right and left corners, sealing the two with a dab of water. Roll the egg roll away from you, while gently snuggling the egg roll into itself to keep it from falling apart. Be careful not to tug too hard anywhere – the wrapper can tear easily. Seal the final corner onto the egg roll with another dab of water and place the egg roll seam-side down on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with 11 remaining wrappers. You’ll probably end up with quite a few wrappers left over – they can be tucked inside a zip-top bag and frozen on a flat surface. Thaw in the fridge before using again.
- Lightly spray the tops of the egg rolls with cooking spray and bake for 12 to 17 minutes, flipping over halfway through, until golden brown and crispy. Serve with blue or ranch cheese dressing.
adapted from Can You Stay for Dinner?