Cream Cheese Chicken Crescent Rolls

These Cream Cheese Chicken Crescent Rolls have a rich and creamy filling to make an easy appetizer or light meal. 

Crescent rolls wrapped with a chicken or turkey mixture of cream cheese, cheddar cheese, and vegetables make an easy handheld meal.

Golden crescent rolls wrapped and filled with a chicken or turkey mixture of cream cheese, cheddar cheese, and vegetables on a wooden cutting board on a red and white plaid napkin.

Chicken Swirls

These chicken swirls or chicken pinwheels are easy to make and use common ingredients. Using fresh shredded chicken or turkey from a rotisserie chicken or leftover from another meal is just fine too! 

We typically have canned turkey on hand from our Turkey Farming Family in western Ohio. We also love using leftover chicken in our Shredded Chicken Sandwiches or Buffalo Chicken Dip.

Put the meat in a bowl and mix in sharp cheddar cheese, cream cheese, ranch salad dressing, chopped green onions, chopped red pepper and you’ve got a delicious mixture that tastes even better slathered over crescent rolls.

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There are so many options to customize this recipe.  Celery could easily be used in place of either of the vegetables.  The vegetables primarily provide a little crunch to the recipe.  Next time I’ll add bacon too, bacon just brings so much flavor to any dish.

Stack of chicken cream cheese pinwheels on a white plate on a red and white napkin.

A couple more pinwheel recipes with crescent dough that we love are our Ham & Cheese Roll-Ups and Easy Sausage Crescent Rolls.

Why This Recipe Works

  • These chicken roll ups with crescent rolls are perfect appetizers or snacks for parties, tailgating, baby showers or bridal showers.
  • Spreading this chicken and cream cheese mixture over crescent rolls and baking makes each bite more enjoyable than a typical snack, appetizer or sandwich.
  • Customize this recipe by adding celery, bacon or a chopped ingredient of your choice.
  • Ranch creates a wonderful pop of flavor to this simple chicken cream cheese rolls.
Crescent rolls rolled up with a chicken and cream cheese mixture baked in the center on a wooden cutting board.

Ingredients Needed to Make Warm Chicken Pinwheels

  • Refrigerated Crescent Roll Dough
  • Cooked and Shredded Turkey or Chicken
  • Cream Cheese
  • Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • Ranch Dressing
  • Red Pepper
  • Green Onions
Ingredients needed to make cream cheese chicken crescent rolls are ranch dressing, shredded chicken, cream cheese, cheddar cheese, green onion, red pepper and tubes of crescent dinner rolls on a white counter top.

Step By Step Instructions

In a medium sized mixing bowl beat softened cream cheese until smooth.

Then add ranch dressing and cheddar cheese. Stir again.

Ranch dressing and cheddar cheese poured over whipped cream cheese in a white bowl.

Only use finely shredded and chopped chicken that’s fully cooked.

Add chicken or turkey and chopped vegetables to the mixing bowl.

Chopped chicken, diced red pepper and sliced green onions poured into a mixing bowl on a creamy mixture.

Stir well until mixture is smooth and creamy.

Shredded chicken stirred into cream cheese, ranch and cheddar mixture in a white mixing bowl.

There’s two easy options to apply this cream cheese filling to the crescent rolls.

Either spread the mixture over a large rectangle of dough, roll-up and slice.

Or cut the crescent dough into rounds, lay on their side and spoon the cream cheese mixture on top.

How To Make Roll-Ups

Open the roll of crescent dough and lay on a cutting board.

Roll of crescent dough on a white cutting board.

Cut into even slices and lay on their side on a lightly greased baking sheet.

Press into cup shapes to allow room for the chicken mixture.

Crescent dough ovals with a well in the center to hold a chicken and cream cheese mixture.

Spoon the chicken and cream cheese mixture into the crescent dough cups.

Crescent roll swirls heaped with chicken, cream cheese, ranch, cheddar cheese, red pepper and green onion filling on a silver baking sheet.

Bake for 10 to 12 minutes until the dough is golden brown.

Work quickly or chill dough between steps because it gets sticky and more challenging to work with when warm.

Another Options To Make Chicken Pinwheels

Open the tube of crescent dough. Unroll on a large cutting board.

Use fingers to press together the seams and spread the chicken and cream cheese mixture over the crescent dough.

Large rectangle of crescent dough covered with cream cheese, chicken and veggie mixture on a white cutting board.

Roll-up and pinch the seams shut.

Cut into slices and turn on their sides on a lightly greased baking sheet.

Chicken roll ups with crescent rolls and cream cheese in a pinwheel shape baked to lightly golden brown on a silver baking sheet.

How to Make Chicken or Turkey Crescent Swirls

  1. In a mixing bowl, mix cream cheese, cheddar cheese, and ranch dressing
  2. Add cooked and shredded turkey or chicken, red pepper and green onions
  3. On a greased baking sheet, unroll 2 packages of refrigerated crescent roll dough into four equal-sized rectangles
  4. Spread chicken mixture evenly over the crescent rolls
  5. Roll up like a jelly roll – see picture below for tips
  6. Slice and place cut side down on a baking sheet
  7. Bake at 375º for 10 – 12 minutes or until golden brown

How Long to Bake Chicken Crescent Swirls

When using two tubes of refrigerated crescent roll doll and cutting into about 20 swirls, the recipe takes 10 – 12 minutes to bake in a 375º oven.  The swirls are done when the edges are lightly browned.

Sometimes towards the end of the baking time, I rotate the baking sheet to allow the pinwheels to bake more evenly.  Length of baking time can be affected by how much filling is used and by how thick the swirls are cut.

Golden brown chicken ranch crescent rolls with a rich cream cheese filling on a silver baking sheet.

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Printable Recipe for Warm Chicken Crescent Swirls

Close of a warm and creamy ranch, cream cheese and chicken mixture baked onto golden brown circles of crescent dough.

Cream Cheese Chicken Crescent Rolls

Servings 20 crescent swirls
Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life
These Cream Cheese Chicken Crescent Rolls have a rich and creamy filling to make an easy appetizer or light meal. 
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients
  

  • 2 tubes refrigerated crescent roll dough
  • 1 cup cooked and shredded chicken or turkey I use a 14.5 oz. can
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup ranch dressing
  • 1/4 cup cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1/4 cup red pepper chopped
  • 1/4 cup green onions finely chopped

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 375°F. In a mixing bowl, mix cream cheese, cheddar cheese, and ranch dressing.
    4 ounces cream cheese, 1/4 cup cheddar cheese shredded, 1/4 cup ranch dressing
  • Add cooked and shredded turkey or chicken, red pepper and green onions, mix well.
    1 cup cooked and shredded chicken or turkey, 1/4 cup red pepper, 1/4 cup green onions
  • On a greased baking sheet, unroll 2 packages of refrigerated crescent roll dough into four equally sized rectangles.
    2 tubes refrigerated crescent roll dough
  • Spread chicken mixture evenly over the crescent rolls.
  • Roll up like a jelly roll. Slice and place cut side down on baking sheet. Bake for 10 – 12 minutes or until golden brown.
  • *Or cut crescent dough into slices before unrolling, turn on side and press into a cup shape. Fill the center with the cream cheese mixture and bake until golden brown.

Nutrition

Calories: 53kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 3gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 66mgPotassium: 33mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 164IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 18mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Plowing Through Life” is not a dietitian or nutrition professional. Any nutritional information shared is an estimate and can vary greatly depending on specific products are used. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through an online nutritional calculator of your choice.

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Originally published on September 5, 2019 with updates made on November 9, 2023. 

Chicken Crescent Swirls on a baking sheet make an easy appetizer or light meal. 

One Comment

  1. These look so good! They would be perfect to take to any type of get together. 🙂

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