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Switching up Tuesday night with these crispy Baked Buffalo Chicken Egg Rolls with Cilantro Lime Ranch. Shredded chicken, buffalo sauce, herbs, and a little cheddar cheese, all rolled up into egg roll wrappers and oven baked. These egg rolls come together in minutes, they’re crunchy on the outside, and spicy and cheesy inside. Serve with the most delicious creamy, salty cilantro lime ranch, and additional buffalo sauce. Great for a fun weeknight dinner plus upcoming game nights too.
I can’t tell you all how long I’ve been meaning to share this recipe with you guys. Are you ready for this? Since the very first day of writing that first blog post on HBH almost eight years ago. Yupp. This recipe is eight years in the making and it’s safe to say I am pretty excited to share it.
These rolls feel almost “retro” to me at this point, very 2012.
Alright, so let me back up. Way back in the day before we even started HBH, I was cooking solely for my family and making the recipes they loved most. Everyone’s favorite dish I made was a good ole’ oven baked buffalo style chicken. To this day, my family members request it whenever we’re all together at home. In an effort to switch things up…and not make the same dinner every single night of the week, I started to get creative and play with the recipes I knew how to make and that everyone loved.
The way I work in the kitchen is pretty simple, open the fridge, take inventory, then create a dish. And that’s pretty much how these rolls came to be. I had egg roll wrappers and chicken. So why not toss the chicken in sauce, add a little cheese, roll them up, and bake until crispy? I didn’t really think much of it at all.
But guys, they were delicious.
Everyone loved them and I made them for most of 2012 on repeat. But then? Something happened and I just stopped making them.
That is until about a month ago when I was brainstorming my end of summer recipes. It’s back to school time, football season, and that transitional time into early fall. It’s the time of year when I’m always thinking back to being a bit younger and the foods I loved that feel homey and comforting.
And then the egg rolls floated into my thoughts and I couldn’t believe I had forgotten all about them.
The funny thing is that these really aren’t anything “new”. My cousin Maggie informed me that a spot in Rocky River, Ohio has fried buffalo chicken egg rolls on their menu. After a google search, you’ll see plenty of recipes for them. But it’s ok! These are my buffalo chicken eggs and they’re darn good. Even lightened up a bit and oven baked.
Great for a game day, but equally great as a fun Tuesday night dinner.
So with that, let’s (finally) get into the details….
I started with shredded cooked chicken. You can either roast, bake, or grill up some chicken breasts. You can also just use leftover chicken. Or simply grab a rotisserie chicken from the store. I happened to have made the rotisserie-style chicken recipe from the HBH Super Simple cookbook the night prior, so I just used that.
Toss the chicken with plain Greek yogurt and a good amount of buffalo sauce. I like to use greek yogurt to keep the rolls creamy, yet on the lighter side. Now toss in some fresh chives, dried herbs, and a handful of cheddar and blue cheese. You don’t need a lot of cheese for these, a little goes a long way!
Next, the wrappers. You need the larger size square egg roll wrappers, which can be found in most grocery stores these days.
Stuff the chicken onto the wrapper and simply roll them up. Easy.
Ok, crucial is a bit dramatic, but just go with me on this.
Instead of frying, which is traditional, I much prefer to oven bake. It’s healthier, easier, and to be honest, I like the flavor so much better. You taste the food, not the fried oil.
Here’s the key, you must rub each roll with olive oil before baking. This is the trick to getting the rolls crispy all around. Once the rolls are oiled, oven bake. Twenty or so minutes later you’ll have crispy, non-fried egg rolls.
I wanted to switch up the ranch a bit, but yet still keep it somewhat classic and make it healthier. Enter the cilantro-lime ranch. It’s delicious, but it’s also not your average ranch.
I used fresh cilantro and plenty of lime in place of the usual herb mix. I also stirred in some garden chives for a little oniony kick. It’s the perfect creamy dip for each cheesy, crispy, crunchy egg roll.
Think spicy crispy rolls, creamy cooling dip. So. Good.
I know times are very odd right now, some schools are starting up, others are going virtual. The NFL season is in limbo (though last I heard, it’s still game on). But, that’s all the more reason to cook up a fun dinner…or appetizer. But honestly, these are hearty enough to call dinner.
And regardless of school or no school, football or no football, these egg rolls are super easy to make and beyond good. And that’s what matters most!
Have fun with these and enjoy!
Looking for other buffalo recipes? Here are a few ideas:
Crispy Buffalo Ranch Chicken Salad with Goddess Dressing
Cheesy Buffalo Chicken French Bread
Fried Buffalo Goat Cheese Balls
Lastly, if you make these crispy baked buffalo chicken egg rolls with cilantro lime ranch be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!
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These were good. I had to bake a little longer than indicated and they never really browned all the way – so some parts of the egg roll wrapper weren’t crunchy – but whatever! I’d make these again, but I don’t know that they are a fave for me. My husband, however, declared them a favorite.
Happy Monday!!🌴 I appreciate you making this recipe and sharing your comment, so glad to hear it turned out well for you! xT
I’ve made these two different times for tailgating and a Super Bowl party and they are always devoured and everyone wants the recipe!
Wonderful!!😊 I appreciate you making this recipe and sharing your review, so glad to hear it was delish! xT
Just made these for the Buffalo Bills game and they’re fabulous! Excellent flavors with just enough crunch. And the dipping sauce? YUM. 10/10! Now if only the Bills can get the same high marks for this playoff game…😱💙❤️🏈
Happy Monday!!⛄️ Thanks so much for making this recipe and sharing your feedback, I love to hear that it turned out well for you! xT
I am making these for Christmas Eve! We love doing an appetizer night! Could I air fry them? I saw comments about them sticking so I thought that could work? If so how long would you recommend?
I’ve not tested this, so I can’t give any cooking directions, but I bet it would work well for you! Please let me know if you give the recipe a try! xx
I haven’t made these yet, but I am planning on doing so today. My question is this could I have rolled these ahead of time foil done and baked them right before I wanted to serve them or do the eggroll skins not hold up well?
Sure, that would be just fine for you to do! Please let me know if you have any other questions, I hope this turns out well for you! xx
I would give more stars if I could! So tasty and delicious! One of my go-to appetizers! The homemade ranch is *chefs kiss*.
These were amazing!! HBH has changed my zeal for cooking after 35 years of marriage & being a mother of 8 mostly grown children. Thank you for your creative & incredible recipes!!
Amazing!! I love to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks so much for making it! Have a great weekend! xTieghan
These are SO GOOD. I loved the addition of Greek yogurt to the eggrolls and have started adding it to other eggrolls I make for a binder/flavor/creamy component. The ranch dip was pretty tart but was PERFECT with the spicy eggroll. I may have overfilled my eggrolls bc the only complaint is that I wish it made more. Will definitely make again!
Amazing!! Thanks a lot for trying this recipe and sharing your feedback, I love to hear that it was tasty for you! xT
Hi I was wondering what brand if egg rolls you use. Was struggling to find them!!
I typically order mine from Amazon, I usually switch it up and try whatever Amazon has on special or suggests. I hope this helps! xTieghan
Can anyone recommend a wrapper? I don’t know if I used the wrong wrapper or didn’t use enough oil .. they taste great just lots of sticking to the pan and not very crispy
So sorry to hear you had issues with your wrapper. What kind did you use? I typically order mine online if I can’t find something at my local grocery store. Please let me know how I can help! xx
I’ve constantly had wrapper sticking issues. Oil on both sides of the eggroll AND a spray of oil on the pan did it for me this time. It is the WORST when they break apart.
Do you have any suggestions to replace the yogurt for a dairy free option? I do have dairy free mayonnaise on hand.
Sure, that would work, you could also use a dairy-free yogurt, there are so many great options! I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan
Could you make these ahead of time and then bake?
Sure, that would work well for you! Please let me know if you give this recipe a try, I hope you love it! xx
What other cheese could you use besides blue cheese?
Shredded mozzarella would also be good to use! Please let me know if you give this recipe a try, I hope you love it! xTieghan
Hello, anyway I can freeze these before cooking them to use at a later time?
Sure, I think that would work well for you! I hope you love this recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xx
This is one of my favorites to make! I make it for football games or just for dinner. So yummy!
Happy Friday!! I am thrilled that this recipe was a hit, thanks a bunch for trying it out! ☀️xxT