Spicy Buffalo Chicken & Bleu Cheese Roll-ups

Good Morning Foodies! It’s Monday, BUT it’s the Monday before Christmas. That gives today extra points.

Not to mention, MY BIRTHDAY IS ON FRIDAY! Hello?! I love December; it is my most beloved month of the year.

I sometimes find myself wishing out loud that I was still a kid, enjoying the wonders of the season, but I know as an adult I can keep that magic alive. Not to mention – I have a mom and boyfriend who do an incredible job making me feel special this time of year, and all year through.

I did not want to celebrate Christmas this year {for personal reasons important enough not to share… yep, sorry friends – there are lines & I’m not crossing this one!}, but then I realized how blessed I am every day to have what I have in life. Everyday is a holiday for me! In each day there are moments to celebrate, so I stopped being so dreadful.

One of the things that helped snap me out of my funk was an opportunity that presented itself to Nick & I. Last week Melanie, Nick’s coworker, asked if we would be willing to bake some cookies for the Wounded Warrior Project. One of the units that she is associated with had close to 100 men & women injured and up in Bethesda. We happily agreed, though I hate baking. As I was baking the cookies on Friday, something hit me and the love everybody says goes into baking {you know, the love that makes the cookies good? Yeah, I did not understand it either…} came over me. My cookies were yummy. My cookies looked pretty. I was so excited to wrap them up & get them to the soldiers. We ended up delivering them to Melanie’s house Friday night so her friend could take them up to the wounded men & women. The trip to Melanie’s house was quite the adventure. She warned Nick that her house was out in the middle of nowhere, but her house really adds meaning to the idea of middle of nowhere.  When we finally arrived we were greeted by 2- 75lb black Labradors. Um, the two of them combined weigh in 35 to 40 pounds more than I do… yeahhhh, they like jumping on people.

It was delightful!

We brought Pipsqueak along, but he had to stay in the car! Nick and I were fearful that he would try to eat Melanie and her dogs. We found out that Melanie was fearful that her fur babies may try to eat Pippy. LOL He was not very happy when we appeared at the car later in the evening.

After being greeted by her pups, I immediately felt a sense of guilt for not making more cookies – her kitchen seemed to be wall-to-wall cookies… and she was still going. It was nice meeting one of his coworkers.

However, it seems like he works with a building full of women. It’s weird.

Anyway, enough about my weekend and more about food; I hear you!

Last week I was in the mood for a semi-light dinner, so I thought about making a delicious appetizer and a side dish. I had chicken. I had blue cheese. I had hot sauce. I had homemade pizza dough. I considered pizza, but then decided against it. It was not an appetizer and I really wanted something bite size. So I decided to make Spicy Hot Chicken & Blue Cheese Rollups. Oh yes, you heard it here first. These babies are so good! They are pretty good then next day, too. 

Nutritional Information:
Servings: 16
Serving Size: 3 roll ups
Calories: 312. 5
Fat: 15.3 g
Carbohydrates: 7.1 g
Fiber: .3 g
Protein: 35 g
Points+: 8

 

Here is what you will need:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 chicken breast {about 14 ounces}
  • 4 ounces blue cheese, crumbled
  • 4 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • ¼ cup hot sauce {more or less for your tastes}
  • 1 homemade pizza dough

 Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
  • In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Cook the chicken until it is no longer pink on the inside
  • Remove from heat and allow to cool. Once the chicken is cooled down, shred it and set aside 

 

  • In a large mixing bowl, add the cheese, chicken and hot sauce. If you want to add a little pepper, do that now! Set aside.

 

  • Now, divide your dough ball into 3 separate pieces
  • With each piece, roll it out into a 10 or 12 inch by 4 inch rectangle.
  • Now, take a heaping handful {or measuring cup full} of the chicken mixture and place it on the bottom 1/3 of the pizza dough, make sure you leave an edge around the dough so we can roll them up, BUT don’t skimp on the mixture!
  • Now we roll. Fold the sides in and then stretch the bottom part of the dough up and over the chicken mixture. Once you have it completely covered, start rolling the dough, making sure you keep it tight.
  • Then carefully cut into small rollups. I got about 6 out of each dough ball. You may be able to get more. **
  • Repeat with the other dough balls
  • Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until the bite sized little pieces of heaven are golden brown on the top.

You may notice the asterisks up above, did you? Well, if you didn’t, they do exist. I had a difficult time cutting the rolls and Nick mentioned that I could have baked them and then cut them. That may alleviate some of the stress that I had!! Seriously!

These little guys are so delicious. I could not believe it! For such a simple recipe, this really came out wonderful. Plus, they reheat well & taste just as good then next day!

I hope you give these a try, especially in these days leading up to Christmas.

Until Next Time,

Happy Buffalo Roll-upin’ 

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