Chinese Chicken-Rice Roll-ups Recipe with Water Chestnuts and Cheddar

Chicken-Rice Roll-ups

Chinese Chicken-Rice Roll-ups Recipe with Water Chestnuts and Cheddar
Region / culture: China | Preparation time: 30 minutes | Cooking time: 10 minutes | Servings: 6


Chicken-Rice Roll-ups
Chicken-Rice Roll-ups

Chicken-Rice Roll-ups are a delicious and savory dish that combines the flavors of chicken, rice, and a variety of other ingredients all rolled up in a crispy wonton skin. These roll-ups make for a perfect appetizer or main dish that is sure to impress your family and friends.


The origins of Chicken-Rice Roll-ups are not entirely clear, but they are believed to have been inspired by traditional Asian spring rolls. Over time, this recipe has evolved to include a variety of ingredients and flavors, making it a versatile and popular dish in many households.


How to prepare

  1. In a large bowl, combine chicken, rice, water chestnuts, cheese, celery, sour cream, onion, chiles, chili powder, salt, and pepper sauce.
  2. Place 1 tbsp of the rice mixture in the center of each wonton skin.
  3. Fold the bottom corner up over the filling, then fold in the side corners over the filling.
  4. Brush the edges with water and roll up to seal.
  5. Heat oil in a deep fryer or heavy saucepan to 375°F (191°C).
  6. Fry the rolls, a few at a time, for 1 minute or until golden brown.
  7. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.
  8. Serve warm with picante sauce for dipping.


  • Substitute the chicken with shrimp or tofu for a different flavor.
  • Add diced bell peppers or carrots for extra crunch and color.
  • Use different types of cheese or spices to customize the flavor of the roll-ups.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Make sure to finely chop all the ingredients to ensure that they are evenly distributed throughout the roll-ups.

- Use a deep fryer or heavy saucepan to fry the roll-ups for a crispy and golden brown exterior.

- Serve the roll-ups warm with picante sauce for a flavorful dipping sauce.

Serving Suggestions

Serve Chicken-Rice Roll-ups as an appetizer or main dish with a side of salad or steamed vegetables.

Cooking Techniques

Frying the roll-ups in hot oil ensures a crispy and golden brown exterior while keeping the filling moist and flavorful.

Ingredient Substitutions

Use brown rice instead of white rice for a healthier option.

- Substitute Greek yogurt for sour cream for a lighter version of the dish.

- Replace cheddar cheese with mozzarella or pepper jack for a different flavor profile.

Make Ahead Tips

Prepare the filling ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator until ready to assemble and fry the roll-ups.

Presentation Ideas

Arrange the Chicken-Rice Roll-ups on a platter with a garnish of fresh herbs or sliced green onions for an elegant presentation.

Pairing Recommendations

Pair Chicken-Rice Roll-ups with a crisp white wine or a light beer for a refreshing and satisfying meal.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store any leftover Chicken-Rice Roll-ups in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat in the oven or toaster oven until heated through.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

Each serving of Chicken-Rice Roll-ups contains approximately 250 calories.


Each serving of Chicken-Rice Roll-ups contains approximately 20 grams of carbohydrates.


Each serving of Chicken-Rice Roll-ups contains approximately 15 grams of fats.


Each serving of Chicken-Rice Roll-ups contains approximately 10 grams of proteins.

Vitamins and minerals

Chicken-Rice Roll-ups are a good source of vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, and iron.


Chicken-Rice Roll-ups contain dairy (cheese and sour cream) and wheat (wonton skins) allergens.


Chicken-Rice Roll-ups are a balanced dish that provides a good mix of carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, and minerals.


Chicken-Rice Roll-ups are a flavorful and satisfying dish that is perfect for any occasion. With a crispy exterior and a savory filling, these roll-ups are sure to be a hit with your family and friends.

How did I get this recipe?

. It was a warm summer day, and I was visiting my dear friend Margaret, who I have known since we were little girls. Margaret was always a wonderful cook, and I loved spending time with her in the kitchen, learning new recipes and techniques.

On that particular day, Margaret had a surprise for me. She had recently attended a cooking class and had learned a new recipe for Chicken-Rice Roll-ups. She was eager to share it with me, knowing how much I loved trying new dishes. As she pulled out the ingredients and began to explain the steps, I couldn't help but feel a sense of excitement and anticipation.

The recipe called for simple ingredients - chicken breasts, cooked rice, cream of chicken soup, and a few seasonings. The process involved pounding the chicken breasts flat, spreading the cooked rice on top, and rolling them up into neat little packages. The roll-ups were then smothered in the creamy soup mixture and baked until golden brown and bubbly.

As Margaret guided me through each step, I couldn't help but marvel at how the flavors came together to create a delicious and comforting dish. The warmth of the creamy sauce, the tender chicken, and the fluffy rice all melded perfectly in each bite. I knew immediately that this recipe would become a staple in my own kitchen.

After enjoying the Chicken-Rice Roll-ups together, Margaret shared with me how she had come across the recipe. It was during a trip to visit her sister in the neighboring town. Her sister's neighbor had made the dish for a potluck dinner, and Margaret had been blown away by how delicious it was. She had begged for the recipe and had been making it ever since.

I felt a surge of gratitude towards Margaret for passing on this wonderful recipe to me. I knew that it would become a favorite among my family and friends. I made a mental note to write down the recipe in my trusty recipe book, so that I could make it again and again.

As the years went by, the Chicken-Rice Roll-ups became a regular feature on my dinner table. My children would come running to the kitchen when they smelled the savory aroma wafting through the house. They would eagerly help me prepare the dish, rolling up the chicken and spooning on the creamy sauce with delight.

I also shared the recipe with my own friends and neighbors, who were always impressed by the flavors and textures of the dish. They would often ask for the recipe, and I would happily pass it on, just as Margaret had done for me.

The memory of that warm summer day with Margaret, learning to make Chicken-Rice Roll-ups for the first time, will always hold a special place in my heart. It was a moment of connection and joy, a shared love of cooking and good food. And though Margaret is no longer with us, her legacy lives on in that simple yet delicious recipe that continues to bring comfort and joy to those who taste it.

As I sit here now, flipping through the pages of my recipe book, I can't help but smile at the sight of the Chicken-Rice Roll-ups recipe. It's a reminder of the bond that food creates between us, the memories and stories that are woven into each dish we prepare. And I know that as long as I continue to cook and share these recipes, Margaret's spirit will always be present in my kitchen, guiding my hands and filling my home with love and warmth.


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