Ranch Chicken Roll-Ups and Finding a New Way to Celebrate

I wrote this piece before we left for Christmas but didn’t even have the heart to post it. Things are getting better. But, this is where we were….

This is our Christmas tree. Notice anything unusual about it? It is prelit and has a rope of ribbon on it. That is all. I am not going to lie this holiday season has been tough. Since Thanksgiving we have all been sick at one time or another. I was down for a good week and a half before I even started to feel normal again. My daughter just finished her first college semester yesterday. She did so good at college. She struggled in high school but has really grown so much this year in figuring out what works for her. So, she will finally be home. My son? He has been super busy too. An orchestra concert last night, a choir concert tonight, and he auditioned for “A Mid Summer Night’s Dream” and will find out later today if he got a roll. Those rehearsals start on Wednesday. But, on Friday he will be done with school and homework for 2 weeks. And finally my other half? She has been working crazy busy hours. Leaving at 7:30 am and coming home at 11:00 pm- 12:00 am. We are all tired and done.

Our house is minimally decorated. We have been keeping up some traditions but others have been dropped. Things are changing and that is okay. It is figuring out what is important as my kids grow and change. We are looking more at spending time together and realizing it is not the things we did but the people we spent time with that were really important. So, maybe we don’t all bake cookies together but we will sit down and eat them one night next to the tree. Or we spend time opening our advent calendars at 11:30 pm together because that is the time we can all be together.

It is just figuring out what the new Christmases will look like. It is tough on everyone but we will figure this out. My children will not be getting many presents this year. Something they need – new coats, something to read, something to experience together – tickets to Phantom of the Opera in February and a family game. All will be well.

We are still trying to keep dinners going forward. Sometimes we can still all eat together but for the last month or so it has been all of us on mostly different schedules. This meal was part of a cook once, eat twice recipe. I made a huge batch of Ranch Chicken in the slow cooker (can serve it over rice or noodles) then use the leftovers for this. My kids even like the chicken in sandwiches for lunch. So versitle.


Honestly my family was eating the chicken from the slow cooker just after it was shredded. I knew this would be a hit over pasta and in the crescent bites. You can easily make this without the bacon but it does add a nice flavor to the dish if you have it, but not necessary.

Be careful not to over bake these as they go from light brown on the bottom to burnt VERY quickly. Also do not over stuff as they also can leak and burn.

I served these as a meal with a hearty salad.

Ranch Chicken Roll-Ups

  • Servings: 8
  • Difficulty: easy
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A delicious hearty bite that is good for dinner or a heavy appetizer.


  • 1 1/2 lbs. chicken breast
  • 1 (8 oz) block cream cheese
  • 1 packet dry Ranch Dressing Mix
  • 2 (8 count) roll crescent rolls
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese
  • 8 oz. crispy bacon, crumbled


  1. I made the chicken breasts the night before so that I had extra to make these.  Place chicken breasts, ranch dressing mix and cream cheese in the bottom of slow cooker. Cook on high for 4 hours until chicken shreds easily. Mix well with sauce, thin with a bit of milk if needed.
  2. Separate rolls into triangles. Place a bit of chicken, cheese, and bacon in the center of the triangles. Roll the tip of the triangle over the top tucking in the end. Bring sides up over the top to make a small pouch and pinch to close.
  3. Place on baking sheet and bake according to package instructions. Watch closely so they don’t burn!
  4. Allow to cool slightly before serving.

12 Comments Add yours

  1. Lacey says:

    We’ve had Christmases like that before. I understand! Happy New Year 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you.

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  2. Erika Kind says:

    I am sure that after all that struggle you all are enjoying the days together so much. have a great time and a Happy New Year, Marci!


    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you, We are enjoying some quiet time. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Erika Kind says:

        Good to hear. Thank you and a Happy New Year to you and your family!

        Liked by 1 person

  3. syl65 says:

    Throughout the struggles you are still a family even all the pieces aren’t together in the same moment. Your family bond and love is very strong! Happy New Year, Marci and to your wonderful family!! Blessings throughout the new year 🙏😊

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you, Sylvester! We are enjoying quiet family time and it has been refreshing. Happy New Year to you too!


      1. syl65 says:

        You’re very welcome!! Thank you very much always!!

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  4. Yep. It looks delicious. 👁👁🍃

    Liked by 1 person

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you!

      Liked by 1 person

  5. Deanna says:

    First off, THANKS FOR THE RECIPE! I’ll be trying this one right away. Sounds amazing. Secondly, I am so with you on being flexible during Christmas. We too often set up these expectations for ourselves and then LIFE happens. You’re on the mark with being together when you all can and making it about loving one another. That is what it’s all about. I appreciate your words so much!

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you for your kind, kind words. I hope you like the recipe!

      Liked by 1 person

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