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These Baked Egg Rolls stuffed with lean ground chicken, shredded cabbage, carrots are crispy and delicious like the fried version but so much better for you.



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Baked Egg Rolls Recipe

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If you are looking for a healthier way to make this classic Chinese takeout favorite, then these Baked Egg Rolls are for you. They are crispy on the outside, savory and delicious on the inside, and so easy to make. For an even faster version, try thisEgg Roll in a Bowl and for something fresh and light, try theseSpring Rolls.

I LOVE when readers send me ideas for recipes that want to see (hint, hint) and today’s recipe was inspired by Marcy who emailed asking about a healthier egg roll. Thanks Marcy!

Normally it would take me a couple of days to research a recipe and start trying things out, but of course, as soon as I began thinking about egg rolls that is all I wanted. I immediately went to the store and bought the ingredients I thought would work best for a couple different test recipes.

While all were good, the one I liked the most and wanted to share with Marcy and all of you was this one for Skinny Egg Rolls. I used ground chicken, but you could easily substitute ground pork, diced chicken, ground turkey, get the idea.

I also couldn’t decide if I enjoyed them baked or flash fried more, so I include instructions for both. If you decide to bake them, the key to getting a crispy outside is quickly placing them under the broiler before serving. I served mine with some Sriracha and Sweet Chili Sauce (from Thai Kitchen). Also, if you have recipes ideas, send them my way in the comments, on Facebook, or send me an email! I would love to hear from you!

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How do you make Egg Rolls?

I mentioned that I included the instructions for both baking and flash frying, so I'll get into both here.

The first step for both methods though includes cooking the chicken and veggies over a high heat in a medium skillet or pan. Cook the chicken, onions, and garlic together until they start to brown about 3-5 minutes. Then, add in the shredded cabbage and carrots and cook them down for another 3-5 minutes. Next, stir in both sauces and the ginger and cook another 2-3 minutes to combine. At this point the chicken should be fully cooked, but if it's still pink in places, continue to cook until it's all cooked through.

Take the mixture off the burner and let it cool down a bit. You can put cilantro in at this point if you are choosing to add it.

Now, it's time to wrap up your stuffing into the egg rolls. Lay out an egg roll wrapper and put about 1-3 cup of the chicken mixture into the center. Fold it like a burrito (instructions will be on the egg roll wrapper package as well) and wet the last corner to be wrapped to seal it.

Baking instructions: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and bake the egg rolls on a sheet pan for about 12-15 minutes, flipping over one time about halfway through. If you want the outside extra crispy, put the pan under the broiler for an additional 1-2 minutes per side.

Frying instructions: Heat up 1 tablespoon of oil in a clean pan over medium high heat. Add 4-5 egg rolls at a time to the oil and fry the outside quickly. Turn them with tongs to fry on all sides. They will cook fast so be careful and work quickly.

Are Chinese egg rolls fattening?

Typically egg rolls are deep fried, which lends them to being high in fat and calories. Another reason they are less than healthy for you is because they are also usually made with pork and few vegetables.

I changed this recipe up to use leaner ground chicken as well as more vegetables and very little oil if you choose the flash-frying route. One of the easiest ways to cut fat and calories is to take anything that's typically fried and bake it instead.

Recipe Ideas

  • Leave out the chicken and make vegetarian egg rolls. You could also add tofu.
  • Cook and chop some shrimp to add to the mixture instead of the chicken for a shrimp option.
  • Use ground pork instead of ground chicken for a more traditional option.
  • Add some heat by adding red pepper flakes or Sriracha to the mix.
  • Make prep work easier by using a premade coleslaw mix instead of shredding your own cabbage and carrots.
  • Swap in different veggies to change up the flavor. Just make sure to chop everything in small pieces so they egg rolls are easy to eat.

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What to serve with baked egg rolls?

Skinny egg rolls go great with other Asian-inspired dishes, such as:

  • Asian Noodle Salad with Creamy Almond Dressing is a creamy, almondy, sweet, spicy, and a big tangy, egg rolls make a great accompaniment or appetizer to munch on with this salad.
  • Broiled Asian Chicken Thighs are another way to add protein to your meal. Put these atop a salad or eat right alongside the rolls with some peanut sauce for dipping.
  • Asian Kale Salad with Edamame and Avocado is a plant-protein filled, nutritious salad dish I like to make any night of the week. Pair it with flash fried egg rolls for a lot of crunch without a lot of calories.
  • Asian Zucchini Noodles are a lovely, low-carb option for when you want noodles but not all the calories and carbs that come along with regular pasta.

Can I make these egg rolls in the air fryer?

Preheat the air fryer to 350 degrees. Spray the egg rollson all sides with cooking spray or brush them with oil. Place them in the basket of your air fryer and cook for 6 minutes. Then carefully open the air fryer and flip the egg rolls. Cook on the other side for 4-5 minutes until browned and crispy.

Looking for more healthy Asian recipes?

  • Baked Veggie Egg Rolls
  • Kung Pao Chicken
  • Healthy Fried Rice
  • Cauliflower Shrimp Fried Rice

I hope you love my suggestion for Skinny Egg Rolls, and thanks again Marcy! Keep the ideas "rolling" in! Also this recipe was originally published in 2011 but has been updated with new photos, tips, and recipe ideas.

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  • 1 tsp vegetable oil (plus 1 tbsp if you fry them)

  • 1/2 lb 99% lean ground chicken

  • 1/2 cup onion, diced

  • 1 carrot, shredded

  • 2 cups cabbage, shredded

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce

  • 1 tbsp soy sauce

  • 1/2 tsp ginger powder

  • 12 egg roll wrappers

  • 1/4 cup cilantro (or basil)

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Heat vegetable oil in a medium pan. Add the ground chicken, onion, and garlic and cook for 3-5 minutes until it begins to brown. Add the cabbage and carrots and cook for an additional 3-5 minutes until they begin to soften. Stir in the oyster sauce, soy sauce, and ginger powder and cook for 2-3 minutes to let flavors combine. Make sure the chicken is fully cooked.


Allow mixture to cool slightly. Optional: Stir the cilantro into the mixture.


To assemble the egg rolls, place about 1/3 cup of the mixture in the center of the egg roll wrapper. Fold according to the directions on the package – basically pulling one corner over the filling, folding in the sides, and then rolling. Moisten the corner with water to close the egg roll.


Baking the Egg Roll: Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Bake the egg rolls for 12-15 minutes until they begin to brown, flipping them once. Then, to crisp up the outside more, place under the broiler for 1-2 minutes per side to get a nice crunchy exterior.


Frying the Egg Roll: Heat 1 tbsp vegetable oil over medium heat. Add 4-5 egg rolls at a time and quickly fry the outside. Using tongs turn them as needed. Be careful because they cook very fast and can easily burn. You want to turn them as soon as they begin to brown and bubble.


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Nutritional Facts

Serving Size: 1 egg roll (76g)

Amount Per Serving

Calories 130

Calories from Fat 13

% Daily Value *

Total Fat 2g


Saturated Fat 0g


Monounsaturated Fat 0g


Polyunsaturated Fat 0g


Cholesterol 16mg


Sodium 308mg


Total Carbohydrate 21g


Dietary Fiber 1g


Sugars 1g

Protein 8g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.

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Sandra Stubbs

January 31, 2020 - 03:46

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Thank you very much for letting me know about the baked egg rolls I had hope I could go to the store and buy them Frozen and cook them buy baking them or heating them up in the microwave if they were already prepared but I may try to do this baked egg roll but I want to add some some bean sprouts to it and they are the green onions but I'll probably try with your recipe say God bless you Happy New Year and thank you so very much

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Katie Martinson

April 10, 2017 - 21:50

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I love these. Super yummy

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Jana Gallagher

February 4, 2017 - 17:04

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These were great! Didn't look as pretty as yours, but definitely a keeper! Love this site!

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Why aren't my egg rolls crispy? ›

If your oil is too hot, then the egg rolls wrappers will brown quickly, but won't be as crispy because there wasn't enough time for the water to evaporate. If the oil is too cold, the egg rolls will never reach peak crispiness. You can still fry without a thermometer, but it may be more trial and error.

What are thin egg rolls called? ›

Lumpia vs egg rolls

While some might call lumpia, Filipino egg rolls, they're actually spring rolls because of the very thin, smooth wrapper and origin.

Why are my homemade egg rolls soggy? ›

Avoid Excess Moisture in the filling

Any extra water will result in your Egg Rolls being soggy and dark spots forming on your Egg Roll wrappers. The #1 culprit for watery filling is usually the rehydrated noodles. Make sure to SQUEEZE your noodles to get rid of as much water as possible.

How do you keep egg rolls crispy after cooking? ›

Cool your rolls on a wire rack instead of a paper towel or plate. Regardless of whether you air fried, deep-fried, or baked your egg rolls, do not let them cool on a paper towel or plate. Instead, use a pair of tongs to set the egg rolls on a raised cooling rack with a baking sheet underneath it.

How do you keep crispy rolls crispy? ›

If you want it to remain as fresh as possible, then you really have to enclose it in something like a plastic bag to retain its moisture. But the crust will be soft if you do that. For me, I just use bags to keep it fresher and then I will reheat a bun or loaf briefly to crisp the crust up again the next day.

What is a New York egg roll? ›

A typical "New York–style" egg roll measures approximately two inches in diameter by six inches in length, with a thick, chewy, crispy, bumpy exterior skin. Egg rolls, like other Americanized Chinese food specialties, may contain vegetable cultivars and flavor profiles that are not common in China, including broccoli.

Which is healthier spring roll or egg roll? ›

A: Spring rolls are lighter than egg rolls, typically have more vegetables, and have a lighter wrapper, making them the healthier option.

Are egg rolls Chinese or Japanese? › says, “egg rolls (and their lighter counterpart, spring rolls) date back to ancient China. It is quite likely that egg-roll type foods were made and consumed in the USA by the first Chinese settlers in the mid 1800's.” Okay, now we are getting somewhere.

Do Chinese restaurants make their own egg rolls? ›

Chinese restaurants in the US get their egg rolls from a few sources: Some restaurants make them in house. A few make everything from scratch, even the shells, and stuff them by hand before frying them. Others may buy the skins from a food supply company and then assemble them in house.

Should I egg wash egg rolls? ›

We use an egg wash (1 beaten egg and 1 tablespoon water) to seal our egg rolls. However, our vegetarian egg roll can become a vegan egg roll if you use a cornstarch slurry as a sealer (in addition to eggless wrappers).

Can you prep egg rolls the night before? ›

Yes, you can make egg rolls ahead of time and store them for later use. Here's a general guide on how to do it: Prepare and Assemble:Prepare the egg roll filling with ingredients such as vegetables, meat, and seasonings.

How do you keep egg rolls from bursting? ›

Try adding a little bit less filling, and make sure you have either cooked the moisture out of the filling ingredients or drained them so the filling is relatively dry. As Jeffrey said, steam inside the wrapper could be causing them to burst. You might also want to adjust the temperature you are frying them at.

Should you freeze egg rolls before frying? ›

Freeze for up to 4 months. To cook the frozen egg rolls, just add them straight to the hot oil from frozen and cook an extra 1 ½ minutes longer than normal, for about 4-5 minutes total. Or if baking, add an extra 5 minutes to the bake time from frozen.

Should egg rolls be frozen before frying? ›

Freeze for up to 4 months. To cook the frozen egg rolls, just add them straight to the hot oil from frozen and cook an extra 1 ½ minutes longer than normal, for about 4-5 minutes total. Or if baking, add an extra 5 minutes to the bake time from frozen.

Why are my spring rolls not crispy? ›

Not keeping them crispy after they are cooked

This is because vegetables retain moisture, which in turn makes the spring roll soggy from the inside. Make sure you thoroughly dry the vegetables after washing them so that no more moisture is added to your spring rolls than is absolutely necessary.

Does egg make batter crispy? ›

Eggs serve as binder, meaning that they help batter stick to food and coat if for deep frying. They also serve to leaven the batter, which making it more light and crispy. Any substitute for eggs in batter needs to serve both of these functions.


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