Thursday, January 10, 2013

Buffalo Chicken Pinwheels

Buffalo Chicken Pinwheels

These are incredibly easy to make for a party buffet. Pinwheels are everywhere! You will surely see them on just about every catering menu, but why buy someone else’s creation when you can make your own in just minutes?  Start with some of the treats you already enjoy in another form and just transfer them to a pinwheel arrangement.

These appetizers pack all of the big flavors of Buffalo Chicken wings and their traditional accompaniments into one easy to eat, mess-free treat.

Buffalo Chicken Pinwheels
Yield: About 60     Total time: 30 Minutes + 1½ Hours Unattended in Refrigerator


 • 12 ounces Cream Cheese, at room temperature
Buffalo Chicken Pinwheels
 • 1 Package Frozen Battered Chicken Strips, 25 ounce
 • ½ Cup Buffalo Hot Sauce + 2 Tablespoons
 • ¾ Cup Celery, cut into ¼” dice
 • 2 Ounces Blue Cheese, crumbled
 • 8 Flour Tortillas, 10” burrito size
 • ½ Cup Sour Cream
 • ¼ Teaspoon Table Salt

Preparation Steps

Step 1. Remove Cream Cheese from refrigerator and let come to room temperature.

Step 2. Preheat oven to 400ºF

Step 3. Spread Chicken Strips on a baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes, turning once halfway through the cooking time. Allow to cool for 10 minutes on baking sheet.

Step 4. Cut the cooled Chicken into ¼” dice and put into a bowl. Add ½ cup of the Buffalo Hot Sauce and stir to coat all of the diced Chicken. Cover and put in refrigerator for at least ½ hour.

Step 5. Assemble Pinwheels into logs by laying one Tortilla on the preparation surface. Spread 1½ ounces of the softened Cream Cheese over the entire top surface of the Tortilla.

Step 6. Beginning ½” from the edge nearest you, lay a 2” strip of the diced Chicken mixture across the Tortilla in a layer only one piece thick. Stop the strip about ½” from the right and left edges.

Step 7. At the furthest edge of the strip of Chicken, put a line of Blue Cheese crumbles only one crumble thick across the Tortilla.

Step 8. Next lay another strip of diced Chicken, this time 1” wide, across the Tortilla, followed by a ½” strip of the diced Celery.

Step 9. Finally, put 1 tablespoon of the additional Buffalo Hot Sauce in a bowl and use a brush to dab a ½” wide stripe of Buffalo Hot Sauce across the Tortilla, at the far edge of the strip of diced Celery.

Buffalo Chicken Pinwheels

Step 10. Gently press down on all of the fillings to set them into the Cream Cheese and tightly roll up the Tortilla beginning at the edge nearest you. The Cream Cheese without any fillings on top will serve to seal the finished log.

Step 11. As you complete each Tortilla, roll each log tightly in a sheet of plastic wrap. Make sure that the plastic wrap is at least 4 inches wider than the log so you can tuck the ends over to seal completely. Chill the wrapped logs for an hour to firm up.

Buffalo Chicken Pinwheels

Step 12. Stir the last 1 tablespoon of the Buffalo Hot Sauce into the Sour Cream with the Salt. Cover and allow to meld in refrigerator.

Before serving, remove the plastic wrap and cut each log into one inch slices and arrange on a serving plate with the cut sides up to show the spiraling Pinwheel. Serve with the Sour Cream dipping sauce on the side.

Tips and Trending

~ To rapidly soften refrigerated Cream Cheese, submerge the sealed foil package in very hot tap water for about 10 minutes. Don’t microwave it – you’ll end up with hot and cold spots and the hot will be way too runny.

~ To easily keep all of the Pinwheels identical in thickness, start by cutting the log first in half, and then cut each half in half again and so on.

~ Because Tortillas are round, you’ll end up with two Pinwheels from the ends of each log that are not perfect. These can be used to give some variation to your presentation or just keep them for yourself as the chef’s portion!


  1. oh man these look and sound amazing. These are perfect for a game day snack. I might have to make these for the super bowl.

  2. These are awesome. Made them for the super bowl, big hit.