Spicy chicken pinwheels are sure to be a crowd-pleaser at any gathering.

With fiery buffalo sauce, rich cream cheese, and the savory goodness of chicken, all wrapped up in a convenient and shareable pinwheel form. 

Make party or snack time more delicious with this irresistible appetizer.

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Easy Delicious Appetizer!

  • With simple ingredients and minimal prep, these pinwheels are perfect for new chefs or even more experienced cooks.
  • The combination of spicy buffalo sauce, savory ranch, chicken, and tangy cheddar cheese creates a symphony of flavors in every bite.
  • These pinwheels are a convenient and delicious party appetizer that will delight your guests.
  • Customize the amount of fiery buffalo sauce used so that it is suitable for all!
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Tortillas And Creamy Chicken Filling

Tortillas: Make these buffalo chicken pinwheels with flour tortillas because they are soft and easy to roll without breaking. You can use corn tortillas if preferred but they tend to crack easily, so heat them slightly, wrapped with a moist paper towel, to help prevent cracking.

Chicken: Use a store bought rotisserie chicken for the greatest convenience! Or roast your own chicken in the air fryer. Chicken breast is perfect for this recipe, but thighs or other dark meat can be added to the mix for delicious flavor.

Cheese: Mild tasting cream cheese along with a more sharp cheddar cheese creates the best flavor combination for this recipe. Add an old cheddar for more intense flavor, or go for something spicy with a spicy Monterey Jack cheese. Add a bit of grated parmesan for an added bit of zest.

Buffalo Sauce: Spicy Frank’s Buffalo Sauce is used in this recipe and provides just the right amount of kick, with delicious flavor. There really is no substitute for this hot sauce.

Ranch: Ranch dressing mix provides just the right amount of delicious flavor to compliment spicy buffalo sauce! Use the dry mix as in the recipe, or sub in ranch dressing, however the flavor will be more subtle.

Blue Cheese Dip: This dip is the best way to enjoy these cheesy, savory and spicy chicken pinwheels!

How To Make Buffalo Chicken Pinwheels

  1. Combine softened cream cheese, ranch powder and hot sauce.
  2. Add the chicken, then fold in the cheese.
  3. Spread ⅓ of the mixture over each large tortilla and roll up.
  4. Wrap each roll in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  5. Unwrap, and slice.
  6. Serve with blue cheese dip.
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Chicken Pinwheel Tips

  • Be sure to soften the cream cheese prior to blending. Do this by heating cream cheese in the microwave for about 15 seconds.
  • Flour tortillas come in a variety of flavors such as spinach, cheese or sun dried tomato. Create a colorful, visually appealing appetizer platter and use all three!
  • For a bit of crunch, add chopped green onion and finely diced celery to the buffalo chicken filling.
  • Make these tasty treats ahead of time! Slice just before serving.
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Serving And Storing

Serve buffalo chicken pinwheels with the blue cheese dip on the side. Some folks love the flavor of blue cheese, while others do not. So serving the dip on the side keeps everyone happy!

Lay pinwheels out in a layer on a platter, or stack them up. Stick them with a toothpick for easier serving. Delicious with other tasty appetizers like tomato mozza basil skewers, stuffed mushrooms, deviled eggs, or crackers with cream cheese and red pepper jelly.

Store rolled buffalo chicken pinwheels wrapped in plastic wrap for up to 3 days, then slice and serve. Or slice pinwheels ahead of time, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate. 

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Buffalo Chicken Pinwheels

Make buffalo chicken pinwheels for a zesty and delicious appetizer or snack.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Refrigerate 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 30 pinwheels
Author Donnalea Ferguson


  • 4 ounces cream cheese softened
  • cup Frank's red hot sauce more or less as desired
  • 1 Tablespoon ranch dressing mix
  • 1 cup finely shredded cheddar cheese marble or mozzarella
  • 1 ½ cups finely chopped chicken or shredded chicken
  • 3 large flour tortillas burrito size

Blue Cheese Dip

  • ½ cup blue cheese crumbles
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • ½ Tablespoon lemon juice


  • In a medium bowl, combine softened cream cheese and ranch powder. Mix with a hand mixer until smooth. Add hot sauce and mix by hand until slightly incorporated, then use a hand mixter until creamy smooth.
  • Add the shredded chicken, mix once more. Then fold in the cheese until fully incorporated.
  • Spread ⅓ of the mixture over each large tortilla.
  • Roll the tortilla firmly, but not so tight the filling squishes out.
  • Wrap each roll in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • Unwrap, and slice about ½ inch wide and place on a platter.

Blue Cheese Dip

  • In a small bowl, mix together the blue cheese crumbles, mayonnaise, sour cream and lemon juice.
  • Serve in a small dipping bowl with the pinwheels.


  • Microwave cream cheese for 2-3, 15 second intervals before mixing. 
  • Use 3 large, burrito sized, flour tortillas (10 inch diameter), or use 6 small tortillas (7 inch diameter).
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 155 | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.003g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 217mg | Potassium: 22mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 0.3g | Vitamin A: 113IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 0.1mg

Nutrition information does not include optional ingredients or garnish and is an estimate. It may change based on actual ingredients and cooking methods used.

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American

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