Do you love buffalo chicken hot wings? Then you will love this is these Buffalo Chicken Pinwheels - it is so easy, such a crowd pleaser AND it's economical!
What makes Buffalo Chicken Pinwheels a great appetizer for Game Day?
December is so festive, and one part of the Christmas season that our family loves are the football bowl games! These appetizers are hot, hearty and full of spicy buffalo chicken flavor- perfect to serve family and friends!
Hi everyone, this is Heather stopping by from Totally Tailgates! During Christmastime, I'm always on the hunt for super savory appetizers. Buffalo Chicken Pinwheel Appetizers are not only a breeze to make, they are economical too! You can use leftover rotisserie chicken or a can of pre-cooked chicken (like I did!) for these little beauties! Of course, if you love this recipe you may want to try this Loaded Buffalo Chicken Tater Tot recipe.
Copa and I either stay home for New Year's Eve or go to friend's homes nearby. We don't like to be on the roads on NYE because crazy drivers. The past two years, we've had cozy date nights at home while Cee Cee took friends to the beach for New Year's Eve. I send a big pan of Spinach Artichoke Dip with Cee Cee, and make a second batch for us.
- Crescent rolls
- White chicken or leftover cooked chicken shredded
- Cream cheese
- Sharp cheddar cheese
- Wing sauce
- Ranch dressing
How to make Buffalo Chicken Pinwheels?
This fall, I got crazy and integrated a warm pastry version of our favorite appetizer - Buffalo Chicken Pinwheel Appetizers. I pulled out a tube of crescent rolls and changed the proportions of ingredients just a tad to make a thicker mixture of buffalo chicken goodness. I even integrated these into my continued 12 Week Weight-loss Challenge by using low fat ingredients. The results were really good, but when serving guests I'd use the full fat options.
Tips and Tricks:
Here are a few tips and tricks to ensure your Buffalo Chicken Pinwheels turn out perfectly:
- Use high-quality ingredients - because this recipe is so simple, the quality of the ingredients you use really matters. Use a good-quality cream cheese and cheddar cheese, and look for a wing sauce that you love.
- Drain and rinse the canned chicken - this will help to remove any excess salt and improve the texture of the chicken.
- Pinch the seams of the crescent rolls together tightly - this will prevent the filling from leaking out during baking.
- Leave a quarter of an inch between the filling and the edge of the dough - this will help to prevent the filling from oozing out during baking.
- Let the pinwheels cool slightly before serving - this will allow the filling to set and make them easier to handle.
In conclusion, Buffalo Chicken Pinwheels are a perfect appetizer for game day. They're easy to make, portable, and packed with flavor. With a few tips and tricks, you can make them perfectly every time. So, what are you waiting for? Whip up a batch for your next party and watch them disappear!
Buffalo Chicken Pinwheels Recipe
- 1 can crescent rolls
- 5 oz can chunk white chicken or 1 cup leftover cooked chicken shredded
- 8 oz cream cheese
- ½ cup sharp cheddar cheese shredded
- 3 oz wing sauce
- ½ tbsp ranch dressing
- Heat oven to 350 degrees.
- Drain and rinse canned chicken.
- In a medium bowl, mix chicken, cream cheese and ¼ cup of the shredded cheddar cheese.
- Add wing sauce and remaining ingredients.
- Open crescent rolls and lay out into 4 rectangular sections.
- Pinch seams together well.
- Spoon buffalo chicken mixture over each rectangle, leaving a quarter of an inch between the mixture and the edge of the dough.
- Roll up each rectangle into a log and cut each log into fourths.
- Place on a greased cookie sheet or parchment paper.
- Bake for 12-15 minutes or until pastry is golden brown.
How long does it take to make Buffalo Chicken Pinwheels?
It takes approximately 20 minutes to prepare the ingredients and another 12-15 minutes to bake the pinwheels.
Can I use leftover chicken instead of canned chicken?
Yes, you can use leftover cooked chicken that has been shredded instead of canned chicken.
What type of wing sauce should I use for this recipe?
You can use any type of wing sauce you prefer. If you like it spicy, use a hot wing sauce. If you prefer a milder flavor, use a mild wing sauce.
Can I use a different type of cheese instead of cheddar cheese?
Yes, you can use any type of cheese you prefer. However, cheddar cheese adds a nice sharpness that complements the buffalo sauce well.
Can I make these pinwheels ahead of time?
Yes, you can make these pinwheels ahead of time and store them in the fridge until you're ready to bake them. Just make sure to tightly wrap them in plastic wrap so they don't dry out.
Can I freeze these pinwheels?
Yes, you can freeze these pinwheels. Just wrap them tightly in plastic wrap and store them in an airtight container in the freezer. When you're ready to serve them, let them thaw in the fridge overnight and then bake as directed.
Can I make these pinwheels in advance and reheat them before serving?
Yes, you can reheat these pinwheels in the oven before serving. Just preheat the oven to 350 degrees and bake the pinwheels for 5-7 minutes, or until heated through.
Can I add extra ingredients to these pinwheels?
Yes, you can add extra ingredients to these pinwheels if you like. Some popular additions include diced celery, green onions, or crumbled blue cheese.