Buffalo Chicken Tortilla Pinwheels

Love buffalo wings? If you do, you’ll love these! Buffalo Chicken Tortilla Pinwheels are a delicious party food with all the flavors of buffalo wings + blue cheese, but without the mess.

Buffalo Chicken Tortilla Pinwheels

Buffalo Chicken Wings have been a sports party favorite for a long time and, eventually, someone came up with the genius idea of making a Buffalo Chicken Dip. The cool thing about the dip is that you get all the same flavors of Buffalo Wings, but you get to dip — or scoop — with crackers, chips, and celery sticks.

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I’ve taken it all one step further: I took my usual Buffalo Chicken Dip recipe and rolled it up into bite-size tortilla pinwheels!

One of the great things about these Buffalo Chicken Tortilla Pinwheels is that there is more portion control than with the dip. I don’t know about you, but dips are one of those things that I have a hard time watching how much I eat. With these, you can decide to eat just a few and you’ll likely be eating much less than you would if you were scooping away at the buffet table.

The buffalo chicken mixture is much like the Buffalo Chicken Dip I make — with a few small changes. The biggest change is that I leave out blue cheese dressing. But, have no fear blue cheese lovers — there’s still crumbles added because I couldn’t do away with it all.  Everything is mixed up in one bowl, which is always nice when it comes time to wash the dishes.

Buffalo Chicken Tortilla Pinwheels

The buffalo chicken mixture is spread on large, soft flour tortillas and then rolled up.

Buffalo Chicken Tortilla Pinwheels

The rolled tortillas are covered and refrigerated to firm them up a bit.

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After refrigerating, the rolled tortillas are cut in half and then each half is cut into slices. My tortillas were about 10 1/2″ in diameter, so I ended up with about 30 pinwheels (6 pinwheels per 5 tortillas). You can use other size tortillas, so the amount you end up with may be more or less depending on the size.

Buffalo Chicken Tortilla Pinwheels

I like to serve tortilla pinwheels with them on their side, with a toothpick stuck in the top of them. No matter how you display them, I’m sure that you’ll find that they are gone in no time.

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Here’s the full recipe — enjoy!

Buffalo Chicken Tortilla Pinwheels
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup hot wing sauce or cayenne pepper sauce
  • ¼ cup blue cheese, crumbled
  • 1 cup colby-jack cheese, shredded (4 ounces)
  • ¼ cup green onions, finely chopped
  • 1 pound chicken breast, cooked and shredded
  • 5 large flour tortillas (approximately 10½" diameter)
  1. In a bowl, beat cream cheese on low and add in sauce, blue cheese, colby-jack cheese, and green onions. Beat until blended.
  2. Stir shredded chicken into mixture by hand.
  3. Spread approximately ¾ cup of mixture on top of one of the tortillas. Roll up tortilla tightly, but without shifting the mixture too much. Repeat with remaining tortillas. Place rolled tortillas on a place and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 2-4 hours.
  4. Remove from refrigerator and unwrap. Slice each rolled tortillas in half and then each half into 3 slices, discarding ends. Place pinwheel slices on serving plate or tray.
--Smaller or larger tortillas may be used, however you will need to adjust the amount of buffalo chicken mixture you add to each tortilla.

--If time is an issue, you can skip the refrigeration before slicing or refrigerate for less time. However, for best results, refrigeration is recommended.

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  1. Danielle says

    I love stuffed roasted mushrooms (stuffed w/ a potato mixture) that I make & of course, pigs in a blanket are always a favorite.

  2. Stephanie Gossett says

    We love Chili and Football shaped brownies! Thank you so much for this chance!

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    • says

      Hi Terry! I don’t serve them with a dipping sauce, but I think they would pair well with some ranch or blue cheese dressing, or even some additional buffalo wing sauce.

      • denise says

        These look great! But I was wondering if you could leave out the blue cheese?? I make a dip similar but use ranch dressing. I would love to try the wraps but not a blue cheese fan. Any suggestions??

        • says

          Hi Denise! I think you could totally leave out the blue cheese crumbles. I would personally just leave them out and not add anything else in — but you might be able to add a bit of ranch dressing, if you really want that flavor in it. The key is to not add much because you don’t want the mixture to be thinned out too much. Another idea would be to add part of a packet of ranch dressing mix instead to the cream cheese. That would give the flavor without thinning out the cream cheese.

  3. says

    I love buffalo chicken and we just had buffalo chicken casserole tonight. Pinning this to my lunch board. Would love for you to linkup tomorrow to the Let’s Get Real Blog Hop at 5PM EST. mypinterventures.com

  4. says

    I just love the filling for your Buffalo Chicken Totrialla Pinwhells. Thank you so much for sharing this awesome post with Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend!
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

    • says

      Hi Susan! Yes, these can be made overnight, however, I would recommend refrigerating them overnight while they are still rolled up (before cutting) and then cutting a bit before serving. If you do decide to cut them and then refrigerate for several hours, I would recommend laying them down in a single layer (not standing on edge like I’ve shown in my photo).

  5. Laura says

    These look delicious and perfect for a party I’m planning in May. For some reason, the link to the actual recipe is not showing up/working for me. Is there anyway someone can send me the link or a copy of the recipe? I would really like to try these! Thanks!

    • says

      Thanks Laura! And thank you for the heads up about the recipe not working. It’s working now…let me know if you have any other troubles.

  6. Kasey says

    Hello, We are planning on making these to serve at my wedding reception (groom loves buffalo chicken and loves pinwheels and this looked like great party food). I was wondering, have you ever made these well in advance and frozen them? I would like to be able to store them in the freezer and was wondering how well that would work out?

    • says

      Hi Kasey,
      I actually haven’t done that yet, I’m sorry I’m not more help. I can imagine that they could do ok, but just not sure. I would recommend doing a trial run with them. Congratulations on your upcoming nuptials!

    • says

      Hi Maddie,
      I’ve never made it with canned chicken, but I’m sure you could. Just make sure that if it’s packed in water that you drain it very well.

  7. says

    Thank you for linking your recipe to Creative K Kid’s Tasty Tuesdays’ party. I have pinned your post to the Tasty Tuesdays Pinterest board. This is absolutely delicious!

  8. says

    I love buffalo chicken! I never thought of doing them as pinwheels. That sounds delicious! Thanks for linking up to sundaysmallvictorieslinkup!

  9. says

    Thank you for stopping by and linking up to Pretty Pintastic Party. Your Buffalo Chicken Pinwheels looks really delicious.
    Thanks for sharing!
    Diane Roark


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