Malibu Chicken Tortilla Pinwheels

Malibu Chicken Tortilla Pinwheels are a fun lunch idea, inspired by a chicken entree at Sizzler restaurants. These are a great alternative to traditional sandwiches, but also perfect as party food.

Malibu Chicken Tortilla Pinwheels -- a fun lunch idea that is a great alternative to traditional sandwiches. Inspired by the Malibu Chicken entree at Sizzler restaurants.

Even thought it’s back-to-school time, don’t make it back-to-boring lunch time. With with a little bit of planning, you can pack school lunches that are delicious AND fun!  Today, my fellow #SundaySupper food blogging friends and I are sharing lots of lunchbox ideas. While they are perfect for kids who take a packed lunch to school, they really work well for anyone who packs lunch for work or other reasons.

My contribution to our lunchbox #SundaySupper is Malibu Chicken Tortilla Pinwheels. The inspiration for these came from one of my favorite entrees at Sizzler restaurant. When David and I were dating, and in the early years of our marriage, we ate at Sizzler quite a bit. More often than not, I would order their Malibu Chicken. It was breaded chicken with shaved ham and melted Swiss cheese. It was served with a dipping sauce called Malibu Sauce, which was pretty much a mayonnaise and mustard mixture. I even make my own Malibu Chicken recipe at home for my family.

There isn’t as many Sizzler restaurants around as there was when I was younger. We don’t have any in Las Vegas, so when we were in San Diego this summer, we ate at one. And, yep…I ordered their Malibu Chicken.

It was at that dinner when I got to thinking how these ingredients would make a great tortilla pinwheel. Tortilla pinwheels can include the same ingredients that go into sandwiches, but wrapping something up in a tortilla just makes it so much more fun for kids. Of course, these don’t have to be used for lunches. They are also great as appetizers when you need easy-to-handle party food.

For Malibu Chicken Tortilla Pinwheels, you will need flour tortillas, sliced Swiss cheese, thinly sliced ham, and thinly sliced chicken. You will also need mayonnaise and yellow mustard.

Malibu Chicken Tortilla Pinwheels - Ingredients

In a small bowl, you will mix together the mayo and the mustard.

Malibu Chicken Tortilla Pinwheels - Spread

Some of the mayo/mustard mixture is spread on one of the tortillas (I would say 1-2 tablespoons). Then, chicken slices are laid down it the middle going across from left to right. The chicken is topped with ham and the ham is topped with Swiss cheese. The whole thing is rolled up from the bottom up to the top. The rolled up tortilla is refrigerated for a couple hours.

How to Make Malibu Chicken Tortilla Pinwheels

After refrigerating, the rolled up tortilla is cut into pieces. I usually cut the entire roll in half first and then cut each half into smaller pieces. A 9″ burrito tortilla can usually give me about 4-6 pinwheels. The ends don’t make a nice pinwheel, so those are usually discarded and by discarded, I mean offered up to my husband.

How to Make Malibu Chicken Tortilla Pinwheels

Pack up and you’ve got a fun lunch that’s easy too!

Malibu Chicken Tortilla Pinwheels -- a fun lunch idea that is a great alternative to traditional sandwiches. Inspired by the Malibu Chicken entree at Sizzler restaurants.

Malibu Chicken Tortilla Pinwheels
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 1½ - 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 3 flour tortillas (burrito size, appox. 9")
  • 6-9 thinly sliced chicken lunch meat
  • 6-9 thinly sliced ham lunch meat
  • 6 Swiss cheese slices
  1. In a small bowl, combine together mayonnaise and mustard. Start with 1½ tablespoons mustard and add more, as desired.
  2. Spread ⅓ of mayo/mustard mixture on 1 flour tortilla, almost to edges. Lay 2-3 chicken slices in a row, in the middle of the tortilla, going from left to right. Top chicken with 2-3 ham slices and top the ham with 2 slices of Swiss cheese. Roll up tortilla as tightly as possible (but without tearing tortilla), starting from the bottom and rolling up to the top. Repeat with remaining ingredients.
  3. If time allows, wrap the rolled tortilla in plastic wrap and refrigerate for several hours before cutting. If time doesn't allow, skip the wrapping and refrigeration.
  4. Cut rolled tortilla in half and then cut each half into rounds/pinwheels, approximately 1½" wide. With discarding the ends, you should end up with about 6 pinwheels.

Want more awesome lunchbox ideas? Check out these links below for recipes you’ll love packing to take on-the-go:

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  1. Diana @EatMoveShine says

    These look and sound so yummy! And what a fun reminder about Sizzler! It used to be a favorite years and years ago, when we lived in Santa Barbara!

  2. says

    Yum, yum, yum!! Love these little pinwheels. I make wraps for my daughter all the time but never cut them into pinwheels, thanks for giving me this idea. Perfect!!

  3. says

    Thank you for refreshing my memory with so many wonderful Santa Monica Sizzler memories. The restaurant no longer stands but I’ve got your inspired recipe =) Thanks, Brandie!

    • says

      Oooh, Malibu! Lucky lady! I don’t really know how much about this is really “Malibu”, it’s something I’ve thought about over the years when eating Malibu Chicken at Sizzler, but I’ll go with it! Thanks Dorothy!


  1. […] Over the years, I’ve made actual Chicken Cordon Bleu (chicken rolled around ham and swiss, breaded, and fried), but more often than not, I take a much easier route. I usually make it with a whole chicken breast, giving it the name Malibu Chicken, as my favorite Sizzler entree was called. I’ve also made other versions, such as my Malibu Chicken Tortilla Pinwheels. […]

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