The Best Pesto Chicken Pinwheel Recipe

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Easy Pesto Chicken Pinwheels make the perfect holiday appetizer or easy lunch idea. This delicious pinwheel recipe is filled with a pesto goat cheese chicken mixture then topped with sun dried tomatoes for one epic low carb bite!

Looking for more Pesto Chicken Recipes? Try out my Pesto Chicken Zoodles with Burst Tomato or my Instant Pot Rotisserie Chicken with Pesto.

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Pesto Chicken Pinwheel Recipe

Pinwheels were a staple at most of our holiday parties growing up. My mom would make a cream cheese one that my brother and I would stand at the counter and devour while she was slicing. Let’s just say, we’ve definitely had our fair share of getting our hands slapped. 🙂 haha

No slapping of hands today, just devouring deliciousness. Today I’m keeping it simple with this easy Pesto Chicken Pinwheel! Not only is this recipe for a pinwheel festive for the holidays with the green and red, but it’s a great healthy lunch option as well! And guess what? It’s only 5 ingredients! Woot woot! 

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What are tortilla pinwheels?

Tortilla pinwheels are simple appetizers typically made with large burrito size tortillas that are then stuffed with whatever kind of ingredients you’d like. Rolled up into a long cigar shape and then sliced to create round coins. 

Can you make pinwheels the day before?

Yes, most of the time you can make pinwheel recipes ahead of time. It honestly depends on the ingredients you use. Some vegetables or fruits can become soggy if left in the tortilla overnight. So think of ingredients like lettuce, tomato, roasted red pepper, marinated olives, etc, these will typically leave you with a soggy pinwheel. If the recipe calls for those ingredients then I’d recommend making the pinwheel day of to avoid a soggy mess.

Ingredients you’ll need for these Easy Pesto Chicken Pinwheels:

  • Burrito Size Tortillas – I used a low carb tortilla to cut down on the carbs, but you could also use whole wheat or just plain flour. The size is key because it will give you room to spread your filling and creates more pinwheels in the end.
  • Shredded Chicken – take the easy route and just use Rotisserie Chicken it saves time and is delicious.
  • Goat Cheese – usually you’ll see cream cheese in pinwheel recipe, but the goat cheese is going to add a nice tang.
  • Pesto – gives the pinwheels lemon herby taste that will make it stand out.
  • Sun Dried Tomatoes – the sun dried tomatoes pair perfectly with the pesto and goat cheese.

how to assemble pesto chicken pinwheels

How do you make Pinwheels?

For pinwheels you need two main things: the tortilla and the filling. From there it’s easy peasy. You just want to make sure it’s not too stuffed or you’ll have a hard time rolling the tortilla up! 

  1. To a food processor add shredded chicken, goat cheese and basil pesto. Pulse until creamy and combined.
  2. Assemble the pinwheel: lay the tortilla on a flat surface, add 3/4 cup of pesto chicken mixture to the tortilla and using a spatula spread the chicken mixture in an even layer to the edges of the tortilla. Next sprinkle 1/4 of the sun dried tomatoes all over the tortilla.
  3. Gently, but tightly roll up the tortilla to form a cigar shape. Wrap tightly with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for 2 hours.
  4. Remove from refrigerator, slice into 1/2″ coins and serve.

How long will Pinwheels last in the fridge?

Store tortilla pinwheels in an air tight container in the refrigerator. The pinwheels will last up to 3 days, however, I think they are at their best within the first 24 hours!

Can you freeze pinwheels?

Yes, I’d recommend pre-slicing them and placing the pinwheels on a baking sheet in a single layer. Put the baking sheet in the freezer for 1 to 2 hours or until pinwheels are frozen. Then transfer frozen pinwheels to a freezer safe storage bag. You can store the pinwheels for up to 2 months. To serve, just thaw in the refrigerator and serve.

a hand taking one roll of a pesto chicken pinwheel

Pinwheels are probably one of the easiest appetizers to make and always a hit. Your guests will love the tuscan flavors packed into each bite! The beauty about these Pesto Chicken Pinwheels is they make a great lunch option for during the week too! 

I cannot wait to hear what you think! Bon Appetit friends!

More easy appetizer ideas you need to make:

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Goat Cheese Pesto Chicken Pinwheel Recipe

  • Author: Krista
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 2 hr
  • Total Time: 2 hr 15 min
  • Yield: 32-40 pinwheels 1x
  • Category: Appetizer, Chicken, Sandwich, Holiday, Christmas, New Years, Kid Friendly, Low Carb
  • Method: No Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Easy Pesto Chicken Pinwheels make the perfect holiday appetizer or easy lunch idea. This delicious pinwheel recipe is filled with a pesto goat cheese chicken mixture then topped with sun dried tomatoes for one epic bite!

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Ingredients

  • 4 burrito size low carb tortillas
  • 3 cups shredded chicken
  • 3 oz. goat cheese
  • 3/4 cup basil pesto
  • 1/2 cup sliced sun dried tomatoes

Instructions

  1. To a food processor add shredded chicken, goat cheese and basil pesto. Pulse until creamy and combined.
  2. Assemble the pinwheel: lay the tortilla on a flat surface, add 3/4 cup of pesto chicken mixture to the tortilla and using a spatula spread the chicken mixture to the edges of the tortilla. Next sprinkle 1/4 of the sun dried tomatoes all over the tortilla.
  3. Gently, but tightly roll up the tortilla to form a cigar shape. Wrap tightly with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for 2 hours.
  4. Remove from refrigerator, slice into 1/2″ coins and serve.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 2 pinwheels
  • Calories: 120
  • Sugar: 1 g
  • Sodium: 217 mg
  • Fat: 5 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 8 g
  • Fiber: 6 g
  • Protein: 10 g
  • Cholesterol: 19 mg

Keywords: pinwheel recipe, pinwheel recipes, pesto chicken, chicken with pesto, goat cheese recipe, how to make pinwheels, tortilla pinwheel, tortilla rollup, chicken pinwheel, recipe for pinwheel

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