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Buffalo Chicken Pinwheels

5 Ingredients and 20 Minutes Are All It Takes to Make This Standout Appetizer

The following post was originally featured on Cooking for Keeps and written by Nicole Shoemaker, who is part of POPSUGAR Select Food.

What happens when you combine a buffalo-loving husband, a bottle of hot sauce, and a dire need to whip up an appetizer in less than 20 minutes?

Five-ingredient buffalo chicken pinwheels is what happens.

I know this recipe isn't tremendously groundbreaking and errs more on the side of too simple, but these little guys are — for lack of a better word — incredible. I wouldn't even normally post the recipe here, especially when there are about 5,687 other similar recipes within the depths of the Internet, BUT I've had some requests for a few simple, quick dishes, and these were snatched up so fast, I knew I was on to something that needed to be shared.

What is it about buffalo that sucks everyone in? It's almost like it has this magnetic pull, even the snobbiest of food lovers out there seem to swoon over the stuff. I didn't even know how much I loved buffalo sauce until Kevin first requested I make him deep-fried hot wings back when we were first dating.

In the beginning stages of our relationship, I was also in the beginning stages of this blog, and I longed to cook gourmet food, not waste precious time and daylight on deep-fried wings I could find at any corner bar. But I obliged, and even took notes from one of Kevin's friends that he deemed "made the best wings EVER." The simple recipe consisted of only flour, salt, cayenne pepper, butter, and Frank's RedHot sauce, and they were, as promised, the best wings EVER.

I've been an avid wing and buffalo lover ever since, throwing my snooty food attitude to the wind and relishing in the fiery addiction. The possibilities are endless when it comes to variations on the buffalo wing, but more often than not, a recipe's end result is something bubbling hot in nature, and while perfect when at home entertaining, it doesn't exactly bode well for outdoor tailgating.

One of my guilty pleasures at football parties and tailgates are those mini tortilla pinwheels stuffed to the brim with cream cheese, black olive, and jalapeños; it's one of those finger foods I can just never say no to. So when I had less than 24 hours to plan a tailgate and spotted a half-empty bottle of hot sauce and block of cream cheese in the fridge, a little lightbulb went off in my head. Buffalo chicken dip (Kev's favorite) + tortilla pinwheels (my favorite) = the perfect game-day snack.

With only five ingredients, these suckers come together in under 20 minutes. A quick chill in the fridge lets the cream cheese, chicken, and hot sauce mixture solidify, and then each roll is ready to be sliced and inhaled — and they will be inhaled.

5-Ingredient Buffalo Chicken Roll Ups

From Cooking for Keeps

Buffalo Chicken Pinwheels


  1. 1 cup shredded cooked chicken
    6 ounces light cream cheese, softened
    1/2 cup Frank's RedHot sauce
    3 green onions, thinly sliced, plus more for garnish
    4 (6-inch) flour tortillas


  1. Mix chicken, cream cheese, hot sauce, and green onions until combined.
  2. Spread on to tortillas. Wrap tortillas up jelly-roll style, and cut into 1/2-inch slices. Pop into the fridge to chill for 10 minutes. If serving later, individually wrap rolls in plastic before cutting, and chill in the fridge.
  3. Garnish with sliced green onion.
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