Barbecue Chicken Pinwheels

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Inspired by the classic barbecue chicken sandwich, these Barbecue Chicken Pinwheels are a fun and tasty snack!  Perfect for busy weekend days with the family or tailgating with friends!

Inspired by the classic barbecue chicken sandwich, these Barbecue Chicken Pinwheels are a fun and tasty snack!  Perfect for busy weekend days with the family or tailgating with friends!Summer is officially over.  Say what!?  When did that happen?  This summer has absolutely flown by!  Back in early June, Laura and I made a list of all the fun summer activities we could do with Robbie this year.  Go to an arena football game — Didn’t make it there.  Maybe next year.  Visit the town splash park — Haven’t gone yet, but maybe we’ll still catch a warm Saturday afternoon.  Go to the county fair — We did do this, and Robbie got to feed a giraffe!  And then the giraffe tried to eat his hat.  I kid you not.

But now it’s time to revise our summer list and make it a fall list.  Go apple picking.  Visit the petting zoo at the apple orchard.  Make apple sauce.  Get apple cider doughnuts.  (Are you picking up on a theme here?)  Yup, fall is apple season, and it’s one of my favorite times of the year!  The crisp, cool autumn weather always brings a smile to my face.  Earlier this year, Laura and I took a vacation to Italy; and I totally got Robbie and myself matching soccer jackets.  I can’t wait to pull those out!  We’ll look like twins as we head off down the street on our weekend bike rides!

Inspired by the classic barbecue chicken sandwich, these Barbecue Chicken Pinwheels are a fun and tasty snack!  Perfect for busy weekend days with the family or tailgating with friends!

Even though the weather is getting cooler, that won’t be slowing us down much.  Old Man Winter can wait.  We still have too many things to do this year!  Busy weekend days require snacks, and the other day I decided to whip up a batch of Barbecue Chicken Pinwheels.  Don’t you just love pinwheels?  I used puff pastry to make these pinwheels, and the puff pastry is like a blank canvas waiting to be filled with whatever flavors you like.  I’ve been on a barbecue kick lately, so I channeled that barbecue vibe right into these Barbecue Chicken Pinwheels!

On our weekend grocery store trips, Robbie and I often stop by the deli to get sliced deli meat for the week.  I typically pick up a pound of smoked turkey or buffalo style chicken, but this past week I noticed the Sara Lee® Barbecue Seasoned Chicken Breast.  That’s when the wheels started turning!  I had pinwheels in my mind, and I knew the barbecue chicken deli meat would be an excellent addition.  I grabbed a pound of that Barbecue Seasoned Chicken Breast, and Robbie and I continued on our way through the store.

Inspired by the classic barbecue chicken sandwich, these Barbecue Chicken Pinwheels are a fun and tasty snack!  Perfect for busy weekend days with the family or tailgating with friends!

Sara Lee® Premium Meats are my go-to resource for affordable, high-quality deli meat that I feel good about feeding my family.  In addition to the delicious, fresh taste, I always find fun new flavors whenever I stop by the deli department!

Actually, before we left the deli, Robbie had to say hello to his buddy.  The crew at the deli have gotten to know us, and one of the guys always makes sure to have stickers in his pocket for Robbie.  This week, the sticker said “I’m a great catch.”  I couldn’t agree more!

Barbecue Chicken Pinwheels

Inspired by the classic barbecue chicken sandwich, these Barbecue Chicken Pinwheels are a fun and tasty snack!  Perfect for busy weekend days with the family or tailgating with friends!Back home, I rolled out a sheet of puff pastry and then layered on some barbecue sauce, that Sara Lee® Barbecue Seasoned Chicken Breast, some diced onions and some shredded cheese.  Bake those pinwheels up for about 20 minutes, and you’ve got a fun weekend lunch…or snack…or dinner!  I served these Barbecue Chicken Pinwheels with a side of ranch dressing for dipping, too.  So tasty!

On a typical weekday, I often just make a quick sandwich.  I enjoy trying out the different Sara Lee® Premium Meats.  As I mentioned above, smoked turkey is one of my favorites, but I suspect this Barbecue Seasoned Chicken Breast will appear more often now.  It was quite tasty in these rollups, so I know it will make an excellent sandwich, too!  What are your favorite flavors of deli meat?

Inspired by the classic barbecue chicken sandwich, these Barbecue Chicken Pinwheels are a fun and tasty snack!  Perfect for busy weekend days with the family or tailgating with friends!While I enjoyed baking these Barbecue Chicken Pinwheels, you could totally just serve these unbaked, too.  (Just use tortillas as the ‘blank canvas’ instead of puff pastry and sliced cheese instead of shredded.)  Do you make pinwheels in your house?  I’m eager to try some different flavor combos, so I’d love to hear your tips!

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Inspired by the classic barbecue chicken sandwich, these Barbecue Chicken Pinwheels are a fun and tasty snack!  Perfect for busy weekend days with the family or tailgating with friends!

Barbecue Chicken Pinwheels

Inspired by the classic barbecue chicken sandwich, these Barbecue Chicken Pinwheels are a fun and tasty snack!  Perfect for busy weekend days with the family or tailgating with friends!
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 322kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 sheet puff pastry thawed
  • ½ cup barbecue sauce
  • 16 oz. Sara Lee® Barbecue Seasoned Chicken Breast sliced
  • ½ cup red onion diced
  • 1 cup pepper jack cheese shredded
  • ¼ cup Italian parsley chopped
  • 1 large egg
  • {optional} ranch dressing

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Line a standard baking sheet with parchment paper; set pan aside.
  • Working on a well-floured surface, roll puff pastry sheet out into a 12”x16” rectangle.
  • Spread barbecue sauce evenly over puff pastry, leaving ½” border on top and bottom of rectangle.
  • Next, layer slices of Sara Lee® BBQ Seasoned Chicken Breast evenly on top.
  • Using a small bowl, combine onion, cheese and parsley; stir until well-combined. Spread this mixture evenly on top of the chicken.
  • Starting with a long side, roll puff pastry into a log; pinch edges to seal.
  • Using a serrated knife, cut roll into 1”-1½” slices. Lay slices on prepared baking pan.
  • In a small bowl, whisk the egg together with 1 tablespoon of water. Brush egg mixture over tops of pinwheels.
  • Bake for 18-22 minutes, or until pinwheels are golden brown.
  • {Optional} Serve with ranch dressing for dipping.

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32 Comments

  1. Summer has FLOWN. In all caps! I actually opened my first can of pumpkin last week and am still sort of reeling. . .I’ve never made pinwheels before but considering that I always have puff pastry in my freezer, I don’t know why I haven’t! These sound like such a fun (and versatile!) treat. Have a great weekend!

    1. You’re telling me, Kelsie! I can’t believe we’re already turning our attention to Fall and pumpkin. (I’m ok with that as Fall is my favorite season of the year…but still!) So pinwheels are one of my favorite easy snacks for either football parties or, well, snacks. You can get super creative with the fillings, and puff pastry does the rest! 🙂 Hope you had a great long weekend!

  2. These are to die for!!! I love using puff pastry. It can be sweet or savory. This barbecue chicken sounds like a perfect filling for these pinwheels. I think it would be fabulous in a sandwich too! I’m not quite ready for summer to end, but I am ready for fall! Maybe I can blend the two together…

    1. I love using puff pastry, too, Kathy! You’re right about the flavor profiles, too. Sweet, savory…it all works. And I’ve gotta say that the barbecue chicken pinwheels are quite delicious — especially if you have some ranch dressing for dipping! Thanks so much, my friend!

  3. Now, wait a minute. I’m not ready to declare summer over quite yet… ! Even if it is the reason for making a tasty dish like this one.

    1. Haha! I hear ya, Frank. It’s still sweltering hot here this week, but I see a break in temperatures coming this weekend…and then before you know it, we’ll be out there raking leaves. 🙂

  4. Summers over?! Uh-oh, I still have a long honey-do list. But you’re right, one upside is apples and the little stand at our farmers market where the family with one of the larger orchards makes apple cider donuts. When they’re still warm… sorry, needed a moment. This is a great take on kicking up a sandwich, love the cheese and onions. One you and Robbie can make together — love that.

    1. Yeah, I hear ya about the summer list, Bill. We actually have a little sticky note on the corner of the counter with our list of summer projects. Some of them have gotten the black magic marker (yay us), but some are still waiting. I’m thinking those projects will be better on a crisp Fall day anyways! 🙂 And I hear ya on the pinwheels. These are (were) delicious, and Robbie could totally help with the making of these. Good idea! I’ll save that for an activity on a cold winter day…he’ll love it!

  5. Fun! At first I thought you pinwheeled the chicken which would have been a remarkable feat! I love this idea. Kids would really like it, too.

    1. Hmmm…I wonder if you could pinwheel the chicken? Interesting thought, Mimi! I’ll have to try that. I bet it could work, although you might need toothpicks to hold the shape. I’ll try it next time! 🙂

  6. I can’t believe we are at the end of summer, but definitely looking forward to fall things. I’d pick apples, but our tree was a bit lackluster this year. Oh well! Pinwheels are such a fun treat, especially on Friday night with a cold one 😉 Though, I bet these are delicious cold, or unbaked, I’m pretty sure they are a million times tastier cooked up all golden and delicious like you have here….especially cause the cheese melts. Annnnnnnd, now I’m hungry! Happy long weekend, friend!

    1. I 100% echo your thoughts here, Dawn. I can’t believe it’s September already, but I am looking forward to heading to the apple orchards. I agree with you about pinwheels…they’re so versatile. Hot, cold, sweet, savory. You name it! I had a good time making this BBQ chicken version, and these didn’t last long at all. Yum! Thanks, and I hope you had a great weekend!

    1. Thank you so much, Kelly! Pinwheels are such a fun snack for the kids, and you can totally mix it up and just serve ’em unbaked using tortillas. But I’ve got to say that the puff pastry version is quite tasty, too. Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

  7. Hi David! These would be great to take to a party! I always have puff pastry in the freezer, it works so well for so many things. As for summer being over, someone forgot to tell TN. It’s in the 90’s here and humid! I’m looking forward to fall, it’s my favorite time of year! Have a great holiday weekend!

    1. That’s an excellent point about taking these to a party, Dorothy! These are a great finger food, although I say the ranch dipping sauce should be a requirement…because ranch + bbq is one tasty combination. And as far as those temperatures? I think someone forgot to tell NY, too. Although I do see a break in the temperature forecasted for this coming weekend…let’s see if it actually happens, though. Either way, I hope you had a great long weekend, my friend!

  8. Im with you David. It seems like the children here just finished school for summer and they are already going back next week – where does time go?

    Im LOVING puff pastry right now. Breakfast croissants, summertime savoury pies, Im all over it – and these pinwheels look to die for! Thanks for sharing. Your recipes are always s delicious and inspiring!

    1. Hey Lucie! I agree with you about the summer flying by. I was watching the news this morning while eating breakfast, and they were talking about school bus traffic. I can’t believe it’s back-to-school time already! Either I’m just getting old, or someone stole a month out of the summer calendar this year. Haha! I agree with you about puff pastry, too. It’s such a versatile base, and I’ve gotta say that this BBQ version is quite delicious. Thanks so much, my friend!

  9. Summers over here, goodbye summer-hello fall! David, I so enjoy your sharing your adventures with Robbie. It takes me back to those years long ago. Smördeg (puff pastry) as we call it, is always in our fridge. But I’m embarrassed to say I’ve never made a pin wheel. A must try.

    1. I imagine it’s probably well into Fall temperatures in your area, Ron! We’re still running hot here this week, but I see a break coming this weekend. You should totally go make pinwheels sometime soon. They’re a great snack, and puff pastry (or Smördeg) is a great base for all sorts of fillings. Yum! 🙂

  10. No no no no, I disagree with you this time, David. Summer is over as per the meteorological calendar. According to the astronomical seasons, we still have few weeks left (I think this year the autumn equinox falls on September 22). While it doesn’t feel exactly like summer already (Although it’s going to be very nice hopefully until the mid of October), I do love this feeling of the extended summer. That’s also the reason I don’t post any apple/pumpkin recipes until end of September. Those 3 weeks are the legit time to share more ice cream recipes 😉 And I do love these pinwheels too. I did similar things with pizza dough, and they are handy when you need a delicious snack. Please ship one for me and 5 for Andrey please (I’m still on a diet) 🙂

    1. What? You disagree with me? That never happens, Ben! I mean we agree on everything from lavender to coffee cakes. But I do recognize the validity of your argument here. Summer is not technically over yet. Labor Day (here in the States) is the unofficial end of summer as the kids are all back to school this week…but summer is officially still here for a couple more weeks. Plenty of time to soak in the late season rays. Your shipment of these pinwheels is in the mail, and I included extras for Andrey! 🙂

    1. I agree with you, Dawn. Fall is my favorite season, but I am definitely not looking forward to winter. But it’s still a couple months before we need snow shovels! In the meantime, I plan to enjoy football season and these barbecue chicken pinwheels! 🙂

  11. I LURRVE pinwheels – especially those others make – for some reason I always manage to get the puff pastry soggy no matter what I stuff into it – must be my rolling technique or something so keep your window open so my drone can harvest some of these bad boys out of your kitchen! These look fantastic, David! And I need to check out some of those Sara Lee Meets soon!

    Being on the subject of summer activities… do tell me you plan on sharing a pic of Robbie feeding those giraffes? There’s this place called the Pine Mountain Animal Safari here where you get to ride through this wildlife park with all sorts of animals roaming around – from your vehicle you get to feed donkeys, giraffes, dear, buffalo, cows, zedonks (crossbreed) and the like – Robbie would love it (if and when y’all make it down to ATL). Also – what kind of bikes you boys riding off on? 🙂

    Looking forward to all the feastivities fall will have you sharing – yay for apple season eh?!

    1. Hilarious! I love pinwheels, too, Shashi…and I agree that they always taste better when someone else makes ’em. Haha! But to be fair, pinwheels don’t really take too long to make at all. Hot, cold, they’re all good!

      As far as summer activities, I don’t think I grabbed a photo of that giraffe eating Robbie’s hat. He was screaming his head off and I was laughing hysterically. Silly giraffe! And that Pine Mountain Animal Safari sounds awesome. Kinda similar to the one we went to a couple of weeks ago here in the Adirondacks. Hopefully we can get down to that one, though! 🙂

  12. I love using puff pastry. It can be sweet or savory. This barbecue chicken sounds like a perfect filling for these pinwheels. I think it would be fabulous in a sandwich too! I’m not quite ready for summer to end, but I am ready for fall! Maybe I can blend the two together…

    1. Yes! Puff pastry is such a versatile ingredient. I love using it to make these pinwheels. I’m with ya on the summer to fall transition, too. I love the crisp mornings, but I’m not ready to say goodbye to summer yet! Thanks!

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