BBQ Chicken Pinwheels

Mix up dinner a bit with these tasty BBQ Chicken Pinwheels!

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Mix up dinner a bit with these tasty BBQ Chicken Pinwheels!Happy Monday!  How did you guys spend the weekend?  Aside from entertaining Robbie between naps, we watched a bunch of the summer Olympics.  I love Olympic years!  As a kid, I would watch nearly every hour of Olympics coverage.  That was back in the day when only one station covered the Games, so you had to settle for whatever sport they chose to show.  Synchronized swimming?  Again!?

Now thanks to the 692 cable channels we get, I can pretty much always find my favorite sports.  And if that doesn’t work, there’s always the internet.  Now I can watch every.last.second of Trampoline.  Haha…kidding.

Mix up dinner a bit with these tasty BBQ Chicken Pinwheels!Did you guys play sports growing up?  I played soccer and baseball as a kid, but I didn’t particularly enjoy either one.  I was more interested in building Christmas tree forts.  I played JV football, too.  I actually enjoyed that one.  But when we moved to North Carolina, my new school was much bigger, and I was afraid to go out for the football team.  But I did go out for the track team.

Mix up dinner a bit with these tasty BBQ Chicken Pinwheels!I don’t run.  It’s just not my thing.  No offense to those of you who wake up and take a 10-mile jog for fun.  Much respect!  It’s just not my thing.  So how exactly did I end up on the track team?  Because it was the track and field team.

I actually pole vaulted in high school.  I was one of those crazy guys who took off running with a 12′ pole in my hand in an attempt to fling myself over a crossbar.  And it was awesome!  Some of my best friends in high school vaulted, and that’s how I got involved.  I wasn’t very good at the sport, but I did have fun.  And I improved over time.  In the end, that’s all that matters, right?

Mix up dinner a bit with these tasty BBQ Chicken Pinwheels!But back to the Rio Olympics.  We spent Saturday watching soccer and Sunday watching gymnastics.  (Can you guess which one I picked and which one Laura picked?)  I wanted to whip up something fun for dinner this weekend.  I was tempted to go with a pizza since eating pizza + watching sports on tv = win.  But I went a different direction and made these BBQ Chicken Pinwheels.  These bad boys are packed with BBQ flavor, and the best part is they are handheld.  When watching sports, handheld food is a requirement!

Mix up dinner a bit with these tasty BBQ Chicken Pinwheels!For these BBQ Chicken Pinwheels, I filled several Flatout flatbreads with BBQ chicken and shredded cheese.  Then I just rolled ’em up, sliced ’em and baked ’em until they were nice and melty.  As you guys know, we love Flatout flatbreads around here, and we always keep several packs in the pantry.  I must admit that these baked pinwheels are a new favorite, too.  We served these with a side salad using lettuce from our garden, and it was a delicious meal.

Mix up dinner a bit with these tasty BBQ Chicken Pinwheels!Before wrapping up today’s post, I have to note that I’ve got nothing against synchronized swimming.  I curl in the winter, and curling competes for one of the oddest sports in the Winter Olympics.  Enjoy these BBQ Chicken Pinwheels!

Mix up dinner a bit with these tasty BBQ Chicken Pinwheels!

BBQ Chicken Pinwheels

Mix up dinner a bit with these tasty BBQ Chicken Pinwheels!
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 473kcal



  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Using a large skillet, add chicken breasts, broth and enough water to cover chicken. Place over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 10-12 minutes, or until chicken is fully cooked.
  • Transfer chicken to a cutting board and shred using 2 forks; set shredded chicken aside.
  • Place olive oil and onions in skillet and cook for 3-4 minutes, or until onions begin to soften. Add shredded chicken, barbecue sauce, cumin and paprika; stir and continue cooking for 2-3 more minutes.
  • Divide BBQ chicken mixture between 4 flatbreads. Sprinkle shredded cheddar and gouda on top.
  • Roll up each flatbread lengthwise. Slice each roll into 1” slices and place cut-side down on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  • Bake at 375°F for 14-16 minutes, or until flatbreads are slightly golden in color.
  • Let cool for 5 minutes and then sprinkle pinwheels with fresh cilantro before serving.

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  1. Haha – if only building Christmas tree forts was a legit sport eh?!
    Way back in the day, I played soccer too and ran track – but the field part intimidated the heck out of me – especially those pole vaulters! Man-O-Man, I’m still in awe of those of y’all that could hurl yourselves through the air with a pole – I tried but gosh, when it comes to pole vaulting, I’ve got zero grace!

    But – back to these pinwheels, Duuude – loving the paprika/cumin/BBQ combination you have going here – and the gouda – why that’s just the icing on the cake – or – pinwheel!

    1. Heck yeah! I could get a gold medal in building Christmas tree forts! Now as far as the pole vaulting, who said anything about grace? 🙂 Thanks, Shashi!

    1. Fernando! Hah, yes I happen to agree with you. I love to watch sports…and in fact, I’ll watch almost any sport out there. Except pro baseball. Yummy comfort food + watching sports just go hand-in-hand. Thanks for dropping by, my friend!

    1. Yes, I was totally watching the women’s bike race and calculating the distance left vs. her lead. Unfortunately, she couldn’t pull it out…but it was a great race!

  2. Hi David! I think hand held food is so much more fun! And you’ve made this one pretty simple. I’ve done pinwheels with various fillings using large flour tortillas, but these flatbreads take them to another level! When I was in high school a lot of kids opted out of gym class, but not me. I always enjoyed sports.

    1. I totally agree with you, Dorothy…hand-held food rocks! I wish we could eat hand-held food for every meal. 🙂 These BBQ Chicken Pinwheels turned out quite well, and Laura has been asking me to make them again for one of these nights when we are watching the Olympics. Oh man, your mention of ‘gym class’ totally took me back to the early days of high school and sitting in an indoor gym while it rained outside. Blech!

  3. Firstly, kudos on photographing this. Any kind of wrap is a nightmare to photograph in my opinion and you have done an awesome job!
    These sound delicious too – perfect for eating whilst watching the Olympics, which we are hooked on.

    1. Thank you, Dannii! I totally agree. I had fun making these, but then I was standing there looking at the pan thinking, “uh oh…” 🙂 Pinwheels make perfect Olympic food…maybe for dinner tonight??

  4. I never played any sport growing up, just not my thing I guess! But I love watching Olympics, I will go with Laura’s choice – gymnastics , that’s what I love watching the most! [I am guessing soccer was your pick :P] These pinwheels sound amazing, perfect to munch on while watching TV!

    1. Yeah, I always enjoyed playing the weird sports (like pole vaulting), and I guess I still do (like curling). I’m not saying I’m very good, but I just enjoy getting out there and playing!

      How did you know Laura picked gymnastics and I picked soccer? Lucky guess? 😉

  5. Wish I had some of these while watching Olympics 🙂 Love the combination of ingredients here. Looks amazing. Thank you for sharing another lovely recipe.

    1. Oh, these pinwheels are so easy to make, Smitha! And they’re the perfect easy-to-eat dinner (or lunch…or snack…), too! Thanks so much for commenting! 🙂

  6. YOU POLE VAULTED? Dude, I mean, machine!!! Unless pole vault is code word for synchronised swimming..

    I’ve decided you are the master of all things Flatout and this is another winner to add to the list- I LOVE pinwheel style wraps- Bonus with the BBQ Chicken flavor!

    1. Hahaha…I most definitely did not synchronize swim. Unless you call diving for pennies at the bottom of my Grandma’s pool ‘synchronized’…because I did do that! 🙂

      Master of all things Flatout, eh? I like that title. Haha. Thanks, my down-under friend!

  7. You pole vaulted?! Man, you are crazy. In a good way. I’ve always wondered how people just fling themselves around like that. I’ve never been a team sports girl, but I can (and do) work out to maddening lengths by myself all the time. Not the running, though. That’ll kill ya.
    These look awesome. I love anything BBQ, and adding the pinwheel flair is just making me super hungry for dinner at 6 AM!

    1. Haha…I have no idea why I’m attracted to weird sports like pole vaulting and curling. I just see them, and I’m like ‘hey, I wanna try that!’ And yes, I’m right there with you on the running. I’ll work out until I’m about to fall over, but I can’t run from here to the neighbor’s house.

      Dinner at 6am, eh? I think this is a new trend I can get behind! (Especially now that we’ve started getting up at 4:45 to work out…) Thanks, Mir!

  8. I’m so not into Olympics, David. I was going to joke about curling though, but you just ruined my joke by mentioning this sport in the end of this post. But you can rely on me when it comes to flat bread and different little appetizers like these pinwheels. Btw, have you tried using crepes instead of flat bread? That’s a delicious way too. And send me a tray of these please, and I may be watch some Olympics:)

    1. Haha…I totally took the air out of your hot air balloon there, Ben! Plus, you live in Canada. You can’t make fun of curling. The Mounties will totally come and throw you into a prison for making fun of curling in Canada! Crepes in pinwheel form? Interesting! I haven’t tried that yet. I’m putting a plate of these pinwheels into the mail for you today…so make sure to turn the Olympics on tonight, mmkay? 🙂

    1. My parents weren’t really big into sports, so I have no idea how I developed such a love for them. But I love watching big sporting events like the Olympics or the World Cup…something fun about seeing all of the countries come together like this! Thanks so much, Dawn! 🙂

    1. Hey, I never said I was a master at sports! Well, I am a master at watching sports…does that count? And yes, I think you can totally be a master (a gold medalist even!) in making BBQ Chicken Pinwheels. 🙂 Thanks, Linda!!

  9. I ran track, but that pole vault was scary. Props to you. As for these delectables, I’m all over them and the Olympics have been outstanding so far. These would be perfect to nibble on as Team USA rocks on.

    1. Team USA has been killing it so far in Rio! I’m thinking we need another batch of these in the kitchen for tonight’s swimming finals. Thanks, Kevin! 🙂

  10. Everything you make always looks so good, David. These, though, look especially good to me! Juicy and chickeny and cheesy and flavorful!

    1. Why thank you, kind sir! These pinwheels were super delicious…and they disappeared super quickly. Those two seem to highly correlated. 🙂

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