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Chicken Cranberry Pinwheels

Chicken Cranberry Pinwheels have a creamy and delicious filling made from chopped chicken, cream cheese, toasted pecans, celery, green onion, dried cranberries and feta cheese. They make a great appetizer, lunch, or brunch addition.

Chicken Cranberry Pinwheels

 

The dried cranberries add a wonderful sweetness to these tortilla roll-ups. I absolutely love them in chicken salad. These Chicken Cranberry Pinwheels are so scrumptious, you’ll lose track of how many you eat.

Tips for making Chicken Cranberry Pinwheels:

  • For best results, briefly heat the tortillas in a microwave with a damp paper towel placed on top of them. This makes them more pliable and they are less likely to rip when you roll them up.
  • I like the crunch that celery adds, but if you don’t like celery, leave it out.

Cut pinwheels on a plate with uncut tortilla rolls on a cutting board.

 

  • If you want to add some more color and nutrition, place a layer of baby spinach leaves on the tortillas before you roll them up.
  • If you are making these for a holiday party, try using spinach tortillas for a festive look.
  • Use any kind of cooked chicken. I typically use rotisserie chicken, but grilled or baked chicken works too. You could even use leftover turkey.
  • These pinwheels can be made up to 3 days in advance. Keep them wrapped tightly and wait until just before serving to cut into slices. Once they are sliced, it is more difficult to keep them wrapped tightly and they will start to dry out.

Close-up of Chicken Cranberrry Pinwheels  on plate.

 

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Chicken Cranberry Pinwheels

Chicken Cranberry Pinwheels

Chicken Cranberry Pinwheels have a creamy and delicious filling made from chopped chicken, cream cheese, toasted pecans, celery, green onion, dried cranberries and feta cheese. They make a great appetizer, lunch, or brunch addition.

PREP: 20 minutes
COOK: 0 minutes
Refrigerate: 1 hour
SERVINGS: 8

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 3 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped celery
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 2/3 cup dried cranberries (Craisins)
  • 1/2 cup chopped toasted pecans
  • 1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • salt and pepper
  • 4 large flour tortillas

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, use a wooden spoon to stir together cream cheese, mayonnaise, and Dijon mustard until smooth.
  • Stir in the chicken, celery, green onion, dried cranberries, pecans, and feta cheese.
  • Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Place flour tortillas on a microwave-safe plate. Cover with a damp paper towel and microwave on HIGH for 20 seconds.
  • Spread 1/4 of the cream cheese mixture on each tortilla. Roll them up tightly and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  • Slice into 1-inch slices.

Notes

If you make these pinwheels ahead of time, it is best to wait and slice them shortly before serving. Can be made up to 48 hours in advance,

Nutrition

Calories: 276kcal
Course: Appetizer, Lunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken roll-ups

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48 thoughts on “Chicken Cranberry Pinwheels”

  1. Jane DeSanti

    Made these for a party, so good! I was sad there were no leftovers. My new favorite dinner.

  2. Excellent! Made these for a small gathering & it was a hit. Everyone wanted the recipe. I did add fresh spinach leaves before rolling up the tortillas. The spinach gave it a nice crunch & added color.
    Will definitely make it again.

  3. This was delicious. I made them for a kids birthday party and even the picky eater enjoyed them. My husband asked me to make more for us. Definitely a keeper

  4. A GRAND hit at the church luncheon!! You will certainly want to make these for family or any get-together!! 5 stars!!

  5. Margaret Durst

    This is a great recipe. It is the best chicken salad – I will actually serve this as chicken salad at my next party – I like the rollups too. The flavors all go together and make something very special. Thanks.

    I did leave the pecans out – but otherwise made true to recipe and loved the results.

  6. Delicious!! Everyone at our small group party loved them. I am saving this recipe and I am sure it will become a staple at parties we host and attend.
    Thank you!

  7. Made these for a Christmas time baby shower the other day. Used spinach tortillas. So festive with the cranberries. Made 48 hours ahead and they were just right. Even easier, I used a roasted chicken I picked up at Costco. These were a hit!

  8. Delicious. I’ve had these at parties, but now I can make them also! Thank you for putting this recipe online.

  9. Hi I am making these as part of a luncheon I’m having tomorrow. They look delicious! Do you use a serated knife to cut them?

  10. Ronnie Petersen

    This look so amazing. I’d like to make them for game day. My question is why do you put tortillas in microwave for so many seconds. Just curious never heard of that before. Thanks!

    1. I put the Tortilla in a plastic bag and only microwave 10 seconds. You just want it a little pliable to roll up better.

    2. Christin
      Christin Mahrlig

      It’s just to make them more pliable so they don’t rip. If they are too hot to touch when you remove them from the microwave, let them cool for a minute.

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