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These buffalo chicken pinwheels made with puff pastry make a delicious game day or party appetizer.

Or make them just for you and the fam or friends for an at-home Friday movie night snack. They’ve got that buffalo chicken wing flavor you know and love, all wrapped up and baked in puffy, flaky pastry dough. Mmmm mmm!

These buffalo chicken pinwheels are super easy to make!

You can roast chicken on a baking sheet and then shred or you can just grab a ready-to-go rotisserie chicken and start there to save time. My favorite shortcut to shredding chicken is to use a mixer! It works so well and so much faster than shredding by hand. Just put cooked chunks of chicken in a large bowl and use you mixer on low to shred the chicken. Works best when the chicken is still warm. You may need to lift up the mixer and press into the bigger chunks to get them started.

What’s the best hot sauce for buffalo wing flavor?

Frank’s is my personal favorite hot sauce. It’s a classic for a reason. You’re going to get that authentic buffalo chicken wing flavor when you use Frank’s. However, if you’re a fan of a different type of hot sauce or you just want to broaden your horizons, try a different brand! There is no right or wrong hot sauce, so have some fun taste testing and then choose one that you like best for this recipe.

Tips for successfully cooking these buffalo chicken pinwheels using puff pastry.

This recipe is really very simple and easy however, there are a few nuances I want to cover so you can easily pull this off on the first try. First, thaw your puff pastry. This requires planning. If you’re like me and you’re not great at that, here’s a hack: thaw your puff pastry while you’re preheating the oven.

Unwrap and put the folded block of frozen dough (leave the paper in that’s separating the layers) and place the dough on your baking sheet (line it with parchment paper or a silicon baking sheet), and let it warm up in the oven for about 2-4 minutes depending on what stage you’re at with preheating. Just wing it! But check on it so you don’t start a fire and use a timer or you’ll forget about it. Trust me. Ugh. lol

The other thing is, you’ll want to start with room temperature buffalo chicken mixture. So, if you made your filling the night before like I did, then you’ll want to microwave the filling just enough to get it room temperature again, or slightly warmer. So 30 seconds, stir, and another 30 seconds should get you there. This makes sure the middle of the pinwheel cooks evenly.

Now, if you’re super picky, you would want to chill the pinwheels after you roll them to get the dough and the chicken filling all the same temperature before baking them. The pinwheels will be much easier to cut chilled. If you don’t have time for that, it’s okay. They may not look exactly perfect but they’ll still taste amazing.

Last little tip has to do with the shredded cheese. You only need a little bit! So for that reason I use the Mr.’s microplane to freshly grate a small block of cheesy over top of the buffalo chicken mixture right before it gets rolled up. He swears by his microplane and I’ve come around to liking it a lot too.

The cheese comes out very finely grated and it’s soft. Also, pre-shredded cheese has a powder coating to keep it from sticking together. And once you know about that, you can’t help but taste talcy powder every time you use it from then on. Sorry! Now you know. But really, buying a block of cheese lasts a lot longer too and you can grate just a little bit every time you need it. Or use a food processor to grate a bunch if your recipe calls for a lot like my loaded potato soup!

If you make sure to do these things, you’ll be in really good shape. The rest is easy peasy.

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This recipe for Buffalo Chicken Puff Pastry Pinwheels was featured on Menu Plan Monday and South Your Mouth!

Buffalo Chicken Pinwheels

Buffalo Chicken Pinwheels

Buffalo Chicken Puff Pastry Pinwheels

These buffalo chicken dip pinwheels, made with puff pastry, make a delicious game day or party appetizer! You'll love the buffalo chicken dip rolled up and baked in flaky crusty dough.
Author: Angela G.
5 from 2 reviews
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Cuisine: American
Skill Level: Easy
Recipe Type: Chicken, Party Recipes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 12 Servings
Yield: 12 pinwheels


  • 1 sheet puff pastry dough
  • 2 cooked chicken breasts shredded
  • 2 tbsp fresh shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • ½ cup hot sauce
  • ½ cup whipped cream cheese
  • Ranch dressing for dipping or drizzling


  • On a lined baking sheet, unfold puff pastry dough.
  • In a large bowl, combine shredded chicken, cheddar cheese, butter, hot sauce, and cream cheese.
  • Spread buffalo chicken mixture on the entire top of the puff pastry dough.
  • Tightly roll up the puff pastry dough and buffalo chicken mixture to form a log. Place log seam-side down on a cutting board and cut into 3/4" slices using a bread knife.
  • Place pinwheels on your lined baking sheet. Bake at 400˚for 15 minutes or until puff pastry is golden brown and looks crusty.
  • Serve hot. drizzled with ranch dressing or with a side of ranch to dip.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 220kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 42mg | Sodium: 399mg | Potassium: 116mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 233IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 1mg
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Saturday 12th of February 2022

The recipe doesn't specify where/when to use the cheddar cheese. Can you clarify? Thanks.

Angela G.

Saturday 12th of February 2022

Hi James, Sorry for the confusion. You will want to mix the cheddar cheese in with all the other filling ingredients (chicken, hot sauce, cream cheese, etc.)


Sunday 5th of December 2021

Thanks Angela, I can’t wait to try this, have lots of men coming Christmas Eve so I know they will enjoy these.


Tuesday 7th of December 2021

@Angela G., thank you, Angela. Froze slices, may make another batch for the women, less spicy

Angela G.

Monday 6th of December 2021

I think they'll love it. Have a wonderful holiday season!


Sunday 5th of December 2021

These sound so good, I wonder if I could freeze them and then reheat them for Christmas?


Sunday 5th of December 2021

@Angela G., should I slice them before baking or freeze the whole roll unbaked?

Angela G.

Sunday 5th of December 2021

Yes, you can! Prepare them but don't bake them. Freeze them wrapped in plastic. When you're ready to reheat. Remove from the freezer, unwrap the plastic while they are still frozen, and let thaw on your baking sheet. Once they are thawed, pop them in the oven and bake as directed. Enjoy!