Learn how to make, store, and display delicious chicken cheddar pinwheel sandwiches for easy entertaining that kids and adults will love.
Sometimes themed party food has less to do with tradition and more to do with making it interesting for the kids – just like these chicken cheddar pinwheel sandwiches.
Inspired by the green white and orange colors in the Irish flag, we made these simple sandwiches as a fun St. Patrick’s Day themed sandwich for the kids. But I would definitely add them to a family picnic in the spring or summer too.
Chicken Cheddar Pinwheel Sandwiches
Start by placing a spinach wrap flat on a cutting board. And then layer some cheddar cheese on top.
Next, add your deli chicken or turkey meat. I like to let my deli meat roll up on top of itself. This makes sandwiches feel fuller.
Then carefully roll everything up and add some toothpicks to hold it together.
Finally, cut your wrap into roughly 1-inch pinwheels, and serve with condiments like mayonnaise, mustard, guacamole, or hummus. (I like a nice thick slather of hummus…yum!)
What did the kids think of the Chicken Cheddar Pinwheel Sandwiches?
Now, I deliberately kept this recipe simple, because that always seems to be the best bet when serving food to kids. BUT that spinach wrap was a definite risk. So, what did the kids think of them?
The 9-year-old took a bite, gave a nonchalant “It’s good” and was off doing her tween thing. Nice knowin’ ya.
Our picky eating 6-year-old wouldn’t touch them. No surprise there. Maybe another time. (If you have picky eaters or are serving these to a crowd, you might want to make some with regular flour wraps instead of spinach wraps)
But the 3-year-old. Well, in his own words: “The green wrap is really really yummy.”
Talk about surprised! I expected adults to enjoy these chicken cheddar pinwheel sandwiches, but a 3-year-old? Well, I figured that would be more of a struggle.
But no! He came back for thirds. Thirds! And then he even asked to have some in his lunch the next day.
You can bet I was all smiles on that one.
Supplies you’ll need
- Cutting board
- Sharp serrated knife
Can I Make the Pinwheel Sandwiches Ahead of Time?
Because these pinwheels don’t include condiments inside the wrap, you should be able to make them up to a day in advance. Just make sure you secure them with a toothpick so they don’t fall apart and keep them in an airtight container.
How Do I Display them on My Party Platter?
This will depend largely on the quantity of guests you’re having, but you won’t want to have more than a couple layers of sandwiches. Any more than two layers and you risk smushing the sandwiches on the bottom. Here are a few tips:
For small groups, you can place them on a pretty plate like the one I used in these photos. If you’re having a medium sized crowd of 10-15 people, you can place your sandwiches on a long rectangular platter like this:
For large crowds, pinwheel sandwiches are perfect for 3-tiered servers. This will allow you to add height to your table, and to display a large quantity of sandwiches without worrying about crushing them. Something like this would work well:
How to Make Chicken Cheddar Pinwheel Sandwiches
- 1 9-10 inch spinach wrap
- 6 slices cheddar cheese
- 20 slices deli chicken or turkey
- mayonnaise, mustard, hummus, or guacamole (Optional)
- Lay the spinach wrap flat on a clean cutting board.
- Place 5 slices of cheddar cheese on the wrap.
- Layer 20 slices of deli chicken or turkey, letting the meat fall into folds as you go.
- Carefully roll up the wrap, rucking the ingredients in as you go. Use a few toothpicks to hold everything together.
- Cut the wrap into 8 pieces, roughly 1-inch wide, adding and moving toothpicks as you go.
- Serve with your favorite condiments on the side.
- One wrap can serve 4-8 kids, depending on the quantity of sides you have available (more sides at a party means you can plan for fewer roll ups per person)
- We love the rotisserie chicken by Oscar Meyer, but feel free to substitute your favorite deli chicken or turkey. You could even use shredded chicken, as long as it isn't too dry.
- Don't lay your deli meat flat on the wrap. Letting it roll up and over on itself makes your chicken cheddar pinwheel sandwiches look nice and full.
- If you have any picky eaters, or plan to make these for a crowd, make an extra one with a plain flour tortilla. Some people just don't like green food.
- We love the rotisserie chicken by Oscar Meyer, but feel free to substitute your favorite deli chicken or turkey. You could even use shredded chicken, as long as it isn’t too dry.
- Don’t lay your deli meat flat on the wrap. Letting it roll up and over on itself makes your chicken cheddar pinwheel sandwiches look nice and full
- If you have any picky eaters, or plan to make these for a crowd, make an extra one with a plain flour tortilla. Some people just don’t like green food.
Now It’s Your Turn
Okay, so chicken cheddar sandwich roll ups aren’t corned beef and cabbage, or even shepherd’s pie. But these fun little pinwheels are crazy easy and such a fun way to make a St. Patrick’s Day themed lunch for your kids. Now all you need is some rainbow fruit salad and St. Patrick’s Day themed veggies to make the whole meal complete.
Would your kids eat these Chicken Cheddar Pinwheel Sandwiches?