These Chicken Caesar Salad pinwheel sandwiches are the perfect item to serve to a crowd. Use a barbecue or rotisserie chicken breast to make these delicious sandwich wraps even easier! They're great for a game day party or a pot luck party and are SO tasty. This is a pushy recipe Dear Reader!
Pinky swear my Dear Reader, these sandwiches are so easy and so delicious. I've made them so many times for when I have to bring something to a friend's house and they can be made ahead of time. Sometimes I make them 2 days ahead of time, cover them in cling film and then store them in an airtight box and they stay fresh and tasty like they were just made. They're great for any occasion - if you've got a crowd coming over or going to a picnic they're perfect. These pinwheels are great if you have friends over to watch a game or a movie or even a cocktail party. What I'm trying to say is that these are in my permanent recipe rotation they're SO good!
Whenever I buy a rotisserie chicken the legs, wings, ribs and thighs get eaten first and then we have the breast left. It's sometimes a bit dry so we always put it aside for my 5 minute chicken and corn soup or cream of chicken soup. But this time we had people coming over and I wanted to make something snacky and shareable. These disappeared so fast that I knew I wanted to make them again which I did again and again. Every time we bought a supermarket roast chicken I made more and I'm not sorry about that LOL.
Tips For Making Chicken Caesar Pinwheel Sandwiches
1 - I used the leftover chicken from a barbecue or rotisserie chicken for ease
2 - Use extra large jumbo tortillas for these. You can use smaller ones but jumbo ones have less wastage.
3 - As I mentioned they can be made ahead of time. Just cover them with cling wrap or a moistened paper towel and place in an airtight container in the fridge.
4 - You can also warm these up which gives them a totally different vibe! Obviously the lettuce won't stay crisp but if you want to serve these warm I'd just omit the lettuce.
The Chicken Caesar Salad Pinwheels were great for Mr NQN's lunch. I'd make a batch of these, put six chicken pinwheels in a container, cover it and make 5 containers worth so every day that week lunch was ready. I used the chicken that I had bought with Laura when we went to Costco. She also told me a funny story about a Caesar Salad which sort of sparked this whole pinwheel sandwich idea.
Laura was meeting her new boyfriend Adrian in a hotel in Singapore for a holiday. He is in the navy and was stationed there and he was already waiting for her in the hotel room. It had been a few weeks since she had seen him so she was very excited to finally meet up. She had booked a transfer from the airport to the hotel but the car hadn't shown up. She called them and tried to get a hold of them and it turned out that the transfer had been cancelled and they said that they would send another. She was frustrated and annoyed and it took a couple of hours for her to arrive whereas it should have taken less than 30 minutes.
When she finally arrived the hotel was very embarrassed but all she wanted to do was see Adrian so she rushed upstairs. A few minutes later there was a knock at the door.
A staff member was standing there smiling holding up a bowl.
"Caesar salad?" they said offering it to her, "It's a 'I'm sorry' Caesar Salad" they explained.
Laura and Adrian looked at each other puzzled but then laughed. It was a lovely if not totally random gesture of apology. And while Caesar salad isn't your usual way to apologise with food, it's the thought that counts right?
So tell me Dear Reader, do you make lunches ahead of time? And what food says "I'm sorry" to you?
Caesar Salad Pinwheel Wraps
An Original Recipe by Lorraine Elliott
Preparation time: 20 minutes plus 30 minutes resting time
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Makes: 30 pieces
- 500g/1.1lbs cooked chicken breast (around 2 large chicken breasts and a bit of rib)
- 300g/10.6ozs streaky bacon
- 250g/8.8ozs cream cheese, softened (spring onion cream cheese works really well)
- 170g/6 flozs Caesar dressing (I used this Caesar dressing)
- 70g/2.5ozs grated parmesan cheese
- 7 cos lettuce leaves, roughly chopped
- 25g/1oz spring onion
- 3 tablespoons lemon juice
- 4x extra large flour tortillas (around 26cm in diameter)
- Salt and black pepper
Step 1 - First cook the bacon in a frying pan or place on a parchment lined tray and bake in a 180C/350F oven for 15 minutes. Chop into pieces.
Step 2 -Chop the chicken breast and add the bacon, softened cream cheese, Caesar dressing, parmesan, lettuce leaves and lemon juice and mix well to distribute ingredients. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Step 3 - Spread each extra large tortilla with some of the Caesar dressing. Divide the chicken mixture into four and spread around 275g/9.7ozs over the tortilla. Roll it up and seal the ends with Caesar dressing. Place on a tray and cover. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Cut into 1 inch thick pieces. The ends are a cook's treat!