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Grilled Chicken Pinwheels, kale, cream cheese, sundried tomatoes

Grilled Chicken Pinwheels, kale, cream cheese, sundried tomatoes

Grilled Chicken Pinwheels, kale, cream cheese, sundried tomatoes

Looking for something tasty and elegant yet easy and quick enough to prepare in under one hour? If so, Grilled Chicken Pinwheels may be the perfect pick for you!

Whether a week day dinner, a simple luncheon, or even a large barbecue among friends, Grilled Chicken Pinwheels offer versatility for most any occasion.

Enabling lots of flexibility in diverse combinations the fillings may easily be varied based on what is seasonal or even what you have on hand in the pantry. Today’s dish, Grilled Chicken Pinwheels, kale, cream cheese, sun-dried tomatoes uses Philadelphia Cream Cheese chive and onion spread, with fresh cooked kale from my garden, simply adding sun-dried tomatoes already in my pantry. Even plain Philadelphia Cream Cheese will work and all combined and who doesn’t love a little creamy filling?

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A few years back I prepared Chicken Pinwheels down at the Jersey shore during our family reunion celebrating my sister Carolyn’s 50th birthday, in that recipe, again using sun-dried tomatoes but varied using kalamata olives, feta cheese, and fresh basil.

Once grilled, or cooked in the oven chicken pinwheels hold up well, so extras may easily be reheated and  served any time of day, including when a revolving door of guests are coming and going with folks grabbing bites to eat between the beach or just nibbling a late night snack. 

Today’s recipe was also one of four quick and easy preparations I’ve recently shared as part of the July ‘Chef of the Month’ series for the Weston Fitness Training Club in Philadelphia, whose owner, Sandy Joy Weston weekly shares quick and healthy recipes in her Positive Stuff You Need to Know Blog for the clubs fitness trainees.

The Chicken Pinwheels went over fabulously, according to Lexie, personal assistant to Weston, who eagerly prepared them and shared a positive review by email shortly following.

Thanks to Weston Fitness, and Nancy Lowell of Chef’s Last Diet for recommending Spiced Peach Blog for this fun project.

Elegant, quick, and easy, Grilled Chicken Pinwheels, kale, cream cheese, sun-dried tomatoes.

Bon Appetit All! 

Grilled Chicken Pinwheels, kale, cream cheese, sundried tomatoes

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Category: Poultry

Servings: 4 persons

Grilled Chicken Pinwheels, kale, cream cheese, sundried tomatoes


  • 3 chicken breasts sliced in half lengthwise, pounded thinly between 2 sheets plastic wrap
  • 5 large pieces Tuscan kale, ribs removed, cut into very thin strips then cut in half, plus a few more pieces also cut into very thin strips to serve raw dressed alongside pinwheels
  • 1/3 cup Philadelphia cream cheese chive and onion spread
  • 3-4 sundried tomatoes, sliced thinly then chopped into small pieces, plus 1 extra for garnish on dressed kale


  1. Cook kale strips in salted boiling water for two minutes, drain, squeeze dry with paper toweling
  2. Combine the sundried tomatoes and Philadelphia cream cheese in a glass mixing bowl, stir through the kale
  3. Preheat grill
  4. Line chicken breast on a parchment lined baking sheet, sprinkle over a pinch each of salt and pepper on each breast
  5. One slice of breast at a time, place around a tablespoon and a half of the mixture onto the bottom end of the chicken, roll up breast then set onto the baking sheet, continue filling until all of the breasts have been rolled
  6. Set filled breasts onto a well-greased grill tray then set on top of the grates, cook at low to medium heat for three minutes on each side before turning, grill another two minutes on alternative sides of the chicken rolls until cooked through
  7. Transfer grilled chicken to a cutting board and leave set for at least five minutes. Carefully slice pinwheels using a serrated knife. Plate slices, serve alongside raw dressed kale with a few bits of sundried tomatoes
  8. Alternatively Baking the Pinwheels: Pinwheels may also be prepared in the oven. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for around twenty minutes or longer until chicken is cooked through. Once sliced, sprinkled with a bit of paprika or cracked black pepper for added color

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