Sunday, March 15, 2015

Chicken Pesto Pinwheels

Join us in welcoming Jessie Crockett, author of the Sugar Grove mystery series, to Mystery Lovers’ Kitchen as our guest today. While her series is about maple syrup, she has given us a savory recipe that is quick and tasty and looks great! You'll just have to buy her new book to get the sweet stuff!

Chicken Pesto Pinwheels

Looking for something easy to whip up that’s sure to fill up even a group of hungry teenage boys? This recipe might do the trick. You can make these entirely from scratch or you can save time and rely on some help from pre-made components.


1 lb. pizza dough
2 cups Alfredo sauce
2 tablespoons pesto
8 oz. crumbled feta cheese
2 cups spinach washed and chopped
1 whole cooked chicken breast, shredded

Spray two spring form pans with non-stick spray.

Roll out the pizza dough to 1/4 inch thick on a floured surface. Stir pesto into Alfredo sauce. Spread sauce over the dough almost to the edge. Top with the shredded chicken, spinach and the crumbled cheese.

Begin rolling from long end until completely rolled. Slice roll into twelve equal pieces. Place slices, cut side down, into the spring form pans, six rolls per pan.  Allow to rise until doubled. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Bake for 40 minutes or until internal temperature registers 180 degrees on an instant thermometer.

About the author: Descended from a long line of New Englanders, Jessica Estevao naturally adores black flies, 98% humidity, killing frosts in August and snow banks taller than the average grandmother. She spends her summers on the coast of Maine where she writes historical, paranormal mysteries while keeping an eye out for sea monsters and mermaids.

As Jessie Crockett she writes the Sugar Grove Mysteries for Berkley Prime Crime. Her debut mystery, Live Free or Die, was the 2011 winner of the Daphne Du Maurier award for Mainstream Mystery.

The third book in the series, A Sticky Situation, will be released on April 7th, and is available for pre-order at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

 If you're looking for more information, visit Jessie's website.


  1. Chicken Pesto Pinwheels looks so yummy! Thank you for the recipe.

    1. Thanks, Jen! I hope you'll get the chance to enjoy them!

  2. They look delish Jessie--thanks for visiting our kitchen!

  3. It's a pleasure to be here, Lucy! Thanks for hosting me!

  4. Thanks for joining us today, Jessie. These pinwheels are making me hungry! Funny that you mention teenage boys. I find they go wild for things made with a touch of pesto!

  5. Lovely recipe, Jessie!

    I am looking forward to the book: around here we love all things maple.

    Thanks for joining us here at MLK.


    1. I always think of maple as such homey, nostalgic flavor, like butterscotch. I'm glad you like it too!

  6. Replies
    1. Thanks, Di! They smell even better than they look!

  7. Thanks for joining us on MLK, Jessie! I pinned the recipe!

    Daryl / Avery

  8. Thanks for pinning, Daryl! Maybe they;ll need a new name: Viral Chicken Pesto Pinwheels. Although come to think of it, that doesn't sounds so appetizing!