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Weekly Recipe: Buffalo Chicken Dip

Buffalo Chicken Dip is an all-time favorite of mine.  It is everything, in my opinion, that a Super Bowl appetizer should be – a little (or a lot) unhealthy, a perfect complement to a good beer, and a consistent crowd-pleaser.  While I’m still getting over the Patriots’ loss in the AFC Championship, the prospect of buffalo chicken dip did brighten my Super Bowl outlook, so I made it for the party we attended yesterday.  The best part – not only is it delicious, it’s also really easy.

Technically, I took the recipe from my cookbook A Matter of Taste, a collection of recipes from the NAIW Maine Council.  But I modified it quite a bit in terms of the preparation and cooking process.  Allrecipes.com also has a great Buffalo Chicken Dip recipe.

According to the cookbook, you’ll need:

  • 5 cups of cooked chicken, shredded
  • 2 (8 oz.) packages of cream cheese, cubed
  • 1 (10 oz.) bottle of hot sauce (I like Frank’s Red Hot)
  • 1 cup celery, diced
  • 1 cup Ranch or Blue Cheese dressing
  • 1 cup of shredded cheese (I recommend cheddar)
  • Tortilla chips for serving

Let the modifications begin!  First of all, for a dish that is only going to end up being unhealthy anyway, there is no way I’m poaching and shredding chicken myself.  I buy the canned, cooked chicken and drain the water.  I also hate celery, so I don’t use it – and I don’t think anyone misses it, either.

All the good stuff!

All the good stuff!

The next big modification is that this recipe calls for you to cook it in a large skillet – chicken first, then hot sauce, then cream cheese, and so on.  I always (always) use my Crock Pot.  I turn the crockpot on high and heat the chicken.  Next, I stir in the hot sauce and let that heat with the chicken for a couple of minutes.  I mix in the cream cheese, stirring until melted and blended, then I add the Ranch and blend in.  I give it a few minutes for everything to get hot again, and add the cup of shredded cheddar, stirring until mixed in and melted.  After that, it’s ready to enjoy!

Buffalo Chicken Dip

Buffalo Chicken Dip