Well, I went to my boyfriend’s house and this happened:
I love a good social gathering. Call it my love for entertaining, or maybe my love for conversation, but either way I really like it when my friends and family come together. And when one of these social gatherings occur you can bet your Crockpot that there will be a party dip there (See: Smokey Avocado Dip and Baked Brie Appetizer)
Last weekend I spent the time with Nick (the man I also refer to as “the boyfriend”) and his family at their beach house. You could say I was a happy camper with unlimited sunshine and a couple of days of free time. When Nick and I spend time together we always make sure to eat some great food. When I decided I wanted to make us something Nick gave me this look that said “Please make a batch of Buffalo Chicken Dip”.
If you have ever considered yourself a fan of buffalo chicken, then this party dip recipe is for you. If you have never tried buffalo chicken, you need to make this dip because clearly you have not tasted the most amazing flavor combination bar food has ever seen,
Buffalo chicken contains the perfect amount of spice to wake up your taste buds. It also makes a wonderful accompaniment to a cold beer. Make the dish into a cheesy dip and you hit “addicting party food” territory. You will want to make this recipe for a crowd. One, because if you eat the whole thing yourself you’ll surely feel ill. And two, your popularity will skyrocket right before your eyes (and happy, buffalo-chicken-filled tummy).
Now for the nutrition-conscious (which is something we all aim to be and if you’re not interested I recommend skipping the next couple paragraphs): this dip is by no means healthy. It contains a lot of cheese, and with cheese comes saturated fat. In small quantities cheese is actually quick good for you: think calcium, protein, and blood-sugar balance. And it tastes fabulous. But this dish is cheese-laden, a “cheese-on-cheese” sort of delicious. So eat with caution: no one wants to eat a cup of cream cheese with a spoon but if you aren’t a conscious eater that is exactly what you’ll do with this dip. And let’s not forget that Ranch Dressing (or Blue Cheese Dressing if you prefer) is high in fat, calories, and sodium especially when bought at the supermarket. So enjoy yourself, but go easy.
So now that I have addressed the cheese, it’s time to address get on to the great part about this dish: the chicken! In this carb-laden world I know more people who would eat a bagel instead of an omelet, or mac and cheese instead of a turkey sandwich. You need your protein, people! The human body needs protein to function well, especially during bodily growth and development. This party dip is one that definitely gives you some lean protein (chicken) to help your bod run in tip-top shape. So despite the fact this dish is high in fat, pat yourself on the back for the contribution of protein that you’ll make to your system.
Okay, done with the health tirade. Sorry if your eyes glazed over. They won’t anymore after you try this recipe. Enjoy!
Buffalo Chicken Dip (serves 12 at a normal party, 6 if you’re all buffalo chicken fanatics)
- 1 rotisserie chicken, meat pulled from bone and shredded (or 3 cups cooked chicken breast, shredded)
- 1/3 cup Frank’s hot sauce (it’s a buffalo-flavored sauce that every kitchen should have in stock)
- ¼ cup Ranch dressing (or blue cheese dressing, if preferred)
- 1 package shredded cheddar cheese
- 8 oz. cream cheese
- Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
- First, shred your cooked chicken to pieces. This step is messy and really, very fun. Tip: make sure the pieces are small enough that they won’t break your tortilla chips. No one wants to lose their chip in the party dip.
- Next, pour your buffalo sauce over the chicken and mix together in a large bowl. Let the sauce marinate with the chicken for a few minutes.
- Mix softened cream cheese and dressing into the chicken-buffalo bowl. Taste test and add more buffalo chicken sauce, if desired.
- Transfer your party dip to a casserole dish (I used an 8×8) and sprinkle cheddar cheese over the top. Warm dish in the oven for 20-25 minutes. Serve with tortilla chips, baguette, crackers, or celery and carrots.