**This is slightly different from my youtube video – but the ingredient amounts are exactly the same! For that version, just combine everything into a bowl, bake at 350 for 15 minutes, and enjoy!!**
Last night was a ton of fun. Although I’m not a huge hockey fan, we decided to venture out and watch the Stanley Cup Finals at a bar down the street from our house. The United Center is less than two miles from where we live, and I see it outside of my window every morning. Obviously there are a TON of bars in the area that were totally packed hours before the game started, so I made sure I was down the street at least two hours in advance to score us a couple of seats somewhere. What an awesome game we got to watch – I’m so glad we got to join in on the fun!
I had initially considered staying in and watching the game from the comforts of our home while devouring some fun appetizers for dinner. (I’ve maybe admitted a few times that I have an unhealthy love for appetizers…) This buffalo chicken dip always comes to mind when I need to make a quick appetizer for any kind of game-watching event. It’s like cheesy, amazing buffalo wings in dip form … and it just so happens that I LOVE buffalo wings! And I love cheese! It’s so meant to be.
Even after we decided to go out for the game last night, I went ahead and made this anyway so I could share it with you today. 🙂 [This is definitely not an excuse to have this sitting in my refrigerator for me to eat throughout the week. Nope.]
I first made buffalo chicken dip a couple of years ago when some friends came over to watch football one Sunday. Around this time I had started using Pinterest, and a friend had recommended I try to find a buffalo chicken dip recipe. I was really surprised at how easy it was to make, and how absolutely delicious it turned out. I’ve continued to troll Pinterest for new and exciting additions to this recipe, but I have only tweaked it slightly since my first attempt. It is just THAT good.
My recipe has a few “optional” ingredients that can be added at the end for some extra flavor. It doesn’t necessarily need it, but I think it’s always fun to step it up a notch. The basic recipe is seriously delicious just the way it is, so only add the extras if they appeal to you!
[my additional tips!]:
Actual Prep / cook time: 20 minutes
Clean-up difficulty: 1 [this is a one pan job if you use canned chicken or rotisserie chicken!]
Overall difficulty to make: 1
Overall satisfaction: 9
Price range? This dish is under $5 for two people.
What I would change next time? I’ve got this one down. I LOVE blue cheese, bacon and green onion on here – but I know some people are totally against blue cheese. I would probably always use the green onion as a topping; it just adds that perfect pop of flavor.
For your own version, I recommend:
- Feel free to serve the blue cheese crumbles, bacon crumbles and chopped green onion in separate little dishes next to the buffalo dip. I think giving people the option to add their own toppings is a lot of fun! And really, this is seriously SO delicious with just the original version – you don’t have to get fancy if you don’t want to!
© 2015 : a flavor journal : by sara alvord
- 1 1/2 cups shredded traditional rotisserie chicken (or canned chicken)
- pinch of salt and pepper
- 1/2 cup buffalo / hot sauce [I love Frank's or Crystal]
- 1/2 block (4 oz.) cream cheese [room temperature]
- 1/4 cup creamy ranch dressing
- 1/3 cup sour cream
- 2 oz. freshly grated sharp cheddar
- bacon crumbles (optional)
- blue cheese crumbles (optional)
- chopped green onion (optional)
- Place a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add shredded rotisserie chicken, season with salt and pepper, and cook for 5 minutes until heated through. (I do not add butter or seasonings as they are typically already present in the rotisserie chicken. Do double check yours to be sure.) If you are using canned chicken, do season with salt and pepper and consider adding 1 tbsp. of butter to the pan before cooking the chicken.
- Pour hot sauce over all shredded chicken, and stir around to coat every piece.
- Add cream cheese and cook 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently until cream cheese is completely melted and creamy. The chicken should be coated in cream cheese and sauce at this point.
- Add creamy ranch dressing, stirring for another 2 minutes until fully incorporated.
- Grate 1 oz. of sharp cheddar cheese directly into sauté pan and stir for one minute until melted into dip.
- Add sour cream and stir another minute.
- Top with one more ounce of grated sharp cheddar and stir for one final minute.
- Serve hot!
- Serving the crumbled bacon, crumbled blue cheese and chopped green onion each in a separate dish alongside the buffalo chicken dip is a great way to serve this at a party. It gives people the option to add their own toppings!