Ever since my sister wrote a guest post for me, my husband has been wanting to write as well. I told him that was fine, but there was one caveat: he had to cook something first. Now, to be fair, he makes a mean pancake and his paninis are unrivaled. But, generally speaking, I’m the one who does the cooking, while he’s the one who does the dishes. So unless he wanted to write a post about dish soap, he’d need to get his hands dirty in the kitchen. And that he did! He’s made this dip a few times now, and it’s become a go-to for lazy Sunday afternoons watching football. Without any further ado, I’ll turn it over to Brendan and his buffalo chicken dip!
As a teacher, there is a lot of work that has to come home with you; papers to grade, lessons to plan, e-mails to respond to, and so on. I’m not complaining of course, I love my job and working with kids, and summers off is a pretty nice perk. However, what that does mean, is that I spend a lot of Sunday afternoons in the fall on the couch, beer in one hand, papers to grade on the coffee table in front of me, and a game on the TV. Of course, while one enjoys a cold brew and grown men trying to kill each other, one needs good football food. Chips are nice, but what makes a good chip is the dip. And so as football season winds to a close, and Super Bowl Sunday looms near (Go Patriots!), you need a killer dip to put out on the table for your buddies to enjoy. Of course as you sit to watch the big game, what is better than spicy-chicken? Enter the buffalo chicken dip. It’s cheesy, meaty, spicy, easily spread on a chip, in short perfect for watching football.
Buffalo Chicken Dip
Adapted from http://allrecipes.com/recipe/buffalo-chicken-dip/
- Roughly a pound and a half of boneless, skinless chicken, poached and shredded
- 2 packages of cream cheese (low fat is fine)
- 1 cup of ranch or bleu cheese dressing (I prefer bleu cheese personally)
- 1 ½ cups of shredded cheese either mozzarella or cheddar (or both if you’re like me)
- ½ – 1 cup of hot sauce, depending on heat preference (I like Sweet Baby Rays)
- Preheat oven to 375, and prepare a glass baking dish with cooking spray.
- In a large skillet over medium heat, heat chicken and hot sauce.
- Once warm, stir in cream cheese and dressing until melted.
- Add in about half of the shredded cheese, and continue stirring until everything is melted together and the chicken is fully coated.
- Transfer mixture to the prepared dish and top with remaining shredded cheese. Bake for 15 – 20 minutes, until the cheese on top is melted and bubbly.
- Serve hot with chips (Becky’s edit: and celery and carrots!)