Thursday, February 26, 2015

Buffalo Chicken Dip

Buffalo Chicken Dip is one of my favorite dips to make when taking food to a get together, because it is quick and easy to whip up, and can be easily transported in a Crock Pot. The recipe that I use is the a copy cat of the recipe printed on the Frank's Red Hot bottle, but I tweak it just a bit and make it my own. Here's how I make it:

4 cups shredded cooked chicken (I usually use canned chicken)
1/2 cup Frank's Red Hot Sauce
1/2 cup Frank's Buffalo Sauce
1 cup ranch dressing ( I use Hidden Valley)
2 packages cream cheese, softened
1 cup shredded mozzarella or colby-jack cheese
1 bag Tostito's Scoops

This is my version of the Frank's Buffalo dip, doubled. I use the above amount of ingredients for my Crock Pot, but if you want a smaller batch, just cut the above ingredients in half.

To make it, start by mixing your cream cheese, 2 kinds of hot sauce, and ranch together in a bowl. Then stir in your shredded chicken and shredded cheese.

For this recipe, I usually use canned chicken. I have baked chicken breast before and shredded them, and used for this recipe, but honestly, it was much more work than necessary and I couldn't tell a difference from the normal recipe, so I just save myself the time and use canned chicken.

Once your ingredients are mixed together, dump the mixture in your Crock Pot and heat it on low for an hour, or until warm. Once your dip is heated up, change the heat setting on your Crock Pot to warm.

If you don't have a crock pot, preheat your oven to 350 degrees and spray a 2 quart baking dish. Use a 2 quart dish if you are making the above recipe, or a 1 quart dish if you cut my listed amounts in half, Dump your mixture into your sprayed baking dish and spread out. Bake at 350 degrees for about 35-40 minutes or until heated through (about 20 minutes for a 1 quart dish).

Serve with Tostito's Scoops and enjoy!

*If you like your dip more spicy, use an entire cup of hot sauce instead of 1/2 cup of regular Frank's and 1/2 cup of Frank's Buffalo. If you like your dip more mild, use an entire cup of Frank's Buffalo sauce  instead of 1/2 cup of regular Frank's and 1/2 cup of Frank's Buffalo.

**When I make Buffalo Chicken Dip at home, Lee and I often times like to use the left overs for pizza. Check out my Leftover Buffalo Chicken Dip Pizza Recipe!**

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