Buffalo Chicken Dip: Amped up!

If you saw the blog post about jalapeno poppers just in time for regular-season football, then you’ll love this blog post!  Every weekend in football season, I try to prepare something that is buffalo sauce flavored.  I do buffalo chicken wraps, buffalo cheeseburger mac, buffalo chicken mac n cheese, and then, of course, buffalo chicken dip.  Stay tuned for another blog on how to make your own wings from home – with two recipes for wing sauce!

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Now, buffalo chicken dip has been done before, and you can find a TON of recipes online and on Pinterest, but I’d like to think mine’s a little special.  I took some tips from a friend chef of mine and mixed in some ingredients of my own.  For those not familiar with buffalo flavor, it is a wing sauce that is simply not just straight hot sauce, but can be found in the same aisle.  Believe it or not, I have seen questions asking about buffalo sauce in other parts of the country since here in the Northeast and New England states we are all too familiar.img_2097

Let’s get started:

You’ll need the buffalo sauce (pictured above or whatever brand you like).

1lb. of chicken breast

Chicken broth (enough to cook the chicken breasts)

Cayenne Pepper (to season the chicken to your taste)

Paprika (to season chicken)

Salt & Pepper

Cream Cheese

Sharp cheddar cheese

Mexican blended cheese

Blue Cheese Dressing

Ranch Dressing

Crumbly blue cheese

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  1.  Cook chicken in chicken broth, seasoning with cayenne pepper, paprika, salt, & pepper.
    • Here is where most recipes call for canned chicken. I recommend not using any canned meats.  In addition, I’ve always heard from chefs to flavor every step of the process, so although this will be doused in hot sauce and cheese, I still flavor the chicken.
    • Others use rotisserie chicken from their local grocer for ease and quickness.
  2. Chop the chicken into bite-sized pieces.  TIP:  You can shred chicken breast using your stand or hand mixer…or…of course by hand with two forks. I like the chicken cubed to scoop it up with “Tostitos Scoops” chips.
  3. In mixing bowl: Mix chicken with 1/2 cup of buffalo sauce
  4. Mix in entire 8oz. of cream cheese block
  5. Mix in 1/2 cup of blue cheese dressing
  6. Mix in 1/2 cup of ranch dressing
  7. Mix in 1/2 cup of cheddar cheese
  8. Mix in 1/2 cup of mexican cheese
  9. Combine into 8×8 baking dish
  10. Sprinkle blue cheese crumbles over the top covering the dish and bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes
  11. Garnish with chives!
    • I had extra from the garden.  Chives will survive the winter as they are a perennial.  You can also divide the root and bring some of it inside to have chives all winter inside.

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Let me know what recipes you have for buffalo chicken dip!  How do you amp it up in order to deviate from the norm.  What other dishes do you make that are inspired by buffalo sauce?  Comment below!