Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Are You Ready For Some...Buffalo Chicken Dip?!?

It appears as though the boyfriend was right...I'm eating entirely too much buffalo chicken.

"Well I guess we don't see our patterns until they're all laid out in front of us..." -Dean Craig Pelton


So sports in Chicago are kind of a big deal (read: a huge deal) and a Bears/Packers game is like the Oscars times the Grammys plus the Super Bowl. A Week 2 Thursday Night Bears@Lambeau game = jersey day and potluck at work, so I decided to bring buffalo chicken dip. I was inspired by this recipe that I found on Pinterest. I like the idea of it, but I'm not a fan of layered dips where all of the ingredients are so segmented. What if your chip breaks before you get to the bottom layer?! Too risky.

No, I mixed everything together and plopped it in a baking dish because I'm a classy lady, and nothing is classier than the word "plopped." I also didn't want to drizzle ranch on top before baking because I feel like the ranch would get crusty. Plus, since I'm bringing this to work and will have to reheat it (somehow...) I don't want to double bake the ranch. My solution: ranch packet (dried herbs and ranch flavoring)! But I didn't use it because I forgot. If you choose to use a ranch packet, PLEASE only use half because even a cursory glance at the ingredients is enough to make you retain water (First ingredient: Maltodextrin. Easily digested as glucose. That's sugar, people! Also, 135mg of sodium in a 1/2 teaspoon!?!) But I digress...

8oz cream cheese, softened
3 cups shredded buffalo chicken
[1 packet dry ranch dressing mix]
1 cup Mexican blend or cheddar cheese
Hot sauce 
Chips and Veggies to dip

Preheat oven to 350 Degrees. 

Combine cream cheese [and 1/2 of the ranch mix packet, if you choose to use it]. Add chicken and cheese. 

Mix well and spread in a baking dish. 

Drizzle with more hot sauce. Bake for 20 minutes or until top is light brown and bubbly.

It looked pretty ugly in that picture, so I decorated it with some broccoli slaw mix. Some might say "garnished" but I'm no snob...I decorate my dishes.

I didn't want to go to the grocery store, so I stole tortilla chips from my roommate to bring to work as dippers, but I'm sure carrots, celery, or pita chips would be delicious as well!

I'll let you know how the dip goes over at work and...



Kristina said...

I won't tell Jaclyn, I promise ;)

Tracy said...

Oh, she knows. She offered! Because she's awesome! I will replace them.