I am the first person to admit that I am not artistic and I have no talent when it comes to music. My creative outlet is cooking and coming up with recipes. I have made some things that I am really proud of…. Dishes I am proud to serve to family and friends. For instance, last Christmas I made a Bobby Flay recipe for pumpkin bread pudding with spicy caramel apple sauce and vanilla bean crème anglais. That recipe had about 40 ingredients and took me an absurdly long time to complete.
No matter what I make there is one recipe that people ask for over and over…. The humble buffalo chicken dip. I agree that it is tasty but I am always amazed at how much people love this stuff. It is so simple that I almost feel bad putting it out at parties but it is always a favorite so I will keep making and serving it.
The measurements below are more suggestions than specific amounts. I always make this recipe according to taste. If I am making it for a group of people that like spicy food I add a lot of wing sauce. If I am making it for a large group with varied tastes I keep it mild and add more ranch dressing. I would encourage you to taste it as you make it (tough job, but someone needs to do it) and adjust accordingly.
The Perfect Pairing for this dip is boys. That may seem like a strange pairing but I have done some not so scientific research and I found that all boys/men love buffalo chicken dip. I don’t have an explanation for it but it always proves to be true.
Buffalo Chicken Dip
Lindsay at Perfecting the Pairing
· 8 oz cream cheese (I use reduced fat), softened
· ¾ cup ranch dressing (I use light)
· ½ cup buffalo wing sauce (more to taste)
· 2 cups cooked, shredded chicken (I like rotisserie chicken)
· 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a shallow baking dish.
In a large bowl combine the cream cheese, ranch dressing, and wing sauce. Stir until evenly combined. Add the shredded chicken and three quarters of the cheese. Stir to combine. Taste the dip and add more wing sauce if you like it extra spicy. If it tastes too spicy you can add more ranch dressing.
Transfer the dip to the prepared baking dish and top with remaining shredded cheese. Cover with foil and bake until bubbly and warmed through. Serve with tortilla chips, crackers, or celery.