Easy Game-Day or Game-Night Dip
If your family is a fan of buffalo chicken wings, then they will love the dip version, which contains the spices, flavor and protein of the original dish. The dip version is a hearty and delectable appetizer for any get-together, whether it be the Sunday game, family game night or a neighborhood get together. Traditionally, this recipe is cooked on the stove, but using a Crock-Pot instead allows you to spend more time with your family and friends rather than be tied to the stove.
Total Time: 2 hours and 15 minutes | Prep Time: 15 minutes | Serves: 10
- 3 cups cooked chicken
- 2 (8 ounce) packages of cream cheese
- 4 ounces of mozzarella cheese
- 2 ounces crumbled blue cheese
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 1 cup hot sauce
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 cup chopped chives
- Turn on your Crock-Pot to high and allow it to warm.
- Remove the skin from the chicken and trim any fat. Use a sharp knife to cut the chicken away from the bones. Slice the chicken into bite-sized pieces and place it into the slow-cooker. You can use meat from any part of the chicken, such as the breast, thighs, drumsticks or wings. Slow-cooked chicken will produce the most tender meat, but any cooking method may be used for the chicken.
- Remove the cream cheese from their packages and slice into one-inch cubes. Place the cubes in the cooker.
- Use a cheese grater to shred the mozzarella cheese. Pre-shredded cheese may also be used. Add the mozzarella and the blue cheese to the Crock-Pot.
- Use a medium-sized saucepan to melt the butter. Pour the hot sauce into the melted butter and stir with a whisk. Pour the mixture evenly over the chicken and cheese in the slow-cooker.
- Add the spices, cover the Crock-Pot and turn it down to low. Cook for two hours.
- Once the dip is finished cooking, garnish with chives.
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Serve the buffalo chicken dip with raw vegetables, such as celery, carrots, zucchini slices, cauliflower florets or broccoli pieces. Chips, crackers or sliced bread may also be used.
A rotisserie chicken bought from the grocery store may be used with this recipe and can significantly ease your labor in preparing the dip. Shred the chicken with a fork for best results.
Use a combination of white and dark meat chicken to enhance the flavor of the dip.
Experiment with different types of cheese to suit your personal taste. Most cheeses that easily melt, such as cheddar and Monterey Jack, will work well in this recipe.
If the dip is too hot for your kids or any guests, add 1 to 2 tablespoons of sour cream or plain yogurt to their portion to offset the spiciness.
Beth Rifkin has been writing health- and fitness-related articles since 2005. Her bylines include "Tennis Life," "Ms. Fitness," "Triathlon Magazine," "Inside Tennis" and others. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Temple University.