Frugal, Real Food Buffalo Chicken Dip
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But honestly, do we ever read this part?
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But so is your time. With that in mind, I’m going to honor it and cut straight to this recipe.
Buffalo Chicken Dip – also known as Crack Dip – is one of my favorite hearty, junky dips.
However, I have a few problems with most recipes I’ve seen:
- Buffalo Sauce – A frugal kitchen means a low-waste kitchen. Since I only use buffalo sauce for this dip, it’s an ingredient I try not to buy unless I can use the whole bottle. That would make too much dip.
- Ranch Dressing – Since we’re trying to eat real food, a homemade dressing is preferable. But that adds another step to making the dip.
This recipe is a little different:
- Hot Sauce – Instead of buffalo sauce, we use hot sauce and little soy or Worcestershire sauce to add some flavor depth
- Greek Yogurt – Seems like health nuts are constantly sneaking greek yogurt into random food. Why not this dip? You can also use plain yogurt. Generally, it is less expensive.
There are 8 million recipes for Buffalo Chicken Crack Dip. I developed this one with an eye towards real food, saving money, and making something delicious for a party, the Super Bowl, or a weekend at home.
However, in my opinion, there is no right or wrong when it comes to dips. Adjust the ingredients as your palate dictates, and check the recipe notes for fun variations!
- 8 oz cream cheese (1 package)
- 1 cup plain yogurt
- 1/2 cup hot sauce
- 1/2-1 cup bleu cheese crumbles*, to taste
- 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce (or soy sauce)
- 1 cup chicken, shredded
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp dried chives
- 1/4 tsp dried dill
- 1/2-1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
- Cilantro or green onion, sliced (for garnish)
Combine all ingredients in a medium-size saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir occasionally until mixture is uniform. Taste, and adjust as needed.
Combine all ingredients in slow cooker. Cook on low 2-3 hours, or until melted. Stir again, until mixture is uniform. Taste, and adjust as needed.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Slice the cream cheese into 1/4-inch slices and line it on the bottom of a small, greased baking dish. Top with chicken, yogurt, seasonings, bleu cheese, hot sauce, and cheddar cheese (in that order).
Bake, uncovered, for 20-25 minutes, until heated through and bubbly.
- The Only Chicken You Need to Make works perfectly with this recipe.
- Don't have yogurt? Use sour cream.
- Can't have bleu cheese? Use the optional chives and dill, which will add more of a ranch dressing flavor to your dip.
- Buffalo sauce is essentially hot sauce, butter, Worcestershire sauce, and garlic. So if you want even more of the buffalo sauce flavor, add a few tablespoons of butter and the optional garlic powder.
- Gluten-free? This recipe is naturally gluten-free. Serve with celery and gluten-free dippers, like tortilla chips and gluten-free crackers or pretzels.
- Dairy-free? Try this Whole30 recipe.
- Vegan or egg and dairy-free? There are a ton of vegan buffalo dip recipes out there, but I haven't tried any. However, I love this creamy spinach dip, so it might be a good starting point to make your own.