This buffalo chicken dip recipe is a classic dish with chicken bits smothered in the spicy buffalo sauce, cream and cheese. If you fancy buffalo chicken wings, chance is that you’ll love this dip, especially when it’s much quicker to make.
Is Buffalo Chicken Dip Healthy?
This buffalo chicken dip is not only versatile and quick to make but also can be adaptable to many dietary styles. For those who are following a low-carb or Keto diet, buffalo chicken dip is totally safe for you to gulp spoonfuls of it.
To make it even more hearty, simply adjust the proportion to your liking. For example, you can add more chicken chunks while cutting down on the sour cream.
How Many Calories Are in Buffalo Chicken Dip?
This buffalo chicken dip provides 196 calories per one serving. In which, 90 calories are from 90 grams of fat— taking almost half of the amount.
You’ll also 17 grams of protein from this dish. These explain how buffalo chicken dip is beneficial for low-carb and Keto diet as said above.
Ingredients for Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe
This buffalo chicken dip recipe is a combination of tender chicken, Buffalo sauce, cream cheese, mozzarella cheese, and cheddar cheese. They’re all in to create a fluffy tasty dish so your chips won’t break when soaked in it.
1. Chicken Thigh
For this recipe, we opted for chicken thighs chunked small so it’s easier to scoop. Skinless boneless thighs are our choice, since they helps cut down fat from the skin and save time dissecting the meat.
Poached chicken or rotisserie chicken can also work fabulously for buffalo chicken dip. To make the best use of different types of chicken, these healthy chicken recipes will give you more reliable solutions.
In case you’re running out of time to prep, this dish won’t say no to leftover chicken or canned chicken. But sure, who would not go straight to home-prepped chicken rather than processed ones, if possible?
2. Cream Cheese
The cream cheese base is second to none when it comes to making the dip fluffy and scoopable. Make sure cream cheese is soft as possible (microwave it beforhand or use a hand mixer to crumble it).
However, buffalo chicken dip can still be made without cream cheese— there’s always that lighter side of every food kind.
You can swap the regular full-fat cream cheese Greek yogurt or light mayonnaise (preferably Hellmann’s of Kraft). You can also use Ranch dressing if desired.
In this recipe, celery isn’t added in the filling, but instead used as a vessel to scoop and eat together with the buffalo chicken dip.
Other veggie vessel options are carrots, cucumbers and bell peppers. If you don’t find yourself enjoying celery, there are lots of alternatives for it, which we’ll go into details later.
How to Make Buffalo Chicken Dip
Step 1: Stir-fry chicken
Stir-fry the chicken over medium heat for 3 minutes (without oil). Drain well. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
Step 2: Make the filling
In a large bowl, mix the fried chicken with buffalo sauce, cream cheese, garlic powder, shredded potato, 1 ounce of mozzarella cheese, 1/4 ounce of cheddar cheese, and 2 tablespoons of scallion. Set aside.
Step 3: Bake
Spread the filling into a baking pan, top with the remaining mozzarella and cheddar cheese. Bake for 20 minutes, until the cheese on top is bubbly.
Step 4: Serve
Remove from the oven and sprinkle the remaining scallion on top. Serve as a dip with the carrot and celery sticks.
Is Buffalo Chicken Dip Spicy?
This recipe is mildly spicy as there’s only 3/2 tablespoons of homemade buffalo sauce added to the filling. Additionally, scallion and garlic powder also add a tad of tang for the dip.
What Goes with Buffalo Chicken Dip?
You know what momma said, “The secret ingredient is always love”— This recipe will tell you exactly the same— feel free to get your food doused in your favorite ingredients!
1. Mozzarella Cheese
This soft white cheese is the key for the creamy and gooey texture in this buffalo chicken dip recipe. Besides, mozzarella cheese is pretty low in sodium and calories, comparing to most other cheeses.
Thanks to the high moisture content of mozzarella cheese, the dip won’t get too dry and muddy. You can shovel into it with ease.
2. Blue Cheese
If you ran out of mozzarella cheese, we strongly suggest blue cheese as a replacement. It’s rich in calcium and has been found to have anti-inflammatory properties.
Howver, the distinctively bold and sharp flavor of blue cheese might overshadow other ingredients. Therefore, you’ll need to watch the amount that’s going in carefully,
3. Sour Cream
We didn’t have sour cream for this buffalo chicken dip. However, that cannot deny the fact that sour cream always works amazing in dips.
For the present case, sour cream can be a wonder substitution for cream cheese as it’s so rich and thick. If added, sour cream will double the tanginess and sourness for the dish while cutting down on the fat content.
4. Greek Yogurt
We also didn’t have any Greek yogurt in this recipe. We really don’t think this recipe needs to be more sour, in any possible way.
Of course, cooking is a journey of tried-and-true experiences. All we can say is let’s just listen to your taste buds and please it any way you can.
Add that Greek yogurt if you feel like it, it’d be fine.
How Long Does Buffalo Chicken Dip Last?
Leftover buffalo chicken dip will stay safe and fresh under refrigeration in an airtight container for 3-4 days. However, if you’ve already combined leftover chicken in the dip, then it should be stored in no more than 2 days.
Make sure that you secure the container lid when leaving it overnight; otherwise, simply cover it with a cling film. They’re all for preserving the best quality in taste.
Can You Freeze Buffalo Chicken Dip?
Yes, you can. Same as storing it overnight, you’ll also have to transfer buffalo chicken dip in a container with lid, and put it to the freezer.
Frozen buffalo chicken dip can last up to 2-3 months. Reheating is done simple— pop the whole container in the microwave and give it 5 minutes to warm up again.
What to Serve with Buffalo Chicken Dip
This buffalo chicken dip recipe promises a basic dip with complex flavors. There are also many options for vessels available as below.
1. Tortilla Chips
Tortilla chips are the most go-to option when it comes to buffalo chicken dip. They balance the whole serving perfectly as they lend the saltinesss and crunchy texture to the dip.
Besides tortilla chips, crackers, bread sticks, or small pita pockets are not any less ideal for a side. Bread makes a wonderful companion as it can make up for the carbohydrate that buffalo chicken dip is missing out.
You’re thinking of wrapping this recipe in tacos but still afraid of constrasting flavors? Don’t be hesitated, take a bite of it and tell for yourself— We guarantee it’ll worth a try.
Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe
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- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Stir-fry the chicken over medium heat for 3 minutes (without oil). Drain well.
- Mix the fried chicken together with buffalo sauce, cream cheese, garlic powder, shredded potato, 1 ounce of mozzarella cheese, 1/4 ounce of cheddar cheese, and 2 tablespoons of scallion in a large bowl until well combined. Set aside.
- Spread the mixture into a baking pan (you can use a baking pan of any size you want, top with the remaining mozzarella and cheddar cheese. Bake for 20 minutes or until the cheese on top is bubbly.
- Remove from the oven and sprinkle the remaining scallion on top. Serve as a dip with the carrot and celery sticks.
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