A couple of days ago I attended my very first house warming party. Though she wasn’t the first to move out, this dear friend was the first to go out of her way to plan such an exciting event. Traditionally, you’re supposed to bring a gift to housewarming parties, but since she already had purchased everything she needed, I went with the safe option of bringing food. It was going to be a wine and cheese night so I decided to bring a sure crowd pleaser – bread with dip! Spinach artichoke is always my go-to dip, but since I wanted to make something different so I went with a buffalo chicken dip. The combination of buffalo sauce with chicken served with crusty bread sounded like a winner and guess what, it was! My friends were still talking about the dip weeks later. Are you ready for this simple but delicious recipe?
**Helpful tips and common mistakes
This buffalo chicken dip comes together very easily, using common ingredients that are easy to find. Imagine buffalo chicken with a side of buttermilk ranch dressing in one bite – on a piece of toasted bread! Sounds delicious, right?
For the cheese, refrain from buying already shredded cheddar. Sure it takes an extra step to grate your own cheese but using the pre-grated cheese results in an oilier dip.
You can prepare this dip in a slow cooker but I chose to prepare mine on the stove. Heat up the chicken with the hot sauce and mix in the remaining ingredients. Pour the dip into a baking dish and bake at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes.
The cheddar cheese melts on top while the dip is nice and gooey inside. To be honest, I was hesitant to take the buffalo chicken dip to the housewarming party because it looks a little odd with the bright orange color. However, I didn’t want it to go to waste so I took it anyway, and boy, I’m glad I did! Everyone loved the dip! It’s cheesy, gooey, creamy with savory chicken bites. You can also serve with fresh celery sticks for a refreshing bite.
If the orange color is off-putting to you, you can prepare the spread in layers. Mix together the cream cheese with the ranch dressing. Lay on the bottom of the baking dish. Mix together the chicken and hot sauce and lay that on top. Sprinkle cheese on top and bake for 20 minutes at 350. Still, the same flavors just prepared in a different way!
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