Sometimes after eating all of the appetizers, guests are wondering how they are going to make room for the main course. Our last family gathering we decided to just do a meal of appetizers and skip the main course. This one was a hit. Not one drop was left. It is perfect for the Buffalo Wings obsessed teenagers we are all raising. This goes out to my son, who, shall I say, is a very "choosy" eater, but this man-child LOVES hot sauce, Buffalo sauce, and anything spicy...so go figure. I have never considered myself a B-Dub's kind of person (that is Buffalo Wild Wings, if you are teenager free) but I loved this dip as well.
The amounts you will need depend on the size of the dish. The following amounts are for a dish the size of a pie plate or 8x8 square pan.
- 1 can diced chicken - You can use grilled chicken from last night's dinner, a leftover rotisserie chicken, or bagged, diced, already-cooked chicken from the store, but the canned chicken in the tuna aisle is amazingly simple and it is always in your pantry for a kid having hunger pangs or an impromptu party. Whatever you use, just dice or shred it really fine. You need enough to cover, in an even layer, whatever-size cute flat serving bowl you are putting out. We had a 9 x 13 oval. It was big and like I said...it was gone.
- 1 cup Sweet Baby Ray's Buffalo sauce or any other favorite "Buff" sauce
- 1/2 cup Ranch dressing
- 1 8 oz. block of cream cheese
- Crackers or celery for dipping
Preheat oven to 350.
1. First layer the cream cheese. Spread 1/2 an inch thin covering the bottom of an oven safe dish
2. "Frost" the cream cheese with a thin layer of ranch dressing
3. In a separate bowl, toss DRAINED cooked, diced chicken in Buffalo sauce to coat
4. Layer the chicken over the ranch dressing and spread evenly
5. Bake at 350 until warm (about 10-15 min)
6. Serve with the crackers or celery.
7. Move out of the way or you may lose a finger.
If you are serving adults you can sprinkle on crumbled bleu cheese. Mine would say "What's with the moldy cheese on the top?" but I did it when I took it to my neighbors and it was very good.
It is rare to have my non-casserole, non-dip, or non-combined-ingredient eating, handsome son say..."Hey mom, will you make that dip?" It is that good.
From my house to yours, I hope you have enjoyed this Christmas recipe countdown!
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