Buffalo Chicken Dip: Super Bowl Party Food

Buffalo Chicken Dip

 

The teams have been decided, the Giants and Patriots will square off in the big game February 5, but the food is still up for debate. Whether you are intent on the game or prefer to invite folks over to enjoy the commercials together (for some, that’s the only reason they watch), the Super Bowl is a great excuse for a casual party.  Hosting the Super Bowl can be serious stuff, motivating big screen TV purchases all over the country—I mean, it’s the game that draws the crowd, right.  Well, mostly.

We are not one of those couples who host so the ladies have something to do while the men watch the game, fortunately, most of my girlfriends watch too.  The time to chitchat is during pregame or halftime, so be sure to get here early to nosh and catch up on life. Of course, if you are not a fan of football or one of the teams playing, be sure to invite some friends more than happy to socialize between commercials (you don’t want to miss those).

As much we focus on the game, the food is a close second. So much so, this week and next we will highlight party foods you can make for a Super Bowl party or any gathering.

This recipe is for anyone who would rather keep their hot wing sauce on the chicken and off their fingers (or the remote). Buffalo Chicken Dip has all the flavors we adore about Buffalo wings, without leaving a pile of bones behind. (It’s always a little embarrassing to have the biggest pile of bones, so I can appreciate “no evidence” eating.)  I do love my wings, so I wanted a dip with distinct layers and textures, somewhere close to that first bite you get with just the right touch of dressing hugging the wing.

Meaty chunks of sauce covered chicken resting on a bed of cream cheese with real bites of blue cheese to top it off—that is the kind of Buffalo Chicken Dip we’ll be serving.  Only one napkin required. ;)

The delicious process of layering the dip.

Adapted from David Garrard’s Buffalo Chicken Dip

Buffalo Chicken Dip
 
I would classify the spice in this dip as a medium heat.
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons butter -- melted
  • 1 heaping teaspoon garlic -- minced
  • 8 ounces cream cheese -- softened
  • 2 cups cooked chicken -- shredded (rotisserie chicken works great)
  • ½ cup buffalo wing sauce + 2 tablespoons -- (Texas Pete)
  • ⅓ cup cheese -- shredded -- your choice (fontina, mozzarella, Jack)
  • ½ cup blue cheese crumbles
  • ¼ cup scallions -- coarsely chopped
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Melt butter with garlic and set aside. Wet fingertips with water and evenly press cream cheese into the bottom of an 8x8 casserole dish.
  3. Toss shredded chicken, sauce, butter and garlic, ⅓ cup of favorite cheese in a bowl. Add more wing sauce if mixture looks too dry. Spread chicken mixture over the cream cheese and top with blue cheese crumbles.
  4. Bake uncovered for 25-30 minutes or until bubbly. Remove from oven and garnish with chopped scallions before serving.
Notes & Suggestions
Serve with blue corn tortilla chips, celery, carrots, or crackers.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 8 appetizer-size servings

Buffalo Chicken Dip with Celery and Blue Corn Tortilla Chips

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14 Responses to Buffalo Chicken Dip: Super Bowl Party Food

  1. Kelly January 24, 2012 at 8:27 pm #

    This looks wonderful! I will definitely be trying this one out. I like the taste of wings, but not the mess or the amount of effort for that little bit of meat, so this looks perfect!

  2. mjskit January 24, 2012 at 9:38 pm #

    This would definitely be the hit of any Super Bowl party! Love the addition of the blue cheese. Wasn’t expecting that! Great recipe!

  3. Raymund January 25, 2012 at 1:35 am #

    I am so salivating now, that looks so good

  4. Jane January 25, 2012 at 7:19 am #

    Looks so good! I have a buffalo chicken dip that is a little different, that I have seriously been thinking about making! Sometime about the Superbowl must bring out these cravings for dip! :) Have a good day!

  5. ChgoJohn January 25, 2012 at 7:37 am #

    I, too, love wings but it is probably the most fatty part of the bird. Your dish here looks so much healthier without giving up any of the flavor. Great recipe!

  6. Linda January 25, 2012 at 9:04 am #

    Fabulous!! I had heard of this dip using canned chicken which I immediately knew I’d never do and thought about using “real” chicken…so here you go!! You created it just as I would have! I love it and am for sure serving this on Superbowl Sunday!!

    • Judy January 26, 2012 at 7:12 am #

      Linda, it is so funny how similar our tastes are, I agree, the canned chicken was not even a consideration.

  7. sportsglutton January 26, 2012 at 6:41 am #

    A recipe from a former starting NFL quarterback? Craziness! Your adaption of the recipe sounds much better than the original and looks insanely tasty.

    • Judy January 26, 2012 at 7:15 am #

      Thanks! It is crazy-good and hard to stop eating.

  8. Jackie January 30, 2012 at 12:00 pm #

    Yum! This looks delicious! I had been thinking about just sticking to this healthy Super Bowl snacks list but this looks like it’d be a delicious addition to the spread :) http://www.skinnyscoop.com/list/Erin/healthy-super-bowl-party-snacks

  9. Corey @ Family Fresh Meals January 30, 2012 at 4:49 pm #

    Holy Cow! I am drooling over here :)

  10. Kelly Senyei (Just a Taste) January 14, 2013 at 11:09 am #

    Love this! I know my Super Bowl party attendees will think the same, too :) Can’t wait to make this for the big game!
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