Friday, February 15, 2013

Catch up, not ketchup: Buffalo Chicken Dip

Hi Crushers,
I'm sorry for the delay in posts. I would like to blame my cut finger for the inability to type up some of my latest kitchen happenings, but I didn't cut myself that bad...

Anyway, looking back at the past two weekends (has it been that long?!), I've had some really great food and I'm glad to share it with you! For the Superbowl, I made Buffalo Chicken Dip loosely based on this recipe from

Please note that cooking with hot sauce with a cut finger could lead to all sorts of disasters and swearing in the kitchen. Thanks to one of my husband's favorite shows, Swamp People, I have picked up on one of the character's sayings: "Dog it" instead of the other word that starts with a d.

Since I wasn't totally invested in either team and our group of friends are all really good cooks, we had a crazy smorgasbord of food. We had two types of guacamole, rice and seaweed snacks, jalapeno hush puppies (SO GOOD my cousin gave me the magazine that it was from), puppy chow/muddy buddies, shrimp with sesame, and all sorts of things. No one goes hungry at these parties. We enjoyed the food, the commercials and Beyonce. Who doesn't love a good Beyonce performance?

Buffalo Chicken Dip
2 cups chopped cooked chicken (about two boneless, skinless chicken breasts)
1 tbsp-ish olive oil
1 8 oz. package of cream cheese (I used the low fat kind)
1 14 oz (possibly 16 oz, I forget...) tub of Greek Yogurt
1 cup-ish of hot sauce (I used Franks)

1 cluster of celery trimmed and chopped up into dip-able sticks

Start getting a frying pan hot and heat the oil. Spread the oil around so your chicken doesn't stick to the pan. Cook the the chicken all the way through. No pink insides! I chopped my chicken up before I cooked it so that it would cook faster, but you can chop it up afterward too. Just be sure to let it cool down so you can handle it.

Lots of chicken!
In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese and Greek yogurt until it's smooth. Then, starting with about a half cup, mix in the hot sauce until you're at a level of spiciness that you can handle. It's important to know your crowd on this one otherwise if it's too hot, no one will eat it! My crowd included a few people who never break a sweat when eating ANYTHING. I ended up using a cup of the hot sauce. Some people said it made their eyeballs sweat and other people wanted more heat. Can't with them all!

Yes, it will turn that bright orange color!
Once the chicken is cooked and chopped up into small bits, stir in to the yogurt-cheese base. Stir thoroughly and serve with celery. You don't need to heat this up at all. I think the celery and the fact that it's cold help to bring the heat level down for people who can't handle a lot of spice.

Question: Which was your favorite commercial? Mine was a tie between the Budweiser Clydesdales, the Jeep/USO, and Ram Trucks "Farmer". All three of them made me choke up!


  1. so because you mentioned it in this post i just have to tell you...Dave just recently (as in a couple of days ago) discovered Swamp People and is now OBSESSED with this show!!! not sure how i feel about it...but i think it's highly amusing that both of our husbands love that show!

  2. oh and i LOVED all three of the commercials you mentioned!

  3. That show makes me want to cook something Cajun. Maybe gumbo will happen soon?