Friday, October 21, 2016

Buffalo Chicken Dip (revisited)

by Missy Tippens

Okay, I've had a crazy week. My parents, sister and brother-in-law came in town over the weekend and were here until Tuesday. I only cooked standbys that I've shared here numerous times so don't have a thing to post. And then we had a water leak disaster! I had to turn off our water Tuesday morning (I'm so thankful it made it through the weekend before the water started dripping through the ceiling in the garage!). So I haven't cooked all week. Thus, I'm reposting a fun blog from 2012. It's a throwback to my daughter being in high school! :)

Buffalo Chicken Dip in a Pinch

Missy, here. On Monday after school, my daughter called while I was out running errands to ask if she could have some friends over to spend the night to celebrate exempting finals and being done with the semester. I told her that was fine. Then I had to go into emergency prep mode!

I hurried home to clean the kitchen and try to figure out if we had anything I could cook for dinner. Nope. Once I found out she'd invited 7 girls, I headed to the grocery store. I'd been craving spaghetti all day, so I decided that would be an easy one to pull together. Here's my dad's recipe for homemade spaghetti, although I ended up buying a jar of Ragu to hurry things along.

Then I found out a few of the girls would be playing in a basketball game or playing in the band and would arrive late. So I realized I probably needed a substantial snack as well. Oh, and breakfast!

So here's my grocery trip. Sister Schubert's cinnamon rolls for breakfast. Easy, and the kids love them. Hot dog buns for quick garlic toast under the broiler. 
Beef, noodles and sauce for the spaghetti. And I had my daughter look up a recipe for a buffalo chicken dip the girls have been raving about. For that, I bought a can of chicken and block of cream cheese (already had the other ingredients).

Once I got the spaghetti sauce cooking, I tackled the dip. Here's the recipe she found on Pinterest:

1 1/2 cups cooked and shredded chicken or 1 (12 ounce) can chunk chicken, 
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup Ranch dressing
1/2 cup Buffalo wing sauce (such as Frank’s Red Hot, not to be confused with 
their pepper sauce. Start with less if you want and add more to your desired 
3/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

I went on a hunting expedition and found my tiny slow cooker. I thought it would be perfect for a single recipe of this dip.

And, in a nod to Virginia's favorite word in cooking, I'm calling this part of the recipe a "dump dip." :)

I dumped in the cream cheese and can of chicken.

I let this melt a bit, then added the rest of the ingredients and mixed them in with a fork. A couple of hours later, I was ready for the masses!

BTW, I only used about 1/4 cup Frank's sauce, and it was plenty spicy for me.

Serve with tortilla chips. We used Scoops. A great way to feed a bunch of celebrating, hungry teenage girls!


  1. Missy, I love this buffalo dip. Always a crowd-pleaser at parties.

  2. You're such a good girls for dinner? No prob -- come on over! LOL I'd be in panic mode. You actually couldn't fit 7 girls in my house it's that teensy tiny and they'd eat my week's worth of groceries. LOL Impressed at how you could throw a meal together.

    1. Kav, I think I mentioned emergency prep mode= panic mode. LOL! You know, she is my youngest of three kids, and by the time she was a junior or senior, I was a lot more relaxed about those things. Plus, I was realizing that the empty nest was coming soon and wanted to enjoy every second. Having her friends over to spend the night was something I missed so badly once she headed off to college! Now, I'm so glad we have those memories, even if it did require emergency food prep on occasion. :)

  3. Hi Missy, I serve this all the time for parties. Its always popular and I LOVE it. Just enough spice to make it yummy. Not too hot. Frank's is hot, but with all that cheese--no worries.

  4. How did I miss this recipe the first time around?

    Although I DO remember the crazy last-minute sleep over. :) You're a great mom, Missy.

    And a great daughter/sibling, too. I can't imagine how difficult last week was when the plumbing went haywire! But knowing you, you met it with a smile (panicked smile, of course!) and a "we'll get this taken care of" attitude.

    I'm saving the recipe to my Pinterest board this time - less likely to get lost there!

    1. Jan, I have not been so gracious this past week! :) We've been dealing with the frustration of a home warranty company. We called them Tuesday morning, their repairman came yesterday (4 hours past the time slot they had told us), and apparently misdiagnosed the problem. Water was coming through the ceiling again when we got home from dinner last night. So today we called our own plumber.

  5. Oh, Missy. I'm so sorry for your woeful week.

    1/4 cup of Frank's is not too hot? Sometimes I really think I live in a different world than all the rest of you. LOL

    1. Actually, it was a little too hot for me. :) But I'm a wimp.