We’re just two days out from Super Bowl Sunday and the anticipation is building! There’s not much to do between now and kick-off except plan Super Bowl recipes and watch Super Bowl commercials. A staple of any proper football tailgate (whether at an actual tailgate or on your sofa) is buffalo chicken. The popular buffalo flavor has many iterations, and this morning, the web wants to know all about buffalo chicken dip.
Yesterday, Mike Valenti published his buffalo chicken dip recipe on CBS Detroit. It looks tasty, no one wonder people are scrambling to find it. However, it also doesn’t look very good for you at all. His original recipe includes regular cream cheese, ranch dressing, an entire rotisserie chicken, and regular cheddar cheese. We estimate a serving of his has at least 487 calories per 3.2-ounce serving. So, we did what we do best, we gave his dip a makeover!
We trimmed a lot of calories, fat, and saturated fat off of his recipe. You’ll get the exact same results, just as much flavor, and feel way better about eating it. With the adjustments we’ve made, the recipe now has about 206 calories per 3.2 oz. serving (this does not include the chips).
DIR’s Buffalo Chicken Dip
- 2 8-oz. packages of reduced-fat cream cheese, softened
- 16 oz. 0% fat plain Greek yogurt
- 1 ranch dip seasoning packet
- 3/4 cup Frank’s Red Hot Sauce
- 24 oz. boneless, skinless chicken breast shredded and skin removed (bake, grill, or stew in the slow cooker with some of the hot sauce)
- 1/2 cup shredded low-fat cheddar cheese
- Beat cream cheese, Greek yogurt, seasoning, and red hot sauce
- Fold in shredded chicken
- Spread mixture into pie plate sprayed with Pam
- Bake at 350 degrees F for 15 minutes
- Add cheddar cheese to top
- Bake an additional 10 to 15 minutes
- Serve hot with whole grain pita chips, baked pretzel chips, carrots, and celery sticks
Enjoy a few other buffalo- and Super Bowl-inspired recipes!
Image via Frank’s Red Hot Sauce
February 3rd, 2012