Best Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe
My dad is big on watching sports. I’m not a rabid fan, but I do like hanging out with Dad. We have a mutual admiration society! He also appreciates my culinary efforts and when we get to be together, Game Day is the perfect time to spoil him. He loves THIS Buffalo Chicken Dip. More on that in a minute.
After years of being in marketing and public relations, I started the new year as a full-time blogger. I’m even getting more comfortable with the shocked expressions when I tell people that is my profession now!
On Friday, while I was getting ready for the Super Bowl this weekend, a friend of mine came over. She’s starting a blog and wanting advice on how to write posts and set up WordPress. She said if she didn’t know me, she would never have thought creating a blog was possible. That got me thinking…
If I had never moved to Toronto and met Mike, if we had never had our son Sam—who is the inspiration for Spaceships and Laser Beams—would I have ever blogged?
It’s hard to believe where I am now when I think about my life 18 years ago, when I left Newfoundland for Toronto. I moved to a city that is 1000 times the population size of my hometown.
I distilled everything I owned to fit into two large suitcases and got rid of everything else except some childhood keepsakes I left at my Dad and stepmom’s house. I moved to a major city where I knew no one.
I still remember the day the plane landed. I was scared as all heck! I felt so small in such a huge city, all by myself. I had a pay-by-the-night dorm room at one of Toronto’s universities. At times I wanted nothing more than to run home and be in the comfort of our family living room, watching TV with my dad.
But—I also felt so powerful! I KNEW this was the start of my life, on my own terms. I wouldn’t be defined by what I was supposed to be—and who people thought I was—in the small town I was from. I was also eager to start my career after gaining my four-year degree.
I found an apartment. I quickly got a job putting labels on file folders just to pay the bills until I landed the job that started my PR/marketing career about two months later. I slowly made friends and carved out a life. It was lonely. It was hard. It was exhilarating!
Fast forward to today and now my choices are influencing someone else. Very gratifying. You don’t have to be a big-name Sports Somebody playing in the Super Bowl to inspire others! You can start small and make a difference.
And I hope this Buffalo chicken dip inspires you to have a fantastic Super Bowl party!
A little note on the hot sauce — you can adjust it to your own liking. Pour the full amount in if you love heat like my dad and husband or gradually add it till you reach your heat limit, if you are more reserved. For another take on buffalo chicken dip, check out this post.
- frozen chicken breasts (minimum of 3 breasts)
- 1 package cream cheese
- 1 cup ranch dressing
- 1 cup Red Hot sauce
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- Using a large pan, place frozen chicken breasts inside. Cover with water and boil on HIGH about 20 minutes or until chicken is fully cooked (absolutely NO pink!).
- In a large bowl/crock pot, mix 1 package cream cheese, ranch dressing, Red Hot Sauce and cheddar cheese.
- When chicken is fully cooked, shred with a fork and toss into bowl/crock pot with other ingredients.
- Heat in a crock pot for about thirty minutes and you’ll have the yummiest dip! Serve with veggies, chips, or crackers. To make it spicier, add more Red Hot; or to make it less spicy, just add less!
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