Party time? Wing it with Buffalo chicken dip

January is wrapping up, which means the Super Bowl (or, as a friend of mine put it, ?More like the ?Couldn?t Beat the Chiefs? Bowl.?) is just around the corner.

At our house, the Super Bowl is a major event that we normally spend with friends and family, yelling at the TV and enjoying good snacks.

My only issue with our tradition is that I?ve more than once found myself in the kitchen rather than out in front of the television as I prepared goodies to share.

This year, I plan on being plopped on the couch, plate in hand, watching all the action, and I have a great dip that will help me do that.

This recipe for Buffalo chicken dip comes from a website called ?From Fast Food to Fresh Food,? and it makes a great cheese dip that tastes a lot like Buffalo wings, which are a great traditional football snack. The benefit of the dip, though, is that it?ll sit in a crockpot and isn?t nearly as messy as its namesake.

I switched up the recipe a bit from the original, mostly to add a tiny bit more spice and decrease the fat content. You can find the original at fastfood2freshfood.com/2012/10/buffalo-chicken-dip-crockpot-challenge.html?m=1.

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Buffalo Chicken Dip

Ingredients

2, 8-ounce packages cream cheese (I used fat free)

2, 12.5-ounce cans of chicken breast in water, drained

1 1/4 cups ranch dressing (I used fat free)

3/4 cup Franks ?Red Hot? Buffalo Sauce (12 oz bottle)

6-10 shakes hot sauce (I used a smoked chipotle hot sauce)

1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Directions

Combine the cream cheese, chicken breast, ranch dressing, buffalo sauce and hot sauce in a crock pot.

Turn the crockpot on high until mixture is heated through (about 30 to 45 minutes). Stir the mixture every so often to help everything incorporate. You?ll also need to break the chicken chunks into smaller pieces as you stir.

Turn the heat to low and stir in the cheddar cheese. Serve directly out of the crockpot with tortilla chips, keeping the mixture on low.

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I piloted this dip on our friends during a playoff game, and we discovered it pairs well with football. So if you?re looking for something easy to make for your Super Bowl weekend, I recommend this one. It might help you enjoy the game a bit more, even if the Chiefs have the Sunday off.

When not helping husband Joey with newspaper work, Lindsey teaches speech, debate and forensics at Haven High School. She can be reached at lindseyclarion@gmail.com.

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