Buffalo Chicken Dip, also lovingly known as Crack Dip has got to be one of Americas favorite game day appetizers! So as the height of football season approaches, I felt out of place having never made this cheesy concoction. It’s the opposite of health unless you count chicken as your protein source for the day (ha!). So of course I set out to make it healthier. Well that is a tall order, but through eliminating the ranch dressing and adding some greens, I think I kicked it up a notch!
I still can’t say this is a super healthy recipe, but the only ones I’ve seen that come close are a vegan version and I’m just against that much fake cheese in one appetizer. Just not the same as the real thing. Am I right?
In this recipe, I swapped sour cream for greek yogurt which decreases fat and increases protein and calcium. As I mentioned previously, this recipe omits ranch dressing, as I don’t think its worth the add more fat to the recipe. There are organic brands of ranch but even Annie’s brand has 11 grams of fat.
Spinach is simple to prepare for this dip. In a medium saucepan, simply add some olive oil and fresh spinach. Turn heat to medium for about 7-10 minutes, stirring frequently, until the leaves wither and turn soft. Then add to the dip. Ta da! Now you have some vitamin A, C, magnesium and amino acids in your dip.
The only item on the high side was the organic valley cream cheese, which I had a coupon for. The rest of the items are all under $3 each.
- 8 Ounces Cream Cheese (organic if possible)
- 1 Cup Cheddar Cheese, shredded
- 5.3 Ounces Greek Yogurt
- ¼ Cup - ½ Cup (depending on how hot you like it) Hot Sauce
- 1 Pound Shredded Chicken
- 2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1 Dash Salt
- 1 Dash Pepper
- 3 Cups/6 Ounces Spinach
- 1 Cup Blue Cheese Crumbles (optional)
- Baking: Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Soften cream cheese.
- In a medium baking dish, add cheeses, yogurt
- Stir until mixed well.
- In a medium frying pan, add 1
Tbsb. Olive Oil and chicken.
- Cook till brown on both sides.
- Remove and shred with two forks to pull apart into pieces.
- Add chicken to cheese mixture.
- In the same frying pan, add 1 Tbsp. Olive oil and spinach.
- Using a spatula toss until covered with oil. Stir frequently and cook until wilted.
- Add spinach to cheese and chicken mixture. Mix well and place in oven for 15-20 minutes. Optional: Top with Blue Cheese Crumbles.
Enjoy and let food be your energy!