Buffalo Chicken Dip (healthy and still delicious)

Hello!  I’m still working on getting back into the swing of things after Thanksgiving (things such as exercising and food prepping and just in general being productive). This weekend Michael came to visit, and I made one of his favorite dishes – Buffalo Chicken Dip.  I also love buffalo chicken dip, however, as it’s usually made with lots of rich cream cheese, it doesn’t necessarily always agree with me.  So I set out to make my own, healthier version of this favorite appetizer.

Buffalo Chicken Dip, (healthy)Vittles&Bits

This was a super easy dish to throw together.  Here’s all you need…

Buffalo Chicken Dip (healthy and still delicious)

Buffalo Chicken Dip (healthy and still delicious)

Ingredients:

  • 16 oz of shredded chicken (I boiled 3 chicken breast halves and then after they cooled, shredded them and it was just over 16 oz)
  • 2 c. of cottage cheese (I used 1%)
  • 1 c. of light Ranch dressing (or you could use fat free if you wanted to)
  • 3/4 c. of hot sauce (I used the GIANT version of Frank's Red Hot) (also, this can be adjusted to your liking. I don't like super hot so I just used 3/4 cup and it was very mild. If you love spicy foods, increase it as much as you want)
  • 1 (8oz) package of reduced fat shredded cheddar jack cheese
  • 1 package of celery for dipping

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, add the shredded chicken. You can either add the cottage cheese as is, or, you can do what I did and throw it in the blender for a minute to get it nice and smooth, then add it to the chicken. Add in the Ranch, hot sauce, and 6 oz of the shredded cheese. Mix everything together well.
  3. Spread the dip into a 9x9 pan or a pie or casserole dish. Sprinkle the remaining 2 oz of shredded cheese on top and bake, uncovered for about 30 minutes until the dip is bubbling and the cheese is starting to brown on top. Allow to cool a few minutes before eating.
  4. Clean the celery stalks and chop off the rough ends. Use the celery to scoop up the dip and enjoy!
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Buffalo Chicken Dip, (healthy)Vittles&Bits

Michael very kindly agreed to be my hand model 🙂

Buffalo Chicken Dip, (healthy)Vittles&Bits

Look at all that delicious cheese…

This dip was filling because it’s packed with protein from the chicken and cheeses.  And by using celery instead of chips or bread, this is a very low carb way to enjoy an old favorite.  (Without accounting for the celery), it only has 6 grams of carbohydrate per very large serving (I analyzed this recipe to be 8 servings, but I can’t tell you what volume that makes a serving to be.  I can tell you, that Michael and I ate this all weekend, and each time we ate a lot of it, basically ate it as a meal, and it worked out to about 8 servings).

Buffalo Chicken Dip, (healthy)Vittles&BitsFor those of you who like to keep track, here are the macros:

For 1 large serving (makes 8 large servings):
kcal = 250
CHO = 6 grams
FAT = 15 grams
PRO = 25 grams

Annnnnnndddd, just because it’s been a while since I posted a puppy picture, here’s some handsome shots of Big Toby…

Look at those sweet eyes :-)

Look at those sweet eyes 🙂

He's such a good looking boy.

He’s such a good looking boy.

Aaannnnnnddd, now back to food.  If you’re interested in other healthy dips and spreads be sure to check out this Avocado Hummus:
Avocado Hummus, (healthy)Vittles&Bits  Or, if you are just as in love with avocados as I am, be sure to include this Avocado Sauce on your next burger:
IMG_1250You can also try this incredibly simple and healthy Chia Seed Jam:
photo-38Or this Peanut Butter and Greek Yogurt Apple Dip:
Greek Yogurt Peanut Butter Dip, (healthy)Vittles&Bits

If you do give this Buffalo Chicken Dip a shot, I’d love to hear what you think.  Let me know if you think of any great things to add to it (I was half contemplating adding chunks of avocado in there, but I resisted the urge).

Buffalo Chicken Dip, (healthy)Vittles&Bits

What delicious things did you make/eat this weekend?

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12 comments on “Buffalo Chicken Dip (healthy and still delicious)

    1. Lol no. You can’t identify the cottage cheese at all. And especially if your purée it in the blender first you won’t notice it at all!

  1. How many people does this serve? It sounds delicious! I’m looking forward to making it for an upcoming potluck.

    1. I guessed it made about eight servings. Large servings though. I was basically eating this with celery as a meal lol. If you took it to a potluck where people just take a few tablespoons it would probably serve like sixteen people. I hope you like it! Thanks for checking out the site!!!

  2. Does it reheat well in the microwave? I would like to bring it to a work function, so make it and bake it the night before then just reheat the next day. Any suggestions? Thanks!

    1. Yup! It reheats just fine in the microwave. It also works well to make it all and bake it but not brown the top. Then the next day you could heat in the microwave to rewarm and then broil for like five minutes to brown the cheese on top. Hope you and your coworkers like it!

  3. I can’t wait to try this! We LOVE buffalo chicken dip (& Mac n cheese… which sadly we will give up! )… max doesn’t like ricotta or cottage cheeses so I will blend it so we can’t taste it! Yeah!!!! So excited!

  4. I’m so excited to try this! We LOVE buffalo chicken dip (& mac n cheese which we will sadly give up)… such a great alternative! Can’t wait to try it!

    1. Awesome! I think this dip is great with nothing but celery! If you really love mac and cheese, be sure to check out the Cheesy Cauliflower Bake recipe that I just recently posted. It’s a great alternative to mac and cheese, and this is coming from a person who doesn’t even really like cauliflower 🙂

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