This buffalo chicken cheese dip is a crowd-pleaser and no one will miss the extra calories from the original.
Today’s post came about from a kitchen renovation — one which you’ll be able to see later this week on Facebook LIVE! (Thursday, April 12 at 12:30 pm ET.)
I’ve known Ellen since our kids were babies – there was a baby boom in our neighborhood with several kids born within weeks of each other (her son is one week younger than my daughter.) She’s a great cook and social connector – she’s one of those people you want to hang out at a party – and she’s got the best laugh! Not to mention, she makes a killer Buffalo Chicken Cheese Dip that my husband now requests for our St. Patty’s Day party.Easy to make appetizer: Lightened Up Buffalo Chicken Cheese Dip @tspbasil Click To Tweet
After many years of living in her home, Ellen finally got the updated kitchen she so deserves and while I was touring it last month, I thought it would be the perfect set up for a Facebook Live. So I asked her if she wanted to do one and she jumped at the chance. I then learned that her secret dream is to be a cooking show hostess – she’s in finance for the record (sounds like how the Barefoot Contessa started!)
So, I took a crack at lightened up her famous dip – which we’ll be showing (along with the new kitchen) on our LIVE.Print
What I love about this recipe, is it uses basic ingredients but turns into something divine. And I was able to lighten it without anyone noticing. I tested it out while watching Villanova during March Madness with friends – both adults and kids loved it.
How I lightened it up:
* Swapped in Greek yogurt for some of the cream cheese
* Used Neufchatel cream cheese instead of regular
* Cut out the blue cheese dressing and replaced with less blue cheese
* Cut back on the amount of Monterey Jack cheese
* Served with a variety of raw veggies
This dip also gave me a new appreciation for canned chicken – check out Serena’s post on How To Make Canned Chicken Healthier + recipe for Creamy Basil Chicken Salad.
Would you make this dip? What are some of your go-to dip recipes?