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Buffalo Chicken Dip Made Lighter

Hi There Food-Loving Friend and Welcome to my Buffalo Chicken Dip. My version of this delicious dip is lighter than the usual because it uses chili as a base instead of cream cheese.

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Have you tried the new dip sensation, Buffalo Chicken Dip? It’s got all the flavors of Buffalo Chicken Wings but in a dip.

The only problem with Buffalo Chicken Dip is that I can’t stop eating it. And since it’s made with a lot of cream cheese, ranch dressing and cheese, eating a lot of it doesn’t seem to agree with my hips.

I wanted to remake this dip so that it was healthier but I didn’t want to sacrifice flavor or turn to non-fat items.

The solution came to me after whipping up a batch of this Homemade 10 Minute Chili (yes, it’s really ready, start to finish, in 10 minutes). The chili had been made with ground chicken and I had about a bowlful left. I thought, “What can I do with one bowl of leftover chicken chili?” An idea was born! I added some buffalo wing sauce, ranch dressing and a touch of cheese to it and… was the best Buffalo Chicken Dip I’d ever tasted!

No sacrificing of flavor here. None at all.

So, next time you’re making an appetizer for game day, plan ahead a wee bit. Make a batch of this easy chili for your family’s dinner the night before. Then, on Game Day, use the leftovers to make this tasty lightened up Buffalo Chicken Dip. (Note that you can use any chili recipe to make this dip. You can even buy a can of chili to make things quicker).

And now, here’s my recipe for the Lightened Up Buffalo Chicken Dip with Chili:

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Light Buffalo Chicken Dip
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This easy dip is just as delicious as regular Buffalo Chicken Dip but it's lighter because it uses chili as a base instead of cream cheese.
Recipe type: appetizer
Serves: 6
  • 1 cup chicken chili (leftover or canned), strain a bit if it's liquidy
  • 2 Tbsp. Buffalo Wing Sauce (or more to taste)
  • 2 Tbsp. ranch dressing
  • ¼ cup shredded cheddar cheese (plus a bit more for garnish)
  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF.
  2. Spoon the chili into a small baking dish. Use a fork to break up any big pieces, if any. Stir in 2 tablespoons of Buffalo Wing Sauce, the ranch dressing and the cheddar cheese. Taste it. You may need more wing sauce depending on how spicy the original chili was and on how hot you like your dip. Add more wing sauce to taste.
  3. Top with a sprinkle more of shredded cheese and then bake until heated through and cheese on top is just starting to brown at the edges, about 15-20 minutes.


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Buffalo Chicken Dip made lighter by using chili as a base instead of cream cheese.

4 Responses to “Buffalo Chicken Dip Made Lighter”
  1. Rachel Cooks says:

    Love a lightened up dip — that means I can eat more! ;)
    Rachel Cooks recently posted: 110 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast Recipes

  2. barry says:

    I love chicken wings and looking forward to trying the buffalo chicken dip

  3. Katie says:

    Oh man I love buffalo chicken dip… I’m the same way I can’t stop eating it… must try the lighter version ;)
    Katie recently posted: Homemade Hot Chocolate

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