Real Recipe: Buffalo Chicken Ranch Dip

 Photo by Campbell’s Kitchen

As a teacher at a small school, we occasionally have potluck lunches for staff and students on days when we have special events going on (especially during testing season when we only see certain groups of students on certain days!). For the first potluck of the year I made this Buffalo Chicken Ranch Dip, and it was a huge hit! When it was time for our next potluck, the students special requested that I make it. Now with our end-of-the year luncheon here, I wouldn’t dare bring anything else!

I have made this dip a couple different ways, increasing the “clean” factor with each batch. Even if you don’t shop at a co-op or natural health food store, you should still be able to make this clean version!

Now I must add that this isn’t the healthiest recipe out there (lots of cheese and dressing = lots of fat and calories!), however, it is a clean recipe without artificial additives. And if you’re only making it for special occasions (parties, potlucks, etc.), you should be OK :)

NOTE: You can use either Cream cheese or Neufchatel cheese in this recipe. I prefer Neufchatel as it has 1/3 less fat and quite honestly, I can’t tell the difference in this dish!

Buffalo Chicken Ranch Dip

Ingredients:

  • 2 chicken breasts, cooked and shredded (organic) or 1 whole cooked chicken (organic, or local if you shop at the co-op/farmer’s market), de-boned and shredded (you can use just the white meat or both white and dark, depending on preference)
  • 2 packages (8 oz.) Cream Cheese or Neufchatel cheese – (Organic Valley brand if possible, otherwise check the label to make sure it’s additive free!)
  • 1/2 cup Frank’s RedHot sauce (more or less depending on how spicy you like it!)
  • 1 bottle (12 ounces) all-natural or organic Ranch dressing
  • 1 bottle (12 ounces) all-natural or organic Blue Cheese dressing or Blue Cheese crumbles (without additives!) if you can’t find an all-natural or organic bottled dressing (or if you REALLY like blue cheese, you can use both the dressing and crumbles!)

Directions:

  1. Turn crockpot on highest setting
  2. Add in Cream or Neufchatel cheese, stirring as melts
  3. Pour in Ranch and Blue Cheese dressing (and crumbles if using), add in hot sauce
  4. Add in shredded chicken, stir to combine
  5. Turn crockpot down to low, stirring occasionally until warm
  6. Serve with tortilla chips, celery sticks, or crackers
  7. Enjoy! :)

Additive-free Ranch dressing options:

  • Hidden Valley Organic Ranch

  • Drew’s Buttermilk Ranch or organic Peppercorn Ranch
  • Marie’s Creamy Ranch (found in the refrigerator section)

  • Annie’s Cowgirl Ranch


 

  • Newman’s Own Ranch
  • Litehouse Ranch, Homestyle Ranch, or Lite Ranch (found in the refrigerator section)
  • Brianna’s Classic Buttermilk Ranch

  • Marzetti Classic Ranch (found in the refrigerator section)

 

Additive-free Blue Cheese dressing options:

  • Litehouse Original, Chunky Blue, or Lite Blue Cheese (found in the refrigerator section)


  • Brianna’s True Blue Cheese


  • Marie’s Chunky, Lite Chunky, and Premium Super Blue Cheese (found in the refrigerator section)


  • Marzetti Chunky Blue Cheese (found in the refrigerator section)

 

Real Recipe: Buffalo Chicken Ranch Dip
 
A delicious, easy-to-make Buffalo Chicken Ranch Dip!
Ingredients
  • 2 chicken breasts, cooked and shredded (organic) or 1 whole cooked chicken (organic, or local if you shop at the co-op/farmer's market), de-boned and shredded (you can use just the white meat or both white and dark, depending on preference)
  • 2 packages (8 oz.) Cream Cheese or Neufchatel cheese - (Organic Valley brand if possible, otherwise check the label to make sure it's additive free!)
  • ½ cup Frank's RedHot sauce (more or less depending on how spicy you like it!)
  • 1 bottle (12 ounces) all-natural or organic Ranch dressing
  • 1 bottle (12 ounces) all-natural or organic Blue Cheese dressing or
  • Blue Cheese crumbles (without additives!) if you can't find an all-natural or organic bottled dressing (or if you REALLY like blue cheese, you can use both the dressing and crumbles!)
Instructions
  1. Turn crockpot on highest setting
  2. Add in Cream or Neufchatel cheese, stirring as melts
  3. Pour in Ranch and Blue Cheese dressing (and crumbles if using), add in hot sauce
  4. Add in shredded chicken, stir to combine
  5. Turn crockpot down to low, stirring occasionally until warm
  6. Serve with tortilla chips, celery sticks, or crackers
  7. Enjoy! :)

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