October 20, 2014 by Dr. Sana Keller
My friend, Hannah, from the Aloha company recently asked me about favorite recipes—healthy versions, of course—which led to me telling her of my family’s love for ‘Buffalo Chicken Anything’! From soup to meatballs to eggrolls to cauliflower to stuffed peppers, we have firmly decided that there are many opportunities out there to ‘Buffalo Chicken’ foods that may have gotten a bit boring. We recently devoured my version of Buffalo Chicken Dip–It’s a great option for Sunday afternoons this football season! Check out other healthy and creative recipes over at Aloha in addition to this healthy dip recipe!
This recipe includes full fat versions of cream cheese and yogurt since fat from high quality ingredients is healthier for us (in moderation, of course) than the low fat/no fat versions that have been promoted as ‘healthier’ over the decades. I’ve written a few blogs about that! Here’s one: Lowfat Diets: Decades of Misinformation, the first sequel: Healthy Fats: Which Ones Are They?, and the second sequel: Healthy and Unhealthy Fats-Named.
BUFFALO CHICKEN DIP
4 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 cup plain Greek yogurt
1/2-1 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
1/2 cup hot sauce (I prefer FRANK’S® REDHOT BUFFALO WINGS SAUCE®”)
3 cups shredded or finely chopped (we prefer finely chopped) cooked chicken
1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
Minced green onions as garnish once baked/cooked.
Carrots, celery, bell pepper and jicama sticks for dipping.
I encourage organic, grass-fed and highest quality ingredients to support our health–it’s worth it!
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a large bowl, stir first 5 ingredients together until well-mixed. Transfer mixture to a small greased baking dish & bake for 30 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the edges begin to slightly brown. You can also mix all ingredients over low heat on the stove until thoroughly blended and piping hot. Sprinkle crumbled blue cheese immediately. Garnish with minced green onions if desired. Enjoy!
Making healthy eating choices doesn’t have to make our lives boring and tasteless. –>What is YOUR favorite Buffalo Chicken recipe? I would love to know! Comment below 🙂
Sana Keller, PhD, RN, CNC Health Unlimited LLC http://www.healthunlimited.biz
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