With the Super Bowl just a week away I thought now was a good time to dust off some of my favorite snack recipes and add a few new ones to the menu.
My husband is always ordering up his favorite buffalo chicken wings for the big game but I thought it would be better (for him) if I found a way to incorporate his favorite flavors into a lighter, healthier dish that’s perfect for snacking. Since I had a few cans of the Swanson Premium Chunk Chicken Breast in the cabinet, I decided to test out a recipe idea and create a Buffalo Chicken Dip recipe.
I piled in all of his favorite “buffalo chicken wing” flavors with ingredients like 98% fat free chicken breast, buffalo sauce, celery and fat free ranch dressing. Together, they make quite a tasty dish that even I liked. The ranch and cream cheese help tone down the spiciness making it a kid-friendly appetizer too.
This warm Super Bowl inspired dish is great for dipping with salty pita chips, celery sticks, pretzels or even little rolls as a slider. The best part (for me) is being able to use a pre-cooked chicken product like the Swanson Premium Chunk Chicken Breast that delivers great flavor without all of the extra work.
- 1 - 12.5 oz can of Swanson White Premium Chunk Chicken Breast, drained
- ⅓ cup of celery, finely chopped
- 8oz Fat Free cream cheese, softened
- ¼ cup Fat Free ranch dressing
- ¼ cup Frank's Red Hot Buffalo Wings Sauce
- ¼ cup Fat Free cheddar cheese, shredded
- ¼ cup Fat Free mozzarella cheese, shredded
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
- In a small mixing bowl, combine the chicken, celery, cream cheese, dressing and wing sauce. Mix until combined.
- Spread the mixture into a small baking dish and cover with the shredded cheese.
- Bake for 20 minutes until cheese is melted.
- Serve with pita chips.
On a completely related side note, since you’ll probably be doing some Super Bowl cooking of your own, it’s important to remember the CDC estimates that approximately 1 in 6 Americans suffer from food poisoning each year. If you don’t want to put a damper on your game day celebrations, take note of these tips for handling, cooking and storing popular snacks and appetizers.
Food Safety Tips for popular Gameday snacks:
Plate of Sandwiches
- Clean – When preparing party foods, wash hands and surfaces often.
Plate of Raw and Grilled Hamburgers and Sausages and a plate of lettuce and tomatoes (if possible)
- Separate – Use separate plates for raw and cooked food when grilling.
- Cook – Cook to the right temperatures.
Veggies, Salsa and Dip
- Chill – Don’t leave food at room temperature for longer than two hours.