Yes, this is the unabashed, unapologetic, nostalgic favorite that graces many game-day tables. It’s spicy, creamy and salty, which means it hits just about every flavor pleasure center. I made a few small changes to the popular recipe on the Frank’s RedHot sauce bottle, adjusting the amounts of ranch dressing and blue cheese, and running the dip under the broiler for an extra boost of color and attractive cheese melt. A few tablespoons of pickled jalapeños brightened and intensified the heat as well.
Thankfully, this is a temptation I find myself encountering once, maybe twice, a year, so I’m not going to apologize for using a little store-bought ranch dressing — and definitely not for the hot sauce, which is already a refrigerator staple in my house. It’s basically just hot peppers and vinegar anyway. And I guarantee that if you serve this dip at a party, you won’t have to worry about eating too much of it yourself, because your guests will be all over it. Serve with some crunchy vegetables, and enjoy.
Recipe notes: The recipe scales up easily for a large crowd. It’s also simple to adapt to your taste, whether you want to increase or decrease the hot sauce, swap out the cheese (try mozzarella if you’re not a blue cheese fan), and add your choice of garnishes at the end, such as scallions or chopped celery.
The dip can be assembled and refrigerated up to 1 day in advance. Let it come to room temperature while the oven preheats; you may need to add a few minutes of baking time.
- 2 cups (10 ounces) shredded cooked chicken
- 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 3/4 cup (3 1/2 ounces) crumbled blue cheese, divided
- 1/2 cup hot red pepper sauce, such as Frank's RedHot
- 1/4 cup ranch dressing
- 2 to 4 tablespoons finely chopped pickled jalapeño slices, 8 to 16 slices
Position the racks in the middle and upper third of the oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl, add the chicken, cream cheese, 1/2 cup blue cheese, hot sauce, ranch dressing and chopped jalapeños and mix until thoroughly combined. Spoon the mixture into a shallow 1-quart baking dish, ideally one that is broiler-safe.
Bake (middle rack) for 20 minutes or until the mixture is heated through and bubbling at the edges. If your dish is broiler-safe, turn the broiler to high, sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup blue cheese on top, and move the dish to the upper rack. Broil for 2 to 3 minutes, or until the blue cheese has softened and a few dark spots appear on the surface. Let cool slightly, then serve.
Adapted from a recipe from Frank’s RedHot.
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Calories: 240; Total Fat: 18 g; Saturated Fat: 9 g; Cholesterol: 70 mg; Sodium: 780 mg; Carbohydrates: 2 g; Dietary Fiber: 0 g; Sugars: 1 g; Protein: 16 g.