Goodness at it's best...
This recipe was inspired by my very good friend Diane. Diane recently made a Bangin Buffalo Cheesy Tide Roll that looks absolutely "to die for"!! I will for sure be making her recipe soon.
So that being said, "Buffalo Chicken Wing Dip" was on the brain, well actually I never stopped thinking about it to be honest with you. Have you ever had Buffalo Chicken Wing dip? Oh my heaven's! You get chunks of chicken, and cheesy blue cheese dressing, ranch dressing, cream cheese, HOT SAUCE and I always add some chopped green onions too.
I had myself convinced that I was going to make this amazing dip for dinner and serve it with a side salad. But then I got to thinking... (scary I know).
"Well Didi, you will eat about half of it, what are the rest of the family going to eat"? Hmm...
"Aha", let's make that delectable dip into a casserole. The rest as they say, "is history"!!
This casserole is chock full of the above ingredients, and then... You add hash browns!! It's a win~win!!
Look at all those pieces of chicken and the hash browns.... oh yes!
Ready for the recipe? Here we go;
2 large boneless skinless chicken breasts(can use leftover chicken or canned)
1 bag (26 Oz - 1lb 10oz) frozen hash browns (still frozen)
1 brick (8oz) cream cheese (I used Neufchatel), room temperature softened
3/4 cup blue cheese dressing
1/3 cup ranch dressing
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
2-3 green onions chopped (or 1 small onion diced fine)
3/4 - 1 cup hot sauce (I used Franks) depending on heat preference
1/2 cup reserved chicken broth *see notes*
-In a medium saucepan, add chicken breasts and enough water to cover and boil chicken for approximately 20-25 minutes or till cooked through.
*Notes: reserve 1/2 cup of the water you boiled your chicken in, or 1/2 cup of water. *
- Measure out shredded cheddar cheese, set aside.
-Chop green onions, set aside.
-In a medium bowl, add the softened cream cheese, beat till smooth. Whisk in the dressings and hot sauce. Incorporate till fully mixed, set aside.
- When chicken is cooked, removed from water (reserving water as stated above), and dice the chicken using a knife and fork so as to not burn your hands. Or simply dice the ready chicken, set aside.
-Whisk in the reserved chicken broth/water to the cheese/dressing sauce and mix well.
-Preheat oven to 375F.
-Using a 13 X 9 casserole pan, spray with nonstick baking spray.
-Add half the frozen hash browns onto the bottom of the pan. Now add half the chicken, distributing evenly. Sprinkle with half the green onions, and half the cheddar cheese. Pour half of the cheese/dressing sauce.
Repeat layers ending with cheese sauce.
Oh yes, the hash browns, chicken, onion and amazing sauce... "more please"!
-Bake uncovered for 45-50 minutes till hash browns are cooked through and all the flavors have melted together beautifully!
Guard, I mean let stand for 10 minutes prior to serving.
Till next time!!
Dishin with Didi