Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Buffalo Chicken Hashbrown Casserole

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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;

Ingredients:
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*

Directions:
-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

20 comments :

  1. My mouth just watered thinking about this dish!! Will be giving this recipe a try soon!!

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  2. Wow. The name alone is a mouthful -- and that looks delicious!

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  3. Yummmo Girl!! If I haddent made hot wings last night, I'd be making this.. ha.. I still might! YUM! Its a keeper Girl!

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  4. Yum! You've got my attention here. This household doesn't like bleu cheese. Do you think 1 cup of ranch dressing in the recipe instead of the bleu cheese might work? (Dan Clark)

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    1. I agree can it work?

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  5. Thank you everyone, so very, very good and easy!!
    Diane, you inspired me girl!!

    Dan, yes my friend, all ranch should work just fine!!

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  6. This looks amazing..my son loves buffalo chicken dip. I do too, specially with sliced cucumbers to dip in it. I also add green onions, but alot more. I will try this casserole sometime soon. Great job chica.

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    1. Cucumbers are one of my favorite dippers too Dee!!

      Thank you so much!!

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  7. I wanna Big Bite!!! Better yet I want to make some!!! mmmmmm

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  8. This sounds awesome Didi! I am making this for my granddaughter's who love my buffalo chicken dip as they will LOVE this!! Like Dan, I will have to sub all ranch dressing for the Blue Cheese as they are not fans. :-)

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    1. Yes, Dan said it was delicious with "all ranch". I can see that, I mean "ranch", lol

      Enjoy my friend!! ♥

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  9. Brilliant combination...2 things I love, hashed brown casserole and Buffalo chicken dip in one dish. I can't wait to make this.

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  10. Brilliant combination...2 things I love, hashed brown casserole and Buffalo chicken dip in one dish. I can't wait to make this.

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    1. Hello and welcome! Thank you for your kind words. If I don't say so myself, this recipe is very easy and delicious!!

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  11. With ranch only? Yes, my friends have made it many times with just ranch and they all said it was delicious!! Being "foodies" like me, they would tell me...
    LOL

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  12. I'm going to make this tonight but I will use a rotisserie chicken & store bought broth. Yummy.

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  13. I can't be near Buffalo Chicken Dip. I will eat the entire bowl until I am sick. This... this casserole, dangerous! Yum!

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    1. I adore it too Kecia, that is why I had to revamp it into a casserole, just so I could share!

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