Three Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipes with a Healthy Twist

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Buffalo chicken dip served at New Year's can have a healthy twist. There's no reason to start 2012 off bloated and feeling guilty. Check out our 3 healthy buffalo chicken dip recipes that can be prepared low calorie, very tasty and with lower salt.

Betty Crocker's healthy buffalo chicken dip, but modified (you can use fat-free if desired)

Here's what you'll need:

1 package (8 oz) 1/3-less-fat cream cheese (Neufchâtel), softened
1/2 cup low fat ranch dressing
1/3 cup buffalo wing sauce
2 tablespoons water
1 1/2cups shredded cooked chicken breast
1 cup shredded reduced-fat Colby-Monterey Jack cheese blend or reduced-fat Cheddar cheese (4 oz)
2 tablespoons chopped green onions (2 medium)
Your favorite veggies or whole grain crackers.

How to prepare: Beat the cream cheese with an electric mixer while you heat the oven to 350 degrees. Blend in the dressing, buffalo wing sauce and water.

Stir in the chicken and cheese then spread the entire mixture into an ungreased 1-quart baking dish or 9-inch pie plate; cover with foil and bake for 30 to 35 minutes. When it's bubbly, take it out of the oven and top with onions.

A favorite from the Healthy Apron

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This recipe from the Healthy Apron is spicy

What you'll need:

3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, shredded
2 (8 0z) packages reduced fat cream cheese
1/3-1/2 cup Frank’s Red Hot

Only if you want:

1/2 cup Ranch dressing
1 cup of shredded cheddar or Monteray Jack cheeses
Green onions for garnish

How to prepare: Cook the chicken thoroughly, then shred it.
Put the chicken and cream cheese in a skillet and stir until smooth. Put in Frank's Red Hot (or other hot sauce) to taste. You can add onions, ranch dressing or cheese if desired, but the dip is good with just the first 3 ingredients.

Here's a great video for buffalo chicken dip from Hope Danielson, Health and Wellness advisor for the County Market.

Buffalo chicken dip is a great addition for party or tailgating festivities. Make your dip healthier with these three great recipes.

Resource links:
Betty Crocker
The Healthy Apron
The County Market

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