With Super Bowl Sunday around the corner, you may be starting to plan your game day menu. Few foods are as commonly associated with this occasion as buffalo wings. Buffalo chicken dip is a popular variant of this classic dish and incorporates all of the flavors of buffalo wings into a warm, creamy dip that goes perfectly with fresh veggies and chips.
- Swap in Neufchatel cheese instead of traditional cream cheese. It has less calories and 1/3 less fat than regular cream cheese but still has great flavor and a nice creamy texture. It melts very well and is a good healthy option for dishes such as hot dips and creamy pasta sauces.
- Nonfat Greek yogurt instead of bottled Ranch or Blue Cheese Dressing. Greek yogurt adds a great tangy flavor that complements the spicy hot sauce but with none of the fat and only a fraction of the sodium of bottled dressings. Plus, Greek yogurt is naturally thick and creamy (even the nonfat variety), packed with protein and low in carbohydrates. To read more about Greek yogurt, CLICK HERE.
- Dried spices to add flavor. Because I don’t use a prepared salad dressing, I up the flavor by stirring in dried spices like garlic powder and onion powder. This also cuts down on sodium. Remember to use garlic and onion powder, not garlic or onion salt.
- No shredded cheese in the dip. Many buffalo chicken dip recipes stir a lot of shredded cheese into the dip. I found the texture of the dip from the Neuchatel cheese and yogurt to be rich and creamy enough that it didn’t need any extra cheese. But for you cheese lovers out there, feel free to sprinkle some shredded cheddar cheese or crumbled blue cheese on top.
Healthy Buffalo Chicken Dip