Updated: Feb 1
I LOVE this recipe for so many reasons.
People love it.
It's a shareable one-dish keto snack that no one even realizes is keto ;)
Use this recipe to make super tender pulled chicken in the instant pot or slow cooker. Then follow the recipe below. You can always switch up the cheese, I used cheddar but have improvised with whatever is in the fridge (pepper jack, Monterrey jack, even mozzarella). Also, add more buffalo sauce to taste and choose spicy or mild to your preference.
This makes enough for 6-8 people (depending how many other apps you have and how hungry you are) and the leftovers reheat SO well. It's the perfect football Sunday food, party app, shareable snack. And it works great as a quesadilla filling too!
To keep it keto, use celery sticks to scoop the dip. If you're sharing, other people can choose to use tortilla chips, crackers or bread, so it's a great shareable keto-optional dish :)
3 lbs pulled chicken (thighs, breasts, or a mix)
1/2 tablespoon avocado oil
2 tablespoons ranch seasoning
1/2 cup diced sweet onion
3-4 cloves crushed garlic (remove the green part, that can taste bitter)
1/2 cup (or more to taste) Frank's Red Hot Buffalo sauce (or your favorite buffalo sauce)
8 ounces (one block) of full fat cream cheese
1 cup grated mild or medium cheddar - split into 2 halves
Have a baking dish large enough for the dip handy. I typically use 9X9,
Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add avocado oil and sauté your onion and garlic until translucent.
Turn the heat to low, add the cream cheese and ranch seasoning. You're just looking to melt the cheese and mix in the ranch seasoning well. Once it's mixed, remove from the heat.
In a large bowl, combine your pulled chicken, buffalo sauce, ranch, cream cheese, and 1/2 the cheddar until mixed well. Spread into your baking dish.
Cover the dip with the remaining cheddar (I'm never opposed to grating up more for an extra cheesy top layer!)
Bake at 400 degrees for about 10 minutes until the cheese is bubbly, or refrigerate and serve later (you'll have to increase the time in the oven to about 15 min if reheating from cold). Enjoy!