Straight Fire: Mixing the Best Chicken Wing Dip
When tailgating season arrives, one go-to food to make you a guaranteed hit is a great dip.
Plenty of bags of chips will be opened, and there’s no better way to make them better than a tasty dip that brings out the texture of a chip.
If you’re a fan of chips with a little kick to them, why not serve up some chicken wing dip to all of your guests?
It offers the satisfaction of the chicken wing flavor without all of the messy cleanup of chicken wing bones.
Be prepared to get asked for your secret recipe when you serve up this dip at your next event.
How Do You Make a Good Chicken Wing Dip?
The best chicken wing dip isn’t very complicated.
That’s the biggest secret about a great dip that you bring to tailgate parties. You might become an overnight sensation with your friends, and they’ll think you spent days crafting the talk of the party.
The truth is that you can throw together an excellent flavor without more than a few hours of prep time.
As long as you have access to a good slow cooker or a stove top and the required ingredients, you’ll be able to mix together your dip the night before the game.
How Should I Serve Chicken Wing Dip?
Hot or cold, the dip that comes out of this recipe will be insanely popular. It’s up to you how you wish to serve the dip. Either hot or cold will be just as tasty.
If you’re able to pull it off, serving the dip immediately as it comes out of the slow cooker or stove top is amazing. The texture allows the dip to soak into the dippers, softening the texture while leaving the same satisfying crunch you expect to come with anything you would dunk into a dip. If you have the space and an electrical hookup, you could even bring the slow cooker with you.
Serving this dip cold works just as well. This will be easier, as you can store and chill it overnight without worrying about losing any freshness or taste.
With a cold dip, it more closely resembles something you would get out of a jar with its temperature. The taste, however, won’t trick anyone into thinking you just yanked this from a shelf. They’ll know you spent time mixing this yourself.
What Can I Use to Make Chicken Wing Dip?
There are two methods we will use in this recipe to mix your dip. You can choose between using a saucepan on your stove top, or using a slow cooker, like a Crock Pot.
If you have one, we recommend the slow cooker. Allowing everything to marinate and soak over a long period of time gives you the most flavor possible, and before you know it, entire bags of chips and tubs of celery sticks will disappear.
As mentioned above, you could even serve it directly out of a slow cooker and turn your dip into a conversation piece as game time approaches.
However, don’t discount the stove top method. You’ll have to do a bit more mixing and monitoring, but you will also save a lot of time if you’re in a hurry to finish the dip and get it in the fridge or out the door.
What Are the Ingredients for Chicken Wing Dip?
Listed below is everything you’ll need to throw together a delicious dip to take with you to your tailgate party.
Although there are several components to this list, only the first five are used in the actual dip. The rest are simply for dipping into your creation and enjoying the final product.
How Is Chicken Wing Dip Made on the Stove?
For the faster method, use the stove top to mix together this delicious dip. It will save you several hours and you’ll be able to pull this off in a matter of minutes before you need to store the dip or take it right with you to the game.
To begin, grease your pan with olive oil or your favorite non-stick spray. Choose medium-high heat, around a 6 or a 7; anything higher is going to risk burning your ingredients. Before the oil or spray begins to smoke, combine the chicken and hot sauce. Make sure it spreads out evenly and that the sauce coats all of the chicken. Let the chicken and sauce heat until you notice bubbles appearing. This shouldn’t take any longer than 3 minutes.
Once you see it consistently bubbling, you can move forward. This is where you can stir in the Ranch dressing, shredded cheese, and the cream cheese. This will bring the temperature back down, so you need to wait until the bubbling resumes.
Give it some time and keep stirring so everything doesn’t settle and risk sticking to the pan. When the bubbling resumes, you can let it cook for another 5 minutes.
Seriously, you’re done here!
If you want, you can now transfer it to a slow cooker if you wish to keep it warm on your way to the game. Otherwise, move the dip to a plastic container to store in the fridge.
How is Chicken Wing Dip Made in a Slow Cooker?
Making this dip in a slow cooker doesn’t require you to separate much of anything. Like any good recipe in a slow cooker, the added time gives the dip enough time to soak in itself, sealing in a flavor you will find yourself craving for days.
If you’re going down the slow cooker route, you might want to leave the cream cheese out to lower its temperature. This will make stirring less stressful on your wrist and arms.
Take the chicken, shredded cheese, Ranch dressing, cream cheese, and hot sauce, and pour it all into the pot. Don’t leave anything behind as you stir vigorously – this might take a bit, especially with the thick texture of the cream cheese. Once it morphs into one texture and becomes a solid color, you’re ready to turn on the slow cooker.
Depending on how much time you have before you need to serve, you can set this on low or high. Cooking on low should be done for 3 or 4 hours, while high gets this dip ready to eat in 2 hours.
Check in on the dip every now and then to ensure that it’s bubbling. After the time expires, you’re ready to serve the dip with anything you have picked out for dipping.
What Are Some of the Best Dippers for Chicken Wing Dip?
When you hear “dip,” you usually go right to the idea of chips for enjoying it. The undeniable marriage of texture between a salty tortilla corn chip and a smooth dip will make anyone go back for seconds, thirds, and eventually wonder where the dip went.
There are, of course, alternatives to the carb-heavy chips that you can dunk. Setting out a tray of fresh vegetables is a perfect choice for those who want a slightly healthier option. Chicken wing dip is perfect for carrots, cauliflower, and celery.
In fact, you can chop up entire sticks of celery if you don’t feel like taking the time to chop all of those veggies. You could also pick up a tray of vegetables at the store and swap out the included dip with your homemade creation.
How Can I Make Chicken Wing Dip Healthier?
If you’re especially health-conscious, you might balk at the calorie count on the ingredients included in this dip. Hot sauce and chicken are fat-free, but you might be worried about the sodium level in each. Look for low-sodium chicken in a can, and you can find the same variation of hot sauce in any store.
Cream cheese comes in fat-free forms and swapping this into your recipe won’t change the texture or flavor too much.
The same goes for Ranch dressing, but remember that this dressing is high in calories to begin with. If you’re concerned about that, you can swap fat-free yogurt for the dressing and reduce the number of calories all around.
Finishing and Serving Your Chicken Wing Dip
Once done with your dip, wow your guests with your presentation.
You might even consider serving this inside a bread bowl, adding a velvety texture to the rest of your dip. This chicken wing dip is so delicious – you might cause someone to forget about the upcoming game completely.
Make sure they don’t blame you if they miss the final score as they scramble to get the recipe from you.