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BUFFALO CHICKEN SPINACH DIP & GRILLED SAMMIE

Ingredients:

  • Rotisserie or Oven Baked Chicken Breast (Shredded)
  • 1 tbsp. Garlic Powder
  • 1 tbsp. Onion Powder
  • 1 tbsp. Salt
  • 1 tsp. Cumin
  • 1 tsp.  Smoked Paprika
  • 1 tsp. Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp. Black Pepper
  • 2-3 tbsp. Vegetable, or Olive
  • 2-3 tbsp. Salted Butter
  • 1/2 cup Wing or Hot Sauce (Frank’s Red Hot or Your Favorite Hot Sauce)
  • 1/2 cup Whipped Cream Cheese (Or whip the block cream cheese)
  • 2 cups Fresh Spinach, (roughly chop the spinach for easier sauté)
  • 1/3 cup Sour Cream
  • 1/2 cup shredded Sharp Cheddar, (will also use additional for final dip)
  • 1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack (will also use additional for final dip)
  • 1/2 cup shredded Mozzarella Cheese (will also use additional for final dip)
  • 1/2 cup shredded Gouda Cheese (will also use additional for final dip)
  • Chopped or sliced Green Onions, (for garnish)
  • Your Favorite Tortilla Chips
  • Crispy French Bread (Cut in slices)
  • Hawaiian Bread Slices or Texas Toast

Instructions

  • Oven roast chicken breasts (with salt, garlic, onion, pepper) or purchase Rotisserie chicken pieces.
  • Shred chicken and add to a medium size bowl.
  • Combine the seasonings in a small bowl and mix thoroughly.
  • Add season mixture to the chicken.  Leave about 2 tablespoons of seasoning to add later in the dip.
  • Over medium heat, add oil in a large non-stick pan and add chicken and cook for about 3-4 minutes until browned
  • Add hot sauce and seasoning into the shredded chicken. Stir mixture and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the whipped cream cheese and stir with chicken and hot sauce.
  • Add the spinach and cook for 3-4 minutes until the spinach has wilted.
  • Add the sour cream and 3/4 cup of mixed cheeses until fully combined.
  • Transfer the dip to an oven-safe bowl and sprinkle with 1/4 cup of remaining shredded cheese. Broil for 2-3 minutes until the top is browned.
  • Sprinkle with green onions, and serve hot with Tortilla Chips or Sliced French bread

For Grilled Buffalo Chicken Spinach Cheese Sammie

  • Prior to adding dip to oven safe bowl for baking. You may add additional cheeses to your liking.  Add 2 tbsp. of dip spread to one slice of bread and 2 tbsp. to second slice of bread. Spread dip on both slices
  • Put both slices together.
  • Add 2 tbsps. of butter to medium hot nonstick pan
  • Add sandwich to pan and brown on both sides for 2-3 minutes or until golden brown and cheese is melted.

Remove Grilled Cheese from pan and plate.

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