This is always an interesting time of year. Seems like everybody has started trying to eat “healthier” because of the New Year, but yet there also are still a lot of parties going on. Kind of a tricky situation…
Everything from Super Bowl parties to Bachelorette Watch parties there is always a reason to make delicious appetizers. However, unfortunately a lot of those are usually packed with calories. This Lightened Up Buffalo Chicken Dip utilizes nonfat greek yogurt and light cream cheese instead of the traditional full fat sour cream, cream cheese, and butter.
Trust me – the lightened up version is not lightened up in taste. Pair this dip with celery and carrot sticks instead of salty tortilla chips and you definitely have slashed the calories.
I love utilizing my slow cooker for appetizers, especially when you’re goin to be sharing with a crowd. It is easy to transport, keep it warm and yummy, and you can make ahead if needed.
I am currently obsessed with chicken thighs. They are awesome to slow cook on low and then they literally fall apart. Perfect for soups, dips, sandwiches…
If you’re looking for some other lightened up apps to share check out my Sun-Dried Tomato Artichoke Flatbread Recipe :). (Also currently obsessed with artichokes). So I do apologize if I’m making a lot of artichokey items for the next few wks ;).
I love how this all comes together in one pan (slow cooker). Cook the chicken, add all the ingredients until melted together and warm. Enjoy!
If needed you could also make this recipe utilizing already cooked chicken to speed up the process – rotisserie chicken would work well, just chop it up and add all ingredient to slow cooker until warm and melted together.
By the way… did you guys know there are casserole sized crock pots?! I just have a regular one, but I recently came across this on Amazon. These casserole crock pots would be perfect for my Lightened Up Buffalo Chicken Dip. Also would be perfect for when you have to bring a side dish for holidays or whatever and you’re always wondering how are they going to keep it warm? Problem solved…
I also love this cranberry color.
Ok – back to my dip. See it works totally fine in the more traditional crock pot size, but I’m going to have to invest in one of those casserole dish crock pots because just gives it more of a “dip” and more put together sharable vibe. lol I know you’re probably thinking, this girl is nuts. Oh well! lol We’re all a little nuts! Makes life more interesting…
Don’t forget if you make this Lightened Up Buffalo Chicken Dip to share it on instagram… or comment with a picture on Pinterest.
I get so excited when I see people actually making my recipes and enjoying them as much as I do. So cool.
Lightened Up Buffalo Chicken Dip
Perfect lightened up slow cooker appetizer to share at parties, holidays, or just for a game night in with your fam. Enjoy all the tastes you love without the extra calories.
- ~1 lb chicken thighs I used skinless and boneless, but you could use bone-in skin on just need to remove those after cooking
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 Tbsp garlic minced
- 1/8 tsp onion powder
- 1/8 tsp black pepper
- 1 cup Franks hot sauce I recommend Buffalo Frank’s
- 1 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
- 8 ounces light cream cheese
- 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese shredded
- 1 cup part-skim mozzarella cheese shredded
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 cup blue cheese crumbles
- 1/4 cup scallions chopped
Place the chicken thighs in slow cooker. Add the water. Sprinkle the chicken with the minced garlic, onion powder, and pepper. Cook on low for ~8 hrs or until cooked.
Once chicken is cooked, remove from slow cooker. Dump the liquid in bottom. Cut chicken into ~1/2 inch pieces, some might kind of shred up and that’s fine! Add the chicken back into slow cooker.
Add the greek yogurt, light cream cheese, cheddar and mozzarella cheeses, garlic powder and Franks hot sauce to the slow cooker. Mix until combined. Put lid back on and cook atleast 30-45 min before serving. Mix occasionally so cheeses melt together.
Add blue cheese crumbles and scallions on top before serving. Serve with tortilla chips or celery/carrot sticks. Enjoy!
Chicken breasts could also be used instead of chicken thighs. OR if you don’t have 8 hrs to slow cook the chicken you could use already cooked chicken to speed up the process. Serve with cucumber, celery and carrot sticks to slash even more calories!
** I made the serving size 1/4 cup vs the typical 2 Tbsp you see on dip packages, because lets be honest… who only eats 2 Tbsp of this??!!