|Spend the day on YouTube if this is your kind of gay chicken|
I'm quite a ways from Tampa, so I haven't been able to try the original, but after looking at the ingredients and several similar recipes -- many of which made me recoil in horror -- I thought I'd come up with my own more healthy variation.
It's really quite simple to prepare, with only 5 ingredients (in bold below) but it does require a food processor. The end result is a moderately healthy, chunky dip that has always disappeared quickly at get-togethers.
Here's how to make it:
1. Roast a chicken. One of my favourite ways to do this is to cut from one side of the neck through the back to one side of the tail (know what ? Chicken butt) and lay it flat. I like to roast mine with some veggies, like carrots, bell peppers, and a tomato or two (yes, I am aware they are technically a berry and thus a fruit like me). I also like to get some seasoning (dry or wet) under the skin when I cook it like this, but don't go too crazy.
2. After it's ready (meaning, roasted safely and left to rest), enjoy some roast chicken. We don't need much for the recipe, a single breast, or both for extra chunky, and maybe a wing or two, depending on the size of the chicken. In fact, it's probably best to use leftover chicken from the fridge, so put it away and go to sleep.
3. Break a package of cream cheese into a few chunks so it fits into the food processor. Fellow gays can use the low-fat option here.
Here's where my chicken dip radically diverts from others. Because (thankfully) I've rarely endured chicken wings at Hooters (only a gay could say "thankfully" here, though we all seem to enjoy breasts and not only on chickens if you know what I mean), I learned to expect carrot and celery sticks as a mandatory part of the chicken wing experience:
4. Add about 3 decent sized carrots, peeled, and about 5 celery stalks (I break the ends of each stalk backwards and pull back to remove the most fibrous strings). Roughly chop the veggies into about 1 inch pieces and throw them in with the cream cheese in the food processor.
5. Add the heat. I use about half a large bottle of hot sauce but I'll leave this up to your tastes. If you skimp here you'll likely have problems processing unless you add another liquid. Probably because of the veggies, even the "I don't like hot food" crowd doesn't usually have any complaints, though. I usually mix Frank's Red Hot and Louisiana Hot Sauce. I like them both for different reasons, ok ?
Not easy to find (in Toronto try Highland Farms)
6. Start by pulsing the cream cheese, veggies, and hot sauce together until the mixture starts to become unified. You might have to scrape down the sides of the food processor. Then run it for 10 seconds or so to get the mixture relatively smooth.
7. De-bone and take the skin off of your chicken wings and breast(s) and chop the meat into the size of chunk you'd like to see later on your chips. If you'd like to include any fat or chicken skin (bad gay, but I'm there with ya'), chop it up separately and throw it into the food processor and give it a whirl with the dip mixture first, but keep your white meat chunks separate in a large bowl.
8. In the the large bowl, fold the dip mixture from the food processor and the chunks of chicken together ("fold" is gay for gently combining to preserve your chicken chunks).
9. For best flavour, heat the finished dip on medium in a saucepan to a boil, stirring frequently, before serving.
10. Let it cool a bit, then put it in bowls (if you're sharing there will be a run for it so split it up) and serve with whatever you've got that will stand up to a dip like this. I usually go with multigrain tortilla chips.
Yum. This was my lunch today and I'm looking forward to the leftovers.
Most other recipes call for some sort of Blue Cheese, either in chunk or salad dressing form. Unlike some I don't hate blue cheese, but I also don't need it (or its added fat and calories) to have a Buffalo Chicken experience.
|"Well, I never !"|
There you go -- not a typical recipe, nor a typical blog post from yours truly, but if you try it I think you'll agree that this is not your typical kitchen project, either. Make it your own if you must tamper with perfection, but in whatever form it takes, this seemingly simple creation will be with you forever. It's a crowd pleaser that won't leave your party goers lethargic, and that's a noble goal in this summer heat.