Barbecue Chicken Dip | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Barbecue Chicken Dip

Barbecue Chicken Dip | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Guys, there’s something to be said for a little external validation. While I certainly wouldn’t recommend anyone relying on it, I’m not gonna lie; when someone tells me they like what I’m doing, I eat it up.

Real talk. I’ve been struggling with a desire to let this blog die for well over a year now. Since settling in Glasgow, I’ve struggled with finding the time and energy to create quality posts. I’ve watched my page views plummet as Pinterest became pay to play and stopped showing my followers my pins unless I gave them my money. And we all know I don’t have a lot of that. I mean, that’s kind of the whole concept of this blog. It’s been so disheartening to see a project I love really floundering and knowing it was at least partly my fault. 

My default mode is to assume that I suck. Normally when people try to compliment me, my urge is to punch them in the face and then crawl under the table and die. Last night, I got to hear some really kind words about this blog, and they are giving me life. 

Barbecue Chicken Dip | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

What does all of that have to do with Barbecue Chicken Dip? You guessed it. Absolutely nothing. Except that this is a totally awesome recipe, and so are all of you. We’ve got creamy, cheesy, sweet, and smoky all playing together in this delicious hot dip. You could serve this in a party spread, but if you want to have it for dinner, I won’t tell.

I use some Transformer Chicken chopped up super small for this. Basically, you just dump everything into a bowl, smoosh it all together, spread it into a baking dish, heat it up, and then scoop it into your face with some tortilla chips. I held back a little bit of the barbecue sauce for some artistic drizzling. That’s totally optional, but it’s as close as I get to being artsy.

Barbecue Chicken Dip | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Thanks for making me feel awesome, friends. I’m going to try harder to deliver cool posts for you guys because I love you.

Barbecue Chicken Dip
Serves 6
Barbecue Chicken Dip definitely deserves a sweet and smoky place on your next party table.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
25 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
25 min
Ingredients
  1. 12 ounces cooked chicken, chopped small
  2. 8 ounces cream cheese, softened\
  3. 3/4 cup barbecue sauce
  4. 1/4 cup ranch dressing
  5. 1/4 cup sour cream
  6. 1-1/2 cups shredded cheddar
  7. 1 green onion, chopped
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F and spray an 8x8 baking dish with non-stick spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine chicken, cream cheese, barbecue sauce, ranch dressing, sour cream, and 1 cup of the cheddar cheese.
  3. Transfer your mixture to your baking pan and spread it evenly. Sprinkle the last half cup of cheese over the top, along with your chopped green onion. I just cut it with scissors it right over the baking pan.
  4. Bake for about 25 minutes until hot and bubbly. Allow it to cool for 10 minutes before scooping it up with your favorite chips.
Adapted from Plain Chicken
Adapted from Plain Chicken
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Eating Out: Da Smokehouse

Eating Out: Da Smokehouse

Eating Out: Da Smokehouse

Hawaii is packed with Asian food. If you like sushi, yakitori, Korean barbecue, pho, or dim sum, this is the place to be. None of those things are my favorite. If you want some good Southern barbecue, you’re going to have to look a little harder. May I suggest you make your way just past Waikiki, down Hobron Lane to Da Smokehouse? You’re going to love it.

Eating Out: Da Smokehouse

This is a tiny little place on a side street surrounded by high rise condo buildings. It has a local joint kind of feel and the service is friendly, if a bit eccentric. There’s not a bunch of fancy craft beers or weird organic dishes. This is barbecue people. It’s down and dirty. The bar and the menu are simple and straight forward, and it’s exactly what you want.

Eating Out: Da Smokehouse

I ordered the bbq pork sandwich and devoured it in a most embarrassing fashion. The meat is tender and juicy and slathered in spicy, smoky barbecue sauce. I couldn’t put it down. I didn’t want to talk. I just wanted to eat. I also got a side of baked beans, and those were heavenly, too. Smoky and just a bit sweet. Why don’t I eat baked beans every day?

Eating Out: Da Smokehouse

Geoff ordered the hot link sandwich with a side of fries. He’s ridiculously terrible at describing food, so it’s a good thing I tried a bite. The hot links were spicy, but not too hot. What I really noticed was the smoky flavor, which is what makes barbecue so awesome. The fries have the skins on, and they’re perfectly crispy. You can tell they put a lot of love into their food.

Even though Hawaii is very American in many ways, it can also seem completely foreign sometimes, particularly when you’re looking for somewhere to eat. It’s such a treat to find a little barbecue joint tucked away somewhere you wouldn’t expect. With such great food and such reasonable prices, I think I’ll be talking myself out of eating at Da Smokehouse nearly every week. Or I could just eat pulled pork every day forever. That could work, too.

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