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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10 Totally Awesome Sandwiches

10 Totally Awesome Sandwiches

10 Totally Awesome Sandwiches

August is National Sandwich Month, and as someone who is desperately in love with bread, I’m all for this. Here are 10 totally awesome sandwiches for you to sink your teeth into.

Feed a bunch of hungry faces all at once with these Mini Ham and Cheese Sandwiches. Little is awesome.

The British will put just about anything on a sandwich. Don’t believe me? Check out Things British People Put Between Two Slices of Bread.

Everybody loves a grilled cheese. Make it fancy with a Fig Jam & Smoked Gouda Grilled Cheese.

Perfect for parking yourself in the living room on game day, Cheesy Meatball Sliders are completely outrageous.

Maybe I’ll eat a vegetable if it’s in a gooey grilled cheese. Try this Calzone Grilled Cheese

Have a Bacon Egg Salad Sandwich because bacon, duh.

A Cholesterol Sandwich is life.

Apple and cheddar is a classic combination. Bring them together in an Apple Butter & Sharp Cheddar Grilled Cheese.

I love a sandwich at breakfast, especially when it’s as indulgent as this Pumpkin Butter Dark Chocolate Stuffed French Toast.

I might eat glass if it had Buffalo sauce on it. This Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese is much better than that.

What’s your favorite sandwich?

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Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese

Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

You guys!!! My oven is broken. It’s distressing to say the least. I feel like I’m wandering around in a daze. I just don’t know what to do with myself, as if I’ve lost an appendage or something. I’m really quite pathetic.

The last thing I made in it was the transformer chicken for this recipe. Then two hours later, I set my oven to preheat for a totally awesome gluten-free, dairy-free chocolate cake I wanted to share with you guys. I went to put my carefully crafted cake batter into to oven with all those lovely tiny bubbles I’d built into the eggs to make it rise beautifully, and that’s when I realized that the oven was still stone cold.  Tragedy!

Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

It happened on the Friday before Easter which is a four day weekend in Scotland, so the property manager couldn’t even call the repair company until the following Tuesday. Turns out the part that needs replacing is obsolete, so the good news is I’m getting a brand new oven. The bad news is, I have no idea when this is going to happen.

Luckily, it doesn’t matter how you cook your chicken for this gooey, spicy, crunchy, awesome Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese. Any cooked chicken can be shredded up and tossed in spicy buffalo sauce. Then we just smash together some cheeses and ranch dressing, spread them on whatever bread we have on hand, give the outside a good smear of butter, and slap it in a hot skillet until golden brown, crunchy, and so awesome.

Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Fingers crossed our oven gets replaced soon, so I can get back to normal and make a damn cake. Until then more Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese for everyone!

Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese
Serves 2
Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese is spicy, gooey, crunchy, and totally awesome.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 tablespoon ranch dressing
  2. 3 tablespoons cream cheese
  3. 2 tablespoons crumbled blue cheese
  4. 2 tablespoons shredded cheddar cheese
  5. 1/2 cup shredded cooked chicken
  6. 2 to 4 tablespoons buffalo sauce (depending on how spicy you like it)
  7. 4 slices of bread
  8. 2 tablespoons softened butter
Instructions
  1. Preheat a non-stick skillet over medium heat.
  2. In a small bowl, use a fork to smash together the ranch dressing, cream cheese, blue cheese, and shredded cheddar. Just mix and mash til it's all incorporated.
  3. In a separate bowl, toss your shredded chicken in the buffalo sauce until it's all coated.
  4. Lay out your four slices of bread and evenly divide your cheese mixture onto each slice, smearing it gently across the bread. Divide your chicken amongst two slices of bread, then top the chicken side with the cheese only side. You know how to make a sandwich.
  5. Lightly butter the outside of the top of each sandwich and place them, butter side down, into your hot skillet. While the first side is cooking, butter the top of each sandwich so it's ready to flip.
  6. Cook for three to five minutes on each side depending on how brown and crunchy you like your grilled cheese.
  7. Serve with lots of napkins.
Notes
  1. Measurements do not need to be exact.
Adapted from Grilled Cheese Social
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