Are you looking for a last minute Super Bowl Party Recipe that won't leave you bloated & broken out? Well you've come to the right place!
Let me just start by saying, holy crap you guys I have been SO busy recently. Like not a free second to myself. It's been cray cray & to my own surprise I kinda love it! I don't like the stressful moments, but as long as I stay organized I feel okay!
It's Tuesday and I haven't even watched the new episode of Bachelor that came out last night! *insert 'home alone' shocked face*
To be fair I have been staying up late at night reading for pleasure... But it's time I SHOULD be sleeping... SO I feel like it really doesn't count as 'free time'. I was reading two different books my friend Kelly leant me called Graceling & Fire both by Kristin Cashore. Those books were just so good I couldn't put them down by sleeping!
Now that they're done I'm back to adulting and actually sleeping at decent hours. Do people still stay up late reading these days? Am I like way in the stone age to be doing this? Regardless, if you liked books like The HungerGames, Harry Potter, His Dark Materials, and other things of this nerdy variety, you will love these books.
I know you guys didn't come here to hear how I'm doing, nor did you ask for book recommendations - you just want this magical recipe, and that's what I'm here to give you so let's move on! Let's make your life more so magical with this here recipe!
Because you should be able to enjoy CREAMY delicious goodness without worry about your skin breaking out for a week after the fact or some crazy bloating!!! RIGHT!?
So I want to give you a little back story on this dip first. Because I have a relationship with this dip and it goes way back! Also I do want to say, if you're following AIP (Paleo Auto-Immune Protocol) or not eating nightshades right now... Then I am very sorry. You could however just sub the hot sauce with chicken broth and make a white dip instead?
Just a thought.
Okay so YEARS ago I think maybe 7 years ago now I found this buffalo chicken dip on allrecipe.com and I used to make it every year sometimes multiple times in the year. Because I loved it just that much and I loved sharing it's amazingness with people. Duh!
Hubby and I would eat it with tortilla chips, or big baguettes of bread. I made it (and still sometimes make it for parties, I just don't eat it) for the super bowl, new years parties, by brother made that recipe for his students when they had a potluck thing, and it was honestly just awesome.
If you've EVER attended one of my parties, you have probably eaten this unhealthy dip. Because I know it's delicious and if I didn't eat healthy than I probably would've eaten it also! I mean clearly, because I used to eat it.
Needless to say with ingredients like sour cream, cream cheese, shredded cheese, and ranch dressing - I haven't eaten that shit since 2012. Because I'm sorry but those ingredients are NASTY. Plus I'm not about that life.
But that doesn't mean I didn't MISS the heck out of that delicious nastiness. Because I did.
ENTER THIS MAGICAL DIP.
I was inspired by the dip I so missed eating and I knew I had to set out to make something that could stand up to that old unhealthy dip that was a staples in our diets. And I'm happy to say that I HAVE!
Even my husband super loves this recipe and you guys it's legit PALEO. I promise I didn't use and cheese or heavy cream in this bad boy but it's creamy nonetheless. It does take a bit of time and work since you make it in the slow cooker, but it' totally worth it.
Personally I made a batch in the crock pot yesterday and it's currently sitting in it's pot in my freezer. The pot is what the dip is in, in the pictures here, and it goes directly into my mini crock pot. On game day I'll take it out in the morning and have it heat up in there on low all day.
Can you say delicious perfection? I can!
Quick note: I gave options below using butter, ghee, or coconut oil. The flavor is BEST with butter or ghee, but coconut oil is a suitable alternative as well! Just decide based on what works best for your body right now! Okie... Let's move on to this recipe!
Paleo Creamy Buffalo Chicken dip
Cook time: 4 hours Serves 6-10
1.5 lbs Organic Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs
1/2 cup Franks Red Hot Sauce (add 1/4 cup more for even spicier dip!)
1/2 cup raw cashews
1 cup hot water
1/2 head cauliflower
1/2 cup organic chicken stock or bone broth
1/8 cup brewers nutritional yeast
1 tbsp lemon juice
1/4 tsp ground mustard
1 tsp granulated garlic
1 tsp sea salt
2 tbsp dried parsley
1 green onion for garnish
Place the raw chicken into the crockpot with the hot sauce on high for 4 hours. At the same time place the raw cashews into a separate bowl and cover with boiling hot water. Cover and soak the cashews for about 4 hours or until the chicken is done.
When the chicken has about an hour left, cut your 1/2 head of cauliflower into florets. Add chicken stock and cauliflower florets to a separate pot and steam for around 10 - 15 minutes or until fork tender and the stock has mostly evaporated. The longer the better.
In a food processor or high speed blender add the soaked cashews (with soaking water), seasonings, lemon juice, ACV, butter, nutritional yeast, and cauliflower with remaining chicken stock from the pot and process.
Process on high for around 1 minute until everything is smooth and completely combined.
Once the chicken is done, shred the chicken using two forks directly in the crockpot. There will be a lot of liquid, don't drain it! The chicken should fall apart easily. Then pour the "cheese" sauce mixture from your food processor into the crock pot over the spicy chicken and stir well to combine.
Let the flavors blend in the crockpot for at least 5 minutes or make a day in advance for a fuller flavor. It tastes best after at least an hour or overnight!
Slice and garnish with green onions.
Serve with corn free tortilla chips like these Siete ones, fries, celery, broccoli, or some gluten free bread and enjoy!
Okay I know that might seem like a lot but man oh man this dip is so good. As I mentioned mine is sitting in my freezer right now just waiting for game day in a few days! I'll be curious to see if any of my guests can tell it's paleo or at the very least dairy free... I'm thinking NOT!
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Okie have an awesome week everyone and keep your eyes peeled for a super fun super bowl TREAT that's coming later this week (hint: on Thursday)!