Creamy Buffalo Chicken Bake

Monday, February 28, 2011

I have good news again today! I lost 5.4 lbs this week. This is mainly due to the gain I had last week from the weekend binge eating I had did. I am still so happy with it. I actually like the scale now that I am only 23 lbs away from goal and I am at my lowest weight in years! I hope to be at goal by this summer just in time for bathing suit season! I can't wait!

I think I found a new lean and green favorite! I absolutely love how this came out! I got the inspiration from Melissa aka Want2BeThin789 from the Medifast Forums. She was telling me about this wonderful recipe she was making and I had to try it. You guys may know it as Buffalo Chicken Dip. I had to change the measurements of some of the ingredients to make it more OP for a lean and green meal, but I still loved it! I am a huge fan of buffalo chicken wings so this sure hit the spot. Why didn't I know about this recipe during football season?! Ha, ha. I am glad I know it now. I was debating if I should make it as whole chicken breasts cooked with the sauce spread over the top, but then I diced to chop up the chicken into chunks so all the sauce really gets on every bite of chicken. Either way works. I think shredded would be great for a dip though. Honestly, I have seen the original recipe floating around with rave reviews but I never thought about making it because I didn't think we could have it. Well, now you know. Yes, we can!

I wanted to note that this recipe uses a light ranch dressing and not a fat free one. This is because I used it as a healthy fat. A dressing is considered a healthy fat when it meets the following criteria:

Fat: More than 5 grams (HV Ranch has 7 grams)
Calories: 40-80 (HV Ranch has 80)
Carbs: Less than 6 grams (HV Ranch has 3 grams)

A dressing is considered a condiment when it meets the following criteria:

Fat: Less than 5 grams
Calories: 40-80
Carbs: Less than 1 gram

You can use 1/4 cup fat free ranch dressing if it has less than 1 carb and treat it as 2 condiments. Then you would use 2 tbsp of regular cream cheese as your two healthy fats.

I hope you enjoy it as much as me! I made two servings of this so I wouldn't have to cook the next day but you could cut everything in half and make 1 serving. Don't forget to add your green though! I added 1 cup of celery sticks and a 1/2 cup of red pepper slices. Enjoy because I sure will!


Creamy Buffalo Chicken Bake
(Aka Buffalo Chicken Dip)
Slightly adapted from Melissa Aka Want2BeThin789

Ingredients:
14 oz raw, boneless, skinless chicken breasts - yields 9 oz cooked (1 1/2 Lean)
2 oz or 1/2 cup 2% reduced fat cheddar cheese (1/2 Lean)
1/4 cup Frank's Hot Wings Sauce (2 Condiments)
1/4 cup Light Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing  (2 Healthy Fats)
2 tbsp reduced fat cream cheese (2 Condiments)
6 Servings of Veggies (6 Greens)

Directions:
 Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake chicken breasts for 30-35 minutes or until cooked. Remove chicken breasts from pan and chop the chicken into small pieces. Place chicken inside of a baking dish. Set aside.
In a small sauce pan, combine Frank's Hot Wings Sauce, ranch dressing and cream cheese. Heat over medium high heat, stirring until cream cheese is completely melted. Once melted, pour the sauce mixture over chicken. Then sprinkle with cheddar cheese. Bake for an additional 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted. Serve with 1 1/2 cups of celery or your favorite veggies for a complete lean and green meal.

2 Servings with 1 Complete Lean and Green, 2 Condiments and 1 Healthy Fat per serving

*Note: You can use 1/4 cup fat free ranch dressing if it has less than 1 carb and will be treated as 2 condiments. Then use 2 tbsp of regular cream cheese as your two healthy fats.


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