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Buffalo Chicken Potato Skins with Blue Cheese Dip ~ an easy and filling appetizer sure to please the hungry bunch at your house!
I adore chicken wings but rarely (get to) eat them. Who doesn’t love a basket full of juicy, crispy, spicy, finger-licking-good wings? I love the flavor but not so much the deep fried goodness, so I came up with a lower calorie delicious way to get my Buffalo Chicken fix. Actually this recipe takes care of two cravings in one bite – Potato Skins and Buffalo Chicken with Blue Cheese Dip (bonus!) And… these little boats of deliciousness are the perfect party food. So easy to make and to eat!
The chicken breasts are poached so they’re tender and juicy (and healthier), then shredded and heated with hot sauce to infuse the signature flavor of spicy wings. The mixture is scooped into crispy baked potato skins and topped with a creamy, rich, blue cheese dip.
The dip and chicken can both be made ahead of time and baking potatoes is super easy . You won’t have to miss the game spending the entire day in the kitchen. These are very filling so serve with extra dip and sliced vegetables, you’re all set!
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Buffalo Chicken Potato Skins with Blue Cheese Dip
For the Potato Skins:
- 2 whole skinless boneless chicken breasts
- ½ teaspoon whole black peppercorns or fresh ground pepper
- 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
- 2 cups low sodium chicken broth
- a few sprigs of fresh Thyme
- ½ cup Hot Sauce such as Frank's wing sauce
- 4 large baking potatoes
- Canola oil
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter melted
- Salt and Pepper
- Blue Cheese Dip (see recipe below)
- Extra blue cheese or shredded cheddar for garnish
- Sliced green onions for garnish
- Sliced celery and carrots for serving
For the Dip:
- 8 ounces reduced-fat vegetable cream cheese room temperature
- 8 ounces sour cream
- 4 ounces crumbled blue cheese plus more for garnish
- ½ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon minced fresh dill or parsley plus more for garnish
For the Potato Skins:
- To poach the chicken combine the broth, salt, thyme and peppercorns in a high-sided frying pan or sauté pan. Make sure the broth will almost cover the chicken breasts so use a pan that is just about large enough to fit them in one layer. Bring the broth to a boil and reduce the heat to maintain a simmer. Add the chicken breasts and poach (lightly simmer - do not boil) turning once, about 15 minutes. Turn off the heat and cover the pan. Allow the chicken to rest in the broth and finish cooking for about 15 more minutes. If the breasts are large or thick, allow them to poach an extra 10 minutes or so. Remove the chicken (save about ½ cup of the broth) slice or shred as desired. Refrigerate the chicken if making ahead until ready to use.
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- Using a vegetable brush, scrub and wash the potatoes in clean water making sure to remove any blemishes. Pat the potatoes dry with a paper towel. Rub the potatoes with canola oil and place on a baking sheet. Bake for about 60 minutes or until the potatoes are cooked through. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool slightly. (Leave the oven on)
- When cool enough to handle, cut the potatoes in half lengthwise and scoop out the middle leaving about ½" of potato attached to the skin, forming a boat. Store the extra potato in a container and refrigerate for another use (makes great mashed potatoes!)
- Combine 1 tablespoon canola oil with the melted butter. Brush the mixture on the inside of each potato skin. Add salt and pepper and turn them over and brush the backs of the potatoes. Place the baking sheet back in the oven and cook for about 10 minutes. Turn the potatoes over and continue cooking for about 5 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside.
- While the potatoes are cooking combine the shredded chicken with the hot sauce in a small saucepan. Add a little of the chicken broth to thin as needed. You want the chicken to be moist but not drippy wet. Heat on medium low until hot.
- Fill each potato skin with ⅛ of the chicken, then top with a dollop of the Blue Cheese Dip, additional blue cheese crumbles and sliced green onions if desired. If you prefer top a few with cheddar cheese in place of the blue cheese. Plain sour cream goes well with the cheddar Buffalo Chicken Skins.
- Serve with carrots and celery and additional Blue Cheese Dip
For the Dip:
- Mix all ingredients together in a medium bowl. Beat on medium speed until blended and smooth. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Garnish with fresh dill or parsley
- For the Potato Skins, substitute leftover baked or rotisserie chicken for the poached chicken for a super quick appetizer.
- Recipe for Blue Cheese Dip slightly adapted from a recipe on Health.com.
- Blue Cheese Dip makes 2 cups.
Poached chicken is super tender and full of great flavor. This poaching method can be used for all your favorite recipes calling for cooked chicken breasts. It’s wonderful sliced for a hearty salad and can even be cooked in wine instead of broth. The Blue Cheese Dip is also great served with a vegetable tray or bowl of chips. And of course potato skins are pretty great with just cheddar cheese, bacon and sour cream. All three components come together in an amazing filling appetizer sure to please your weekend sports fan!
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