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Favorite Chicken Queso Dip

By Charlotte on September 5, 2014 6:34 AM

Bob says a dash of hot sauce makes most anything better. He adds it to Chick-fil-A sandwiches, ketchup, even pimento cheese.

So I knew my guy would be game when the folks at SAAS hot sauce asked us to try their "flavor that brings you home." Developed by students who wanted to make money for a good cause, this rich red pepper sauce is a blend of fresh red jalapeños, orange habaneros and spices.

Since they had my attention at jalapeños (my weakness!), I decided to makeover our standard Chicken Queso Dip. I used SAAS Original Hot Sauce, shredded grilled chicken breast from our freezer, Velveta, Rotel tomatoes with green chiles and spices.

Hot sauce, tomatoes with green chiles and attention-getting spices make this Boomer Brief favorite irresistible.

Chicken Dip Ingredients-600.jpgIf you don't have grilled chicken on-hand, try boiled or deli white meat. Either way, start by heating the chicken in the oven so it's easier to shred. You can get great texture using two forks or by putting the chicken in your stand mixer for a few minutes, my newest trick. (Thank you, Pinterest!)

Before mixing the chicken with the other six ingredients, I soaked it in the SAAS hot sauce to give it some heat. What a yummy way to perk up the flavor! 

This spicy chicken-and-cheese combo makes a satisfying snack supper for two or an addictive, game-day appetizer.

Chicken Dip Ready to Eat-600.jpgSaas Hot Sauce.jpgHeartier than standard queso, this spicy chicken-and-cheese combo makes a satisfying snack supper for two or an addictive, game-day appetizer. Bob and I enjoyed it so much we practically licked the bowl! Just keep in mind that this recipe makes a thick queso. If you prefer your queso thinner, use only 16 ounces Velveeta.

SAAS Hot Sauce comes in two flavors: Original (which also adds a nice kick to barbeque chicken sandwiches) and Onion Garlic.  
It's $1.49 for 3.5 ounces, $3.49 for 11.6 ounces and $5.49 for 18.3 ounces. Check Eatsaas.com for stores.

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Favorite Chicken Queso Dip

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Place chicken breast in small pan, add water, cover and heat at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until warm.

Meanwhile, combine cheese, tomatoes with juice, chives, cumin and garlic powder in a large glass bowl.

When chicken is warm, shred it and sprinkle with hot sauce. Then add it to the cheese mixture and cover with wax paper. Microwave on high six minutes or until cheese is melted, stirring after three minutes.

Serve with corn tortilla chips.  

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Prepare your own Mexican quick fix with this Chipotle-inspired bowl. Carbs are moderated by filling the bowl with beans, extra veggies and chicken. No need for rice, since the beans count as carbs.


If you love tomatoes, increase the quantity to 1/2 cup, but note that the carbohydrates will also increase.

If preparing this recipe for one person, cut all of the ingredients in half. Or simply prepare the full recipe up to the end of step 2 and store leftover chicken and vegetable-bean mixture in separate airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat in the microwave on High for 1 to 2 minutes, or until heated through, and continue with step 3.

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