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.
If 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!
Heartier 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.
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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