A Spin on Vegan Buffalo Chicken Dip

Vegan Buffalo Chicken Dip

This vegan buffalo chicken dip is perfect for any holiday gathering. Many vegans struggle with enjoying comfort foods around the holidays, but this recipe offers a health-conscious spin on an American classic! You might already know that Buffalo Chicken Dip is a modern spin on the classic Buffalo Chicken wing recipe. The original recipe dates back to the 1960s when people were growing bored with traditional salt and pepper chicken recipes, and becoming increasingly experimental in the kitchen.

With many varieties –  served as wings, fries, nuggets, popcorn, shrimp, or cauliflower – the buffalo flavor is what makes this classic so unique.

Challenges on the vegan diet

For vegans, chicken is off the menu. But we still love barbeque, Italian, and buffalo flavors.

A common complaint on the vegan diet is its absence of “comfort foods.” Unable to enjoy traditional meals with friends and family members, many vegans revert to their old eating habits forgoing the health benefits of the vegan diet altogether. Consequently, this leaves a bad taste in vegan mouths.

As your taste buds become more sensitive to the subtle flavors of fruits and veggies, you might develop cravings for the foods you grew up eating.

Thankfully, the internet has given us thousands of recipes that offer tasty satisfaction and health conscious alternatives for the vegan diet. Here’s a Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe that’s even better than the real thing.

Can the dip be used as an ingredient in another dish?

Our vegan buffalo chicken dip recipe goes great with and inside a number of dishes. By adding a little oil to the recipe, it can be used as a sauce rather dan a dip. It can also be added into buffalo chicken casserole, various pastas, or buffalo mac n cheese recipes.

Recipe Pairings

Buffalo chicken has such a distinct flavor, you might be wondering what to make alongside the dish. Fortunately, there are many pairings with other foods & beverages.

Like most vegan dip recipes – carrots, cucumbers, broccoli, and pita – are great for dipping.

Another great dipper, a bit less healthy, is french fries. Eliminating the meat substitute from your meal, and allowing the chicken in your buffalo dip to replace it can be pretty satisfying.

It’s no surprise that beer also pairs well with vegan and non-vegan chicken wings. It pairs well with buffalo chicken dip, too.

If you’ve ever been to Hooters, or tailgated, you’ve likely heard about this dynamic duo. Vodka also pairs well with buffalo chicken dip. But be sure to use a gluten-free, flavorless vodka.

According to the most popular vodka brands today, an organic, gluten-free vodka with low viscosity will enhance food pairings without the burning sensation going down or distracting aftertaste. If you’re feeling frisky, you can even add a teaspoon of organic vodka to the recipe!

Where Did the Buffalo Chicken Recipe Originate?

There have been many different attempts to pinpoint the origin of buffalo flavored wings.

They’re said to have originated at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York to sell more inexpensive and undesirable chicken, which was only used for stock or soup at the time.

According to Wikipedia.org, other origin stories suggest that the Bellissimo family deep fried chicken wings and tossed them in cayenne hot sauce to feed their son and his friends on a budget.
When there was a mis-delivery of wings instead of backs and necks for making the family bar’s spaghetti sauce, the owner asked his wife to do something with them – and buffalo chicken was the result.

Yet another claim states that a man called John Young, from Buffalo, began serving uncut chicken wings that were deep fried and covered in special tomato sauce at his Buffalo restaurant in 1964.

Regardless of its origin, Buffalo Chicken, has become an American cultural classic now served around the world with various twists. Whether you’re tailgating, celebrating Super Bowl Sunday, or attending a family dinner over the holidays – buffalo chicken is sure to be found on the menu.

How Long Does It Last?

As most of the ingredients in the dip will keep much longer, you don’t have to worry about finishing the dip same-day.

Unlike fruits and veggies, buffalo chicken dip has a few more preservatives that will allow the dip to maintain flavor and quality for quite some time after preparation.

This recipe is also void of dairy products which gives it a longer shelf life than most dairy-based dips. According to Tofutti.com, their cream cheese should last for at least 10-14 days.

However, since it’s been heated it’s important to be mindful of how long you store your dip. It’s safe to serve your buffalo chicken dip for up to a week, as long as it’s been stored in a sealed container in the fridge.

In 2017, Lex (The Imaginary Chef) opened a neuromarketing agency called The Darling Company. There she shares her passion for sensory experiences in the business world. This blog is dedicated to culinary experiments, but her other site talks about the psychology behind why we make positive or negative associations with everything from what we’re eating to the products and services we’re buying. Check out her company website to learn more.

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