Buffalo Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza

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Three out of all five of the recipes I’ve done have been Buffalo Chicken recipe’s. Clearly we enjoy Buffalo Chicken in this house and this one didn’t even start off as a Buffalo Chicken recipe, the original pin was for Ranch Chicken Pizza.

It looked fairly doable, even though I haven’t made my own pizza in years and this was a really easy recipe that doesn’t actually make you start from scratch. (that’s above and beyond my pizza making skills)

Ingredients:

1 tube Pillsbury refrigerated pizza crust (I don’t think we have that in Canada, at least I couldn’t find it anywhere, so I just used a bag of pre-made dough from my local grocery store)

1/2 cup light ranch dressing

1 package of cream cheese (3oz) (it specifies “Neufchatel” cream cheese in the original recipe, but I’d never even heard of that brand so I bought some light Philly. I didn’t really know how much 3 oz was, so I just cut off 1/3 of the stick)

2 tbsp tomato paste

Chicken Breast cooked and shredded

3 green onions, sliced (I just cut up as much as I wanted, didn’t actually measure it)

1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (I never measure cheese out. Ever)

Bacon bits (I actually cooked up my own bacon for this, it’s so worth the extra 10-15 mins of prep time)

Hot sauce (The original recipe doesn’t call for this, but everything is better with some RedHot and that’s what makes it a Buffalo Chicken pizza)

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray (I didn’t do this. I have a stone rectangular pizza tray that I just dusted with flour) Spread dough onto baking sheet and press down to form crust.

2. Bake for 8 minutes.

3. Mix up the ranch, tomato paste, cream cheese and hot sauce.

4. After the crust is done, spread with sauce and add the other toppings (chicken, bacon, green onions and cheese)

5. Bake for another 8 mins. (I had to bake it for another 25 mins. I think my dough was way too thick and I used a lot of toppings so it wasn’t cooking as thoroughly)

6. Slice and eat.

 

This was really really good.

It was a lot of prep making the bacon and cooking the chicken (because usually I would’ve been done making dinner after those steps), but it was worth it. It was a delicious pizza.
I’m not sure if the cream cheese was supposed to still be chunky in the sauce, but that’s how mine ended up. However, getting a little glob of cream cheese in a bite with bacon and bacon fried chicken was amazing. Even my toddler ate like 5 whole bites before throwing it across the room at the dogs. (That’s a positive dinner experience in our house)

In hindsight though I would cook the bacon less before putting it on the pizza because I definitely didn’t factor in the baking it would do in the oven, but burnt bacon is still bacon.

Anyways here’s the original link’s beautiful pizza:

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And here’s what we ate:

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Crockpot Cheesy Buffalo Chicken & Rice

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I haven’t done any groceries in about 2 weeks.
I’ve run to the store for milk like 3 times but I haven’t had enough motivation to do a full shop so my fridge and cupboards are pretty bare. I either had to go grocery shopping alone with my 16 month old today, or I had to find something to make out of the scarce amount of items I did have.

So I took to Pinterest and found a pin for this Crockpot Buffalo Chicken. It looked pretty good, but because I didn’t have a couple of the ingredients, I just used it as inspiration to create what I now call Crockpot Cheesy Buffalo Chicken & Rice.

That’s right. My own creation! Maybe I am turning into a domestic diva…

Ingredients

Chicken Breasts (Luckily I had two of these hanging out in the back of my freezer, I know they’re not that old because I feel like I just cleaned that thing out)

Hot Sauce (I used Franks Red Hot because, quite frankly, I do put that shit on everything and it’s always in my “sauce door”. I didn’t actually measure it, but if I had to eye it out I’d say it was probably 1/4 cup)

Ranch Dressing (I had about 1/3 of a bottle left so I just used the rest of it, again not sure of the measurement probably around 1/2 cup) 

Rice (You could use 1 cup of any kind of cooked rice but I used a package of Uncle Ben’s Ready Rice in Creamy Cheddar Cheese)

Shredded Cheese (about 1/2 cup, but there’s really no limit to the amount of cheese a dish should have. Everything’s always better with cheese.)

Instructions

1. Place chicken breasts in the bottom of the crockpot

2. Mix up ranch and hot sauce and pour over chicken

3. Cover and let the chicken cook on low for a few hours (I probably cooked it for about 6 but my chicken was frozen)

4. Shred the chicken once cooked

5. Add cooked rice (or the pre-packaged pre-cooked stuff like me) and shredded cheese and mix it up. Turn off the crockpot and let it sit for 2-3 mins.

5. Serve it up.

I didn’t take a picture of this one, wasn’t sure I was going to blog about it and by the time I had decided too, it had been devoured. This dish will definitely be made again and probably within a few weeks. I’ll update this post with a pic when I do.

If I can pull this one off without royally f’ing it up anyone can. Trust me.

Oh and it pairs well with a nice Cabernet Sauvignon 😉
(I don’t actually know this. It’s just pretty much all I ever have on hand)

Cheers!