Chicken Bacon Artichoke Dip

I tested another recipe over the weekend for our Oscar party, but this one would also be perfect for the Superbowl this Sunday.  I wanted to do something different than my normal Hot Artichoke Dip, and using chicken worked for one the of the title puns I’ve been working on.  I came across this recipe that sounded good, so I set to work making a vegan version.

This dip is decadent.  It’s much healthier than it’s real meat and dairy counterpart, but it sure ain’t healthy.  It is really, really tasty though.  We tried it with water crackers, tortilla chips and golden rounds (Trader Joe’s version of Ritz crackers).  The golden rounds were the winner, but of course eat this with whatever you like best – spoons work too!

Chicken Bacon Artichoke Dip

8 oz. faux chicken
about 7 strips faux bacon (or half package of Turtle Island Smoky Maple Bacon Marinated Tempeh)
14-oz can artichoke hearts, chopped
1 cup fresh baby spinach, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup vegan mayonnaise
2 Tbsp. unsweetened non-dairy milk
8-oz non-dairy cream cheese, room temperature
pinch cayenne powder, or to taste
2 Tbsp. nutritional yeast
2 Tbsp. non-dairy sour cream, room temperature
Salt & Pepper, to taste

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and grab a medium-sized casserole dish (1 1/2 – 2 quarts).  You don’t have to oil the dish, but it won’t hurt anything if you want to.

Cook the chicken according to package directions, and then dice it.  Cook the bacon, and dice it as well.

While you’re cooking the bacon and chicken, prep your other ingredients and add them all to a large bowl.  Add both the diced chicken and bacon to the bowl.  Mix everything together well, and dump it all into your casserole dish.  Bake the whole thing for about 30 minutes, or until it’s heated throughout and bubbling.

You can store leftovers in the fridge.  You’ll just want to reheat them before eating.

Notes: Since I’ll be making this again I’m gonna try a few tweaks to simplify things, and I might up the amount spinach so I don’t have to feel quite as bad about eating this.  I’ll be sure to update the post if the changes work.


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4 Responses to “Chicken Bacon Artichoke Dip”

  1. Yummers! This looks so good!


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