Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 30 mins

I like to serve this on Ritz Crackers but also makes a good Chicken Salad Melt Sandwich.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 3 large bone-in chicken breast halves (Could use left over chicken or rotisserie chicken, as well)
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 2 tablespoons garlic, minced
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 12 cup ranch dressing
  • 3 ounces hot sauce (Texas Pete seems to give the best flavor, but this is up to you)
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped (I run mine through the food processor)


  1. Salt and pepper your chicken breasts. Boil with 2 tablespoons garlic for 25-30 minutes. Drain and allow to cool. Once cool, pull chicken off the bones and into bite-size pieces.
  2. Mix softened cream cheese, ranch dressing, and hot sauce with hand mixer -- this breaks the cream cheese up the best, if you mix without a mixer it will be chunky.
  3. Fold chicken and celery into cream cheese mixture and enjoy!
Most Helpful

With garlic in the recipe, I opted to use lemon pepper for seasoning rather than the usual S&P, & I also was very stingy with the hot sauce (personal preference only)! Still what I made was a very tasty salad & half of which was shared, along with another salad I'd made, with a neighbor couple! Thanks for posting this great recipe! [Made & reviewed for one of my adoptees in this Spring's round of Pick A Chef]

Sydney Mike April 25, 2010

Oh, boy, is this addicting! Like *Tink*'s daughter, had to stop myself from eating it with a spoon. This will be what I take to my next hospice meeting. I didn't have Texas Pete hot sauce, so subbed with what I had on hand. Adding the full 3 oz of hot sauce makes this dish not for the faint of heart! Thnx, so much, for sharing your recipe, ShrinkingViolet. Made for PAC Spring 2010. You've been adopted!

Darkhunter April 24, 2010

OMG! I knew that DH & DS (17) would love this, but I definitely didn't expect my toddler to! She's eating this stuff with a spoon! I served it up on some Roasted Garlic flavored Triscuit crackers & it's so addicting! Unfortunately, DD probably only can eat it because I didn't have the full 3 oz of hot sauce to put in. Somehow I only had about an ounce. So I subbed by putting in about 15 drops of Tabasco, which isn't the same exact flavor, but enough heat to offset the ranch & cream cheese & let us know that this is a recipe worth making again when we have a new bottle of hot sauce. I didn't process the celery, just a very small dice. This recipe is going to be a huge hit at our next get-together. Thanks for sharing, ShrinkingViolet! Made & enjoyed for Spring 2010 Pick A Chef. You've been adopted! :D

**Tinkerbell** April 18, 2010