Sunny's BBQ Chicken and Pepperoni Dip

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 15 min
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: 8 to 10 servings
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Ingredients

1 teaspoon vegetable oil

1 ounce pepperoni (15 to 20 slices), coarsely chopped 

16 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature 

1 teaspoon Italian seasoning 

4 scallions, white and green parts, finely chopped 

Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper 

Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper

1 cup Sunny's Coca-Cola BBQ Sauce, recipe follows

1 rotisserie chicken, skin discarded, white and dark meat finely chopped (not shredded) 

1 rotisserie chicken, skin discarded, white and dark meat finely chopped (not shredded)

1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese 

1/2 cup shredded Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese blend

1/2 cup shredded Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese blend 

For serving: any combination of bread sticks, pretzel sticks, crackers, toasted baguette slices, corn tortilla chips, carrot sticks, celery sticks and Granny Smith/red apple wedges

Sunny's Coca-Cola BBQ Sauce:

12 ounces Coca-Cola

1 1/2 cups ketchup 

1/2 cup chopped white onion 

2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce 

1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar 

1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes 

2 cloves garlic, grated on a rasp or finely minced 

Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper 

Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the pepperoni and cook, tossing, until the fat is rendered and the pepperoni are crisp, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate to soak up the extra fat.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together the cream cheese, Italian seasoning and scallions until well blended, then season with salt and pepper. Add Sunny's Cocoa-Cola BBQ Sauce and stir to incorporate. Fold in the chicken, pepperoni and both cheeses. Pour everything into a 7-by-11-inch casserole dish.
  4. Bake until the cheese is melted and bubbling around the edges, 20 to 25 minutes. Serve warm with the dippers of your choice.

Sunny's Coca-Cola BBQ Sauce:

  1. In a medium saucepot on medium-high heat, add the Coca-Cola, ketchup, onion, Worcestershire, vinegar, red pepper flakes, garlic, a pinch of salt and a few grinds of black pepper. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until reduced and thickened to barbecue sauce consistency, 15 to 20 minutes. 

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