Easy Buffalo Chicken Dip


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Buffalo Chicken Dip is the perfect dip for any party! A rich creamy base topped with your favorite buffalo wing inspired flavors is baked to bubbly perfection.

Along with Spinach Artichoke Dip and Jalapeno Popper Dip this is one of those dips people expect me to show up with (it may be the only reason I get invited to parties)!

Over the years, I’ve made many versions of this dip but I realized that until today, I hadn’t posted just a simple classic buffalo chicken dip. No extra add ins, no fancy schmancy.

I’ve kept the ingredients to a minimum to make it as easy as possible to prepare!

Ingredients (& Variations)

Hot Sauce: I use Frank’s Red Hot in this dip, you can also use homemade buffalo sauce.

Base Cream cheese & sour cream mixed with ranch seasoning for flavor. You can use homemade ranch dressing (or blue cheese dressing) and skip the sour cream.

Cheddar Cheese Sharp cheddar is our favorite but anything goes. Pepper Jack, Tex-Mex or your favorite pre-shredded blend works great here. If you’re a blue cheese lover, sprinkle a handful of crumbles in/on this dip before baking.

Cooked Chicken Rotisserie chicken or leftover baked chicken make this easy. If you don’t have cooked chicken, poached chicken is a great substitute. Canned chicken can be used in a pinch but is not recommended. The flavor isn’t the same and it tends to shred apart.

Two images showing buffalo chicken dip ingredients being combined in a bowl and then spread in a casserole dish.

How to Make Buffalo Chicken Dip

Everyone loves buffalo wings and of course buffalo cauliflower but this buffalo chicken dip really takes the cake! It’s one of our most requested recipes and, regardless of the event, the bowl is always licked clean!

To make buffalo chicken dip we simply:

  1. Mix and layer the creamy base
  2. Add chicken, drizzle with hot sauce
  3. Top with cheese and bake until bubbly.

You can stir the chicken and hot sauce together but it just means another dirty bowl and you can’t taste the difference once baked!

Buffalo sauce being poured over the buffalo chicken dip.

Dip Tips

Make-Ahead: This dip can easily be made 48 hours ahead of time and refrigerated for perfect party planning.

Use a Hand Mixer: Using a hand mixer for the cream cheese base makes is soft and scoopable!

Feed a Crowd: This recipe can easily be doubled (or tripled) to feed a crowd. Cook time may need to be increased.

Toppings: I’ve kept this simple but you can add in your own favorite toppings. Blue cheese, green onions, bacon bits or crispy fried onions are all great on this buffalo dip!

Tailgating: Spread this into a disposable pan and cook over indirect heat on the grill. You can also make buffalo chicken dip in the crock pot.

What to Serve with Buffalo Chicken Dip

Anything and everything (I could eat it with a spoon). Serve this buffalo chicken dip with tortilla chips, crackers or crostini. To keep it low carb, add a side of celery sticks and/or carrot sticks.

Buffalo Chicken Dip is good for 48 hours before cooking so it’s perfect to make ahead for a party!

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Buffalo Chicken dip in a casserole dish
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Review Recipe

Easy Buffalo Chicken Dip

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Appetizer, Chicken, Dip
Cuisine American
A rich creamy base topped with your favorite buffalo wing inspired flavors is baked to bubbly perfection

Ingredients

  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 packet ranch mix
  • 1 cup cooked chicken chopped
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese or Monterey jack, divided
  • 1/2 cup buffalo sauce

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Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Combine cream cheese, sour cream, ranch mix and 1 cup of the cheese with a mixer.
  • Spread into the bottom of a 1 1/2 qt baking dish.
  • Top with chicken, buffalo sauce and remaining cheese.
  • Bake 20 minutes or until hot and bubbly.

Recipe Notes

Optional toppings and add ins
Chopped celery
Green onions
Parsley
Garlic powder
Blue Cheese Crumbles

Nutrition Information

Calories: 248, Carbohydrates: 4g, Protein: 9g, Fat: 22g, Saturated Fat: 13g, Cholesterol: 68mg, Sodium: 1004mg, Potassium: 87mg, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 753IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 247mg, Iron: 1mg
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Top image - baked buffalo chicken dip. Bottom image - buffalo dip being poured over shredded chicken.
Baked buffalo chicken dip.
Top image - baked buffalo chicken dip. Bottom image - Cream cheese mixture spread in a casserole dish.

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Holly is a wine and cheese lover, recipe creator, shopping enthusiast and self appointed foodie. Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making deliciously comforting recipes for the everyday home cook!

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