Buffalo Ranch Chicken Dip

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Extra cheesy & a little spicy, this Buffalo Ranch Chicken Dip is fully loaded!

A creamy and cheesy ranch base is topped with shredded chicken, lots of buffalo sauce, and heaps of gooey cheese. It’s all baked until browned and bubbly for a game day favorite.

This is a delicious twist on a classic and great served with crostini or tortilla chips.

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A Favorite Party Dip!

  • Everyone loves a classic Buffalo Chicken Dip, and this Ranch-inspired twist is a game day favorite too!
  • This dip can be prepared 48 hours in advance and baked before serving.
  • Use leftover chicken, rotisserie chicken or even canned chicken if it’s what you have on hand.
  • It’s easy to cook and serve warm from a Crockpot or slow cooker in place of the oven. (Instructions below.)
  • Use store bought or even homemade ranch dressing.

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Buffalo Ranch Chicken Dip Ingredients

Use rotisserie chicken for this recipe to make prep really fast! Leftover Oven Baked Chicken Breasts or grilled chicken will also work well in this recipe. If you have frozen shredded chicken, use that!

The cheesy base is made with cream cheese, sour cream, and ranch dressing. Add some chopped celery for some great crunch, or swap out the ranch for blue cheese dressing. a completely different and delish variation. Add dry herbs if desired, or even some hot chilies.

Buffalo sauce is needed for the flavor and heat (did you know you can buy MILD buffalo sauce too)! Ensure you’re using buffalo sauce (and not just hot sauce) or mix up your own 2 ingredient Buffalo Sauce if you’ve only got hot sauce.

Steps for making Buffalo Ranch Chicken DIp

How to Make Buffalo Ranch Chicken Dip

The flavor is epic—plus it comes together in just a few easy steps:

  1. Whip dairy ingredients and Ranch with green onions. Fold in the chicken and green onions.
  2. Toss cooked chicken with half the Buffalo Sauce, layer on top of the cheesy base.
  3. Drizzle with remaining sauce, top with cheese, & bake per recipe below.

PRO TIP: Use an electric hand mixer for a light fluffy dip that won’t break the chips!

In a Crock-Pot:

This dip is easy to make in a Crock-Pot too!

  1. Mix the ingredients as directed & place in the slow cooker.
  2. Top with cheese & turn it onto low for 3 hours or high for about 90 minutes.
  3. Once it’s hot & bubbly, turn to “warm” setting and serve from the crock, if desired. So easy!

*Times can vary slightly based on the size of the slow cooker.

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Delicious Dippers

Leftover Dip

This tasty dip can be made ahead. Simply prepare it in an oven-proof dish and refrigerate. Let the dish come to room temperature, then bake when the guests arrive. Chicken dip will keep for 3-4 days in the refrigerator. Keep it covered until ready to use. Give it a stir, add some extra cheese, and reheat in the oven.

Delicious Game Day Dips!

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5 from 12 votes
Review Recipe

Buffalo Ranch Chicken Dip

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Buffalo Ranch Chicken Dip is a creamy, cheesy & spicy dip loaded with shredded chicken and lots of cheese!

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ½ cup ranch dressing
  • 2 green onions thinly sliced
  • 2 cups shredded chicken cooked
  • 1 cup buffalo sauce divided
  • 1 cup pepper jack cheese shredded
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese shredded

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Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Combine cream cheese, sour cream, ranch dressing, ½ cup of the buffalo sauce, and green onions with a mixer on medium speed. Spread in a a pie plate or small casserole dish (2qt).
  • Place chicken over the cream cheese mixture and drizzle with the remaining ½ cup buffalo sauce.
  • Top with cheeses and bake 20-25 minutes or until hot & bubbly. Let cool 5 minutes before serving.

Recipe Notes

Ranch dressing can be substituted with additional sour cream and ranch dressing mix.
A hand mixer makes a fluffier dip that is easier to scoop but this can be mixed with a spoon if preferred.
Serve with crostini, tortilla chips, soft pretzels, or celery sticks for dipping.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 239, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 11g, Fat: 21g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Cholesterol: 65mg, Sodium: 965mg, Potassium: 117mg, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 490IU, Vitamin C: 0.4mg, Calcium: 173mg, Iron: 0.4mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Course Appetizer, Dip, Party Food
Cuisine American
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  1. I made this for my friend’s Facebook recipe party she’s hosted last year and this year.  I chose this recipe over several other buffalo chicken dip recipes because it looked yummy and it was very simple and didn’t require a long bake time. It went over really well. Of course there are always gonna be people who can’t handle spicy food so you can’t please everyone. I guess you can always use less wing sauce for those people. Lol But I loved it! I’ll definitely will be making it again!! 5 stars

    1. I’m so glad to hear that it was such a hit at your parties Lisa! Thank you for sharing, and thank you for enjoying Spend With Pennies recipes!

    1. I haven’t tried it but I think it’d be delicious with shrimp! Let us know how it is if you make it!

    1. Buffalo sauce is the hot sauce often found on Hot Chicken Wings and is sold in the hot sauce aisle. Frank’s Red Hot makes a great one. You can combine 1/2 cup melted butter with ⅔ cup hot sauce and a dash of garlic powder to make your own.

  2. Yeah…layered is the only way to make Buffalo Chicken Dip. The ones where everything is all mixed together aren’t nearly as good. I top half with cheddar and half with blue.

  3. “Combine cream cheese, sour cream & ranch. Spread into the bottom of a pie plate or small casserole dish. Toss chicken with ½ cup buffalo sauce.

    Top with chicken and drizzle with remaining buffalo sauce.”

    For step 2, do I mix the chicken and buffalo sauce with the cream cheese, sour cream and ranch? Or just put it on top?