This buffalo chicken dip is comfort food at its best! Your favorite hot wing flavors are captured in this warm, creamy, zesty dip that's perfect for game day or any gathering.
Tailgate? Potluck? Super Bowl party? Pretty much any occasion where you need easy appetizers? This dip will be a hit. 😉
This dip is an American classic, and most recipes are quite similar. I can't seem to definitively find where this dip originated (I'm always curious... I think it may be from Frank's, actually), but I am pretty sure you'll love my version.
This dip uses Frank's Red Hot Sauce and Hidden Valley Ranch dressing.
How to make buffalo chicken dip (overview):
Add shredded or cubed cooked chicken (I used rotisserie chicken) to a bowl, along with the buffalo sauce, ranch dressing, and blue cheese (it's ok to omit the blue cheese if you're not a fan). Stir it until it's well combined. Add the mixture to a small skillet or a baking dish. Sprinkle the cheddar cheese on top and add some more blue cheese crumbles if you wish. Bake for 20 minutes or until the cheese is nice and melty/bubbly and it's warmed through. (Full ingredients and instructions are in the recipe card below)
Serve buffalo chicken dip warm with veggies, tortilla chips, crackers, and/or baguette slices.
Recipe notes & tips:
- I used a sharp cheddar and grated it myself. You could try something else like a spicy Tex-Mex cheese blend or Colby-Jack cheese if you're feeling adventurous.
- You can skip the microwave cheese softening step if you take the cream cheese out of the fridge and let it soften for an hour+.
- This dip isn't crazy spicy or anything, but you can definitely adjust the hot sauce quantity to your tastes. I used Frank's Original Hot Sauce (be aware that some of their products are way spicier than that one).
- If you don't want a thick layer of cheese on top, you can mix it all (or half of it) into the dip prior to baking it.
- I haven't tested it, but canned shredded chicken will work (other versions of this recipe use it).
- My 1-quart baking dish is pictured in the photos. I also sometime use my cute little 8" Lodge cast iron skillet for this recipe.
More buffalo chicken recipes to try:
- Buffalo Chicken Soup
- Buffalo Chicken Salad
- Buffalo Chicken Meatballs
- Easy Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Pasta
Do you like Frank's buffalo chicken dip? What's your favorite football food? Questions? Ask me in the comments below.
Easy Buffalo Chicken Dip
- 2 cups cooked chicken shredded/chopped
- 1 (8 ounce) block cream cheese (I used Philly)
- 1/2 cup ranch dressing (I used Hidden Valley)
- 1/2 cup Frank's Original Red Hot Sauce
- 1/2 cup blue cheese crumbles optional
- 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
- Chopped scallions, for garnish optional, to taste
- Preheat oven to 350F and move the rack to the top third of the oven.
- Add the cream cheese to a medium prep bowl and microwave for 20-30 seconds or until cream cheese is nicely softened (or take it out of the fridge and let it soften for an hour+ prior to starting the recipe).
- Add the chicken (make sure it's in smallish pieces), ranch dressing, hot sauce, and blue cheese to the bowl and stir until it's combined.
- Pour the mixture into a 1-quart baking dish or small oven-safe skillet (I use an 8" cast iron one). Sprinkle the cheddar cheese over top (and add more blue cheese crumbles on top if desired). Place in the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes or until hot and bubbly (you can broil at the end if you wish to brown the cheese a bit more).
- Top with scallions if using. Serve the dip hot with baguette slices, celery/other veggies and/or crackers/chips.
- I used rotisserie chicken for this recipe.
- If you don't enjoy blue cheese, feel free to leave it out entirely.
- This dip is somewhat spicy (medium spice level)... if you're worried about the spice, halve the hot sauce. If you want it hotter, don't be shy about adding more.
- Serves 4-6+ as an appetizer depending on how much people eat.
- Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Salt & Lavender makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.