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Buffalo Chicken Dip

This is the BEST Buffalo Chicken Dip recipe that can be baked in the oven or made in the Crock Pot! Use fresh, leftover, or rotisserie chicken and make it up to 2 days ahead of time.

A hand dipping a Tortilla Chip into Buffalo Chicken Dip topped with cheese and chives.

Buffalo Chicken Dip

When it comes to appetizers, buffalo chicken dip is a classic. This recipe is flavorful and creamy with tender shreds of chicken and just the right amount of heat. Blue cheese or Ranch dressing adds a cool offset to the buffalo sauce.

This is a great make-ahead recipe that’s also Crock Pot friendly! PLUS, you can make it with fresh, leftover, or rotisserie chicken.

I also have a great way to make use of leftovers (as if you’ll have any) 😉. 

Ingredients

How to Make It

See recipe card below this post for ingredient quantities and full instructions.

  • Boil chicken gently in water for 15-20 minutes, until cooked through. Shred and set aside.

Gently boiling chicken breast in water and shredded for Buffalo Chicken Dip.

  • Add the buffalo sauce, garlic powder, and onion powder to a skillet or saucepan over medium heat. Add the blue cheese dressing, softened cream cheese, and half of the cheddar cheese and stir until smooth and combined.
  • Add the chicken and toss to coat. Remove from heat.

Making Buffalo Chicken Dip Sauce in a cast iron skillet and adding shredded chicken.

  • Top with remaining cheddar and mozzarella cheese. Bake at 375° for 15 minutes. Garnish with green onions or chives. (I like to add small drizzles of blue cheese dressing to the top prior to serving as well.)
  • Serve with tortilla chips, celery, and carrot sticks. Crusty French bread is great for serving as well.

Buffalo Chicken Dip before and after baking.

Pro Tips

  • Boil the chicken gentlya rapid boil will make it tough. Add 1 chicken bouillon to the water to add flavor to the chicken.
  • Shred the cheese from a block so that it melts and tastes the best. (Bagged shredded cheese contains cellulose which prevents it from clumping in the bag but also prevents it from melting as well.)

Make Ahead Method

  • Prepare dip as outlined. Transfer to a baking dish and top with cheese.
  • When ready to serve: Bake, covered, for 10 minutes. Remove cover and bake for 15 more minutes.

Storage

  • Store in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.
  • I like to freeze leftover buffalo chicken dip in quart-sized freezer bags and use it as a topping to make buffalo chicken pizza!

Creamy Buffalo Chicken Dip with Chives on top and bleu cheese dressing with celery sticks in the back.

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A hand holding a tortilla chip and dipping it into Buffalo Chicken Dip with melted cheese and chives on top.

Buffalo Chicken Dip

5 from 1 vote
This is the BEST Buffalo Chicken Dip recipe that can be baked in the oven or made in the Crock Pot! Use fresh, leftover, or rotisserie chicken and make it up to 2 days ahead of time.

Ingredients

  • 8 oz. cream cheese, cut into cubes
  • 2 small boneless skinless chicken breasts, or 2 cups cooked/shredded chicken
  • 1 cup Frank’s buffalo sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ¾ cup Blue Cheese Dressing, Ranch can also be used
  • 2 cups Cheddar Cheese
  • ½ cup mozzarella cheese

Instructions

  • Prep Work: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Take cream cheese out of the fridge and cut it into cubes. Let it soften for 20-30 minutes.
  • Cook the Chicken: Cover the chicken in cool water so it’s covered by two inches. PRO TIP: Add 1 chicken bouillon to the water to add more flavor to the chicken. Boil gently for 15-20 minutes, until cooked though. A rapid boil will cause the chicken to become tough. Shred the chicken with two forks and set aside.
  • Make the Sauce: Add the buffalo sauce, garlic powder, and onion powder to a skillet or saucepan over medium heat. (Pro Tip: Use a cast iron skillet so you can easily transfer it to the oven.) Add the blue cheese and softened cream cheese and stir until smooth and combined.
  • Reduce heat to low and mix in HALF of the cheddar cheese until smooth. Add the shredded chicken and toss to coat. Remove from heat. Transfer to a lightly greased 10-inch oven safe dish if needed.
  • Top with remaining cup of cheddar and ½ cup mozzarella cheese.
  • Bake: Bake for 15 minutes, uncovered. (I prefer not to broil at the end as I like a nice softly melted top for this dip.)
  • Garnish: Garnish with green onions or chives. I like to add small swirls of blue cheese dressing on top prior to serving as well.
  • Serve: Serve with tortilla chips and celery/carrot sticks. Slices of crusty French bread is good with this as well.

Notes

I highly recommend Marie’s Chunky Blue Cheese Dressing. It’s refrigerated and typically found in the produce section.

Crumbled Blue Cheese cab be added as a garnish prior to serving as well.

Make Ahead Method
  • Prepare dip as outlined. Transfer to a baking dish and top with cheese.
  • When ready to serve: Bake, covered, for 10 minutes. Remove cover and bake for 15 more minutes.

Crock Pot Method
  • Prepare dip as outlined and transfer to a Crock Pot instead of baking dish.
  • Top with cheese, and cook on low for 2 hours.
Storage
  • Store in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.
  • I like to freeze leftover buffalo chicken dip in quart-sized freezer bags and use it as a topping to make buffalo chicken pizza!

Nutrition

Calories: 193kcal, Carbohydrates: 2g, Protein: 12g, Fat: 15g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 56mg, Sodium: 986mg, Potassium: 123mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 480IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 193mg, Iron: 1mg

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2 comments on “Buffalo Chicken Dip”

  1. My husband considers himself a “Buffalo Chicken Connoisseur” lol. I made this dip for him and he said it passes the test. That means a lot coming from him. I did the crock pot method and it was super easy. Thanks!

    • That’s so funny Vikki. I think guys take their Buffalo Chicken very seriously! So happy to hear it passed the test! Thanks so much for taking the time to comment and leave a review❤️

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