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Buffalo Chicken Dip: the mouthwatering recipe for a spicy, tangy party dip

Total time: 45 Min
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 12 people
By Cookist
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This easy, creamy buffalo chicken dip has it all. Perfectly spicy, a little tangy, and cheesy, with tender, juicy pieces of shredded chicken throughout, it's a fantastic dish to serve up on game day or anytime you're hosting a party.

It's a delicious appetizer that doubles as a dipping sauce for chicken wings, crackers, veggies, and more. Bonus? This creamy buffalo chicken dip is completely keto-friendly, so if you're looking to cut carbs, it's a great recipe to make. Buffalo chicken dip is so mouthwateringly good your friends will be begging you for the recipe!

Easy Buffalo Chicken Dip Ingredients

To make this easy buffalo chicken dip, you'll need some cooked chicken, which you'll shred and mix into the dip.

Cream cheese, ranch dressing, cheddar, and mozzarella give the dip its rich, creamy texture, while hot sauce gives the dish its spicy kick.

Frank's RedHot is a popular choice, but Crystal, Cholula, Valentina, and Tapatio would all be delicious as well.

You'll also want to add a dash of garlic powder for flavor, and some chopped green onions for a pop of brightness.

How to Make Buffalo Chicken Dip

You won't believe how fast and easy it is to make this creamy buffalo chicken dip. If you have leftover chicken, it's the perfect way to use it up. Start by greasing a baking dish with cooking spray.

Next, heat the cream cheese, ranch dressing, hot sauce, pepper, and garlic powder in a pot over medium-low. Keep whisking until the cream cheese melts, then remove the pot from the heat. Stir the chicken, green onion, 1 cup each of the mozzarella and cheddar into the melted cream cheese mixture. Put the dip into the baking dish. Spread the rest of the cheese over the top.

Bake your buffalo chicken dip at 350°F for 20 to 30 minutes, or until the cheese melts and begins to bubble. To get it golden brown, broil it for another 2 to 3 minutes. Serve immediately with crackers, pretzels, bread, chopped veggies – whatever you fancy!

Can You Make Buffalo Chicken Dip Ahead of Time? 

While buffalo chicken dip tastes best when it's hot out of the oven, you can do certain things to cut down on your cooking time. Cook and shred the chicken before you get started. You can do this up to a day or two in advance. You can also prep and assemble the dip, then pop it in the oven before it's time to serve it.

What to Serve with Buffalo Chicken Dip

You can serve your buffalo chicken dip with virtually anything. It's great with crusty bread, pita, focaccia, breadsticks, crackers, tortilla chips, and pretzels. It's also fantastic with chopped raw vegetables like celery, carrots, cauliflower, and bell peppers.

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Can You Make Buffalo Chicken Dip in a Crockpot?

You can definitely make this easy buffalo chicken dip in a slow cooker. Put all of the ingredients into your crockpot, and cook the dip on low for 2 to 3 hours or on high for 1 to 2 hours. It's that easy!

How to Thicken Buffalo Chicken Dip

If your buffalo chicken dip isn't as thick as you'd like, make a quick roux using melted butter and flour and mix it into the dip. Another option is to add a slurry of equal parts cornstarch and water.

Tips for Making the Best Buffalo Chicken Dip

Use leftover chicken breasts or pick up some cooked chicken from your supermarket to make whipping this recipe up a total breeze. You can also use canned chicken.

Grate the cheese yourself to ensure it melts more evenly when in the oven.

Feel free to add extra hot sauce if you prefer a spicier buffalo chicken dip.

Garnish your buffalo chicken dip with some chopped green onions or chopped chives for an extra pop of flavor.

If your dip is greasy, it's probably because the ingredients weren't properly mixed. Make sure you mix everything well before cooking the dip.

You can use other types of cheese if you like. Blue cheese, jack cheese, feta, gruyere, and gouda are all delicious in buffalo chicken dip.

One way to avoid runny buffalo dip is to make sure you use full-fat ingredients. Your dip will taste better, as well!

How to Store Easy Buffalo Chicken Dip

Transfer any leftover buffalo dip to an airtight container and place it in the fridge. Reheat and enjoy within 3 days.

Can You Freeze Buffalo Chicken Dip?

Because it contains cream cheese, ranch dressing, and cheese, freezing buffalo chicken dip isn't recommended. These ingredients don't freeze well and tend to separate. You won't have the same decadent, creamy texture that you get with freshly made dip.

Ingredients
large cooked boneless skinless chicken breasts, shredded
3
cream cheese, cubed
8 ounces
Ranch dressing
1 cup
Hot sauce
1 cup
Freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp
Garlic powder
1 tsp
green onion, diced
1/2 cup
mozzarella cheese, grated and divided
1 1/2 cups
cheddar cheese, grated
1 1/2 cups

Instructions

Preheat your oven to 350°F. Grease a baking dish with cooking spray.

Warm the cream cheese, ranch dressing, hot sauce, pepper, and garlic powder over medium-low heat. Stir until the cream cheese melts. Take the pot off the heat. Mix the shredded chicken.

Add the green onion, 1 cup of mozzarella, and 1 cup of cheddar into the pot. Stir to combine.

Pour the mixture into the baking dish. Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the top. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes, or until the cheese melts and begins to bubble. Switch your oven to broil and cook for 2 to 3 minutes more, until golden brown.

Remove from oven, and serve hot.

Notes

Use a 9×9-inch baking dish to make your buffalo chicken dip.

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