Tackle the ultimate game day delight – an easy, irresistibly delicious buffalo chicken dip. It’s just what you need for your party! Not only does it require minimal ingredients and effort, but the taste is unbeatable. Serve with crunchy carrots, celery sticks, and chips!
Why this delicious buffalo dip is a party favorite
Few things say “party” quite like a bowl of my easy buffalo chicken dip.
Hot, cheesy, and packed with flavor, it’s a crowd-pleasing appetizer that disappears quickly at any gathering, especially on game day.
This lip-smacking dip is not just delicious but also incredibly easy to make, taking the stress out of your party preparations. Plus, its versatility means it pairs well with a variety of dippers, from crunchy celery and carrot sticks to chips.
Trust me, this is the best buffalo chicken dip recipe you’ll ever try, and you’ll love the compliments you receive from your guests!
Ingredients needed to make the best buffalo chicken dip recipe
To make this appetizer at home, these are the buffalo chicken dip ingredients you will need:
- Chicken: Using a delicious shredded chicken can make or break your dip! You can easily cook up a large batch of chicken in the oven or a crockpot and shred it yourself OR buy your favorite rotisserie chicken for quick prep.
- Cream Cheese: A block of softened cream cheese adds that creamy texture that everyone loves in a party dip.
- Hot Sauce: To give it that flavor kick, your favorite hot sauce will do the trick! For a less spicy dip, you can use mild buffalo wing sauce. I use Texas Pete hot sauce.
- Ranch Dressing: For this buffalo chicken dip, you can use a store-bought ranch or homemade version. If you the flavor of buffalo sauce and blue cheese, swap out the ranch dressing with blue cheese dressing.
- Cheese: Besides the cream cheese, I used 3 different kinds of cheese to give the dip great flavor and texture! I used white and yellow cheddar as well as blue cheese crumbles.
- Garlic: Add a bit of zest and sweetness with a bit of minced garlic.
- Green Onions: For a mild, slightly sweet onion flavor, chop up a few green onion stalks. Make sure to separate the greens from the whites as you will cook down the white onions and top the buffalo chicken dip with the green ones.
- Butter: You’ll need a tablespoon of butter to sauté the white part of the green onions as the base of the dip.
- Cast iron skillet or oven-ready dish
- Or, saucepan and baking dish
Tips for making buffalo ranch chicken dip
Get ready for the cheesiest, melt-in-your-mouth dip you’ve ever had!
- Freshly shredded cheese from a block beats pre-shredded cheese any day.
- Just take 2 ounces of block cheese, and you’ll have a perfect 1/2 cup of shredded goodness.
- To enjoy this recipe at its finest, serve it warm right out of the oven.
- Don’t have a cast iron skillet or oven-safe pan? No worries! Just use a regular pan on the stove, then transfer everything to an 8×8 baking dish before sprinkling on the cheddar cheese.
- If you are not a fan of onions, skip them and add some chives as a garnish instead.
- And, if you like it hot, feel free to add more hot sauce for an extra spicy kick. Looking for something milder? Just use less hot sauce for a more subtle flavor.
What to serve with this easy buffalo chicken dip recipe
Whenever I make this party dip, I love serving it with celery, carrots, and chips. This makes a great game-day snack or party appetizer that everyone will enjoy! You can also pair it with tortillas, crackers, or crusty bread slices for dipping.
You can also spread this dip in Hawaiian rolls and make mini slider sandwiches (along with these ham and cheese ones) to serve as a part of your party spread.
While the buffalo dip is baking, whip up some of these party dishes to serve as well:
Tip: Have any leftover chicken? Make this bacon cheddar ranch chicken salad!
Frequently asked questions about buffalo chicken dip
Whenever I share this recipe, I get some of the same questions. Here are the most popular ones that people ask!
If you have a question that isn’t listed here, please leave them in the comments, and I’ll answer them as soon as possible.
What are some other toppings I can sprinkle over the top of the buffalo dip?
Depending on your preference, you can also add some optional toppings for extra flavor, such as:
- Diced jalapeños
- Hot sauce
- Sliced olives
What’s a good substitution for blue cheese crumbles?
If you are not a fan of blue cheese, a good substitution would be gorgonzola crumbles.
Blue cheese, typically characterized by its sharp and salty flavor, pairs well with the robust taste of buffalo sauce. On the other hand, Gorgonzola, a specific type of blue cheese originating from Italy, has a milder, slightly sweeter profile.
This will still give the dip some tangy flavor and creamy texture.
Can I make buffalo chicken dip with canned chicken?
Yes! You can use canned chicken in this recipe. Just make sure to drain it before adding it to the dip mixture.
How long does buffalo chicken dip last?
Once you have made the dip, it will last for about 3 to 4 days when stored properly in an airtight container. Make sure to refrigerate it again after each use, and do not leave it out at room temperature for more than two hours.
Can I make this buffalo chicken dip ahead of time?
Yes! You can prepare the dip up to 24 hours in advance and store it in the refrigerator before baking. When you’re ready, just pop it into the oven and bake for about 20-30 minutes until bubbly and golden brown.
More Grandma-Approved Recipes To Try
If you enjoyed this recipe for buffalo chicken dip, take a look at some of these other yummy recipes:
- Cheesy Bacon Spinach Dip
- The Best White Queso Dip
- 5-Layer Mexican Taco Dip
- Old-Fashioned Dried Beef Cheese Ball Recipe
- Spicy White Pimento Cheese
- 2 cups cooked, shredded chicken
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 3/4 cup hot sauce
- 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup Ranch dressing (or blue cheese dressing)
- 1/2 cup shredded white cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup shredded mild yellow cheddar cheese
- 1/4 cup blue cheese crumbles
- 3 green onions, chopped and separated into whites and greens
- Chips, celery sticks, crusty bread, or crackers for dipping
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Cook the chicken and shred it.
- Chop the green onions, separating the whites and greens.
- In an 8-inch oven-safe pan or cast iron skillet, saute butter and onion whites until the onions have softened, about 2 minutes.
- Add the garlic to the pan and saute until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
- Add the shredded chicken and hot sauce to the pan and simmer for 2 minutes, until the sauce is reduced a little bit.
- Reduce the heat to medium-low and add the cream cheese. Stir until the cheese is melted.
- Remove from heat and stir in the Ranch or blue cheese dressing until well combined.
- Sprinkle both of the cheddar cheeses on top.
- Bake at 375 degrees for 10-15 minutes, until the cheese has melted and the dip is bubbling.
- Broil for 1-2 minutes to brown and top
- Remove from the oven and sprinkle blue cheese crumbled and green onions on top as a garnish.
- Serve warm with tortilla chips, crackers, bread, or celery sticks.
- Rotisserie Chicken can be used instead of baked chicken.
- Use 2 oz. of block cheese to get a 1/2 cup of shredded cheese. Shredded block cheese will melt better than pre-shredded bagged cheese.
- If you don’t own a cast iron skillet or oven-safe pan, you can use a regular pan on the stove, then transfer the ingredients to an 8 x 8 baking dish before sprinkling the cheddar cheese on top.
- If you don’t like onions, you can omit them and use chives as a garnish.
- Use more hot sauce for a spicier dip, or less for a more mild flavor.
- Prep Time: 30 minutes
- Cook Time: 18 minutes
- Category: appetizers
- Cuisine: American
- Serving Size: 1/4 cup
- Calories: 263
- Sugar: 5 g
- Sodium: 684 mg
- Fat: 19 g
- Saturated Fat: 9 g
- Unsaturated Fat: 7 g
- Trans Fat: 0 g
- Carbohydrates: 8 g
- Fiber: 1 g
- Protein: 13 g
- Cholesterol: 63 g