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Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe

This Buffalo Chicken Dip is loaded with creamy, spicy, cheesy goodness. This chicken dip is perfect for parties served with chips or veggie sticks. It’s also really easy – just mix and bake. We love that it reheats really well so it’s a perfect make-ahead appetizer.

Buffalo chicken dip on a tortilla chip

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What is Buffalo Chicken Dip?

This Buffalo Chicken Dip has the same flavor profile of buffalo chicken wings with that signature Franks RedHot original hot sauce. Similar to our Hot Shrimp Dip, or our popular Spinach Artichoke Dip, this dip is cheesy, creamy, spicy and incredible. It’s perfect for any party and of course as a game-day appetizer. All you have to do is mix the ingredients and bake (or use the crockpot method below).

Ingredients for Buffalo Chicken Dip:

You might already have all of the ingredients you need for this recipe since it uses pantry and refrigerator staples.

Buffalo Chicken Dip Ingredients

Can I Make Buffalo Chicken Dip Ahead?

Since buffalo chicken reheats well, you can make it in advance and refrigerate up to 5 days or freeze.

  • To Freeze: Place in a freezer-safe container, remove any excess air and freeze up to three months. When ready to serve the frozen dip, simply remove it from the freezer, and let it thaw in the refrigerator overnight.
  • To Reheat: you can microwave until hot, stirring every 30 seconds, or place it into an oven-safe baking dish, and reheat in the oven at 350 for 10-15 minutes.

How to Make Buffalo Chicken Dip:

Buffalo chicken dip is a dish that almost completely fail-proof, only requiring a few ingredients and simple instructions.

1. In a medium bowl, cream together softened cream cheese, ranch, and hot sauce. It’s totally ok if it’s still a little lumpy.

Step by step how to make buffalo chicken dip

2. Stir in shredded mozzarella and drained chicken and stir until well combined and chicken is shredded.

Mixing ingredients to make easy buffalo chicken dip

3. Transfer to a 1-quart casserole or pie dish and bake according to the directions in the recipe card. Serve warm with veggies or chips. I loved this served hot with carrots and celery – the fresh veggies and the contrasting savory spicy dip was irresistible!

Baked buffalo chicken dip in casserole dish served with chips, carrot sticks and celery

Tips for Making Buffalo Chicken Dip:

Soften the cream cheese: If you forget to soften your cream cheese, heat uncovered in the microwave in 15-second increments until it’s softened. It really won’t matter in this recipe since the end product is baked and melted.

Use canned or fresh chicken. In this recipe, I use canned chicken because it makes the whole process even easier since I always have canned chicken in my pantry. If you prefer to use cooked Rotisserie Chicken, you can substitute 1 can of chicken with 1 1/2 cups of shredded cooked chicken breast.

Can I Make This in a Slow Cooker?

You can combine all of the ingredients, cover and cook on low heat for 3-4 hours or on high heat 1 to 1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally until the dip is hot and bubbling then keep on the warm setting until ready to serve.

Is Buffalo Chicken Dip Spicy?

This chicken dip is mildly spicy. Adjusting the spice level of the buffalo dip is simple – just increase or decrease the amount of hot sauce you added to the mixture. If you like more heat, you can try the Extra Hot variety.

No matter how spicy or not spicy you make this easy buffalo chicken dip, it will still be amazing!

Buffalo chicken dip on a celery stick

Frank’s Buffalo Chicken Dip is delightfully creamy and cheesy with the perfect amount of kick, its no wonder why everyone flocks right to the buffalo chicken dip.

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Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe

4.93 from 13 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
buffalo chicken dip on a tortilla chip

This Buffalo Chicken Dip is cheesy, creamy, spicy and incredible. It's perfect for any party and of course when you're looking for game-day appetizers.

Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $7-$9
Keyword: buffalo chicken dip
Cuisine: American
Course: Appetizer
Calories: 359 kcal
Servings: 6 servings as an appetizer

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat Oven to 350˚ F. In a medium bowl, cream together 8 oz softened cream cheese, 1/2 cup ranch, 1/2 cup hot sauce.

  2. Stir in 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella and drained chicken and stir until well combined.

  3. Transfer to a 1-quart casserole or pie dish and bake at 350˚F for 20 minutes. Serve warm with veggies or chips.

Nutrition Facts
Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 359 Calories from Fat 270
% Daily Value*
Fat 30g46%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Cholesterol 84mg28%
Sodium 1296mg56%
Potassium 163mg5%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 20g40%
Vitamin A 657IU13%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 125mg13%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Tallya
    June 26, 2020

    Hi Natasha! Just wanted to let you and your readers know that we have been making this for so long since you posted the recipe, my kids LOVE it! We use leftover chicken, thighs, breast, anything… sometimes rotosserie from the store. Through trying this recipe many times and changing things around, we found the following: we prefer sharp cheddar to mozzarella- more flavor and less stringy, we have used different types of hot sauce with great results, there was a time we realized too late that we we didnt have enough hot sauce so we added bbq and loved it, now we use hot sauce, bbq, or both, thinking to try sweet chili sauce too. We serve with tortilla chips, carrots, and celery. Oftentimes we add more chicken and have this be our meal. Thanks for the awesome recipe!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 27, 2020

      Awww that’s the best! Thank you so much for sharing that with me Tallya! I’m all smiles

      Reply

  • Billy
    January 27, 2020

    We made this dip a few weekends ago when having friends over for the playoff football games and oh my gosh. Talk about a huge hit! I’m not sure it lasted 30 minutes haha. People were hovering around it the entire time. This is a sure fire winner!

    Reply

    • Natasha
      January 27, 2020

      Hi Billy, I’m so glad to hear that! Thank you for sharing.

      Reply

  • Suzy
    January 26, 2020

    Came out perfectly! Made it exactly as the recipe said and we loved it!

    Reply

  • Lisalia
    January 26, 2020

    This is my go-to for super bowl! Love it with celery, carrots, and even on baguette!

    Reply

  • Katie Sheftic
    September 7, 2019

    Do you know if this does well to be prepared and served cold?

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 7, 2019

      Hi Katie, we enjoy it warm but it should work both ways.

      Reply

  • Tatyana
    November 5, 2018

    I came across this recipe when browsing your site. It is my go to dip now if we are heading out to a party! So easy to make and so finger-licking-good!! And your site amazing, I love every single recipe I made from your site. Thank you Natasha!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 5, 2018

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Thank you for the wonderful review, Tatyana!

      Reply

  • Galina Medrea
    July 14, 2018

    This recipe is spot on! I just made it earlier today for the first time for an engagement party appetizer. I doubled the recipe for a larger crowd and it was still the first food eaten up! Everybody loved it and the spicy was just right!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 15, 2018

      That’s so awesome! Thank you for the wonderful review, Galina!

      Reply

  • Nahla Bakry
    July 6, 2018

    I will this recipe a try tomorrow. I have left over chicken do you think it would work with thighs part or does it have to be chicken breast? Also can I omit the hot sauce? My kids can’t tolerate spicy food. I am wondering if you have other recipes for left over chicken.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 7, 2018

      Hi Nahla, I haven’t tested it with thighs but I think it could work. The hot sauce is a big part of this dish, maybe try a milder version or even substituting something for it? One of our readers wrote “Delicious 👌🏻 I don’t like it to be too spicy so I added 1/4 hot sauce and 1/4 BBQ. It was perfect.” If you experiment, let me know how you liked the recipe.

      Reply

  • Mary Provencal
    December 8, 2016

    I used 2 boxes cream cheese, 1cup of sour cream hot sauce and cheddar cheese and shredded chicken delicious.

    Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 9, 2016

      Thank you for the nice review Mary 😬.

      Reply

  • Dave Wilson
    October 22, 2016

    I’m going to try your recipe tonight, but I’m using a Ghost pepper sauce or Carolina reaper pepper sauce mixed with Frank’s Red Hot sauce.

    We are making an extremely hot and a mild version for a Halloween party.

    Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 22, 2016

      I want to know how you like it!! We love extremely hot appetizers!! 🙂 My husband and I both have a “hot tooth” 😉

      Reply

  • Richard Downs
    June 25, 2016

    Simply perfect!

    Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 25, 2016

      Thank you Richard 😁!

      Reply

  • Augustine
    February 3, 2016

    Can I mix the ingredients the night before and bake it before the party? Also instead of canned chicken can I cook up chicken breast and shred it?

    Thanks!!

    Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 3, 2016

      Yes you can cook chicken breast or even use shredded rotisserie chicken. And yes, you can pre-make it and bake before the party 🙂

      Reply

  • Mila
    September 15, 2015

    Delicious 👌🏻 I don’t like it to be too spicy so I added 1/4 hot sauce and 1/4 BBQ. It was perfect. Thank you.

    Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      September 15, 2015

      Mmm I like the idea of adding BBQ sauce. Thanks for sharing!

      Reply

  • julie
    February 27, 2015

    I LOVED this recipe but with Cholula hot sauce instead of the Frank’s. Franks sauce was bitter for us.

    Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 27, 2015

      I haven’t tried Cholula. Glad to know it works well. Thanks Julie! Which version of Franks did you try? I know there are several out there.

      Reply

  • Emily Love
    February 18, 2015

    Lol, I have these ingredients from Costco that I asked woman about recipe so she gave me! I’m so addicted with it.

    Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 19, 2015

      That is too funny! 🙂

      Reply

  • Cindy M.
    February 7, 2015

    Made this for Super Bowl….NOM!!!!! Also made a lighter version of jalapeño poppers, Rocco DiSpirito’s recipe, which is one of my favs!

    Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 7, 2015

      Thanks for the good review Cindy :).

      Reply

  • Kate @ Babaganosh.org
    February 6, 2015

    Looks good! I made a very similar dip not too long ago and it really was bombzilla! 🙂

    Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 6, 2015

      Awesome!! Thanks Kate 🙂

      Reply

  • Anna
    February 2, 2015

    Amazing dip! Perfect blend of ingredients

    Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 2, 2015

      Thank you Anna for the great review, we ate ours pretty quick and loved it with celery and carrots the most. How did you server yours?

      Reply

  • Irina
    February 2, 2015

    Hey Natasha! I actually make a very similar dip except I do half ranch and half blue cheese, and I use cheddar cheese instead of mozzarella. It’s sooooo good and everyone loves it. You should try it out!

    Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 2, 2015

      Your version sure sounds tasty! I’ll definitely have to try yours. Do you serve it with chips or veggies?

      Reply

  • Olga
    February 1, 2015

    This recipe is from franksredhot.com here is the link: http://www.franksredhot.com/recipes/franks-redhot-buffalo-chicken-dip-RE1242-1

    Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 1, 2015

      Thanks for sharing that Olga! The gal at Costco changed it up a bit and it was sooo good!

      Reply

  • olga
    January 31, 2015

    I just made this and it ah-mazing!! My hubby is going to love this! He loves to put Frank’s hot sauce on everything!!!

    Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 31, 2015

      Olga, thank you for a great review, enjoy :).

      Reply

  • Julia
    January 31, 2015

    You can also make it in the crock pot ahead of time. That’s how I always make it;)

    Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 31, 2015

      Thanks for the tip Julia :). What ingredients do you use in your version of the dip?

      Reply

  • Shelby @ Go Eat and Repeat
    January 31, 2015

    Perfect timing for the Superbowl tomorrow!

    Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 31, 2015

      I agree, it will get eaten fast :).

      Reply

  • Tatyana
    January 31, 2015

    I will deffinetly try this version, my kids love chicken wing dip! I was given a recipe that I make all the time and its very simple and delish as well, here it is…. 1 (8oz) cream cheese , 1 (12.5) can of chicken breast, 1 jar of medium or hot salsa, and eather Mexican blend or mozzarella cheese per taste, mix and bake till hot and bubbly ….

    Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 31, 2015

      Oooh that does sound very similar! I’ll have to try your version too. Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

      Reply

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