This buffalo chicken dip recipe is easy to make and a great variation of hot wings.
Buffalo Chicken dip recipes are a great tasting and spicy dip for many occasions, such as game nights or football parties as well as picnics and family gatherings. It is a nice spin-off from traditional buffalo chicken wings and is sure to be a party favorite where you will be asked for the recipe a few times.
Buffalo Chicken Dip
1 pound of cooked chicken
1 package of cream cheese, softened to room temperature
1 cup Ranch or Blue Cheese salad dressing (depends on your preferences – for a thicker dip, use less dressing)
1 cup red hot pepper sauce (such as Franks Red Hot)
1 cup shredded cheddar or colby jack cheese
1/4 cup chopped green onions
1. Prepare the Chicken:
First you will need to prepare the cooked chicken. Everyone has different opinions on the way you can do this – you can either buy canned chicken which is either shredded or cubed already or you can buy it pre-cooked either frozen or fresh and pre-diced in your grocer’s freezer or refrigerator aisle. It is up to your individual preferences whether you want to have the chicken cubed or if you will shred it with a fork or food processor. Whatever type of chicken you decide to use, you’ll want to first combine it with the hot sauce in a large sauce pan over medium heat until it comes to a simmer.
2. Stir In Cream Cheese & Dressing:
Once you have the chicken and hot sauce heated, you’ll want to add the cream cheese and salad dressing of your choice. I personally prefer the blue cheese, though it is a little stronger in flavor and so many people like the ranch dressing much better. Be sure you stir often so it does not all burn onto the bottom of your sauce pan. Once this mixture is thoroughly blended and the cream cheese is melted you are ready for the next step.
3. Pour Into Baking/Serving Dish:
Pour everything into a glass baking/serving dish and sprinkle with the 1 cup of cheddar or colby jack cheese. Bake in a pre-heated oven of 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes or just until the cheese is melted.
Below we share two of our favorite variation recipes for buffalo chicken dip. One is served cold, meaning no cooking required, and the other is served hot, depending on your own individual likes and tastes. You, of course, can feel free to experiment with each of these since both allow for room for customization, such as adding additional spices or less hot sauce for different levels of spice and flavor. Once you see a couple different varieties of dip, you’ll have some ideas for making your own unique recipe!
Cold Ranch Buffalo Chicken Dip
You Will Need:
1 can cooked chunk chicken, drained
1 package of cream cheese, softened
1/2 package of Ranch Dip Mix
3/4 cup hot pepper sauce (IE: Frank’s Red Hot)
1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar or Colby Jack cheese
Mix cream cheese and ranch dip mix together until blended evenly. Stir in hot pepper sauce until smooth and add chicken. Top with shredded cheese. Optional: Microwave on High for one minute or until cheese is melted.
Blue Cheese Buffalo Dip
This is a slight variation to the one above – the main difference being this one is cooked.
1 can chunk chicken, drained
1 package of cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup blue cheese salad dressing
1/2 cup hot pepper sauce (ie: Frank’s Red Hot)
1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese or shredded Cheddar or Mozzarella cheese
Combine cream cheese, salad dressing, and pepper sauce. Stir in chicken and cheese crumbles. Cook in a 350 degree oven for 20 minutes, or microwave on high, stirring often for about 5-8 minutes until heated through. Serve with celery, tortilla chips, or crackers.
There are many different variations on these two recipes. You may use any hot sauce that you like, and using different cheeses or substituting ranch and blue cheese dressing will also give you many different tasting combinations.
Serving Suggestions & Ideas:
There are many different ways to serve your buffalo chicken dip. Many enjoy serving it in a bread bowl and using the bread for dipping or spreading. Freshly cut celery sticks make for another nice addition, since celery is quite popular with buffalo chicken wings. Serving with tortilla chips or crackers is probably the most common variation of ways to serve this delicious spread. Breadsticks are also a nice addition as well. It is also good with other vegetables such as red and green bell pepper slices, carrots, and cherry tomatoes.
Do you have a favorite buffalo chicken dip recipe you’d like to share? Have any suggestions or reviews of the above recipes? We’d love to hear from you and your feedback in the comments below.