Football Kickoff – Buffalo Chicken Dip

This Buffalo Chicken Dip is one of the most popular recipes on the blog. Creamy and full of spiciness that all men love, this dip will be the most popular dip for watching the game.
Any given Sunday during football season if you show up at our house we will be eating this. John doesn’t like to eat a lot before games so when we come home after the game he’s starving. I always fix this quick dip to take the edge off while I finish up making dinner. Don’t be turned off by the picture…it’s hard to make this dip look pretty. I have heard this referred to as “Crack Dip” because it’s so addicting. This is not for the faint of heart; it has some heat! My sister-in-law Kim introduced this Buffalo Chicken Dip to the Denney family since they love Buffalo chicken flavored anything. We couldn’t wait until John’s first home game so we made it to take to our friend’s house to watch the BYU game. Go Cougars. What a great game!
Buffalo Chicken Dip | The Girl Who Ate EverythingJohn was sneaking bites so I made his hand be in the shot.

Buffalo Chicken Dip

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups cooked and shredded chicken or 1 (12 ounce) can chunk chicken, drained
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup Ranch dressing
  • 1/2 cup Buffalo wing sauce (such as Frank's Red Hot, not to be confused with their pepper sauce. Start with less if you want and add more to your desired hotness.)
  • 3/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • blue cheese crumbles (optional)

Instructions

  1. Heat chicken and Buffalo sauce in a skillet over medium heat, until heated through. Make sure to break up the chicken so there are no big chunks. Stir in cream cheese and ranch dressing. Cook, stirring until well blended and warm. Mix in shredded cheese. Pour into a shallow dish or pie pan and sprinkle with blue cheese crumbles and microwave it until the cheese melts. We usually only sprinkle blue cheese on half of it for those who aren’t blue cheese fans. Serve with chips for dipping.

Notes

Source: Kim Denney

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  1. yum!

  2. im gonna make it this thursday!

  3. I am so glad you finally posted this. I have been waiting to make it since the Super Bowl!! Thank you!!

  4. This looks amazing. I’m going to give it a try at our football party get together this weekend!

  5. Christy! Yay I finally have this recipe! My husband has been craving this buffalo dip for over a year and I keep forgetting to ask you for it! And then somehow I stumbled upon your website and now I have access to ALL of your fab recipes! Hallelujah! Happy Halloween! I LOVED your Octomon pix!

    THANKS!

  6. I made this for a football get together this weekend. I put it in the oven for about 15 minutes, it didn’t need anymore than that. It almost seemed like the cheese started to separate. Man it looked nasty, but it tasted awesome and was definitely the crowd fav at the party. Thanks for the recipe, this will become a staple for us for sure.

  7. We are making this for our HUGE pig out party, AKA New Years Day celebration. Can’t wait! :)

  8. Our family had one of our occasional “dipathons” last weekend and I brought your Buffalo Chicken Dip. It was a huge hit! I decreased the hot sauce by half because my sister can’t handle hot foods (she’s SO delicate!), but it was still delicious!

  9. Hi. I finally got around to making this today. YUM. Also quick and easy. A keeper for sure. THANKS.

  10. My friend made this and called the recipe hers and even put it in the cookbook that we compiled!!! hahahaha….it’s very yummy though! I love your blog! FYI….everything I’m making for the superbowl is from here! Keep eating everything and sharing the recipes! I visit here more than allrecipes.com!

  11. would this do well in a crockpot? I need to take an appetizer to a friends house and I want to keep it warm for snacking

  12. @Anonymous,
    I don’t think it would do that well in a crockpot. It has a lot of cheese in it so over time it would tendd to separate. I may be wrong though! I’ve never tried it…

  13. What a dip, I’d like to prepare it at home and inviting some of my friends and watching a soccer game, I think that’s the perfect excuse to prepare this dip.m10m

  14. Every person I know calls it “the crack dip”. It is so good you become addicted to it… and no matter what your body is telling you.. you must have more!

  15. That is a delicious dip, thanks for sharing it, now I know what I’m going to do for this Sunday’s games.
    xlpharmacy

  16. I do use a couple of hot cheese dips and they contain way more cheese than this, The do just fine in a crock pot and we never have had an issue with separation.

  17. Can I prepare this in advance or does it get all weird/gross?

  18. @Unknown,
    Well to be honest the dip isn’t that pretty to start with so I think you can go ahead and make it ahead of time. I always do!

  19. This is great for superbowl Sunday!! Thanks for sharing!

    Question: Do we use ranch dressing already made, OR the powdered ranch mix?

    Thanks!

  20. This tastes awesome! Great recipe. We used half Franks Hot Sauce and half Buffalo Wing sauce from a local farm. We had to add a bit more hot sauce then the recipe called for, for our liking.

    The only thing I’m interested in trying next time is using fresh chicken, and pre-cooking / shredding it to get some better chicken flavor. The canned stuff is good, but it does have that canned taste.

    Again, thanks for the awesome recipe, will surely make again.

  21. @sgm182, I agree fresh chicken is better. Gonna add that to the recipe because we like to use fresh now too.

  22. I made this dip today for a work potluck and used a crock pot

    - I made a double batch and used fine shredded 4 cheese mexican blend instead of just plain cheddar, I heated all the ingredients on the stove top the night before to melt and blend it altogether then put it in the refrigerator overnight – I put it in the crock pot at 9:30 to get it warm and it’s now 12:30, I re-melted nicely in the pot and have had no issues with the cheeses or separation – it’s a great and easy, will definately be making in the future for parties!!

  23. This is awesome. Last time because I only had Franks Red Hot it was almost too hot so this time I made a double batch but only used 1/2 a cup hot sauce total. It is really yummy. I use bread bites and celery to dip into it. First to go last time! Yum. I too use fresh chicken, just haven’t ever tried canned before.

  24. I make this all the time usually at BBQ’s. Only I substitute the ranch dressing for blue cheese

  25. This recipe sounds like one I use – but I agree with someone when they said use fresh chicken. Also, use blue cheese instead of ranch…I’m from Buffalo and believe me when I say blue cheese is good in this too :-)

  26. so so so good. made it today for the first time! Thank you for feeding my buffalo craving!

  27. Is it franks red hot buffalo sauce or just regular franks red hot?

  28. @Anonymous,
    I use the red hot Buffalo sauce. Good luck!

  29. I found this link from Pinterest and OMG it’s delicious. My friend made some at work last year and I’m pregnant now I’ve been craving it so bad. I just found this lastnight and we had fresh chicken and everything already just needed hot sauce and cream cheese. Just made it with the hubby and we are both addicted now. It’s way better than my friends it’s amazing thank you so much I’m one happy pregnant woman! Great appetizer for football time as well.

  30. When I initially commented I clicked the “Notify me when new comments are added” checkbox and now each time a comment is added I get three emails with the same comment. Is there any way you can remove me from that service? Thanks a lot!

  31. Found this on Pinterest. I made it tonight with bacon cheeseburgers. I added green onions though. It was delicious. My kids liked it too.

  32. I have been making this for years but I serve mine in my crock pot on “warm” or “low” so it’s Always warm :)

  33. Would you serve this hot?

    • Yes, hot is the way to serve this.

      • This is also very, very good cold, served like chicken salad on lightly toasted bread with lettuce and tomato.

        (My wife and I love this but can’t eat a whole pan in one sitting… I’ve started making sure there’s leftovers for sandwiches.)

        Also, I use mozza instead of cheddar to allow the Buffalo Sauce flavor to dominate.

  34. This recipe is great! I double the recipe, make it at the beginning of the week, and eat off it for most of the week. My daughter that is almost 2 years old also loves this dip!

  35. Yummy. Once I made it and tasted it I did end up adding chopped celery which seemed to work as well.

  36. This looks great. I wanted to let you know that I was featuring it on my blog: http://simpleesue.com
    on the 29th of January. Thank you for such a great recipe.
    Simplee Sue

  37. Oh this looks good…i’m not waiting until the super bowl. lol lol

  38. can i make this in a crockpot? if so, how? :)

    • Christy {The Girl Who Ate Everything} says:

      I would make it as directed and then pour into a crockpot to get warm. That’s how I would do it but I’m sure you could just dump all the ingredients in and then stir them when they are warm and melty.

  39. This is awesome in a crock pot… low heat and occational mixing
    Amazing!!! Making it this sunday!!!!

  40. I am making this right now for the Super Bowl, has anyone tried ranch and blue cheese? Would you do 1/4 cup each or just add 1/2 cup blue cheese to it?

  41. Oh my gosh…..this dip is fantastic. I still have about an hour until I need to leave for a superbowl party and I’m afraid the dip won’t last last long. Very easy to make and so good!! Thank you!

  42. 15-year old daughter: “Mom, could you make Buffalo Chicken dip for the superbowl?” Me: “The game is already on.” Daughter: “Please?” Me – tried this recipe. 3 min. later, I hear daughter: “Mom – A+. Thanks!” (Made me look good!!) Thanks!

  43. I made this recipe for tonight’s Super Bowl party, not only was it real easy to make but it was a hit…thank you again for the recipe it’s definately a keeper

  44. Hi Christy i have to say that I am in love with this recipe. I have made it once in the fall for a dinner party I had. I am having another this Sunday and my husband has requested this (not the first time since the fall that he has requested it!). What I do is get a whole organic chicken and put it in a crockpot the day before I plan to make the dip. I let it cook all day and cool before I shred the meat right off the bone. I end up with more than enough chicken to double your recipe. It’s delicious!

  45. Ay idea how much this serves? Trying to decide if I should double the recipe for about 24 people.

  46. I’d been looking for this recipe ever since I had it a couple of years ago; I was glad to find it here!! Made this for a get-together, yesterday. Unbelievably good, a definite crowd pleaser!

  47. AMAZING! This tastes SOOOOoooooooo good!

    Oh! I don’t care for Bleu Cheese, so I used Feta instead. DELISH!

  48. Nichole Spencer says:

    Is it possible to sub blue cheese dressing for the ranch?

  49. This is so delicious I love it and give it 5 stars

  50. Football season is right around the corner and I will be breaking out this recipe!
    Christi at cashmereapron.com

  51. I just made this and it was amazing! I will deff make it for my next party.

  52. I’ve been looking for this recipe everyyyywhere!!! And I finally found it it’s so delishh!

  53. Is it ranch dressing or ranch dressing powder mix? sorry if that’s a dumb question lol

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  55. LOVE THiS RECIPE! One pointer for everyone wanting to make this., mix the shredded cheese in at the end of cooking while still hot, just stir it around. The shredded cheese will melt and it keeps it from seperaring and getting that oily/greasy appearance. I’ve learned this this the hard way. Making this at least a dozen times and always ended up with it looking gross. Another suggestion for blue cheese lovers is to use blue cheese dressing instead of the ranch. Still use the blue cheese crumbles. Most won’t be able to taste the switch. Also, squeeze the water out of the chicken if using canned. In a separate bowl mix chicken and hot sauce together so the chicken absrns the sauce. Melt the cream cheese n dressing together on low hear whisking till smooth then add the chicken n hot sause to the pan until heated thoroughly. Remove from heat n add the shredded cheese n blue cheese crumbles. Wow that was a mouthful! Thanks for sharing this recipe, it is the best one on the web. The others usually have some weird variation.

  56. This an awfully old post so just wondering did franks hot sauce use it on the back of the bottle? Because its identical. If so kuddos.

  57. i make this in the crockpot. its amazing. i just dont add the blu cheese. other then that its amazing. job well done.

  58. Love this recipe! I love to season & grill the chicken to give the dip a little extra taste! Delicious!