Easy Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe is perfect for game-day parties, holiday parties, or movie nights. This classic Frank’s Buffalo Chicken Dip is easy to prepare with rotisserie chicken, buffalo hot sauce, ranch dressing, and cheese!
Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe
This recipe is one of my favorite easy dip recipes for football parties and other game-day events. It takes less than 20 minutes to prepare and 30 minutes in the oven, making it quick and easy.
You can have an epic, easy Buffalo Chicken Dip in less than an hour!
Every time we bring this easy appetizer recipe to a party, it disappears in the blink of an eye. It is a classic appetizer for a reason!
All it takes is five ingredients to whip up this easy chicken appetizer.
I will confess that I made this recipe this past summer while we still had enough sunlight to get quality photos to share. I always make it during the winter and find that Spokane weather is not the best for happy photos.
My husband came home excited to see this buffalo ranch chicken dip waiting for him. I had to take photos quickly, so he couldn't dive into it before I had taken them.
You can also make this dip in the CrockPot if you want to pre-make it before an event.
We recently visited Buffalo, New York, and my husband had the opportunity to try Buffalo Chicken Wings at the original restaurant, the Anchor Bar.
He was so excited to try the wings and see how they compare to what we get in Spokane. The buffalo sauce they used was excellent.
Here is a quick overview of the simple ingredients needed to make an epic Frank's Buffalo Chicken Dip! The printable recipe card at the bottom of the post includes specific measurements and step-by-step instructions.
- Rotisserie Chicken/Shredded White Meat Chicken
- Cream Cheese
- Ranch Salad Dressing
- Frank's RedHot Buffalo Wing Sauce
- Cheddar Cheese
Serve with corn chips, tortilla chips, celery sticks and carrots, bell pepper strips, toasted bread, pita chips, crackers, vegetables, and sliced baguettes
Optional - Garnish with blue cheese crumbles, green onions/scallions, chives, parsley
Chicken - We use a Costco rotisserie chicken that we cut up. You can also substitute slow cooker shredded chicken breast or canned chicken. Any of these options work great.
Cream Cheese - Make sure to use a block form of cream cheese and not the spreadable cream cheese. Full-fat block cream cheese works best. Low fat cream cheese can separate.
Ranch Dressing - This cools down the heat from the hot sauce and adds an epic flavor. You can also use blue cheese dressing if you prefer that flavor.
Cheese - You can use sharp or medium cheddar cheese, white cheddar, Colby-jack, tex-mex really any cheese you love that is shredded and melts easily.
- Large Mixing Bowl - We are big fans of this glass batter bowl that has a handle. It makes it easy to mix ingredients and keeps the mixing bowl steady on the counter.
- 9X13 Casserole Dish/baking dish
If you are taking this dip to a party or event you can make it in a heavy disposable foil pan or a small slow cooker.
How to make Buffalo Chicken Dip
I've included complete instructions in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post, but here's a quick version.
Make sure to preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Step 1 - Cut chicken pieces off of rotisserie chicken or use crockpot shredded chicken.
Step 2 - Melt cream cheese and ranch dressing in microwave in a large bowl, mix together. Add in chopped chicken and mix well.
Step 3 - Spread cream cheese ranch chicken mixture in the bottom of a large casserole dish.
Step 4 - Cover chicken mixture with Frank's Red Hot Buffalo Wing Sauce evenly.
Step 5 - Cover with shredded cheddar cheese evenly spread out. Feel free to add more cheese on top if you want it super cheesy.
Bake until hot and bubbly.
Preparation and Storage
Slow Cooker: We have this recipe adapted to be a crockpot buffalo chicken dip also. The slow cooker method works great if you need to transport this creamy dip.
Make Ahead: We use shredded rotisserie chicken as a shortcut to making this Buffalo Chicken Dip. You can make it make-ahead-friendly with canned chicken or slow-cooker shredded chicken breast.
Storage: Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container and enjoy them within three days.
Freezing/How to Freeze + How to Reheat:
You can freeze buffalo style chicken dip in an airtight, freezer-safe container for up to three months. Reheat in the microwave and stir before serving.
We have not tried freezing buffalo chicken dip but have heard from readers that it works great.
I have also heard that the texture changes and becomes less creamy than it is when freshly baked. It is up to you if you want to try freezing it.
We use a Costco rotisserie chicken that we cut up. You can also substitute slow cooker shredded chicken breast or canned chicken. Any of these options work great.
Make sure to use a block form of cream cheese and not the spreadable cream cheese. Full-fat block cream cheese works best. Low-fat cream cheese can separate.
Ranch dressing cools down the heat from the hot sauce and adds an epic flavor. You can also use blue cheese dressing if you prefer that flavor.
You can use sharp or medium cheddar cheese, white cheddar, Colby-jack, Tex-Mex, or any cheese you love that is shredded and melts quickly.
Additional flavor can be added if desired with onion powder, black pepper, garlic powder, salt.
Vegetarian Option: Replace the shredded rotisserie chicken with a meatless alternative to make this Buffalo Chicken Dip vegetarian.
Vegan Option: In addition to the guidance for vegetarians, vegans should replace the cream cheese, ranch dressing, and cheddar cheese with plant-based alternatives to make this recipe vegan. Frank’s RedHot is safe for a vegan diet.
Gluten-Free: Frank’s RedHot Buffalo Sauce is gluten-free, so gluten-free eaters can make this Buffalo Chicken Dip safe for a gluten-free diet by using gluten-free ranch dressing.
Alcohol-Free Option: We do not use alcohol in this recipe
Smaller Serving Size + Larger Group/More Servings: This recipe makes a large casserole dish of Frank’s Buffalo Chicken Dip. You can half this recipe if you need a lesser amount. If you are having a large party, double the recipe and spread it in two casserole dishes.
Make It Spicy: We like the heat and flavor of Frank’s Red Hot, but you can replace it with a spicier buffalo wing sauce for an extra kick.
Sugar-Free: The written recipe contains 1 gram of sugar per serving but can vary based on the exact products you use to make it. Check each ingredient label before getting started.
Tips for the Best Frank's Buffalo Chicken Dip
- Serve this Buffalo Chicken Dip with corn chips, tortilla chips, celery sticks and carrots, bell pepper strips, toasted bread, pita chips, and sliced baguettes.
- To remove some heat, stir in sour cream or Greek yogurt into this Buffalo Dip.
- We bake this dip in layers, but you can also stir it together and bake it.
- Printable recipe card instructions are below.
- Nutrition information, including calories, protein, calcium, carbohydrates, fiber, vitamin C, potassium, cholesterol, sodium, trans fat, monounsaturated fat, polyunsaturated fat, and more, will vary depending on the products used.
What to Serve with Frank's Buffalo Chicken Dip
Pair this delicious Buffalo Chicken Dip with other tailgating and snacktime favorites for a game-day-ready appetizer platter in no time! Here are some menu planning suggestions.
Sides: CrockPot Chipotle Honey Meatballs, CrockPot Swedish Meatballs, CrockPot Cranberry Barbecue Meatballs, CrockPot Spicy Mango Jerk Wings, CrockPot Mexican Chili over Fritos, CrockPot Honey Sriracha Barbecue Wings, CrockPot Beer-Braised Kielbasa
Main Dishes: CrockPot Chili Mac and Cheese, CrockPot Bacon Mac and Cheese, CrockPot Kielbasa and Sauerkraut, CrockPot Beer Chili, CrockPot Cuban Pork Sandwiches, Buffalo Chicken Wontons, CrockPot Bacon Ranch Chicken, CrockPot Buffalo Sloppy Joes
Desserts: Red Velvet Brownies, Chocolate Coconut 5 Layer Bars, CrockPot Mixed Berry Cobbler, Black Bean Brownies, Easy Homemade Banana Bread, Salty & Sweet Ruffles Marshmallow Treats, Peanut Butter Bacon Cookies, Molasses Cookies
When to Serve
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Buffalo Chicken Dip
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Shred/Chop chicken and place in a bowl.
- Melt cream cheese and ranch dressing in the microwave until mixed well.
- Add chicken to cream cheese ranch mixture and stir together. Pour into a casserole dish sprayed with non-stick spray.
- Cover chicken mix with Frank's hot sauce evenly.
- Cover hot sauce with shredded cheddar cheese.
- Bake for 30 minutes until hot and bubbly, Serve with corn chips, carrots, and celery.