Buffalo Chicken Dip

5 from 9 votes

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Buffalo Chicken Dip is my favorite tailgating dip for veggies and crackers! It is creamy and delicious, with just a little bit of a spicy kick.
Some people say that dessert is the best part of the meal, but I love a good appetizer. Whether you like dips, finger foods, or other snacks, we have a recipe that will have you saving the best for FIRST.

An oval baking dish full of buffalo chicken dip

Buffalo Chicken Dip

My husband found this recipe on food.com and wanted me to make it for him a few weeks ago. Of course, I had to make adjustments to my liking. Surprisingly, this Buffalo Chicken Dip turned out WAY better than I thought it would. In fact, is possibly my new favorite easy recipes for Super Bowl Party dip! It is creamy and delicious, with just a little bit of a kick.  You can serve it hot or cold. However you serve it, either way, it’ll be a hit!

What is Buffalo Chicken Dip Made of?

Buffalo Chicken Dip is made with just a few simple ingredients:

  • Shredded Chicken – Usually I just boil and shred chicken breasts. However, if you are short on time, you can pick up a rotisserie chicken and shred that.
  • Franks Hot Sauce – I am super picky about my hot sauce and Franks Hot Sauce is the only brand I like in this recipe. However, I have seen people use buffalo wing sauce to get more of that buffalo flavor.
  • Ranch or Blue Cheese Dressing – This really comes down to preference. Both are delicious!
  • Cream Cheese – This gives your buffalo chicken dip that creamy, irresistible texture and flavor.
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese and Blue Cheese Crumbles – You really can’t go wrong with melted cheese over the top!
A celery stick scooping up some buffalo chicken dip

What is Good to Dip in Buffalo Chicken Dip?

My favorite is to dip celery sticks in it (as seen above). It makes me feel like I am eating something somewhat healthy. Howver, the dip works great with all kinds of veggies – peppers, carrots, cucumbers, etc. Additionally, you can use any of the chips you know are going to be part of your Game Day spread. It also goes great on pretzels, toasted baguette, or crackers. It is pretty thick so make sure your dipper is sturdy, or that you have a spoon to scoop out anything that gets left behind!

Tips for Shredding the Chicken

When making Buffalo Chicken Dip, you want your chicken shredded as finely as possible. If the chicken pieces are too big then you won’t be able to scoop the dip up very easily. You can use the classic two forks method to shred the chicken. However, you may need to go back through with a knife and cut down larger pieces. The best way I have found to finely shred chicken is to use my Kitchen Aid. First, I throw the chicken in there with the Franks Hot Sauce. Then I mix it with the wire whisk attachment on medium speed. Finally, I scoop it from the mixing bowl right into the baking dish.


Why is it called Buffalo Chicken Dip?

The name buffalo has nothing to do with bison. In fact, it comes from a small bar in Buffalo, New York where the buffalo flavor was born! It is a spicy and savory combination of hot sauce and butter.

Can you freeze Buffalo Chicken Dip after baking?

Yes! If you want to prepare this dish ahead of time, or if you have leftovers, you can! First, freeze it in an airtight container. Then, before serving, let thaw in the fridge overnight and then bake as usual.

Can I make Buffalo Chicken Dip with canned chicken?

Absolutely! Canned chicken is great for when you are in a hurry, or just don’t want to deal with raw chicken in the kitchen.

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How To Make Buffalo Chicken Dip

An oval baking dish full of buffalo chicken dip

Game Day Buffalo Chicken Dip

5 from 9 votes
Buffalo Chicken Dip is my new favorite tailgating dip! It is creamy and delicious, with just a little bit of a kick. Great for dipping chips or veggies.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Appetizer, Dip
Cuisine American
Servings 16



  • 9×13 inch pan



  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a 9×13 glass baking pan, combine the cooked, shredded chicken meat with the entire bottle of Frank’s, spreading to form an even layer.
    An oval baking dish filled with buffalo chicken
  • In a saucepan over medium heat, combine cream cheese and entire bottle of Ranch (or Blue cheese) dressing, stirring til hot and smooth. Pour this mixture evenly over chicken mixture.
    An oval baking dish filled with buffalo chicken and topped with cream cheese and ranch
  • Bake for 25 min. Add shredded cheese and optional blue cheese crumbles and bake for another 5-10 minutes. Remove from oven and let stand 10 minutes.
    An oval baking dish full of buffalo chicken dip
  • Serve with celery sticks, Triscuits, or sturdy chips (regular tortilla chips will break apart). Garnish with green onion if desired.
    An oval baking dish full of buffalo chicken dip

Nutrition Information

Calories: 527kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 23gFat: 47gSaturated Fat: 19gPolyunsaturated Fat: 11gMonounsaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 125mgSodium: 1483mgPotassium: 231mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 880IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 334mgIron: 1mg

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Erica Walker

Erica lives in Boise, Idaho with her husband, Jared, an attorney, and her beautiful three girls. Beyond the world of recipes, she loves adventuring with everything from kayaking, to cruising, to snowboarding and taking the family along for the thrill ride.

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  1. This looks so delicious, I can image making this at my next party of just for the family for snack time. I love how easy it is to make! Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe!

  2. 5 stars
    I am sooo ready for this chicken dip. It looks extra-delicious and full of that extra-flavor that you can’t find anywhere else. Super excited to make one of my own.

  3. 5 stars
    Quite possibly the best buffalo dip I have ever made! Served this to my friends over the game this weekend and it was a hit! Great football food!

  4. 5 stars
    My family loves EVERYTHING buffalo so this is bound to be a new go-to for us for game day snacks! Thanks for the idea

  5. 5 stars
    We make this almost weekly during football season. Every time I do make it it’s gone and I leave with an empty bowl. Thank you!

  6. I actually DO use the Buffalo style wing sauce… my family thought the original Franks was too hot (and we live IN BUFFALO!!)

  7. I just wanted to say thank you for this blog! I am super excited for some of your new recipes! When I get my own cooking blog up and going, I will let you know some of our fun recipes also!

  8. I just wanted to say thank you for this blog! I am super excited for some of your new recipes! When I get my own cooking blog up and going, I will let you know some of our fun recipes also!