Buffalo Chicken Dip tastes just like buffalo wings dipped in ranch dressing with just five ingredients. No mess and all the flavors you love!
Dips are one of my favorite things about the upcoming holiday season and along with Ultimate Spinach Artichoke Dip and Queso Dip this dip rounds out my top three because it takes Buffalo Wings (my favorite appetizer) and makes it portable and party friendly.
Buffalo Chicken Dip
Buffalo Chicken Dip is a great appetizer you can serve at just about any event. The dip is best served hot, with a lot of cheddar cheese and cream cheese you’ll want to be sure it stays melted for your guests. But even if you do let it get to room temperature it hasn’t been above me to use some of the dip in sandwiches too (usually bits without chicken).
What is Buffalo Chicken Dip?
Buffalo Chicken dip is a mixture of chicken breast meat, cheddar cheese, cream cheese, buffalo wing sauce and ranch dressing that is baked together to recreate the flavors of buffalo wings being dipped in ranch dressing.
It may sound complicated but with some chicken breast (many people use a rotisserie chicken or even canned chunks of chicken) you can have this dish baking away in the oven in five minutes. The hardest part is having no-sauce cooked chicken.
Can you freeze Buffalo Chicken Dip?
I actually find that freezing it after baking causes it to be a bit grittier after reheating. If I were to prepare the dish ahead of time I’d probably only go so far as to mix the ingredients together without baking and add them to a large ziplock bag with the air completely pushed out of the bag before sealing.
Thaw in the fridge overnight or submerged in cold water for 2 hours before adding it to a baking pan and cooking as directed in the recipe.
Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Dip:
To make this in the slow cooker simply add all the ingredients together and mix well before cooking on low for 2 hours before serving. Keep it on warm or low heat during your event to ensure the dip stays warm throughout.
Serving this dip is the easiest and most popular recipe on your upcoming holiday appetizer table. Just be sure you set it on the table along side ingredients for dipping that are single bites to prevent people from dipping back into the dip with a bitten piece of food.
When I used to serve dips at client parties I used to take recyclable clear plastic cups in 2 or 4 ounces and add the dip halfway up the cup. Then I’d top the cup with the dipping items so each person had a self contained amount of dip they could eat as they pleased. It also helped with scooping to have the higher walls of the cups.
What do you serve with Buffalo Chicken Dip? Traditionally celery sticks, carrot sticks, tortilla chips, crackers or toasted baguette slices are served with Buffalo Chicken Dip.
If you’d like to make your own Buffalo wing sauce it is easy enough to make and even more flavorful than the bottled variety:
HOW DO YOU MAKE BUFFALO WING SAUCE?
- 2/3 cup Frank’s Red Hot hot pepper sauce
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 1 1/2 tablespoons white vinegar
- 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- Combine the ingredients in a small saucepan and whisk it together until combined and bubbling.
Buffalo Chicken Dip
- Yield: 12 servings
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
- Total Time: 20 minutes
- Course: Dip, Sauce
- Cuisine: American
- 1 1/2 pounds chicken breast cooked and chopped
- 16 ounces cream cheese room temperature
- 1 cup ranch dressing
- 3/4 cup buffalo wing sauce
- 1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
Note: click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and mix everything except 1/2 cup of the cheddar cheese into a large bowl until well combined.
Pour the mixture into a 9x9 pan and cover with remaining cheese before baking for 20-25 minutes.
Yield: 12 servings, Amount per serving: 347 calories, Calories: 347g, Carbohydrates: 3g, Protein: 18g, Fat: 29g, Saturated Fat: 12g, Cholesterol: 99mg, Sodium: 953mg, Potassium: 288mg, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 13.5g, Vitamin C: 1.6g, Calcium: 14.8g, Iron: 3.2g
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