Buffalo Chicken Dip

by KetoFocus.com

Shredded chicken smothered gooey cheese and spicy buffalo sauce - get your chips ready!

Three types of cheese are melted into a buffalo chicken sauce and topped with more crumble blue cheese. Scoop this up with celery or chips, but it's good enough to eat with a fork!

Buffalo chicken dip is the ultimate appetizer for a party. Just like my pizza dip and spinach artichoke dip, it will be the hit of the gathering or tailgate party and will disappear before you know it!

cheesy buffalo dip in cast iron skillet topped with blue cheese and chives next to a bowl of crumbled blue cheese and crackers spread around

A creamy, cheesy dip with buffalo flavor and chicken, this dip was made to share. Bits of shredded chicken are smothered in Frank’s buffalo sauce and butter. Three types of cheese are added to make this dip creamy, gooey and scoopable. Enjoy with celery sticks, broccoli or sliced bell pepper for a healthy snack. Or chips and crackers for the classic dippers.

Other recipes for this easy buffalo chicken dip use ranch dressing packets to add flavor; however, this recipe doesn’t use ranch packets as they are filled with unnecessary ingredients and fillers. This dip has plenty of flavor without having to add artificial ranch.

How to make buffalo chicken dip

  1. Melt butter in a cast iron skillet and add cooked shredded chicken. Stir in buffalo sauce to heat through.
  2. Turn off the heat and stir in sour cream, lemon juice, cubed cream cheese, and a handful of Monterey Jack cheese.
  3. Top with more Monterey Jack cheese and blue cheese.
  4. Bake at 375 for 10 minutes.

ingredients for buffalo chicken dip including pictures of butter, chicken, sour cream, cream cheese, lemon juice, cheese, buffalo sauce and blue cheese

Key ingredients

  • Butter – To make this dip rich and enhance the flavor, we add butter. You could get away with not using butter but the flavor won’t be quite as good.
  • Chicken – Use pre-cooked, shredded chicken to make this an easy dip to make. A rotisserie chicken or grilled chicken breast from the deli works great for an easy way to get cooked chicken for this dip.
  • Buffalo sauce – It’s easiest to use premade buffalo sauce from a bottle. Frank’s Red Hot buffalo sauce is a favorite. Primal Kitchen makes a dairy free version that is made with cashew butter.
  • Sour cream – Added to give a creamy factor to this super bowl dip and to balance out the tang from the Frank’s buffalo sauce.
  • Lemon juice – Helps brighten up the dip. You can omit this if needed, but it does help with the flavor.
  • Cream cheese – Gives this creamy dip a gooey, scoopable component.
  • Monterey Jack cheese – A neutral cheese, that melts easily. It offers a mild cheesy flavor without over-powering the buffalo flavor. Mild cheddar cheese may also be used.
  • Blue cheese – Blue cheese pairs perfectly with buffalo sauce. Of course, you can omit this if you aren’t a fan.

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Buffalo Chicken Dip Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 cups shredded chicken
  • 1/2 cup buffalo sauce
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 6 oz cream cheese, softened & cubed
  • 1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1/3 cup crumbled blue cheese

Buffalo Chicken Dip Directions

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scooping up buffalo dip with a celery stick

Substitutions

  • Chicken – Want to make this buffalo chicken dip recipe for a vegetarian? Great! Just use roasted cauliflower instead of chicken and make a buffalo cauliflower dip. I find that air frying cauliflower is the best way to quickly have some ready to make your vegetarian buffalo dip.
  • Lemon juice – You can omit this or try a different acid like lime juice or even a splash of vinegar to help brighten the flavor.
  • Monterey Jack cheese – If you don’t have Monterey Jack on hand, try using cheddar cheese or even Colby jack cheese.
  • Blue cheese – Think blue cheese is gross because it’s moldy? Try topping your buffalo dip with feta cheese or goat cheese instead. It will provide a similar punchy flavor.
a cast iron skillet on a wooden trivet with crumbled blue cheese, celery and crackers around it. Buffalo dip sits in the skillet

Storage instructions

Any leftover buffalo dip can be stored in an air tight container in the refrigerator for 3-5 days. To reheat, just place back in the oven for 10 minutes or microwave for 3-4 minutes.

You can even freeze this dip! Place leftover dip in a freezer bag or container. Freeze for up to 1 month. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator or place bag in warm water to loosen before transferring to a casserole dish or microwave safe dish to heat through.

Expert tips

  • Use cubed, softened cream cheese. This will allow your cream cheese to melt easier and faster into the rest of the dip. If you forgot to pull out your cream cheese from the refrigerator 30-40 minutes before cooking, just microwave the cream cheese for 10 seconds to help soften.
  • Pre-cooked chicken will save you time. Get a rotisserie chicken or buy grilled chicken breasts from the deli counter and shred your chicken. You can even get away with using canned chicken in this buffalo chicken dip recipe.
  • Bring on the heat! To make it spicier add a dash or two or three of hot sauce to this recipe.

Buffalo Chicken Dip: FAQS

What to eat with buffalo chicken dip?

This is one dip that you will want to scoop up, so grab celery sticks, sliced bell pepper, carrot sticks, cauliflower, broccoli, tortilla chips, crackers, pork rinds. You can even top this dip on an avocado for a buffalo chicken stuffed avocado.

Can I use canned chicken?

Yes! This is an easy way to get cooked chicken without having to go through the effort of cooking chicken or peeling chicken off a rotisserie chicken. Use the 9.75 oz can of cooked chicken.

What kind of cheese should I use?

The best kinds of cheese to use in buffalo chicken dip is cream cheese for creaminess, Monterey Jack cheese for meltability and neutral flavor and blue cheese for that punchy flavor to pair with the buffalo sauce.

Can I use hot sauce instead of buffalo wing sauce?

You could but it would be very spicy and not quite the same flavor. I recommend adding a splash of Franks red hot sauce to the buffalo wing sauce if you are looking for more heat.

Nutritional information & Macros

Nutrition Information

Buffalo Chicken Dip

Servings: 8

Amount Per Serving
Calories 199
Fat 15.6g
Protein 12.3g
Total Carbs 1.1g
Net Carbs 1.1g

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1 Comment

  1. A winner! I made a half recipe of the dip today and placed it on a bed of romaine lettuce. I made one small modification. I crumbled up some jalapeno cheddar pork rinds (coarsely) before placing it under the broiler to add some crunch. Excellent flavors in this recipe that contrast well with a cool veg like the romaine, cucumber, or celery.
    Nice job on this recipe!

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