This easy Buffalo Chicken Dip is made with cream cheese, ranch, chicken, and Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo sauce.  An EASY appetizer for the game-day party!
I love game day appetizers and finger foods and this buffalo chicken dip is always a major crowd pleaser.  My other favorite party appetizers include Baked Chicken Wings, Charcuterie Board, and a Classic Cheeseball.
A bowl of buffalo chicken dip with bread slices, celery and chips around it.
For me, this time of year is all about yummy appetizers! We just celebrated New Years and we’ve got the Superbowl and some other big sports games coming up and all of these events are made even more fun when accompanied by some fun appetizers! I LOVE this buffalo chicken dip! It’s tangy and has a bit of a “bite” to it (but it’s not too hot). We love this served with some yummy crusty bread cubes, crackers and celery sticks!

How to Make Buffalo Chicken Dip:

  • Gather your ingredients: cooked shredded chicken (rotisserie chicken works great!), Franks hot sauce, cream cheese, ranch dressing.

Ingredients for buffalo chicken dip including cream cheese, chicken, wings hot sauce, and ranch dressing.

  • Add chicken and hot sauce to a saucepan over medium heat.
  •  Add cream cheese and ranch dressing. Cook, stirring until well blended and warm.

Franks hot sauce poured over chicken in a saucepan and then cream cheese and ranch added.

3. Serve.  This buffalo chicken dip can be served with crusty bread (my personal favorite), celery sticks, veggies, crackers, pita bread or whatever you’d like to dip in it.

Buffalo chicken dip in a saucepan with a spoon.

Oven Method:

To make baked buffalo chicken dip, combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well.  Pour mixture into a 8×8 baking dish and top with shredded cheese.  Bake at 350°F for 20 minutes.

Crockpot Method:

Add all ingredients to the slow cooker.  Mix well and cook on low for 2 hours.

Spicy or Mild?

This dip can be as spicy of mild as you like.  My husband and I LOVE spicy food, so we always buy the extra-hot buffalo sauce.  However, if you want a milder, more kid-friendly version, just buy the mild Frank’s red hot buffalo sauce.

Buffalo Chicken Dip on a wood serving board with celery, chips and bread slices.

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Recipe

A bowl of buffalo chicken dip with bread slices, celery and chips around it.
Prep 5 mins
Cook 10 mins
Total 15 mins
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Ingredients
 
 

  • 2 cups cooked, shredded chicken
  • 20 ounces cream cheese (2 ½ - 8 oz. packages)
  • 1/4 cup ranch dressing (or bleu cheese dressing)
  • 1 1/2 cups Frank's Red Hot Buffalo Sauce

Instructions
 

  • Add shredded chicken and hot sauce to a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in cream cheese and ranch dressing.
  • Stir until well blended and warm.
  • Serve with crusty bread, celery sticks, crackers, pita bread or whatever you'd like to dip in it.

Notes

Spicy level: For a less spicy version, use mild Frank's red hot buffalo sauce.
Oven Method: To make baked buffalo chicken dip, combine all ingredients a bowl and mix well.  Pour mixture into a 8x8 baking dish and top with shredded cheese.  Bake at 350°F for 20 minutes.
Slow Cooker Method: Add all ingredients to the slow cooker.  Mix well and cook on low for 2 hours.
Make Ahead Instructions: You can make this buffalo chicken dip 1-3 days ahead of time, depending on the freshness of your ingredients (chicken in particular). Store in the fridge, and reheat in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds, or slowly on the stovetop.

Nutrition

Calories: 217kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 8gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 71mgSodium: 1158mgPotassium: 172mgSugar: 1gVitamin A: 645IUVitamin C: 0.5mgCalcium: 49mgIron: 0.3mg

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I originally shared this recipe January 2014. Updated January 2020 with improved process photos and clearer instructions.

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  1. I use a rotisserie chicken (one per 8 oz cream cheese) that you can get cooked already in the deli section of your grocery or even Walmart. It adds another dimension of flavor and really breaks up well to give the dip a great texture. Just get the chicken(s) and allow to cool then pull the meat off the bones! I also toss in a handful of shredded cheddar cheese. This is a huge hit among the kids and adults and I usually get request just about every weekend! We serve with tortilla chips.