Easy Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe

Barbara Curry
by Barbara Curry
10 servings
25 min

This easy buffalo chicken dip is an all time favorite game day appetizer. With homemade buffalo sauce and ranch dressing, it’s a must for any party. Use rotisserie chicken and a quick and easy Buffalo sauce for that “hot wing” taste.

A baking dish of creamy Buffalo chicken dip

If you love buffalo chicken wings, then you’ll love Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo chicken dip. It has all the flavor without the messy wings. You can adjust the heat by increasing or decreasing the hot sauce.

Don’t you just love a warm dip while watching an exciting game, or just chilling with your favorite movie. Whether it’s a hot onion dip or classic artichoke dip or a simple queso, warm dips are the best comfort food.

Since my Buffalo chicken wings are such a big hit every time I make them, I thought, I’ld try my homemade Buffalo sauce in a baked Buffalo chicken dip. While you can make this chicken dip with just Frank’s Red Hot sauce, it will be even better if you take an extra five minutes and make the homemade sauce.

If you’re going to serve this at a party, get some helpful tips along with 25 delicious game day appetizer recipes to choose from.

Why you’ll love Frank’s Buffalo chicken dip

  • It’s easy to fix with just a few ingredients
  • It tastes great even when it cools to room temperature
  • You can easily adjust how spicy to make it
  • With cream cheese and two types of cheese, it’s both creamy and cheesy
  • It’s great with crackers and chips or carrots and celery
  • I’ve never met anyone who doesn’t love it

What you’ll need

Ingredients for Buffalo sauce
  • Frank’s Red Hot and Texas Pete -adding 2 different types of hot sauce gives it a more complex flavor.
  • Butter, brown sugar and vinegar – added to the hot sauce for the best Buffalo wing sauce around.
Ingredients for baked buffalo chicken dip
  • Rotisserie chicken – shredded, you can also use cooked chicken breasts.
  • Cream cheese – this makes it creamy
  • White cheddar and American cheese – adding American cheese will help keep it smooth and creamy as it cools. Get the American cheese from the deli in your grocery
  • Ranch dressing – bottled not powder or you can make homemade ranch
  • Garlic and green onions.

How to make an easy buffalo chicken dip

Step 1

In a saucepan, melt butter and add Frank’s Red Hot, Texas Pete, brown sugar and vinegar and cook until the brown sugar has melted.

A saucepan of buffalo sauce

Step 2

Start with an oven poof skillet, or you can use a regular skillet and transfer it to an oven proof baking dish. Saute the garlic and add the shredded chicken.

Shredded chicken in a skillet

Step 3

Once the chicken is warm, add the cream cheese and simmer until it’s melted, add ranch dressing and combine.

Cream cheese added to chicken in a skillet

Step 4

Top with cheese and bake in an oven proof skillet or pour into a glass baking dish and cover with cheese and bake.

An iron skillet with chicken dip topped with cheese

Step 5

Once it’s bubbly, place under the broiler for a minute to brown. Top with green onions and serve with your favorite dippers.

Pro tip: Transfer your dip to a slow cooker, set it on warm and you’ll find that your dip is easy peasy, never gets cold!

What to serve with buffalo dip

  • You can serve buffalo dip with some tortilla chips or try these delicious herbed pita chips!
  • Challah rolls are a great soft option to enjoy your warm dip with too!
  • If you want something crunchy to scoop up in your hand for guests to munch on, try some homemade Chex mix, it has tons of flavor.
A baking dish of gooey buffalo dip

If you find yourself cooking with chicken a lot and want to know for sure that your chicken is cooked thoroughly, head to my informational page on ways to make sure your chicken is cooked all the way but still remains juicy and delicious.

FAQs and tips

Can you use Frank’s Red Hot sauce instead of the Buffalo sauce for chicken dip?

You can substitute ½ cup of hot sauce if you’re in a hurry, but it’s better with the homemade Buffalo sauce and it only takes about 5 minutes.

What can you use instead of a rotisserie chicken?

You can use cooked chicken breasts, you’ll find instructions on how to cook chicken breasts on my chicken chili post.

Can you make this in a baking dish instead of a skillet?

It’s just as good in either. You can even divide it into individual ramekins.

Can you make chicken dip in advance?

Buffalo chicken dip can be made in advance and refrigerated before baking. Let it warm to room temperature before placing in the oven.

How do you reheat chicken dip?

Using your slow cooker to help keep it warm while enjoying it at a gathering takes the pressure off of checking on your dip. However, if you don’t have the option, if the chicken dip gets cold, just place it back in the oven for 5 minutes or warm it in the microwave.

How long will this dip keep in the refrigerator?

You can place the dip in an airtight container and keep it in the fridge for 3-4 days.

Can you freeze buffalo dip?

You can freeze the chicken dip, just wait until it’s completely cool before freezing. Thaw it in the fridge and then reheat in the crock pot, microwave or oven.

More Game Day appetizers you’ll love

Bacon and Cheese Stuffed Potato Skins

Roasted Nuts with Sage and Rosemary

Pinwheel Recipe with Puff Pastry

Mini Croque Monsieur

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Easy Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe
Recipe details
  • 10  servings
  • Prep time: 15 Minutes Cook time: 10 Minutes Total time: 25 min
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  • ▢ 1 tablespoon butter
  • ▢ 2 teaspoons garlic
  • ▢ 2 cups Cooked chicken shredded
  • ▢ 1/2 cup Buffalo Sauce (see below)
  • ▢ 8 ounces cream cheese
  • ▢ 1/2 cup ranch dressing
  • ▢ 1/2 cup white cheddar cheese 4 ounces, shredded
  • ▢ 1/2 cup American Cheese 4 ounces, shredded
  • ▢ 2 green onions sliced
  • ▢ 4 tablespoons butter
  • ▢ 1/2 cup Franks original hot sauce
  • ▢ 2 tablespoons Texas Pete hot sauce
  • ▢ 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • ▢ 2 teaspoons Apple cider vinegar

Preheat oven to 375º.
Buffalo sauce: In a small saucepan melt butter and add the remaining ingredients. Cook until the brown sugar has dissolved.
Over medium heat, melt butter in a 10 inch oven proof skillet and saute garlic for about 1 minute. Add chicken, buffalo sauce and simmer for about 5 minutes. Reduce heat and add cream cheese cook until melted. Add ranch dressing. Top with cheese or Pour into a 1 quart baking dish and top with cheese.
Bake until the cheese has melted and is bubbly around the edges, about 10 minutes. Turn oven to broil and cook until brown, about 2 minutes.
  • You can use cooked chicken breasts instead of rotisserie chicken
  • This can be made in an iron skillet or glass baking dish
  • Serve with crackers, chips, celery or carrots
  • You can re-heat in the microwave or in the oven
  • Buffalo chicken dip can be prepared in advance, refrigerate and then let come to room temperature before baking
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  • Darlene Darlene on Jan 03, 2024

    I’d like to try this, but the recipe doesn’t say when to add the buffalo sauce to the dip. Help!😌