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Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe

Updated on October 14, 2012

Easy to make, easy to manipulate

I first tried a variation of this dip at a work carry-in. My boss made a buffalo chicken dip that was scrumptious, spicy, and superb. Having failed to obtain the recipe from her, I decided -months later- to recreate the recipe on my own. Below is my rendition.

[I have found recipes that are very different from mine. With that said, I figured this out by going for it; not following any guidelines. Feel free to make it work for you, by trying different amounts or ingredients!]

Perfect for football games, fall get-togethers, or just because, Buffalo Chicken Dip is easy to make, but - beware - it disappears faster than you would think!


Here is where you can make this recipe your own. Use your favorite cheese, hot sauce, and/or chicken!

  • 8 or 16 ounces cream cheese, softened (however much you would like to use)
  • 1 cup Ranch dressing
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (I use sharp cheddar cheese)
  • 1 1/4 cups hot sauce (I use Frank's original)
  • Approximately 10-12 ounces of chicken (I use chicken tenderloins)
  • Dash of cayenne pepper
  • Dash of ground black pepper
  • Crackers, celery, or tortilla chips (for dipping)

Feel free to add more of any of the above to your recipe, to vary the consistency and heat. Using the above ingredients makes about 25 servings.

*When I cook, I tend to use what I think sounds right and good, and do taste tests often. If you would like to do the same, start with the cream cheese and build everything else.*

Buffalo Chicken Dip

My picture does not do this dip justice! This is what it looks like, fully cooked, in the skillet.
My picture does not do this dip justice! This is what it looks like, fully cooked, in the skillet. | Source

Multi-task and cook away!

I grill the chicken tenderloins just enough so that the chicken is edible (approximately 4-5 minutes per side). It does not need to be browned, as it will be mixed in with the other ingredients, on a skillet, for a few more minutes.

While the chicken is grilling...

In a medium-sized skillet and with the burner on a medium setting, combine the cream cheese, 1/2 cup of the shredded cheese, hot sauce, and ranch. Stir occasionally to break-up the ingredients (especially the cream cheese), adding a dash of ground cayenne and black pepper.

Once the ingredients have mixed well (the mixture should be an orange-red color and a thick, but soupy consistency), and the chicken is done grilling, shred/thinly-slice the chicken, and turn the stove down to a low setting. Add small handfuls of the shredded/sliced chicken to the mix, stirring while doing so, as well as the other 1/2 cup of shredded cheese.

After a few minutes of letting the chicken soak up the yummy flavors of the mix, turn off the stove. Let the dip sit for a moment, as it will be hot, and needs to regain a thicker consistency.

Do not let the dip cool for too long, though, as Buffalo Chicken Dip is best served warm!

It is now ready to serve.

Trust me, it looks MUCH better than this in person!
Trust me, it looks MUCH better than this in person! | Source

Serving suggestion

Buffalo Chicken Dip pairs well with celery, carrots, vegetable crackers, baguettes, tortilla chips or shells, mini pitas, flavored breads, or anything else that you can grab, dip, and enjoy!

(I like to make my own tortilla chips to use!)

This dip can be refrigerated and reheated. I would suggest tossing any extra out after 2-3 days.

Variation ideas

  • Use blue cheese instead of ranch
  • Use 2 cans (10 oz.) of chicken chunk, drained, instead of chicken tenderloin (I prefer chicken that is fresh)
  • Use chicken-flavored crackers instead of veggie crackers
  • Add a pinch of garlic, onions, tomatoes and/or peppers (I've done this & it is fantastic!)
  • Use crumbled blue cheese or mozzarella instead of cheddar
  • Bake all ingredients together at 350 degrees for approximately 20 minutes, instead of using a stove top skillet
  • Use a cayenne pepper or wing sauce, instead of a normal hot sauce
  • Use a spicy cheese (like pepper jack!) instead of cheddar

Holy heat!

Buffalo Chicken Dip is a bit spicy. So, if you prefer little-to-no spice, you may not find this dip favorable. However, as previously stated, feel free to make it your own and figure out the best level of heat and best flavor for you!


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      Veronica Roberts 6 years ago from Ohio, USA

      Exactly! There are a few dips that I make with cream cheese (and tons of desserts), but none have been spicy like this one!

      I hope that you like it! Thank you for reading, and commenting. =]

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      seedplanter 6 years ago

      Cream cheese all spiced up - that sounds like a great combo. Can't wait to try it!

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      JT Walters 6 years ago from Florida


      We love Cleveland and the snow up there especially the lake effect snow as we are only first generation southerners. Both my parents were from New York. We miss the snow terribly but I bet that wonderful dip and chicken wings are perfect on a snowy winters night. If it ever cools off down here I will be certain to make this recipe but you enjoy the snow for us. We miss it terribly.

      It is always lovely to read your work and correspond with you as well.


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      Veronica Roberts 6 years ago from Ohio, USA


      Although I love autumn, I think I'd rather be in FL than OH this time of year. I used to travel there annually. =] & yes, I agree, spicy food and hot weather are not the best combination. I hope that you are able to try it sometime in the future.

      Thank you very much for reading & commenting! It's always to nice to hear from you!


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      JT Walters 6 years ago from Florida

      Hi Veronica,

      Sounds fantastic. I just need a cold day in Florida to serve it. Chicken wings in heat is not so good. This recipe sound awesome.


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      Veronica Roberts 6 years ago from Ohio, USA

      Thanks, Sannel!

      It's an easy dip to make, and lasts a few days, if refrigerated. I hope that you, too, find it easy to make, and enjoy it! If your husband likes spicy, definitely do not skimp on the cayenne pepper, & maybe add a few sliced jalapenos or habaneros! =]

      I appreciate your kind words, and hope that you're doing well!


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      SanneL 6 years ago from Sweden

      Oh my gosh...this looks like an excellent recipe! I can't wait to try it out. I know my husband will love this, since it's spicy.

      Great work on this hub. Voted up, awesome and useful!