Easy Buffalo Chicken Dip

When it comes to casual get-togethers, you'll want something that is easy to make and really delicious. This is that dip.

Easy Buffalo Chicken Dip

Monica Farber

Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
Serves 12 (serving size: 1/2 cup)

Let’s face it, every party needs at least one show stopping dip. Classics include Hot Crab Artichoke Dip, Sweet Onion and Bacon Dip, and Jalapeño Popper Dip. If you haven’t already, add this easy recipe for Buffalo Chicken Dip to the list of favorites. After all, what’s better than a mouthwatering combination of tender chicken, creamy cheese, and spicy hot sauce?

While Buffalo wings are also popular for entertaining, Buffalo Chicken Dip is a popular variation on the original concept, and it’s a whole lot easier to make.

What Is Buffalo Chicken Dip? 

Buffalo chicken dip combines the ingredients and flavors of the famous namesake Buffalo wings—namely blue cheese, ranch dressing, hot sauce and chicken—to make an appetizer, especially popular for parties.

While the origin of Buffalo wings is a bit murky, the dish did originate in Buffalo, New York and became popular in the 1970s and nationally in the 1980s when large franchise restaurants started serving them to customers around the country.

In the original dish, chicken wings are fried, tossed with hot sauce, and served with a ranch-style dip made from sour cream and blue cheese with celery sticks on the side. But in the dip, the same flavors are combined in a casserole and served warm. Either way, the spicy, creamy, cheesy, and crunchy combination is irresistible.

Buffalo Chicken Dip Ingredients 

This recipe for Buffalo Chicken Dip is made with sharp Cheddar cheese, pepper Jack cheese, cream cheese, crumbled blue cheese, and ranch dressing to create a rich, creamy, and hot gooey dip. Rather than chicken wings, the recipe uses chopped chicken from rotisserie chickens, along with hot sauce, scallions, and some additional seasonings. 

ingredients for Easy Buffalo Chicken DIp

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How to Make Buffalo Chicken Dip

Buffalo Chicken Dip is very easy to make. Softened cream cheese, shredded Cheddar cheese, shredded Jack cheese, ranch dressing, garlic powder, black pepper, and hot sauce are mixed together, then diced chicken and scallions are folded in. The mixture is baked in a casserole dish that’s also used for serving. The hot dip is topped with additional scallions just before serving.

What To Serve With Buffalo Chicken Dip 

This creamy and chunky dip is delicious with slices of crusty bread or baguette, but pretzel chips or even tortilla chips are good dippers, too. For a classic cool contrast with the spicy dip and a nod to the original Buffalo wings, serve it with celery and carrot sticks.

Easy Buffalo Chicken Dip

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  • 1 (8-oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened

  • 4 oz. sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded (about 1 cup)

  • 4 oz. pepper Jack cheese, shredded (about 1 cup)

  • 1/2 cup refrigerated bottled ranch dressing (such as Marie's)

  • 1/2 cup hot sauce (such as Frank's RedHot)

  • 3/4 tsp. black pepper

  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder

  • 4 cups chopped cooked chicken (from 2 rotisserie chickens)

  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced scallions (from 4 scallions), divided

  • Cooking spray

  • 3 oz. blue cheese, crumbled (about 3/4 cup)

  • Carrot sticks, celery sticks, pretzel chips, for serving


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Stir together cream cheese, Cheddar cheese, pepper Jack cheese, ranch dressing, hot sauce, pepper, and garlic powder in a large bowl until well blended.

    combining ingredients for buffalo chicken dip

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    Gently fold in chicken and half of the scallions. Transfer to a lightly greased (with cooking spray) 13- x 9-inch baking dish.

    stirring chicken into dip

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    Smooth top, and sprinkle evenly with blue cheese.

    buffalo chicken dip with blue cheese

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  2. Bake in preheated oven until center is hot and edges are bubbly, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from oven, and top with remaining scallions. Serve with carrots, celery, and pretzel chips.

    Easy Buffalo Chicken Dip

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