buffalo chicken dip.

buffalo chicken dip is the PERFECT party food! this recipe is devoured in seconds. rotisserie chicken, hot sauce, cream cheese, sour cream, ranch dressing, and cheddar cheese make it perfectly blended and delicious! buffalo chicken dip | a flavor journal
buffalo chicken dip is the PERFECT party food! this recipe is devoured in seconds. rotisserie chicken, hot sauce, cream cheese, sour cream, ranch dressing, and cheddar cheese make it perfectly blended and delicious! buffalo chicken dip | a flavor journal

Last night was a ton of fun.  Although I’m not a huge hockey fan, we decided to venture out and watch the Stanley Cup Finals at a bar down the street from our house.  The United Center is less than two miles from where we live, and I see it outside of my window every morning.  Obviously there are a TON of bars in the area that were totally packed hours before the game started, so I made sure I was down the street at least two hours in advance to score us a couple of seats somewhere.  What an awesome game we got to watch – I’m so glad we got to join in on the fun!

buffalo chicken dip | a flavor journal

I had initially considered staying in and watching the game from the comforts of our home while devouring some fun appetizers for dinner.  (I’ve maybe admitted a few times that I have an unhealthy love for appetizers…)  This buffalo chicken dip always comes to mind when I need to make a quick appetizer for any kind of game-watching event.  It’s like cheesy, amazing buffalo wings in dip form … and it just so happens that I LOVE buffalo wings!  And I love cheese!  It’s so meant to be.  

buffalo chicken dip | a flavor journal

Even after we decided to go out for the game last night, I went ahead and made this anyway so I could share it with you today.  🙂  [This is definitely not an excuse to have this sitting in my refrigerator for me to eat throughout the week.  Nope.]

buffalo chicken dip | a flavor journal

I first made buffalo chicken dip a couple of years ago when some friends came over to watch football one Sunday.  Around this time I had started using Pinterest, and a friend had recommended I try to find a buffalo chicken dip recipe.  I was really surprised at how easy it was to make, and how absolutely delicious it turned out.  I’ve continued to troll Pinterest for new and exciting additions to this recipe, but I have only tweaked it slightly since my first attempt.  It is just THAT good.

My recipe has a few “optional” ingredients that can be added at the end for some extra flavor.  It doesn’t necessarily need it, but I think it’s always fun to step it up a notch.  The basic recipe is seriously delicious just the way it is, so only add the extras if they appeal to you!

[my additional tips!]:

Actual Prep / cook time:  20 minutes

Clean-up difficulty:  1 [this is a one pan job if you use canned chicken or rotisserie chicken!]

Overall difficulty to make:  

Overall satisfaction:  9

Price range?  This dish is under $5 for two people.

What I would change next time?  I’ve got this one down.  I LOVE blue cheese, bacon and green onion on here – but I know some people are totally against blue cheese.  I would probably always use the green onion as a topping; it just adds that perfect pop of flavor.

For your own version, I recommend:

  • Feel free to serve the blue cheese crumbles, bacon crumbles and chopped green onion in separate little dishes next to the buffalo dip.  I think giving people the option to add their own toppings is a lot of fun!  And really, this is seriously SO delicious with just the original version – you don’t have to get fancy if you don’t want to!

© 2015 : a flavor journal : by sara alvord
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4.86 from 7 votes

buffalo chicken dip.

Creamy, gooey buffalo chicken dip is the perfect crowd-pleasing appetizer. Try this original version, but feel free to add bacon, blue cheese, or green onion as toppings!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: buffalo chicken dip
Servings: 4
Author: sara rose :


  • 1 1/2 cups shredded traditional rotisserie chicken
  • pinch of pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup buffalo / hot sauce [I love Frank's or Crystal]
  • 1/2 block 4 oz. cream cheese [room temperature]
  • 1/4 cup creamy ranch dressing
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 2 oz. freshly grated sharp cheddar divided
  • bacon crumbles optional
  • blue cheese crumbles optional
  • chopped green onion optional


  • Place a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add shredded rotisserie chicken, pinch of pepper, and garlic powder. Cook for 5 minutes, or until heated through.
  • Pour hot sauce over all shredded chicken, and stir to coat chicken in hot sauce.
  • Add cream cheese, and cook 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently until cream cheese is completely melted and creamy. The chicken should be coated in cream cheese and sauce at this point.
  • Add creamy ranch dressing, and stir until fully incorporated.
  • Add 1 oz. freshly grated sharp cheddar cheese and sour cream. Stir to combine.
  • Add final ounce of freshly grated sharp cheese, stir a final time.
  • Serve hot!


Serving the crumbled bacon, crumbled blue cheese and chopped green onion each in a separate dish alongside the buffalo chicken dip is a great way to serve this at a party. It gives people the option to add their own toppings!

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  1. Reply

    wow, your photos are sensational. I also LOVE how you rated the recipe, 1 pot, satisfaction 9 – truly unique and such an added value to your readers. Do you mind if I adopt my own version for my blog?

    1. Reply

      Of course not! I love referring back to these numbers, it also provides me with opportunities to better any recipe that I don’t have rated as highly as I would like. I started this when I did my 75 recipe challenge, and just stuck with it. 🙂 Adopt it however you see fit for your own usage! Thanks so much for the feedback!

  2. Reply

    Buffalo chicken dip is a family favorite in our house! I will have to give your version a try. Looks yummy! =)

    1. Reply

      Thanks Emily! I’m always open to other suggestions and ingredients, so let me know how it turns out for you!

  3. Reply

    Oh I can’t wait to try this….looks and seems like a great crowd pleaser …thank you for sharing your recipe.

    1. Reply

      My pleasure! Let me know how it turns out!

  4. Reply

    I love buffalo wings so this dip sounds perfect!!

  5. Reply

    Great recipe – I have a very similar one I make in my mini crockpot, the green onions are a great little idea. I found you through Daniela Uslan’s blog on her post of 100 Bloggers Give Their Best Advice – it’s really refreshing to see another blogger like you with a full time job and not posting on a daily or even necessarily weekly basis, but more when it’s a good time for you 🙂 Thanks for sharing this recipe!

    1. Reply

      Thank you, Katie! So good to hear this from you. I love blogging, and I definitely consider it my passion outside of work, but it is definitely difficult to post consistently when you don’t have a lot of time to do it. I’m so glad you stopped by and definitely glad you enjoyed the recipe (I loooooove buffalo chicken dip). Can’t wait to check out your blog and hopefully stay in touch!

  6. Reply

    I SOO want to try this! I love buffalo chicken never though of making it as a dip, but WOW that is a yummy way to make it for sure!

    1. Reply

      Thank you, Brandy! I hope you get to try it yourself – it’s one of my favorites!

  7. I’m not a huge fan of wings but love the buffalo flavor so this dip is just perfect!!

  8. Reply

    I have friends that will flip over this on game day!

    • Tess
    • December 23, 2015

    This looks heavenly! Great receipe!

    1. Reply

      Thank you, Tess!!

  9. Reply

    This sounds good. Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe.

    1. Reply

      My pleasure, Ivanna! Hope you get the chance to try it!

  10. Reply

    5 stars
    This is the best indoor chicken I’ve ever made, and I used boxed, frozen chicken breasts. Can’t wait to try this out with fresh ones… maybe post up some ideas for side dishes? 😉

    1. Reply

      Thank you so much, Alisha!! I have posted some side dishes recently — some roasted brussels sprouts would be so good, or even a caesar salad! Thank you so much for the kind compliment!

  11. Reply

    5 stars
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